We seek to raise public awareness of chemical research as a key factor in the progress of our society. ICIQ is also committed to engage and encourage youngsters to pursue a career in chemistry research. To this end we carry out several outreach activities to audiences of all ages as a way to get chemistry closer to society. In 2017 we implemented three new activities: the ICIQ Virtual Laboratory, the “Science of Chocolate” programme and the first workshop within the “Banc d’Espanya” project.


  • ICIQ Virtual Laboratory

    An online platform that gives open access to educational materials to better understand chemistry. It displays experiments and information specially designed for the educational community. It also showcases the ICIQ researchers and the institute’s main research fields (http://labvirtual.iciq.es/es/).


  • Science of chocolate

    Educational project aimed at engaging primary school students to pursue a scientific career. It consists of nine theoretical-experimental seminars that show the research and knowledge behind chocolate. The project wants to focus particularly in raising girls’ interest in science. Seminars are delivered by female researchers who are currently carrying out leading research in the URV and ICIQ. Both the research they carry out and their life experience are important to become referents for the children involved in this project. La Ciència de la Xocolata was carried out in Pau Delclòs School (Tarragona) and in Tarragona’s Public Library. (https://bit.ly/2vtfVQl).


  • The “Banc d’Espanya” project

    On September 18th and 19th  ICIQ presented “Chemistry in Colour,” a series of three experiments that allowed children to paint on milk, change the colour of a solution using “xupa-xups” lollipops, and learn about chromatography with a marker. This was the first of a series of workshops within the “Banc d’Espanya” project aimed at converting the emblematic building on La Rambla into a center for the dissemination of knowledge. It is a project of Tarragona’s Council in collaboration with the city’s research centers ICIQ; ICAC (Institut Català d’Arqueologia Clàssica); and IPHES (Institut Català de Paleoecologia i Evolució Social).