November 21st–24th, 2016



Monday 21 November

17.00–18.00 h. Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Gothic building from the 14th century, seat of the Government of Catalonia)

Audience with the president of Catalonia, M. Hon. Carles Puigdemont

Members of the Board of the Academia Europaea and other MAE were received in a special audience by the president of Catalonia, M. Hon. Carles Puigdemont. Some aspects of the collaboration between the Barcelona Knowledge Hub of the AE (AE-BKH) and the Government of Catalonia were discussed in a warm and pleasant atmosphere. President Puigdemont encouraged the Board of the AE, and particularly the director of the AE-BKH, Prof. Ricard Guerrero, to continue the excellent work that they have done to promote and spread knowledge at the highest level, in both humanities and sciences. The audience was also attended by some of the participant lecturers in the Disputatio Week 2016, and enjoyed this unusual visit very much.


18.00 h–19.30 h. Palau de la Generalitat.


 “Natural Life vs. Synthetic Life”

Presided by M. Hon. Carles Puigdemont, President of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government  of Catalonia).

This year, the Disputatio of Barcelona was devoted to the topic “Natural Life vs. Synthetic Life”. Two scholars, Anna Veiga and Ricard Solé debated on the new challenges that the current scientific advancements present to human societies.

The impressive knowledge in their respective fields of research allowed the two disputantes to clearly expose their ideas to the audience. An active debate among the public and the speakers helped to better understand several critical questions previously exposed by the disputantes.


Anna Veiga, Centre for Regenerative Medicine of Barcelona (CMR[B])

Ricard Solé, Complex Systems Lab, PRBB (Barcelona Biomedical Research Park), Barcelona


20.30 h–22.00 h. Cloister of the IEC. (c/Carme 47, 08001 Barcelona)

CONCERT by Lídia Pujol

“Iter Luminis, Works and Pleasures of Love”

Concert  devoted to the life and work of Ramon Llull (1232–1316).

Accompanied by Mohamed Ayoub (voice), Miquel Àngel Cordero (double bass and voice), Pau Figueres (guitar), Mohamed Soulimane (violin, lute, kemanje, tambourines), Sandra Ballbè, (movement/dance), and the Chorus of Vallferosa.

With the collaboration of the Institute for Catalan Studies (1st concert of the academic year).



Tuesday 22 November

November 22, 2016

12.00 h–13.30 h. Gothic Quarter, Barcelona

Guided visit to the Call (Jewish Quarter) of Barcelona

The Board of the AE, other MAE and accompanying persons visited the Jewish Quarter of Barcelona, the Call. The visit was guided by Victor Sorenssen, director of the Jewish Community of Barcelona. His explanations about the history of Jews in Catalonia, and their way of life in the city during the Middle Ages, while visiting several of the related buildings and streets, made the walk through the narrow and old streets of the “Old Barcelona” especially interesting.

You can see a short video of the visit through this LINK


17.30 h–21.00 h. IEC.



(Lynn Margulis died five years ago, on Nov. 22, 2011.)

Chaired by Christophe Thébaud (Toulouse).


Extraterrestrial Life, by Annia Domènech (Paris).

The Universe, by Gloria García Cuadrado (Barcelona).

Thermodynamics and Life, by David Jou (UAB).

Minimal Life, by Ricard Guerrero (BKH).

Intelligent Life, by Mavi Sánchez-Vives (IDIBAPS).

Artificial Life, by Javier Macía (UPF).


With the collaboration of the Catalan Society for Biology (SCB), the Catalan Institution for Natural History (ICHN) and the Catalan Society for History of Science and Technology (SCHCT).



Wednesday 23 November

17.00 h–21.00 h. IEC.

Preview screening of

“Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis rocked the boat and started a scientific revolution”.

A film by director John Feldman (Hummingbird Films, New York).


With the collaboration of the Catalan Society for Biology (SCB), the Catalan Institution for Natural History (ICHN) and the Catalan Society for History of Science and Technology (SCHCT).



Thursday 24 November

12.00 h–14.00 h. The Industrial School complex (carrer Urgell).

Visit to the Industrial School of Catalonia (1872–2016), in the quarter known as the Eixample. The visit was guided by Prof. Jaume Rosell, from the School of Architecture of Barcelona (Technical University of Catalonia, UPC). The original building (1867) was Can Batlló, the textile factory of the Batlló brothers, built by the renowned architect Rafael Guastavino. Since 1889, when the industrial activity ceased, the building had many changes. New facilities and functions were added to the originals, and now the large architectural ensemble is the home of different departments of the Diputació de Barcelona (provincial Council), and of the Industrial School of Catalonia. One of the buildings of the complex will be the site of the BIST, Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, presided by Andreu Mas-Colell.

With the collaboration of the Catalan Society for History of Science and Technology (SCHCT).