Barcelona, ciutat de ciència
Un programa per al progrés de la ciutat

JORDI HEREU, MAYOR OF BARCELONA

Ramón y Cajal, for his studies on neuronal tissue. It was in Barcelona, where he held the chair of Histology, that he began the research that would bring him worldwide fame. Fruit of his talent and intuition, but also of the scientific air being breathed in the city at the time. The following year saw creation of the Institute of Catalan Studies (Institut d’Estudis Catalans), our academy of academies and the institution that laid the foundation for the High Council for Scientific Research (Consell Superior d’Investigacions Científiques). A full century has passed and today science has a far more notable presence in the community through direct applications of knowledge and technology. In fact, knowledge is the most prized commodity in societies today, and there can be little doubt that science, with its questions and answers, is the driving force of knowledge, that which has always been the motor of civilization’s progress.
We have made a qualitative leap in these hundred years, one that has recently accelerated rapidly; Barcelona is today a scientific pole of international standing. Hospitals, universities, businesses and administrations have created a nucleus of excellence operating alongside new leading-edge scientific infrastructure such as the Biomedical Research Park and the National Supercomputing Centre. This coexistence is important because knowledge attracts knowledge, and teams must be able to share results and concerns. We are creating a city of science, of scientific work. One step remains however – science must penetrate society and society must actively join in the scientific debate, now more necessary than ever with knowledge surpassing boundaries hitherto unknown. The Barcelona Science 2007 programme, in addition to celebrating the centenaries of institutions and major anniversaries in the evolution of our science, is intended to strengthen scientific culture and bring it closer to people of all ages so they may adopt it as their heritage. Knowing about and appreciating the work of our scientists is important, as this will doubtless contribute to awakening scientific vocations in young students.
Today, sc¡ence is present in all activities, from tiny, pocket-sized technology to the most abstract form of thinking. This is consequently the perfect occasion to foster greater reflection and debate about science and its impact on our society, on our city.  

 

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