Flash Talks

Design of a framework for the development of online research-based teacher education programmes

Angelos Konstantinidis

The last decades there has been an increasing interest in teachers’ continuing professional development as it has been perceived fundamental in educational reform, increasing teacher quality and enhancing student learning. Nevertheless, teachers’ professional development activities are often being characterized as ineffective in achieving their learning aims and improve teaching for they adopt a technical approach to course development and they …

Genetic predisposition to breast and ovarian cancers: searching for new pathogenic mutations in deep intronic regions of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes by massive parallel sequencing

Gemma Montalban

BRCA1 and BRCA2 (BRCA1/2) are the main responsible genes of hereditary breast and ovarian cancers (HBOC). Genetic testing of BRCA1/2 for diagnostic purposes, comprises only DNA coding sequences and exon-intron boundaries, leaving behind unscreened regions that may harbour cancer-associated mutations. In this work we hypothesized that BRCA1/2 deep intronic regions may contain mutations that could have an impact on splicing and explain part of the missing …

Environmental geohistory in mountain areas. Climate and landscape dynamics in La Molina peatbog (Puente Viego, Cantabria)

Marc Sánchez Morales

The evolution of mountain landscapes during the Late glacial and the Holocene is explained by a multifarious interaction system between society and the environment, where fire has played an essential role. Sedimentary records (peat bogs, lakes, etc.) are deposits where micro-remains (pollen, non-pollen palynomorphs, etc.) and macro remains (mosses, charcoal, seeds, etc.) are accumulated and conserved through time due to …

Design and Implementation of wireless nodes for the internet of things

Edgar Ripoll Vercellone

The main subject of the research is the design and implementation of wireless nodes for the Internet of Things (IoT). It is carried out within the framework of an Industrial Doctorate program of the Generalitat de Catalunya. This research is developed at the company Idneo Technologies S.L. jointly with the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Several initiatives rely on Internet of …

Predicting space weather: why is it important and how to do it

Nicolas Wijsen

The Sun is a highly dynamical object, producing energetic phenomena like bright solar flares and violent eruptions called coronal mass ejections (CMEs). During these eruptions, the Sun hurls a billion-ton cloud of hot plasma into interplanetary space. When this cloud evolves in the solar atmosphere and the heliosphere, it drives a strong shock wave which acts as a powerful accelerator …

Activation of the CO2 molecule on Mxenes Nitrides

Raul Morales Salvador

Nowadays, 85% of total world demanded energy is supplied by thermal power plants fed by fossil fuels including coal, oil and gas. The use of these materia as a source of energy and other activities for the development of the humanity, as non-suitable farming, transportation of commodities, and directly consume by the users for the daily life emit high quantities …

From Physics to Biology: Random walkers in structured environments

Gorka Muñoz-Gil

Recent advances in experimental techniques have allowed one to track microscopic particles while moving in different biological environments. A celebrated example is the real time tracking of single proteins as they diffuse on a cell membrane. It is of key importance in the field of biology to characterize the diffusion of such particles. To do so, it is crucial to …

Evaluating the impact of air quality policies in Barcelona

Daniel Rodriguez Rey

Air pollution in urban areas is a problem extended all around the world, causing several million premature deaths every year. The extent of the urban area, the local emission density and the temporal pattern in the releases dominated by the traffic rush hours, governs the local contribution to air pollution levels in urban environments. Since technological measures to tackle vehicle …

Implication of isotopic variations of precipitation in determining the origin of runoff

Water stable isotopes (δD and δ18O) tracer studies often assume spatial and/or temporal homogeneity in the input signal. Nevertheless, even in small catchments the variability in precipitation isotopic signatures can be significant. This can increase the uncertainty in the hydrological process understanding that these tracer studies seek to gain. Moreover, in forested or partially forested catchments, the input signal can …

Metamorphosis of a myth: Don Juan and its contemporary rewritings

Alessia Faiano

This study aims to determine which are the material, ideological and cultural conditions which led to the creation, transmission and transformation of Don Juan myth in the Spanish literature from the 1960th to the present day. Consequently, I’m analyzing, by an interdisciplinary, as well as an intertextual and a myth-critical approach, the most significant works which have been appeared in …