University professor. Research in Quantum Chemistry. Digital Science Communication, Magic and Science, MOOCs, TEDx events, Open Knowledge. Assessing Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education and Chemistry. Understanding Quantum Computation in Quantum Chemistry
Social Networking: Twitter (account in English), Facebook, Instagram
My interests are...
Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education, Chemistry, Magic...
Quantum Computing applied to Chemistry
What I can offer:
Lectures in Quantum and Computacional Chemistry
Workshops in Magic and Science
Lectures on Science Communication
Mountain Bike Riding
Puzzles, riddles, magic
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My blog in Catalan
This is Miquel Duran, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Girona. I contribute almost daily to my blog Edunomia (in Catalan) where I write about Higher Education, Social Networks, Science Communication, and other stuff. Since September 2018 I have been writing Weeknotes. Here you will find an overview of my career, interests, projects, activities, and schedule. Besides my personal blog Edunomia, I contribute strongly and often to website #magsci on our Project on Magic and Science. In 2019, because of #iypt2019, I contributed to a weekly game with the Periodic Table: #52gamespt. A whole collection of #52gamespt and many posts of #magsci are written in English.
For 2020, I am opening a new series of posts on applied artificial intelligence, and also on quantum computing. Those posts will feature games and magic tricks whose goal is to make complex concepts more understandable. They will complement our earlier efforts to explain complex concepts in science using analogies, metaphors, and magic.
I am affiliated with the Institue of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis, within research group Theoretical Chemistry, Modelling and Molecular Engineering. I am also a member of the Cathedra for Scientific Culture and Digital Communication
My activity through my academic life is visualized in simple graphics, on my pre-UdG period, on my activity on service, research, teaching innovation, science communication, and other, and more specifically on science communication.
Miquel Duran (Ph.D. UAB, postdoc UC Berkeley) is Full Professor at the University of Girona since 1992. He has being conducting research within the Institute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis, with more than 200 papers published in Quantum Chemistry. His computational field deals with weak molecular interactions, molecular two-electron densities, and nonlinear electric properties of molecules. He is involved actively in the clever use of IT and Web 2.0 tools within university envirnoment and Science Communication. He promoted the "LaQuimica.Net" project to bring university and high-school students closer. Currently he leads projects on digital communication and public outreach within the Cathedra for Science Culture and Digital Communication. He is the organizer of the series of events TEDxUdG, and has recently coordinated the MOOC "Scientific Research 2.0.1: key processes in a digital society", within the MiriadaX platform - now he is preparing a new MOOC on the interplay between Magic and Science. In2016, the Regional Governement of Catalonia awarded him the Medal for Scientific and Technological Merit. He has been Vicerector for Academic Personnel, Vicerector for Science Policy, Vicerector for Strategic Planning, and Comissionate of the Rector for Program UdG 2.0. Currently he is the Director of the Departament of Chemistry. The Regional Government of Catalonia awarded him the Medal for Scientic and Technologic Merit.
Miquel Duran (@miquelduran, http://miquelduran.net) is professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Girona and a researcher in Quantum Chemistry. Fostering Internet tools in science communication, a few years ago a short course in magic opened him an amazing world to connect Magic and Science. He promotes actively Open Knowledge, is friends with MOOCs, organizes TEDxUdG events - and rides an MTB in his leisure time. His preferred quote belongs to "Le Petit Prince": "Tu sais, quand on est tellement triste, on aime les couchers de soleil". And his own "This is me and my digital circumstances". Moreover, he has been awarded a medal for his longstanding Science activity.