Preliminary Programme

November 27 [Tuesday]

Pre-conference meetings. (For the Boards of the AE and the YAE)

Afternoon, at the Institute for Catalan Studies
– Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the AE
– Meeting of the Board of the Young Academy of Europe

Evening, at the City Hall (pl. Sant Jaume)
– Reception of the Board of Trustees of the AE and the Board of the YAE by the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau. (Confirmation pending)

November 28 [Wednesday]


Pre-conference meetings.

At the Institute for Catalan Studies (IEC, c/Carme 47) and the National Council for Research (CSIC) Residence (c/Hospital 64)

Morning (at the IEC)
09.00 h-18.00 h. Documents delivery
10.00 h -14.00 h. Meetings of the four Section Classes of AE. At the IEC
– General coordinator: Alexander Fidora (ICREA-UAB)
– Coordinators of each Session: Vladimir Biti, Björn Wittrock, Donald Dingwell, Alexei Verkhratsky
09.00 h-16.00 h. Meetings of the YAE. At the CSIC Residence

Afternoon (at the IEC):
1st part
15.00 h-18.00 h (for members of the AE, and from 16.30 h on also members of the YAE)
– General Assembly of the AE
– Delivery of Diplomas to the new Members of the AE and the YAE
2nd part
19.00 h-21.00 h (open to the general public):

Cooperation vs. Competition. Challenges and Opportunities
– Disputantes: Hervé Moulin (Glasgow) vs. Gabrielle Demange (Paris)
– Coordinator: Salvador Barberà (UAB)
– Open discussion with the attendants

November 29 [Thursday]

BUILDING BRIDGES 2018 (at CosmoCaixa)
For the participants in the Congress and previously registered people from Barcelona.
09.00 h. Buses to CosmoCaixa
– Documents delivery (cont.)
10.00 h -13.00 h
Welcome to CosmoCaixa
Angel Font, Corporate Director of Research and Strategy, “la Caixa” Banking Foundation
Official opening of the Annual Congress of the AE and the YAE:
Sierd Cloetingh, President of AE
Ricard Guerrero, Academic Director of the Barcelona Hub
Marcel Swart, Chair of the YAE
The 2018 AE-Heinz-Nixdorf ERASMUS Medal and Laudatio:
Hans Clevers, “Stem cell-based organoids in personalised medicine”
Jos van der Meer, Laudator

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

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

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

14.30 h-17.45 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”
– YAE Prize and Laudatio: Gabi Lombardo, “Encouraging a strong SSH scientific community to serve society’s wellbeing”
– YAE Session Talk #1: Sarah de Rijcke, “Metrics and science”
– YAE Session Talk #2: Anna Marmadoro, “Time after change”
– Closure and Welcome Reception for new Members
– 18.00 h. Buses to RAMC-IEC

19.00 h-20.30 h

– Royal Academy of Medicine of Catalonia (RAMC), at the Anatomic Theatre Gimbernat Hall:
– Presentation: Ramon Gomis (IDIBAPS, UB)
– Concert by The Gani Mirzo Band, “Building musical bridges in the Mediterranean. Songs from Algeria, Armenia and Kurdistan”

20.30 h-22.30 h

– IEC, Cloister:
– Reception and Hot buffet
– Farewell

November 30 [Friday].

Post-conference field trip.

Optional excursion on geology and history
(A tradition at the AE Congresses; limited to 50 people)
(All day; from 8.00 h until 19.00 h)
– Bus to Banyoles
– Karstic area of Banyoles Lake
– Reception at the Banyoles City Hall
– Volcanic lava flows
– Lunch (with tasting of oils and wines)
– Visit to the Medieval quarter and Jewish quarter (call) of Besalú.
– Bus to Barcelona

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