Flash Talks

I am not shy, I am anxious: Foreign Language Anxiety and Self-disclosure in intercultural Virtual Exchanges.

Marta Fondo

Since pedagogy tacked from teacher-centred to learner-centred approaches, learning has been seen as a process facilitated by the teacher and carried out by the learner (Lynch, 2010).  The possibilities brought by the development of web 2.0 information and communication tools (ICT) are nowadays playing a key role in supporting innovative teaching and learning practices (Lillejord Børte, Nesje & Ruud, 2018). …

Metamaterials for negative refraction: making a perfect lens

Mayte Gómez Castaño

Metamaterials have attracted a great deal of attention over the recent years because of the exotic electromagnetic phenomena that they can present. Their unconventional properties do not derive from their chemical composition but rather from their artificially engineered physical structure. Therefore, the proper design of their geometry and size can enable the appearance of new optical phenomena not found in …

Construction of a model for conceptualising teacher inquirer identity

Angelos Konstantinidis

Globalisation and the rapid advance of technology have created a number of challenges for education. In this period of flux, the teaching profession is becoming increasingly challenging and more and more teachers leave early the profession as they have to cope with stress and burnout (Mansfield, Beltman, Broadley, & Weatherby-Fell, 2016). Recent research studies have focused on teacher identity development …

Eyes are blind: what you see is not what you say.

Irene Dols Rodríguez

Why do Spanish/Catalan speakers find it so difficult to pronounce English? We often hear Spanish/Catalan native speakers who are learning English complain about why in English the letter -u- is not always pronounced /u/ or -j- is not /ʒ/. Catalan and Spanish are considered to have a narrow grapheme-morpheme correspondence (shallow orthography); that is, there is a high predictive correlation …

Print your energy: multi-material ceramic 3D printing for solid oxide fuel cell application

Arianna Pesce

A Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) is a ceramic-based multilayer device that currently involves expensive and time-consuming multi-step manufacturing processes including tape casting, screen printing, firing, shaping and several high-temperature thermal treatments. In addition, these cells are manually assembled into stacks resulting in extra steps for joining and sealing that difficult the standardization and quality control of the final product …

Semiconductor nanostructures for thermal and thermoelectric applications

Jose Manuel Sojo Gordillo

Thermoelectric devices (TE) enable direct conversion between thermal and electrical energy, thus providing an alternative for power generation (Seebeck effect) to the conventional ways of power production. This type of power generation stands out for its high simplicity, absence of mobile parts, adaptability to a range of temperature differences and capacity for long-term operation for extended periods of time thanks …

Teachers’ transfer of training and the principal’s role in this process

Elke Kleinert Altamirano

Preschool Education is the first educational stage and therefore the basis for comprehensive, physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of children between 3 and 6 years old. It is the basis of the educational system in many countries, reason why the quality of higher education and teachers’ trainings received by preschool teachers is essential. This research is being granted by …

Exploring the role of Salt Tectonics in the South-Pyrenean fold-and-thrust belt

Laura Burrel García

In the foreland thrust belts of the Pyrenees, the Triassic Keuper evaporites have long been recognized as the principal detachment level for thrusting. The deformed Late Cretaceous to Eocene foreland basins of the Pyrenees show evidence of diapirism that has been often overlooked due to the more obvious imprint of thrusts and fault-related folds. We explore the variation of the …

Composite Biomaterials as Long-lasting Scaffolds for 3D Bioprinting of Highly Aligned Muscle Tissue

Andrea García Lizarribar

In vitro developed three-dimensional tissues are becoming a need for tissue engineering, such as skeletal muscle tissue. Hydrogels are being used as supporting biomaterials for the growth and differentiation of the cells. They have to mimic the environment of the cells in the original tissue, as the mechanical properties, degradability, biocompatibility and space distribution. These materials can be combined with …

On the effect of extended waiting times between seasons

Joan Neu

During centuries, northern savages tried to escape from the northern myths such as, the existence of undeads. However, during that ages, the only alternative were the 7 southern kingdoms in which they were not allowed to enter, due the immigration wall policies. In this talk we explore the fact that We Know Nothing about a possible insertion of that populations …