Barcelona, ciutat de ciència
Un programa a l'abast de tothom

The Barcelona Science 2007 programme seeks to give the entire city a chance to know, enjoy and comment on all that ‘doing science’ means today, and what its impact is on our everyday lives.
Activities of the most diverse format will be presented all over the city throughout the year. The grand festivities, exhibitions, concerts, shows, workshops, courses, city routes, competitions and so on will be organized by the city’s institutions, entities, and research and education centres with the aim of achieving the participation of all.

Three general themes centralise the Barcelona Science 2007 programme, namely “the human being”, “the world” and “technology”. Though out of line with the so-called classic divisions of science – mathematics, physics, biology, geology, medicine and so on – they bring together many of humanity’s great enigmas and challenges and are intended to provoke a pluridisciplinary debate in which everyone can participate.   


The human being
Biotechnology, pharmacogenetics, transplants and assisted reproduction have been subjects of discussion for relatively little time. And processes of the mind, the conscience, intelligence, creativity and so on are of concern to us all.
A hundred years after award of the Nobel Prize to Santiago Ramón y Cajal and despite the huge advances of science in this field, knowledge of the brain is still sparse. Life expectancy is increasing and with it the number of people who suffer the ailments typical of old age, chronic illnesses such as diabetes and arthrosis, neurodegenerative processes like Alzheimer’s and a long etcetera. What can biomedicine do for us and what is the impact of technology on human beings’ health and way of life?   

The world
Humanity’s eternal questions regarding ‘where we are from’ and ‘where we are going’ continue being the object of study for thousands of scientists the world over. Philosophy, history, science – the origin and future of the world at the crossroads of multiple disciplines. Well into the 21st century, terms like climate change, greenhouse effect and global warming are still mysteries for a good deal of the population and even for many in the scientific community. We find ourselves, as will the generations that follow us, facing changes that we do not fully understand, but that are beginning to make themselves felt. With an energy crisis looming ever closer, some believe nuclear energy to be a suitable, though transient, solution. Will nuclear power return? What role is played by alternative energies in the energy scenario being painted for the coming years?

From the time we get up to the moment we go to bed, we are surrounded by technology that brings us wellbeing and comfort, but also traps us. Information and communication technologies (ICT), especially the Internet and mobile telephones, have radically changed our ways of working and relating to others. Reality and virtuality are combined in a new setting which is subject to rapid change. Nanotechnology has emerged as the most innovative – the world of ‘nano’, quantum physics, the smallest of the most minute… We are discovering an infinitely invisible world that not only creates fantastic expectations, it also raises dilemmas.



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