2nd edition of the Young Photonic Congress in Barcelona encourages secondary school students to present light related research studies

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On Friday 30 September, the ICFO was filled with posters with a slightly different focus than those that are normally on display in poster sessions. These posters were the work of high school students from around Catalonia who participated in the 2nd Young Photonics Congress, presenting light related research projects from the 2015-2016 school year. In addition to the creation of the research poster, these young scientists were also prepared to explain their posters in English to members of the ICFO community.

The Young Photonic Congress aims to bring together young scientists for their first scientific conference while introducing them to the scientific community. After a warm welcome from Dr. Silvia Carrasco, head of ICFO KTT unit, and Prof. Ignacio Cirac, director of the Theoretical Division of Max Plack Quantum Optics Institute, ICFOnians offered updates on the latest topics of research, as in real scientific meetings. However, the core of the congress was the poster session, where the students were in the spotlight, presenting their own work and discussing their results with their peers and ICFOnians.

This congress was organized in the framework of the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera • Ignacio Cirac Program Chair. This chair aims to promote world-class research, outreach and dissemination in the targeted area of quantum information science and technology, as well as to promote frontier research at large.