Even with the first Open City Thought Biennial held last October in mind, which had about 20,000 participants and that the City Council considers "a source of pride" for the city, Barcelona is now launching a first biennial dedicated to science: the biennial city and science. An event that will take place between 7 and 11 February and that Mayor Ada Colau presented this Monday at the Royal Academy of Medicine in Barcelona as an opportunity to bring Barcelona closer to science and face together, population and scientists , the great challenges of the city's future.
Climate change, the increase in life expectancy, sustainable mobility and social inequality are some of the strong points that will be offered this biennial, which will deliberately coincide with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, that is February 11th. The nearly one hundred activities that will be offered in these five days will be followed by feminism and the active participation of women. In fact, Colau assured that the participation of the speakers is very similar: 48% will be women.
From the presentation of this first biennial on science in the city and its applications in the future, from which the budget comes 400,000 euros, Even the culture commission, Joan Subirats, and the deputy mayor of the city council, Gerardo Pisarello, took the lead.
The first edition will have 96 free activities in more than 60 structures in the ten districts of the city, in order not to concentrate the event in the center, and in which not only will there be talks and dialogues with experts and referents, both Catalan and Europeans and the rest of the world – the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Ada E. Yonath, and the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics, Jerome Isaac Friedman – will participate, but will open up to various participatory formats so that citizens can feel called
Subirats stressed that although there is often great scientific progress, if these are not accompanied by changes in people's lives, they are not really progress and that "they must be made accessible to everyone and in all possible formats". "Theater, dance, cinema … Public science must be done", he insisted. In this line, one of the biennial commissioners, the physics doctor Sonia Fernández-Vidal, said that with this participatory event they want to "invite people in the scientific world and bring scientists out of their ivory towers" through conferences, workshops, educational activities for all ages and exhibitions that have science as a nerve center.
The objective of the Biennial of the City and of Science is to encourage people to be attracted to science and to prevent this discipline from being seen as isolated and specialized. Therefore, many of the activities offered by the biennial are related to arts, performances or architecture. Some of the initiatives that will be offered include directors to analyze scientific content in films, activities on urban gardens and healthy and sustainable food, and to repeat the success of the Librerie, Biennial and Science Night will open the doors of some of the most important scientific academies of city, such as the Royal Academy of Medicine in Barcelona or the Institute of Catalan Studies. In a clear reference to the upcoming municipal elections in the Barcelona city council, Colau stressed the importance of this type of participatory projects and revealed that he hopes that they will continue to be "the government to the government".
One of the great recipients of the activities organized by this initiative, managed by the Consistory through the Institute of Culture of Barcelona (Icub), will be the children. "We want to help raise awareness of the scientific vocation among the children of Barcelona," said Mayor Colau, who indicated that in the city government there are already "great talents, experts and structures and first-class companies and laboratories conducting research flagship ".
However, Colau stressed that although Barcelona historically has a scientific ecosystem above the average that refers to the whole of Europe in the field of scientific research, research must be democratized: "We do not want to resign – Go to the global trend privatization and that only the rich can access based on what scientific benefits or even knowledge. "