Barcelona, ciutat de ciència
mirant cap al futur

Barcelona intends to situate itself in the information society as a veritable capital of science. A creative nucleus of scientific knowledge and application, a city in which people really benefit from science and scientific culture.
The university is one of the most decisive pillars of this future capital of science. In this regard, the city of Barcelona currently hosts one of the largest university communities in Spain and among the most significant in Europe, made up of almost 200,000 students and more than 12,000 teachers. The university fabric of Barcelona, which boasts over 500 years of history, is recognised as having been able to balance the combination of tradition and innovation, respect for values and adaptation to the world of work. Many of the city’s greatest scientific projects have been born out of the combined effort of universities, administrations and businesses. This is the new way of working that must characterise us and that not only marks the creation of new physical spaces but also constitutes the basis for such ambitious strategic projects as the Bioregion and Barcelona Aeronautics and Space (Barcelona Aeronàutica i de l’Espai). The resolute political, business and social wager on attaining that role as a capital city of science has materialised in a multitude of actions, from the improvement of minor infrastructure to the creation of iconic projects of major significance. The Barcelona Science Park, Synchrotron and the Mare Nostrum Supercomputer are just a few of the capital projects created in recent years or currently in the development stage. On the seafront, recent times have seen assembly of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park, alongside another nucleus of research made up of the Municipal Institute of Medical Research, the Mediterranean Centre for Marine and Environmental Research of the CSIC, and the Hospital del Mar. The area is completed with the new Plaza de Charles Darwin and, nearby, the Territorial Meteorological Centre of Catalonia and the Marine Educational Resource Centre. Barcelona stands out in many fields of knowledge, one of which is related with health and life sciences. The city’s prestige in this area is represented by healthcare centres such as the Hospital Clinic, Hospital de la Vall d’Hebron, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and the Hospital del Mar, in which care, teaching and high-level research are conducted side by side; research centres scattered throughout the city and run by universities as well as by other public research institutions; companies in the pharmaceutical sector, both international and family-based; specialized publishers, and so on. And we should not forget the 22@, that centre of intense activity linked to the production of scientific and technological knowledge.



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