B·Debate organises twelve high-level international scientific debates in Barcelona
B·Debate-International Center for Scientific Debate is a joint initiative of Biocat and the "la Caixa" Foundation, which aims to organise international debates on knowledge frontiers, that will bring together the best specialists in each field, and promote interdisciplinary dialogue in order to respond to the great challenges that society is facing.
The programme is carried out by means of a public call which invites proposals from the best research centres and researchers in the country, and it combines closed debates for small groups of specialists, symposia open to the scientific community, and conferences and talks open to the general public. The aim is to situate Barcelona and Catalonia as an international scientific focal point and at the same time, promote knowledge and social participation in the important ethical and intellectual debates concerning science.
Throughout the year, B·Debate organised twelve debate sessions with twenty national and international organisations, bringing together a total of 281 speakers (60% international) and 1,839 attendees. For logistical reasons, one of the debate sessions was held in January 2013.
• Progress and Challenges on HPV Vaccination and Screening in Developed and Developing Countries (March)
• Good Practices for Fostering Transformative Research in Health and Life Sciences (May)
• Setting the Future For Water and Health Research (May)
• To the Origins of the Human Mind (May-June)
• Advancement of Laser for Medicine (June)
• Beyond Omics Revolutions: Integrative Knowledge for Empowered Healthcare and Research (July)
• How Mind Emerges from Brain: a View into the Future (July)
• Feeding the World. Security and Sostenibility in Global Food Production (October)
• The Future of Plant Genomes: Harvesting Genes for Agriculture (October)
• Unsolved Problems in Heart Repair (November)
• Neuroethics: from Lab to Law. A Scientific Scrutiny of Sociability, Responsability and Criminality (November)
• Extremely Preterm Babies. Improving Perinatal Care (January 2013)
Among the topics discussed, particular impact was made by the seminars on transformative research (May); the discussion on cardiovascular disorders (November); the debate on neuroethics (November); and the symposium on extremely premature babies (January). In the more informative area, the two talk sessions held within the framework of the Barcelona Centre of Contemporary Culture (CCCB) — At the origins of the human mind and Feeding the world. Food safety and sustainability in global food production— managed to exceed the capacity of the halls on several sessions.
These scientific seminars were carried out with twenty internationally recognised centres such as the Institut Català d’Oncologia, the Fundació Pascual Maragall, the Centre de recerca en epidemiologia ambiental (CREAL), the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), the Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO), the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), the Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), the Centre de Regulació Genòmica (CRG), the Centre en Recerca en Agrigenòmica (CRAG, CSIC-IRTA-UAB), the Vall d’Hebron Institut de Recerca (VHIR), the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Institut de Recerca Hospital del Mar (IMIM), the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu and the European Science Foundation.
In February 2012, B·Debate launched its website (www.bdebate.org), on which it posted numerous documents generated by each activity (speeches, videos, interviews, manifestos, etc.). The aim of the site is to become a reference archive for the frontier areas of science developed in Catalonia and its links with the international scientific community.