Irene Lapuente obtained a degree in Physics from the University of Barcelona (2002). She completed postgraduate studies in Science Communication, Divulgation and Pedagogy at Pompeu Fabra University (2003 and 2008) and at the Technical University of Catalonia, UPC (2003). She also trained and practiced in museography both at the University of Barcelona and at CosmoCaixa, Barcelona’s Science Museum, a Center that is an Excite Excellence Award Winner.
Since 2003 she has been working in Science and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Communication and Divulgation. She actively experiments and combines with different formats ranging from games, theatre and familiy activities to the creation and dynamization of online plaforms and communities.
She has worked in or for scientific and technological centers and companies such as CosmoCaixa Barcelona, Citilab or Invenio learn.by.doing. At Cosmocaixa she was in charge of science activities design and implementaton. At Citilab she has been developing activities for kids and defining the exhibtion programme. For Invenio she developed a set of science and technology divulgation workshops for kids and primary teachers that has been successfully run in more than 200 Catalan schools.
She took the responsibility of Science Communicator at the Software Department LSI from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and implemented the first communication strategy for that deparment as well as its first online strategy. It was recognized as an outstanding initiative by the Catalan Agency for Research and Innovation. She got the the position of Head of Science Communication and Divulgation at the Catalan Institute of Paleontology (ICP) in 2009.
She has published articles in +LSI, Informacions and DossierTecnològic and participated in several Web2.0 initiatives ranging from podcasts (Mossega La Poma) to fora. She also runs a popular blog in science divulgation: La Mandarina de Newton.
On the other hand, she has significant experience as a secondary teacher in areas such as mathematics, science and technology. She has experience as teacher and monitor for summer schools. Previously she also worked for one year as a Physics Technician in the Rahtmore Grammar School, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
She is accomplished contemporary dancer, having participated in several performances in both Catalonia and Northern Ireland in the last ten years. She developed several coreographies while at Cosmocaixa around Physics concepts and she keeps a keen interest in devising new formats for science communication and divulgation at the intersection between art, dance and science.