The Thinking Institute at the University of Vigo

The Thinking Institute  aims to bring together scientists from around the world to discuss science with an open mind, so that new research directions may emerge from a multidisciplinary environment. Organized by Prof. Luis Liz-Marzán and supported by CINBIO, this first edition will take place on June 5th and 6th, 2024, with a splendid list of speakers. Attendance to lectures will be free but registration will be required. Students and researchers from CINBIO will have the opportunity to meet and discuss with the invited speakers, who will also meet privately for further joint thinking.

Check previous editions: 2022, 2023

Confirmed speakers:


Participation is free but registration is needed. LOCATION: Edificio Miralles, Sala 1 (Campus Universitario de Vigo)

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The Thinking Institute at the University of Vigo, Third Edition

Preliminary program:

13:30 – 14:15
Thinking lunch (all participants)
14:15 – 14:30
14:30 – 15:00
Mathias Brust

“Is there ever a “next big thing”? Some private thoughts on colloidal gold”

15:00 – 15:30
Joerg Lahann

“Templated polymer nanofibers”

15:30 – 16:00
Thomas Hellweg

"Smart microgels: What can we learn from neutron scattering?"

16:00 – 16:30
Open discussion (with coffee/drinks)
16:30 – 17:00
Carmen Hervés

“Exploring hybrid Au-CeO2 nanomaterials as substrate for Photo-Induced SERS”

(Winner of scientific project competition)

17:00 – 17:30
Sara Bals

“Building an academic career while battling the imposter syndrome and the “lucky girl” myth”

17:30 – 18:30
Open discussion