At the Materials Science Institute in Madrid, we are more than 300 people working every day in multidisciplinary areas of knowledge that, when combined, are stronger. However, our center is not just a workplace; it is a place where we spend many hours, experience frustration when an experiment doesn't work out, and rejoice when we achieve one of our many goals... in short, we live.
Because of all this, part of our identity is the sense of community that is fostered within our walls and among our research groups and other technical, administrative, and maintenance staff. In fact, throughout the year, there are several activities that allow us to experience science in a more human and collective way. Here are some of them.
Our famous theater group has been around for decades, with a unique play per year: at the New Year's party. Every Christmas, several members from our center, from all possible positions, come together to entertain us with their satires, jokes, and dances to close the year on a fun-filled day. The group is always open to welcoming more actors and actresses.
We go out running on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 13:00 hours in Valdelatas, the forest right next to our center. It's an hour to exercise, relieve stress... and then get back to research! If you enjoy sports, don't just watch us, join us.
Always under the baton of our researcher Harvey Amorín, the soul of the parties, this dance class group had to stop its activities when the state of alarm was declared due to the pandemic. However, they have just started again once a week in the evenings after we finish work. We usually opt for salsa, but you never know what might happen.
The end of the year and the end of the school year are two crucial moments in any institution, and ours is no exception. Although the Christmas party is famous for the theater performance, in all gatherings, we enjoy a pleasant feast accompanied by conversation and music to liven up the day.
Of course, here we share sorrows and celebrate joys, so whenever there is an award, it comes with its corresponding invitation to a little party. And, if the weather is nice, we go out to the garden and enjoy the greenery and the shade of our olive trees.