Programme Overview

The AE has designed a programme for Building Bridges 2019 that will focus on exciting topics in fields ranging from science and technology to the humanities and social sciences, as well as on the current challenges of research and academia as a whole. Sessions will be structured as follows:

Wednesday, October 23rd (afternoon and evening): After the workshops of the AE Classes/Sections and YAE meetings in the morning (held in the IEC), the Conference opens at 15:30, at the Barcelona Athenaeum. It starts with a Welcome to new AE Members and continues with the two AE Erasmus Medal Lectures, along with their corresponding Laudationes. A reception will follow.

At the evening participants are invited to go to the all-new President’s Dinner, at Restaurant Norai, next to the Royal Shipyards (Reales Atarazanas). The dinner is open to all Conference attendees, with a special call to new AE Members of 2018 and 2019. (Cost, 45 €, is not included in the Conference fees. It is an optional item to sign up during the on-line registration process.)

Thursday, October 24th (all day, at the Barcelona Athenaeum): On the second and final day, the programme continues with several renowned expert speakers and recipients of prestigious honours, including four Balzan Prizes, the AE-Adam Kondorosi Prize and the YAE Andre Mischke Prize. As in previous years, two lectures will focus on research networks funded by COST Actions, an EU collaborative programme. Nobel Laureate Konstantin Novoselov (Physics, 2010) will give a lecture on graphene. Finally, the conference will conclude with the 2019 AE Distinguished Lecture, followed by a cocktail reception.

Friday, October 25th (all day): Participants are encouraged to sign up for the traditional post-conference field trip. This year we will travel south by coach bus to the walled ducal city of Montblanc, which was an important trading centre in medieval times, as reflected in its many Gothic architectural gems. Close to the Prades mountain range, the area is home to many geological sites of interest dating from the Triassic period. The outing will include lunch featuring Catalan cuisine and a tasting of wines and olive oils; the excursion will also explore popular legends and landmarks. (Cost, 75 €, is not included in the Conference fees. It is an optional item to sign up during the on-line registration process.)

We are confident that this year’s programme has something for everyone. Please see the ‘Programme’ section for a complete schedule and other details. The Organising Committee is looking forward to seeing you in Barcelona this fall!