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Activities related to scientific culture and information exchange between science and society, including the Microelectronics Museum Space.

For a research center, public outreach activities are important to promote the awareness of the benefits of science and technology, the scientific culture of society and the public support to scientific and technological research. IMB-CNM has a number of outreach activities oriented to its R&D field of micro and nanoelectronics.

Microelectronics is one of the cornerstones of the information and communications revolution that has arisen at the turn of the century. Today many people in the world carry in their pocket more computing power than was available in a whole developed city only 40 years ago, with instantaneous worldwide communication capabilities and database access. This revolution has been made possible by the continuous development of microelectronics technology,  –Moore's law .

To approach the microelectronics revolution to the general public, a Museum Space has been established at IMB-CNM which shows equipment used in microelectronics technology and illustrates how silicon chips are fabricated. The Museum is an important element in the existing programme of visits for high school students, which is aimed to encourage young people to follow science and technology careers.

In addition, IMB-CNM participates in the annual Science and Technology week in Spain.

IMB-CNM at the Festival of Science, Technology and Innovation 

The Festival of Science, Technology and Innovation of Barcelona is an annual event organized by the Town Hall, with the objective of disseminating Science among the general public.

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IMB-CNM participated in YoMo 2017 (The Youth Mobile Festival), held as a satellite activity to the GSMA Mobile World Congress, to inspire young people and help them learn more about careers in science, technology, art/design and mathematics (STEAM).

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CSIC at Education Fair
Education Fair

CSIC at Education Fair

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Guided visits for student groups

As part of the public outreach activities of IMB-CNM, guided visits are made for student groups, from either high school or university.

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CSIC in the classroom

IMB-CNM participates in the activities for schools/high schools coordinated by the CSIC Delegation in Catalonia. The activity currently offered is the "Guided visits for student groups" described above.

CSIC in the Classroom (in Spanish)

Micro and Nanoelectronics Museum Space

The "Zenon Navarro" Museum Space has been created at IMB-CNM to approach micro and nanoelectronics technology to a general audience, showing how silicon chips are made and their applications. The Space exhibits tools and processes used for the design, fabrication and measurement of electronic devices. The equipment in exhibition has been used at IMB-CNM on its research and development activities.

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Links to outreach resources for microelectronics, electronics and computer science

Intel Museum, Santa Clara, CA, USA

Online exhibits on Intel history, microelectronics and how the chips are made.

Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA, USA

The Computer History Museum is home to the world's largest collection of artifacts related to the history of computing and includes hardware, software, documents, ephemera, photographs and moving images. The Computer History Museum offers many online exhibits on a variety of topics related to the history of computing.

Heinz Nixdorf Museum, Paderborn, Germany

The Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum is the world's biggest computer museum, as well as a vibrant venue.

IEEE Global History Network

The IEEE Global History Network, brought to you by the IEEE History Center, is a wiki-based platform dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of innovation in the fields of electrical engineering and its allied fields.


Links to pages on scientific culture and science news:


CSIC Scientific Culture and Outreach

Scientific culture activities at CSIC institutes in Catalonia

Servicio de Información y Noticias Científicas (SINC) (MINECO-FECYT)


Newspaper Science and Technology webpages:

In English:

The New York Times - Science / The New York Times - Technology

The Guardian - Science / The Guardian - Technology

In Spanish:

La Vanguardia - Ciencia / La Vanguardia - Tecnología

El Mundo - Ciencia / El Mundo - Tecnología

El País - Ciencia / El país - Tecnología

In Catalan: - Ciència

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