The event, which starts today, presents a programme with more than 250 activities and 300 speakers to bring science closer to all citizens.
From 8 to 13 June, the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM) will be taking part in the second edition of the Barcelona City and Science Biennial, a major event organised by Barcelona City Council that aims to bring scientific knowledge closer to the public and invite them to play a leading role.
This year, in addition to the more than 100 activities programmed by the curators and collaborating entities of the Biennial, among which we can find the ICM, there are 120 proposals for the 14th Science Festival and 30 for the +Biennial.
In total, this edition brings to 40 Barcelona locations more than 250 activities and the participation of 300 speakers from different branches of knowledge to discover how we will face the challenges of this century, to think and explore its limits.
All the activities on the programme will be carried out with the safety measures required by the health situation. Thus, the spaces will be mainly open, outdoors, with limited seating capacity to avoid crowds and the need to register in advance through the Biennial's website for almost all the activities.
Many of the Biennial’s activities focus on the limits of the planet, of society and of science itself, and raise the consequences that going beyond them can have on people, humanity and the environment.
The ocean at the Biennial
The ICM has proposed various activities focused on promoting joint action to promote the conservation and sustainability of the global ocean. These include the round table "A respectful attitude ergo a sustainable ocean" scheduled for today, the World Oceans Day, which will be attended by the director of the ICM and other personalities; another round table on art and science to discuss the problematic in the Mar Menor; and a session in which participants could ask ICM researchers anything they want to know about the ocean.
On Sunday 13 June, the culmination of the Biennial will be the fourteenth edition of the Science Festival, which will be held on the seafront, specifically in various areas of the Barceloneta Park, in La Fábrica del Sol, the PRBB and the ICM. The Festival will bring to these spaces workshops, demonstrations, itineraries, micro-talks, guided tours and shows for children, young people and adults, to bring science even closer to the public.
Finally, the Biennial programme has been joined by the +Biennial events, which are proposals organised in parallel by organisations and facilities in the city such as the Network of Libraries and Civic Centres, the Barcelona Knowledge Hub Academia Europaea, the Institut d'Estudis Catalans, the Goethe Institut, the Auditori, the Barcelona Institute for Biomedical Research, the Barcelona Museum of Natural Sciences, the CCCB, the Barcelona Metropolitan Strategic Plan and La Capella.