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City and Science Biennial

City and Science Biennial

Scientific research comes into contact with citizens with a selection of over 70 free information activities spread over the city’s 10 districts.

Science is becoming increasingly more a part of our lives, and the public are playing an increasingly more important role in deciding the paths along which research should advance. And there’s a lot of science in Barcelona at a very high level. So much so that the city is one of the European benchmarks in various fields of research. To aid the dissemination of the scientific knowledge that is created in Barcelona and strengthen the bonds with the public, between 7 and 11 February, the City and Science Biennial will be held at various facilities across all the city's districts. It will bring together a total of 138 specialist participants.

The Biennial has seven science-based objectives: to reflect, participate, connect, boost equality, convey knowledge, enhance cross-disciplinarity and complement Barcelona City Council’s Science Plan. To achieve them, an extensive programme of activities in very diverse formats has been designed: talks, debates, conferences, hackathons, theatre arts, music, cinema, workshops, and more. This is a varied offer that invites the public to reflect and with which they’ll be able to find answers to many of their concerns, understand the processes of science and get actively involved in research. At the same time, it aims to foster new scientific vocations in equal conditions and bring science to children through a range of family activities.

In this vein, the activities of the Biennial provide keys for forming opinions and taking decisions with scientific judgment. Part of the programme is framed within concepts such as citizen science or citizen laboratories, where non-specialist people take part in research projects and in the creation of new knowledge based on the real demands of society. Other activities, such as debates and a film season with subsequent discussion, analyse the methodological, ethical and social limitations of science. It goes without saying that many of the activities have their gaze firmly set on the future, on the challenges that face us and how science can help us overcome them.

In short, five days to turn our gaze to the future, to the challenges that face us and to share in scientific thought. You’ll find the full programme here.

 

Publication date: Monday, 14 January 2019
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