October 26-29, 2020 | Online
This fourth edition of the BIST Annual Conference was focused on the latest developments in an area of priority for BIST research: sustainability. Local and international keynote speakers joined us from all over the world, attendees participated in roundtable discussions, and key issues for the research community were discussed at satellite sessions leading up to the day of the conference
Our current patterns of production and consumption are depleting the planet’s resources, such as biomass, water, minerals, and fossil fuels, while generating exponential growth in waste as well as air and soil pollution. This has resulted in the serious climate crisis we are experiencing, which threatens the future of humanity.
As scientists working in some of the most advanced research institutions in our country, BIST researchers know the science behind climate change and recognise the urgency to take actions to address global warming and avoid its catastrophic effects. We feel compelled to use our science to meet this global social challenge, as reflected in the BIST Research Initiative on Energy and Environmental Sustainability.
Once more, the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) invited its entire community and its various stakeholders and partners to meet at its annual conference to discuss the latest developments in an area of priority for BIST research, focusing on sustainability.
Under the title Buiding a sustainable world together, the 2020 BIST Conference programme included two round-tables with BIST researchers working on nano-bioengineering for pollution remediation and on clean energy, and a debate with representatives from all BIST centres on how to turn research institutes into more sustainable organisations themselves.
Our first keynote speaker was Dr. Esther Alarcón, 3D-Photovoltaics Group Leader at AMOLF in Amsterdam. Her work aims to extend the boundaries of 3D additive nano-manufacturing of functional semiconductor nanostructures, opening a wide range of possibilities for the generation of novel devices, in particular in the domain of photonics and energy conversion.
The second keynote speaker was Philip Ball, renowned scientific writer —chemist and physicist by training — who has written several books and many articles on how science should and can confront big social challenges.
The 2020 BIST Conference programme also included three satellite sessions on closing the gender gap in research, the future of science communication, and engaging institutes in sustainable research.
Conference attendees also had the chance to hear the directors of the BIST centres discuss key questions in research and sustainability throughout day.
Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 BIST Conference was successfully held online.
|16.30h – 18.00h
|Roundtable: Closing the Gender Gap in Research: Collective Challenges Ahead
Moderator: Toni Pou (Journalist)
BIST and its centres have undertaken several activities and built programmes for closing the gender gap, with some encouraging results. Some of these accomplishments and remaining challenges will be discussed. [+]
|16.30h – 18.00h
|Roundtable: The Future of Science Communication
Moderator: Àlex Argemí, Head of Marketing and Communication, ICN2
New target audiences and new delivery formats, branding tendencies and how to deal with uncertainty as science communicators and researchers will be discussed. [+]
|16.30h – 18.00h
|Roundtable: How to Engage Research Institutes in Sustainable Research
Moderator: Xavier Gabarrell (ICTA-UAB)
Sustainability in the day-to-day activity and management of research institutes will be discussed. Challenges and best practices will be shared along with examples of solutions from within and outside the BIST Community. [+]
|9.30h||Presentation – Elisabet Romero (ICIQ), Conference Technical Programme Chair|
|9.45h||Welcome – Gabby Silberman, Director General of BIST|
|10.00h – 11.00h
Dr. Esther Alarcón Lladó, 3D-Photovoltaics Group Leader at AMOLF (The Netherlands)
|11.00h – 12.15h
Moderator: Alfredo Ongaro (ICFO)
|12.15h – 15.00h||Break – Lunch|
|15.00h – 16.15h
Moderator: Mónica Lira-Cantu (ICN2)
|16.30 – 17.00h||Coffee break|
|17.00h – 18.00h||Keynote speech
Philip Ball, Science Writer, Broadcaster
Director General of BIST
Head of Academic Programmes & Organisational Effectiveness (BIST)