Welcome to the Barcelona Knowledge Hub, the Southern European and Mediterranean Office of the Academia Europaea.
Our goal is to contribute to the consolidation of a genuine European area of research, education and innovation.


The Barcelona Knowledge Hub is working remotely until at least June 6th, in compliance with recommendations by the Spanish health authorities regarding COVID-19. During this time, no phone calls to our office (located at the Institute for Catalan Studies, which is closed) will be answered. Questions and/or comments may be sent to and will be answered between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, CET, Monday through Friday.

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“Symbiotic Life” is a new on-line initiative of the Academia Europaea-Barcelona Knowledge Hub (AE-BKH), fruit of its partnership with Science into Images, a scientific dissemination project led by biologist and science filmmaker Rubén Duro, who is also the Hub’s webmaster and social media manager.

This initiative consists of several short documentaries on different examples of symbiotic relationships existing in nature, presented in a visually striking format. These videos present rarely seen images of microscopic organisms and are of great academic and research value.

However, the general public will also enjoy these educational and entertaining videos, as brief accompanying explanations subtitled in English provide non-experts with the tools necessary for fully appreciating the beauty and scientific interest of the images projected. Thus, the main objective of “Symbiotic Life” is two-fold: to disseminate scientific research in a novel format, in line with the AE-BKH’s overall mission; and to give support to a distinctive feature of the AE-BKH, which places special emphasis on symbiosis both as a driving concept of evolutionary biology and as a figurative term to describe the connections between seemingly different academic fields, such as the natural and exact sciences, the social sciences and the humanities.

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Call for Nominations for the Second Edition (Life and Health Sciences) of the Barcelona Hypatia European Science Prize, awarded by the Barcelona City Council in collaboration with the AE-BKH.

Please click HERE for updated information regarding prize criteria and procedures.



Updated May 30, 2020, at 10.23 h