City Council and BIST

A scientific commitment to the city’s progress

The City Council and the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) renew their commitment to turning science into a key element of the city’s development.

The Barcelona City Council and the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) have agreed to continue deepening their collaboration in order to make scientific research one of the cornerstones of the future development and international projection of the Catalan capital. This was stated during a meeting held yesterday by the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, and the Deputy Mayor, Joan Subirats, in charge of Culture, Education, Science and Community, with the chair of BIST, Andreu Mas-Colell, and the general director of the institution, Gabby Silberman. Representatives of the seven BIST member centers also participated in the meeting.

BIST is a leading multidisciplinary research institution that encompasses seven Catalan research centres of excellence. BIST promotes collaboration among the members of its diverse scientific community with the aim of playing a leading role in pushing the frontiers of science and becoming a world reference for training and developing outstanding research talent.

During the event, the main projects in which BIST and the City Council are currently collaborating were reviewed. Specifically, they discussed the research and innovation hub that BIST, CSIC and UPF are promoting on the grounds of the Old Fish Market; The progress of the project to create a reference centre for training in STEAM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics), the Angeleta Ferrer Institute; and the line of collaboration related to the activities for the popularization of science and to bring research closer to society.

In the second part of the meeting, the representatives of the seven centres that constitute BIST presented to the mayor the projects in which they are involved in the framework of the Next Generation initiative of the European Union. Ada Colau, appreciated the opportunity to discuss the most cutting-edge research projects being promoted by BIST and reiterated the City Council's commitment to research. For his part, the president of BIST, Andreu Mas-Colell, highlighted the commitment of BIST and its member centres to put research excellence at the service of society to provide solutions to the great challenges we face in areas such as health or sustainability.

More information about the meeting in Barcelona Science.


Publication date: Wednesday, 28 April 2021
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