Photos from Building Bridges 2018, now available!

The Barcelona Knowledge Hub (AE-BKH) was pleased to host the 30th Annual Conference of the Academia Europaea (AE) and 7th of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE), “Building Bridges 2018”, held on the 28th and 29th of November 2018. We invite you to view images of the event here:

Finally, we are pleased to announce that Building Bridges 2019 will be held in Barcelona on October 23-24, 2019. See you there!

Scientific Programme



November 27 [Tuesday]

Pre-Conference meetings

 Morning, at the City Hall (pl. Sant Jaume)

09.45 h: Announcement of the Barcelona European Science Hypatia Prize winner

 Afternoon, at the Institute for Catalan Studies (IEC) At the Puig-Cadafalch Room.

15.00 h-19.00 h: Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Academia Europaea (AEPre-conference meetings (For the Boards of the AE and the YAE)


November 28 [Wednesday]. Morning (at the IEC, c/Carme 47)

Pre-conference meetings

Academic Coordinator: Alexander Fidora, ICREA, Autonomous University of Barcelona

At the IEC (different rooms)

09.00 h-18.00 h Documents delivery

10.00 h-11.30 h Section/Class Workshops (See ANNEX 1)

11.30 h-12.00 h Coffee break

12.00 h-13.00 h Section/Class Workshops (cont’d)

13.00 h-14.15 h Lunch break


  • At the CSIC Residence of Researchers (c/ Hospital, 64)

Meetings of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE) (See ANNEX 2)


November 28 [Wednesday]. Afternoon (at the IEC, c/Carme 47)


BUILDING BRIDGES 2018 (At the Prat de la Riba Main Hall, IEC)





Part #1

15.00 h-16.30 h

30th Annual business meeting of members of the Academia Europaea

President: Sierd Cloetingh

Executive secretary: David Coates

16.30 h-17.00 h 

Coffee Break

17.00 h-18.30 h

Welcome of new members of AE elected in 2017 and 2018, and welcome of new members of YAE

Coordinated by Genoveva Martí, ICREA, University of Barcelona


Part #2 (Open to the general public)

19.00 h-21.00 h

Competition vs. Cooperation: Two economists’ points of view

-Coordination and Introduction: Salvador Barberà, Autonomous University of Barcelona


Hervé Moulin. Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow.

Gabrielle Demange. École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris / Paris School of Economics

– Open discussion with the attendants


November 29 [Thursday] From 10.00 h-18.30 h (at CosmoCaixa Science Museum (c/Isaac Newton 26, 08022 Barcelona)


BUILDING BRIDGES 2018 (at the Agora Room, CosmoCaixa)

For the participants in the Conference and previously registered people from Barcelona.

09.00 h Buses to CosmoCaixa, from Plaça Universitat.

09.00 h-10.00 h

Documents delivery

10.00 h-10.15 h

Official opening of the Annual Conference of the AE and the YAE

Welcome to CosmoCaixa

Angel Font, Corporate Director of Research and Strategy, “la Caixa” Banking Foundation

Welcome to the AE conference

Sierd Cloetingh, President of AE

10.15 h-11.00 h

The 2018 AE-Heinz-Nixdorf ERASMUS Medal

Laudatio by Jos van der Meer

Erasmus Lecture: Hans Clevers: Stem cell-based organoids in personalised medicine

Coordinated by Eva Kondorosi, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

11.00 h-11.30 h

Balzan Lecture #1: Carlo Ginzburg: Disciplines, Serendipity, case studies

11.30 h-12.00 h

Coffee break

12.00 h-12.30 h

Balzan Lecture #2: Michaël Gillon: Life under another Sun: from science-fiction to science

12.30 h-13.00 h

COST Lecture #1: Marcel Swart: Spinning from north to south: a collaborative COST approach in transition-metal chemistry

13.00 h-14.15 h

Lunch break

14.30 h-15.00 h

AE Gold Medal award to the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) and talk by Professor dr. Jörg Hacker, president of the Leopoldina

15.00 h-15.30 h

Lecture by Robert-Jan Smits (former DG research and innovation of the European Commission): Science, Europe’s precious asset

15.30 h-16.00 h

COST Lecture #2: Angelo Camerlenghi, Uncovering the Mediterranean salt giant (MEDSALT)—a COST Action as an incubator of cross-disciplinary research in Earth Sciences

Coordinated by Marcel Swart, ICREA, University of Girona

16.00-16.30 h

YAE Prize and Laudatio: Gabi Lombardo: Encouraging a strong SSH scientific community to serve society’s wellbeing

16.30-17.00 h

YAE Session Talk #1: Sarah de Rijcke: Metrics and science

17.00-17.30 h

YAE Session Talk #2: Anna Marmodoro: Time after change

17.30-18.15 h

Closure and Reception

18.30 h Buses to RAMC-IEC

20.00 h-21.00 h  At the Royal Academy of Medicine of Catalonia (RAMC) (c/Carme 47, 08001 Barcelona) Gimbernat Hall (18th c.) 

CONCERT by The Gani Mirzo Band, “Building musical bridges in the Mediterranean. Songs from Algeria, Armenia and Kurdistan”

Presentation: Romà Escalas, musician and musicologist, has directed and organised the cycles “Music at the Cloister”, on behalf of the IEC

21.30 h-24.00 h (at the Cloister of the IEC)

Farewell by:

     Sierd Cloetingh, president of the AE

     Ricard Guerrero, academic director of the AE-BKH

     Kimberly Katte, manager of the AE-BKH

Reception and Hot buffet

November 30 [Friday]. (All day; from 8.00 h until c. 20.00 h)


Optional field trip on geology, culture and history

(A tradition at the AE Conferences; limited to 50 people)


08.00 h Bus to Banyoles. (Plaça Universitat)

– Travel through different geological and botanical areas: Barcelonès, Vallès, La Selva, Gironès, Pla de l’Estany, Garrotxa.

– Karstic area of Banyoles Lake

– Volcanic lava flows (depending on the weather)

– Mas Pere Pau (Maià de Montcal). A rural house from the 14th c.

– Catalan lunch. (With tasting of oils and wines. Games)

– Visit to the Medieval and Jewish quarters (call) of Besalú.

18.00 h Bus to Barcelona




November 28 [Wednesday]. Morning (at the IEC, c/Carme 47)



Scientific coordinator: Alexander Fidora (ICREA-UAB)

Class A1 (Abstracts PDF)

Post-imperial Europe: The Challenge of Compartmentalisation 

(At the Pi i Sunyer Room)

Chairperson: Vladimir Biti (Shanghai)


Biti, Vladimir (Shanghai): Post-imperial Europe and Transborder Communities

Daković, Nevena (Belgrade): Belgrade in-between the Wars: Imperial Shadows on the Screen

D’haen, Theo (Leuven): Post- and Future-Imperial Europe(s)

He, Chengzhou (Nanjing): Theater as “an Encounter”: Jerzy Grotowski’s Cosmopolitanism

Hutchinson, Ben (Kent): Empires of the Mind: The Emergence of ‘Comparative’ and ‘World’ Literature as Imperial Structures

Larsen, Svend Erik (Aarhus): From Imperial Cracks to Post-Imperial Stress Syndromes

Lützeler, Paul Michael (Saint Louis): Robert Menasse’s Novel “The Capital”: The National Factor in the EU

Onega, Susana (Saragossa): Meeting the Challenge of Compartmentalisation: David Mitchell’s Transmodern History of the World


Class A2 (Abstracts PDF)

Social Sciences in Their Global Contexts

(At the Joan Coromines Room)

Chairperson: Björn Wittrock (Uppsala)


Mas-Colell, Andreu (Barcelona): Economics: between theory and empirics

Knöbl, Wolfgang (Hamburg): Developments in Sociology and Historically Orientated Social Science

Randeria, Shalini (Vienna and Geneva): Role and Relevance of Institutes of Advanced Study in Social Science Knowledge Production Today

Schnell, Izhak (Tel Aviv): The Structure of Social Space in a Global Reality: the Case of Arabs in Israel


 Class B (Section B3: P&E) (this Workshop will start at 09.00 h) (Abstracts PDF)

Inaugural Lectures by New Members of Physics and Engineering Sciences


(At the Prat de la Riba Room)

Chairpersons: Muhsin Harakeh (Groningen) and Tamás Csörgő (Budapest)


Sanjuán, Miguel A.F. (Madrid): Contributions to Nonlinear Dynamics, Chaos and Complex Systems

Viña, Luis (Madrid): Bose-Einstein Condensates in Semiconductor Microcavities

Krasznahorkay, Attila J. (Debrecen): On a New Light-Particle Candidate for Dark Matter in High-Energy Nuclear Transitions

Wiescher, Michael (Notre Dame): The Nucleosynthesis of First Stars

Kalantar-Nayestanaki, Nasser (Groningen): FAIR and its Impact on Science and Technology

Maj, Adam (Krakow): Exotic Shapes and Collective Phenomena in Excited Atomic Nuclei

Ordejon, Pablo (Barcelona): Frontiers in Materials Modelling

Fantz, Ursel (Garching): Large and Powerful Sources for Negative Hydrogen Ions

Campbell, David J (ITER Organization): Self-organisation in Burning Plasmas

Wójs, Arkadiusz (Wroclaw): Quantum Electron Liquids and Fractional Quantum Hall Effect

Jajszczyk, Andrzej (Krakow): ERC Funding in Physics and Engineering


Class C

Presentations by Newly Elected Members of Class C

(At the Nicolau d’Olwer Room)

Chairperson: Alexei Verkhratsky (Manchester)






November 28 [Wednesday]. Morning (At the CSIC Residence of Researchers, c/Hospital, 64)


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