Dear colleagues,

On behalf of President Cloetingh and all MAEs, I would like to invite you to come to Barcelona on the 23-25 of October, 2019, to participate in the Building Bridges 2019 Conference. I wish to extend a special invitation to the new members elected in the years 2018 and 2019, and also to our new Georgian friends from the recently inaugurated Tbilisi Knowledge Hub.

All Members, friends, non-members and local scholars and students are invited to attend the sessions and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of the friendly city of Barcelona. As George Orwell wrote in Homage to Catalonia (1938), “I would sooner be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends in Spain!”

Under the title of Building Bridges 2019, you will find below a brief overview of the Conference structure and format and a foretaste of things to come. The lectures, activities and online registration are announced on the website:

In addition to the scientific sessions, there are two social activities that are worth mentioning.

The first one is the all-new President’s Dinner. This is open to all Conference attendees, and in particular to our new Members of 2018 and 2019. The dinner will be held on the evening of October 23 at the Norai Restaurant, next to the Gothic building of the Royal Shipyards (Reales Atarazanas). Participation in the dinner will involve an additional cost, not included in the general Conference registration fee. (Booking can be done online at the time of registration.)

Finally, as it is an AE tradition to organise a post-Conference field trip, this year we will go to the impressive walled city of Montblanc, 115 km southwest of Barcelona. Participants (a maximum of 50 persons, on a first-come-first-served basis) will have the opportunity to visit the medieval and Jewish quarters, enjoy a typical Catalan meal, participate in games and a wines and olive oils tasting, and explore the geological landscape of the Terra Alta (High Land) surrounding the city of Montblanc. The field trip will be held on October 25 (all day) and will entail an additional cost. (Booking can be done online at the time of registration.)

The logistic organisation, registration and payment of the Conference will be handled by Manners Conferences and Events, an excellent travel and tourist agency that provided us with efficient and smooth management of last year’s Annual Conference.

Information regarding the event is available at: http:/

Registration ends on October 10, 2019. Please see the following pages for more information on the structure and development of the Conference.

We hope that you will enjoy the excellent Scientific Programme of Building Bridges 2019, the 31st Annual Conference of the Academia Europaea that will again be held in Barcelona and hosted by our Barcelona Knowledge Hub.

We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona in October! Remember, “How easy it is to make friends in Spain!”

Sincerely yours,


Ricard Guerrero

Academic Director

AE-Barcelona Knowledge Hub


Updated October 18, 19:26 h