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May 23, 2019
Alba: open day, workshop and last results
On Saturday 29th of June 2019, from 09:00 to 19:00, the ALBA Synchrotron celebrates its Open Day. Visitors can explore the facility and discover its applications, as well as participate in hands-on experiments and activities for all ages.

But Alba also invites companies to explain its potential: on next May 31, ALBA organizes a workshop dedicated to the polymer industry: ALBA allows obtaining nanoscopic information of polymers such as plastics, adhesives, materials for 3D printing and biomedicine, etc. (free egistration here).

Let’s take advantage of this news to highlight, among many, two examples of the latest results that Alba allows to obtain, one taken in the health sector and another in the energy/materials sector:
  • An international collaboration led by Idibell describes in Nature Communications a new muscular disease caused by a mutation. Thanks to ALBA MIRAS beamline, researchers could demonstrate the presence of oxidized lipids in the damaged muscle cells.
  • On the other hand, in an international research work published in Advanced Energy Materials, MSPD and CLAESS ALBA beam lines contributed to better understand the synthesis of new materials designed for the next generation of lithium ion batteries by determining the structural and chemical changes.
April 25, 2019
The UAB Scientific and Technical Services: an opportunity for BSP’s companies
In order to publicize the existence and characteristics of the Scientific and Technical Services (SCT) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), ​​the Science and Technology Library hosts, until the end of April, an exhibition of devices, laboratory tools and daily objects of the 13 research support services currently offered by the university.
 
The SCT are made up of facilities including infrastructures and large-scale equipment dedicated to offering specialised technical services. Its main mission is to give scientific and technological support to research groups and companies for the development of their R&D projects. They are staffed by qualified personnel who offer tailored technical advice and support.
 
For the companies of the Barcelona Synchrotron Park, having SCT at their doorsteps offers a competitive advantage and a source of opportunities for their R&D challenges.
 
The 13 Services are focused on sectors as varied as biotechnology, food science and animal production, experimental microscopy or RX technologies or, also, social sciences and humanities:
  • Technical Unit for Radiological Protection
  • Microscopy Service
  • Service of Farms and Experimental Fields
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics Service
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Service
  • Proteomics and structural biology service
  • Applied Statistics Service
  • Animal facility
  • X-ray Diffraction Service
  • Crop, Antibody Production and Cytometry Service
  • Chemical analysis service
  • Luminescence and Spectroscopy Laboratory of Biomolecules
  • Laboratory of Geographical Information and Remote Sensing
April 10, 2019
10th Anniversary of the MELiSSA Pilot Plant: travelling to Mars is in progress near the Barcelona Synchrotron Park
The MELiSSA pilot plant from the European Space Agency (ESA), which is located in the engineering school of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the BSP strategic partner, works on a very ambitious and long-term project that celebrated its 10th anniversary last week.
 
During a round-trip voyage to Mars, a six-person crew would need about 30 tons of food, oxygen and water for the 1,000 days mission. This huge quantity would be drastically reduced if a closed loop system would recycle the CO2 exhaled and the waste produced by the crew in order to produce in return oxygen, water and food, etc.: this is the MELiSSA project.
 
This project started 30 years ago and is founded up to 60% by the ESA (5 million Euros per year). It involves 100 researchers from 30 organizations and 15 European countries. In this puzzle the UAB pilot plant, which was inaugurated in 2009, plays a central role. To be highlighted, the operation of three compartments of the MELiSSA Pilot Plant during a long term period under continuous and controlled operation was successfully achieved, demonstration of the scientific and technological capacities of the Consortium. These three compartments were a nitrification bioreactor, a microalgae photobioreactor and an animal isolator as a crew mock-up.
 
Let's see when humans can take the place!
 
March 25, 2019
Barcelona Synchrotron Park Sponsors the 9th Ideas Generation Program
The Ideas Generation Program carried out by PRUAB, the UAB university research park, is sponsored by the Barcelona Synchrotron Park (BSP). It is based on the collection of local companies’ technological challenges that are submitted to the UAB scientific community: every year, this program aims at offering companies the benefit of the UAB researchers’ wealth of creativity to get proposals for their innovation projects.
 
This program (video in Catalan here) is based on: 1) Collecting technology challenges posed by local companies from a given sector, 2) Inspiring solutions from the UAB scientific community, 3) Training researchers to help them make their proposal a reality (assessment to elaborate a business plan, create a start-up etc.), 4) Evaluating these projects by experts, 5) Rewarding the best projects.
 
Every year, challenges come from a given sector. Last year, for instance, the 8th program tackled the circular economy. This year, the 9th program deals with biotechnology and biomedicine sectors.
 
Everything starts on April 11 and concludes on June 27: Good luck!
 
More information here (in Catalan).
 
March 08, 2019
The Barcelona Synchrotron Park aims to host a university residence
In terms of its higher education offer, the Vallès region of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area is home to the UAB University, one of the best universities in Spain, and the prestigious business school ESADE. These two centres receive about 45,000 students.

The Barcelona Synchrotron Park (BSP), which is next to UAB and a few minutes away from ESADE, offers a strategically located and connected space for building a new university residence that would give students the opportunity to live in a green environment close to the leisure and cultural life of Barcelona.

Outside researchers who come to carry out experiments in Alba synchrotron or short or long-term stays in one of the many UAB or ESADE research centres and people visiting the companies set up in BSP are also an important potential for a future university residence.

For more information, download here the special report about the opportunity that BSP offers to invest in a university residence (leaflet here).
 
March 01, 2019
Delegates of the Mobile World Congress discover the park
The Mobile World Congress 2019 closed its doors yesterday in Barcelona with a new record of participation (109,000 visitors). It was focussed this year on the 5G technology and among all the initiatives presented in that field, let us highlight the joint initiative of Catalonia and the French cross-border region of Occitania, to prepare the application of the 5G Mediterranean corridor to the 5G European corridors that the European Union is setting up as priority projects.

The corridor would extend in Catalonia along the AP-7 motorway that runs through the Barcelona Synchrotron Park and beyond in France, so the motorway will be connected to 5G infrastructures and will allow driverless cars to circulate, thus being a unique test bed for the car of the future.

MWC 2019 has been an opportunity for the Barcelona Synchrotron Park to welcome in the synchrotron a delegation of 30 participants from different countries (Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Canada, Brazil) that came thanks to ACCIÓ, the Catalan government agency that promotes, among other things, the attractiveness of Catalonia abroad. They could discover the reality of the park and visit its icon, the Alba synchrotron, the largest research facility in south-western Europe that received last year 1,800 researchers from all over the world to carry out their investigations.
 
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