In 2016 Dr Vilà-Nadal joined the Bright Club (link) in Glasgow by becoming a stand-up comedian for a night. This initiative promotes communication science to society via comedy club style events. See the links of her comedy performance: Publishing perspectives 2016 (link), 2017 (link) and also the BBC tent in Edinburgh during the Fringe festival and finally back at the Stand Club Glasgow 2018 (link).
Dr Vilà-Nadal has an active Twitter account @laiavilanadal where she posts research related and personal opinions.
Dr Vilà-Nadal results published in Nature had a great impact in the media and she wrote a report describing our contributions for the major audience distributed through EFE Spanish international Press Agency (link) that was featured in the RTVE (link) the Spanish public TV and also several Spanish newspapers: La Razón (link), La Vanguardia (link), among others.
In 2014 and 2015 year her research was reported in several major media outlets, including the BBC (link), the Hindu (link), Wired (link) and Gizmodo, Ars Technica, etc (link). She prepared the figures for the press release (link).
Laia and JM Poblet appeared in the main cover of El Diari de Tarragona (link), distributes 12000 copies a day in the Province of Tarragona (Spain). Laia’s research was also featured in the 2015 spring issue ofMercedes Benz Magazinein Spain (link).
Our research was mentioned in El matí de Catalunya Radio(link), the early day magazine of Catalunya Ràdio station one of the most listened shows in Catalonia (on average +410.000 listeners/day).
Laia was interviewed inLa nit dels ignorants (link), also from Catalunya Ràdio radio station.
Laia was interviewed in El Vallenc (link) local newspaper distributes 4200 copies once a week in Valls, my hometown located in the Province of Tarragona (Spain).
In 2015 Laia won the prize of ‘Vallenc de l’any’ at the ‘32nd night edition of Nit the premis the Valls‘ (link). This prize was created in 1983 and is awarded to the to celebrate the extraordinary contributions to the city and the society from citizens of Valls (link). That was the first time the prize was shared by two scientists, Dr Vilà-Nadal and Prof JM Poblet. That was a great celebration and an opportunity to share the importance of basic research to society.
Communicate science to society; during her PhD Laia started doing outreach activities in order to promote science for children at schools and also giving popular lectures addressed to elderly people. This activity is still ongoing see the example the talk she gave in 2017 at her former school Col·legi Claret Valls (link)