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Barcelona, chosen by the Academia Europaea to hold the Building Bridges 2021 conference

07 October 2021

Science. The institution will hold its 32nd annual meeting with a hybrid format that will combine face-to-face and virtual activities.

The Barcelona Knowledge Hub of the Academia Europaea is the host of the 32nd Building Bridges 2021 conference, the annual meeting of this institution that will be held in the Catalan capital on October 20th and 21st. This year's edition will have a hybrid format, i.e., it will include face-to-face activities at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park and virtual activities through the Zoom platform. This meeting will bring together great names of worldwide relevance for their contribution to their areas of knowledge. 

The Academia Europaea is the institution for the advancement and propagation of academic excellence in all branches of knowledge: mathematics, medicine, natural and technological sciences, humanities, economics, law, social and political sciences. It aims to promote European research, to advise governments and organisations on scientific matters and to encourage interdisciplinary and international research.



In the Catalan capital, the Academia Europaea has the Barcelona Knowledge Hub (BKH), the institution’s delegation in the Mediterranean and Southern European region. This office, located in the emblematic premises of the Institute of Catalan Studies, was promoted in 2012 by the Barcelona City Council, the Government of Catalonia and the “la Caixa” Foundation. Since then, the City Council and the BKH have undertaken joint initiatives, such as the Hypatia European Science Prize, part of the Barcelona Science Plan 2020-2023, which this year reaches its third edition.

On October 20th and 21st, the office will host this year’s Building Bridges conference, which will be structured into plenary sessions and classes on the different themes. The plenary sessions will feature internationally renowned figures from all fields of knowledge, such as mathematician and Nobel laureate in physics Roger Penrose, geologist Susan Trumbore, historian and political scientist Quentin Skinner, and neurobiologist Mara Dierssen, among many other leading figures in their fields of study.