One session of the meeting of WALL project.

Experts in Nanotechnology pursue studies in Science Communication

The University of Salamanca hosts a reunion of the European WALL project, which brings together young researchers on the cutting edge of spintronics.

The University of Salamanca will be hosting from today, Wednesday, 27 January through next Friday, 29 January, a special gathering of researchers involved in the European WALL project, a consortium that aims to train young scientists and carry out cutting edge research in the field of nanotechnology. For the first activity, participants attended a morning workshop ‘Public engagement in science and technology’, presented by the 3CIN foundation with the aim of analysing the importance of public communication of science.

WALL forms part of the Marie Curie European Commission Innovative Training Networks (ITN) actions which aims to advance the field of spintronics. This discipline not only involves manipulating the charge of electrons, part of the field of electronics, but also studies the electronic spin, a property of the subatomic particles which opens the way to the development of a new generation of devices, such as computer memory with greater capacity and less energy consumption.

The Department of Applied Physics at the University of Salamanca carries out basic research related to this field, specifically simulating the behavior of micromagnetic devices, and also participates in this European project in conjunction with the universities of Leeds (UK), Paris-Sud (France), Mains (Germany) and Turin (Italy), in addition to other companies. Participation in the WALL project has allowed the department to hire 11 researchers over four years, two of which are pursuing a doctorate in Salamanca.

During today’s events, participants analysed the responsibility of researchers in communicating science to society, as well as the available tools to do so, and engaged in practical workshops on communication media. During the remainder of the event, participants will put forth common goals and attend seminars while focusing on simulations made by micromagnetic devices.

 

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