Carlos Hernandez-Matas’ interview at FantasyMundo

Carlos has recently given an interview (in Spanish) at FantasyMundo, a well-known Spanish online magazine for fans of culture and entertainment. In said interview, topics such as the theme of the project, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships, the importance of mobility for researchers and the present and future of medicine are discussed.

You can read the full interview (again, in Spanish) here

Interview link

Full link URL: http://www.fantasymundo.com/articulos/6439/entrevista_carlos_hernandez_diagnosis_prognosis_prevencion_enfermedades_retina

Outreach Activity: Piotr Chudzik at Univ. Politécnica de Madrid

During the ASDM 2014 (Advanced Statistics and Data Mining) summer school I gave a talk about the REVAMMAD project and my contribution to the project. The presentation was attended by both academics (Stockholm University, Lyon University, INRIA among many) as well as people from industry (e.g. Cisco). During my presentation I concentrated on the Data Warehouse (which we called “Invariant”) and how it can be useful to people not only in research but also in industry.

After the talk I got approached by many people which recognized Invariant as a possible solution to their problems. The ability to aggregate data from multiple heterogenous sources and run a pipeline of computations on them was very appealing to people. Regardless of their field of interest all of them are struggling with managing multiple datasets and performing efficient analysis of their data. Data warehouse is a system explicitly designed to tackle these issues.

What suprised me most is that not only academics saw the potential in this project but also people from industry.I managed to establish many new contacts that I hope will prove useful in the future.

REVAMMAD in Madrid.

REVAMMAD in Madrid.

Talking about benefits of Data Warehouse.

Talking about benefits of Data Warehouse.

Participants of the ASDM2014 second week.

Participants of the ASDM2014 second week.

REVAMMAD Outreach @ ArtVerona BET ON UTOPIA performance by Fagarazzi-Zuffellato

On Thursday and Friday 9th and 10th of October, Matteo (@matteoaletti), Francesco (@fcaliva2014), Evangelia, Georgios (@geleonti) and I had the pleasure to take part in BET ON UTOPIA, a performance by friends and artists I-Chen Zuffellato and Andrea Fagarazzi. BET ON UTOPIA is a project presented at Fuori Bienanale‘s Indipendents05 for ArtVerona art fair.

About the performance, translated FagarazziZuffellato’s website:
BET ON UTOPIA is born in a time when the main concern of common worries is riding through an economic crisis that unveils also the deepest wound of an extremely rigid and static society. BET ON UTOPIA is a performing platform that tries to find new strategies to get the public engaged with arts. Every day of the performance includes talks and sessions with experimental researchers from any field. The project takes place in a green area that hosts guests and performers. The visitors would find four tables for four projects per day, where they can sit at and meet a representative of a project for 15 minutes. The visitors would be given a passbook with which they would be able to fictionally sponsor one or more projects in UTOPIAS currency.

Being Matteo, Evangelia and myself in Lincoln with Francesco and Georgios for our secondment it was fairly easy to partecipate at the performance through video-conferencing means and describe REVAMMAD project to the visitors. Talking about our research to the public of an art fair was challenging and enriching as both the public and us were exploring a completely new environment.

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BET ON UTOPIA poster

BET ON UTOPIA poster

ESRs in the meeting room for BET ON UTOPIA

ESRs in the meeting room during the outreach activity

Giovanni, Matteo and Francesco on the screen at ArtVerona

Giovanni, Matteo and Francesco on the screen at ArtVerona

The table of the REVAMMAD project at ArtVerona

The table of the REVAMMAD project at ArtVerona

Presenting REVAMMAD to a visitor of ArtVerona

Presenting REVAMMAD to a visitor of ArtVerona

The performace

The performace

The space of the performance

The space of the performance

OUTREACH ACTIVITY: SERGIO CRESPO AT THE SCIENCE WEEK IN SPAIN

When it has to be with science and main public, in Spain the Science Week is a must. All over the different cities, organisations and institutes the gates do open to welcome all citizens that might have interest into science and embrace them into the main research facts, giving some hints to stimulate society interests.

Sergio Crespo, born in the Spanish city of Novelda, got an invitation by one of the main local cultural associations: the Cultural Society of Casino de Novelda. This year, in its 125th anniversary celebration it is being held the VIII Science Week (Semana de la Ciencia). Every day during a week, it is presented a topic in terms of science by a countryman. Sergio was in charge of the first one on Monday (20/10/2014), which talk was issued: REVAMMAD, New Tools for Retinal Diagnosis.

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The event consisted in a guest reception, a lecture and a wine cocktail to exchange impressions and solve questions personally afterwards.

The public, of all ages, was over 70 attendees. The topic presented went from some introductory hints about the eye, through all REVAMMAD consortium goals and approaches and some practical cases to approach retinal research and diagnosis based on vascular disease features.

Local media attended to the event, now appearing as it was recorded at the local TV channel and in local newspapers and social media online (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and others).

 

This represented an excellent opportunity for Sergio to perform a close outreach for people from the place where was born, and the experience, great for both parts.

REVAMMAD on the web!

OggiMilazzo” is the main local newspaper of Milazzo, my home town in Italy. Few weeks ago I had the honour to be interviewed to advertise our REVAMMAD project and the article was published on the 7th of october.

The impact of the news was very high, since that day I have received a lot of nice comments congratulating us for our work and many email asking for more information about our goal!

I am very satisfied by the response of my fellow citizens, first of all because of their interest in our activity! I totally agree with @pedrogsc when he said: “I personally take this as a proof of the validity of our work”.

Georgios talk after invitation

Georgios was invited to an event held every month in Lincoln where researchers describe their research  in simple words in non-specialised audience. The challenge is that it shall not include any presentation but only a pen and a white board. It was really fun and for half an hour I managed to keep the audience interested raising many questions. I had the unique opportunity to describe the importance of our project and intonate the crucial role that might play in improving methods of analysing retina images and understanding the progression of diseases.

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