5th and 6th March 2014



Wednesday 5th March 2014.

Pere i Joan Coromines Room. Institut d’Estudis Catalans. c/ del Carme 47. 08001 Barcelona

Coordinator: Mercè Piqueras, former president of the ACCC

6 pm.  Opening by Genoveva Martí, Academic Director of the Barcelona Knowledge Hub

6.10 pm.  Arab Spring or Long Desolate Arab Winter? By Nadia El-Awady, science journalist and former president of the World Federation of Science Journalists

7.00 pm. Discussion

Arab Spring or Long Desolate Arab Winter?

On December 17, 2010, a Tunisian street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, publicly set himself on fire in protest against the municipality confiscating the cart on which he sold fruits and vegetables. He had been slapped by a female police officer and the municipality refused to accept the complaint that he lodged against her. A series of events followed, leading to revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and Libya and the ouster of their long-standing rulers.

Much has happened since then. Tunisia looks like it may be on a road towards democracy. Egypt, on the other hand, seems to be facing a more questionable future. Nadia El-Awady stood on the frontlines of the Egyptian Revolution from January 25 to February 11, 2011. Three years on, she reflects on the current situation in Egypt, how it has affected her, her family, and those around her.

 Nadia El-Awady is a freelance journalist and novice adventurer currently based between Egypt and the UK. The major part of her career has focused on science journalism. She has a B.Sc. in medicine from Cairo University and an MA in journalism and mass communication from the American University in Cairo. Nadia is a scuba diver – she has just recently received certification as a diving instructor, an avid hiker, and a newbie cyclist. Nadia has four beautiful children, the eldest of whom is already in university. She has no idea how they grew up so quickly.




Thursday 6th March 2014. 18 to 21 h

Pere i Joan Coromines Room. Institut d’Estudis Catalans. c/ del Carme 47. 08001 Barcelona



Coordinator: Carmen Chica, editor of the book “Once Upon a Time”, Barcelona, 2013

  • “The Earth as integrated system”. By Joandomènec Ros, Universitat de Barcelona, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.Vídeo: Goddess of the Earth (NOVA)
  • “Gaia at the MUSEU BLAU: Planet Life”. By Anna Omedes, Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona. Vídeo: Interview to James Lovelock (MCNB)
  • “Lynn and the Scientific Communication”. By Mercè Piqueras, expresident of the l’ACCC. Video: Life makes the Earth (Màster Class CC, UPF)
  • “The cosmic miracle. Lynn and the origin of life”. By Juli Peretó, Universitat de València, Institut d’Estudis Catalans
  • “Microbiotic ecology and Macrobiotic ecology”. Lynn’s footprint. By Isabel Esteve, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • “Lynn and the ermitee of Samalús”. By Marta Estrada, Institut de Ciències del Mar-CSIC, Institut d’Estudis Catalans
  • “Kingdoms, Domains and the unity of life. Changing paradigmes”. By Ricard Guerrero, Universitat de Barcelona, Institut d’Estudis Catalans. Vídeos: 5 Kingdoms (Expo Saragossa); View from the attic (UMASS)
  • “Immersed in water, soaked by Schubert”. By Carme Puche i Nicole Skinner. Vídeos: In the search of truth (AVED Prod.); L’impuls de fer (IEC)