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Today I am going to tell you all about an event I participated last month: The European Researchers Night. The European Researchers Night is an event that is developed around the different cities of research supported with founds of the Marie Curie Actions. This specific event is one of the MSCActions given to legal entities, which are part of the EU Member State, to organize events related to research outreach developed in the different European research centers to the local community.
The supported activities can be hands-on experiments conducted by researchers, science shows with public participation, debates, "researchers' dating"(meet researchers and ask them questions), competitions (science quizzes, games, puzzles, photo and art contests, etc.), workshops for children, guided visits of labs, research institutes, and other relevant places that are usually closed to the public. If you want to see more details, you can visit the web page: https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/actions/european-researchers-night_en
Once, I had explained you all what is this event about, I want to tell you my own experience in it. First of all, I can remember you all that I am civil engineer and my research topic is related to the application of magnetic fields in roads. As civil engineer, we don’t receive any course related with that, so, I have support from the Department of Physics of the University of Granada, with the professor Guillermo Iglesias (https://www.ugr.es/~iglesias/), to achieve the corresponding implementations of the tests I am doing in laboratory. From this collaboration, I started to share knowledge and therefore time, with the work team of researchers in the Department of Physics (meeting more people with passion for science and technology!). They fortunately were planning to collaborate in the European Researchers Night Event in Granada! So, I joined to their group to do a first approach to this kind of activities, that as a Marie Curie Fellow I am called to participate.
I did the following video for you all about the planed activity (it is in Spanish, but I am going to comment about in the following lines). The information in Spanish is in the following link, I am going to comment about here in the post: https://lanochedelosinvestigadores.fundaciondescubre.es/actividades/fluidos-y-geles-magneticos/
The natural ferromagnetic materials are solid at room temperature. If you heat them until fusion, they had reach the Curie (yes!) temperature, over which they loss their magnetism capacity, so, there are not ferromagnetic materials purely liquids. However, it is possible to synthetize liquid and solid elastic materials with a ferromagnetic behavior, when we disperse solid ferromagnetic particles in a liquid or a polymeric matrix (this sounds interesting, does not it?!). In those cases, the solid ferromagnetic particles are attracted by a magnet and can change their shape and stiffness.
As you saw in the video, during the activity professors Modesto López López and Luis Alvarez de Cienfuegos explained how this kind of materials work, talked about some applications and showed some demonstrative videos. After some of their explanations, the researchers Cristina Gila Vílchez and Mari Carmen Mañas Torres did demonstrative laboratory tests to audience. This time, I was just part of the support team, preparing some materials, helping them in what is was needed and learning about this kind of activities. Unfortunately, I joined later to properly prepare something more about my topic, but I promise that in the next activity I will talk about my mechanomutable asphalt materials! So, stay tuned! This experience is arriving to a really interesting part of the process and I would love to share it with you all!
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