Barcelona, ciutat de ciència
La ciència com a part de la cultura

CARLES MARTÍ,
COUNCILLOR FOR CULTURE, BARCELONA CITY COUNCIL

VLADIMIR DE SEMIR,
COMMISSIONER FOR SCIENTIFIC CULTURE OF BARCELONA CITY COUNCIL


Throughout history, science has helped human beings understand and relate to their surroundings. The new knowledge provided by research and the applications that derive from it changes our view of things, our habits, our values systems and even transforms our societies. The Barcelona Science 2007 programme highlights precisely that fact, the idea that science is an inseparable part of culture. This statement may sound obvious to some; to others, unfortunately, it has proved less clear. Conceptions such as the “two cultures” separating science from humanities and art are evidence enough of this still all too present duality.
The paradigms of today’s science pose new challenges, often highly complex as much in their very comprehension as in the decisions that surround them. Barcelona Science 2007 sets out to bring people closer to this new reality. So, throughout 2007 but with the firm idea that the programme will become a permanent cultural event, numerous activities will be held all over the city: major and minor events, talks, exhibitions, debates, shows… Science emerges from the laboratories and goes to the city’s theatres, libraries, museums, schools, districts and neighbourhoods. The activities approach all areas of science from three basic standpoints: the human being, the world, and technology. “The Human Being” encompasses thought on the potentials and uses of new technologies applied to health such as biotechnologies, and on what we know or don’t know about the human being (the mysteries of the mind, for instance), and about new epidemics and so on. “The World” revisits some of the eternal questions such as the origin and future of the world, and places subjects of debate onto the table including climate change and the energy crisis. “Technology”– ICTs, artificial intelligence, nanotechnologies – these and other current or future technologies form part of this third position, which will discuss the advantages and disadvantages, as well as the traps, of the technological world. Barcelona Science 2007 is an accessibility project, which means that science will be omnipresent, discovered and discussed, entering into the daily debate as part of people’s culture in Barcelona.

 

 

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