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 An annual activity of the Barcelona Knowledge Hub of the Academia Europaea

 (23rd November, 2017)

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The Disputatio of Barcelona 2017


This year the Barcelona Knowledge Hub of the Academia Europaea (AE-BKH) will hold the fifth modern-day Disputatio of Barcelona on 23rd November 2017, at the Institute for Catalan Studies (IEC). The session will take place in the Prat de la Riba Hall of the IEC, from 19.00 to 20.30 h.


The Disputatio of Barcelona 2017 will debate on “SUPERCOMPUTERS: An instrument for science, technology and the progress of society”. The two scholars (disputantes) discussing different perspectives of the topic will be Mateo Valero, director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), who will present the “science and technology” aspects, and Alison Kennedy, director of the STFC Hartree Centre (Daresbury, Warrington, UK), who will present the “progress of the society” aspects. The Disputatio debate will be coordinated by Enric Banda (BSC) and Fabrizio Gagliardi (BSC). The debate will be followed by a Colloquium with the audience, in which the attendants will address questions of relevance to both disputantes. After the academic session there will be a social drink in the Cloister of the IEC.


The day before, 22 November 2017, from 19.00 to 20.30 h, there will be a Concert at the IEC (also in the Prat de la Riba Hall). The concert will be given by soprano Marta Mathéu, and pianist and composer Albert Guinovart. Guinovart will play an Érard piano from the late 19th century loaned by the Music Museum in Barcelona. The concert, under the title “The European dimension of Felip Pedrell,” will present songs by Felip Pedrell, Manuel de Falla, Joaquín Turina, Enric Granados and Albert Guinovart. After the concert, there will be a social drink in the Cloister.


For more information, please look at:

Barcelona Knowledge Hub: http://barcelona.acadeuro.org/

Academia Europaea: http://acadeuro.org; http://ae-info.org

Disputatio of Barcelona 2017: http://barcelona.acadeuro.org/event/disputatio-of-barcelona-2017/


Attendance is free, but we recommend previous registration by sending an email to Doina Bird, Hub Manager (dbird@iec.cat, or barcelona@acadeuro.org), to be guaranteed a seat in the main Hall.


Cordially yours,


Ricard Guerrero

Academic Director, AE-BKH

Barcelona Knowledge Hub | Academia Europaea

Carme, 47 (IEC Building)

08001 Barcelona

+34 932701725

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