The second edition of the Biennal Ciutat i Ciència takes place from June 8 to 13 and will this year be focused on the idea of limits. Several prominent speakers including Nobel Peace Prize winner Ernest Kahan will participate in the event. BIST and the BIST centres will be participating in several activities, including the 100tífiques Meet-up and the city-wide Science Festival, which will close out the week, among others.
From June 8 to 13, Barcelona will hold the second edition of the Biennal Ciutat i Ciència, a massive event organised by Barcelona’s City Council which aims to bring scientific knowledge closer to the public. Attendees will be able to discover how we will face the challenges of this century, think about them, and explore their limits.
The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) and its research centres have several activities planned throughout the Biennial, including:
• From June 8 – 11 at 10am, BIST is organizing four different meetings between scientists and primary school children where four different topics will be discussed.
> June 8: COVID-19 at the Parc Científic de Barcelona (PCB)
> June 9: Food at Plaça Ramon Torres Casanova
> June 10: ICT and Biomedicine in the Agustí Centelles urban block patio
> June 11: Exoplanets and Space at TBD
• On June 10 at 12:30pm, BIST is participating in the second face-to-face #100tífiques Meet-up. The purpose of the event is to recognise the work done by women scientists and to promote networking. It will be inaugurated by Mayor Ada Colau, and a keynote speech and round table are planned on the topic of how to promote personal, institutional, and social changes for increasing the influence of women in science and society.
• Talks by #100tífiques participants will also take place in 30 secondary school across Barcelona, with exact dates to be annouced soon.
• On June 11 at 9:30pm, within “La Nit de la Ciència”, a Pecha Kucha will take place on the topic of breaking the boundaries between art, science, and technology. Several researchers from the BIST centres – ICIQ, ICFO, IBEC and ICN2 – will present their work to a diverse audience in the special Pecha Kucha format used in artistic performances (20 images for 20 seconds each)
• On June 13, several BIST centres including ICFO and ICN2 will be at the city-wide Science Festival (Festa de la Ciència) with outreach activities for the public.
All in all, this edition of the Biennal Ciutat i Ciència will have 40 spaces throughout the city with more than 250 activities and around 300 speakers from different branches of knowledge. All activities will be carried out with appropriate safety measures given the global health situation. Spaces will largely be open and outdoors with limited capacity, and all activities, with some exceptions, will require prior registration through the Biennial website. Registration opens Tuesday, May 25th. Stay tuned for more information.