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3 June 2021

The Smart Metropolis

Second session "Barcelona Tomorrow"

On the second session of “Barcelona Tomorrow”, we will reflect on innovation, digitalisation and culture as drivers of the future metropolis.

How can we foster knowledge exchange and the promotion of culture on the metropolitan level? What role will digital tools play in metropolitan governance and in scientific research, the world of work, and citizens’ daily lives? In the coming years, digitalisation will continue to play a key role in the consolidation of Barcelona as a hub for innovation and research, in the democratisation of decision-making, and in the transition toward the fourth industrial revolution. Throughout the day’s events we will discuss how to deploy these tools in the metropolis to harness their maximum potential, while also addressing the technological gap and the risk of entrenching the resulting social inequalities. We will debate the need for promoting access to culture and cultural facilities – fundamental spaces in constructing an open, plural, and inclusive metropolitan identity.

The second day of the participatory process “Barcelona Tomorrow”, organised by the Strategic Metropolitan Plan of Barcelona, curated by Jordi Amat and Elsa Velasco and coordinated by Marc Garcia, includes three round table discussions with local and international experts and it will close with a debate moderated by the university platform


09.00 – 10.45
Innovation and Research

09.00 – 09.10:   Welcome
09.10 – 09.50:   Andreu Mas-Colellpresident of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology

09.50 – 10.45:   Debate
Jordi Camídirector of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park
Rosa M. Sebastiánvice-rector for Innovation and Strategic Projects and director of the UAB Research Park
Alfons Cornelladirector of Institute of Next, by Infonomia
Mar Santamaríaarchitect and urban planner, co-founder of 300.000 Km/s

Moderator: Valentina RaffioEl Periódico

12.00 – 13.45
Technological Humanism

12.00 – 13.15:   Debate
Genís Rocapresident of Fundació PuntCat
Eli VivasCEO of Storydata
Mireia Fernández-Ardèvolgroup leader of the Communication Networks & Social Change research group from IN3 at the UOC
Arnau Monterdecoordinator of the Decidim project for the Barcelona City Council

Moderator: Karma Peirójournalist specialising in ICT

13.15 – 13.45:   Francesca Briapresident of the Italian National Innovation Fund, member of the New European Bauhaus High-level Roundtable

15.30 – 17.15
Culture/s and Knowledge

15.30 – 16.00:   Luca Bergamoex-deputy mayor of Rome and councillor for Cultural Growth

16.00 – 17.15:   Debate
Tania Safura Adamjournalist and founder of Radio Africa Magazine
Pepe Serradirector of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
Joan Carles Girbésdirector of Som* publishing
Esteve Caramésdirector of the Dansa Metropolitana festival
Àngel Sala, director of the Sitges Cinema Festival

Moderator: Jordi Pascualcoordinator of the Cultural Commission for United Cities and Local Governments

18.00 – 19.30
Future Dialogues. What are the perspectives for young people in culture and research looking towards 2030?
Judit Carrerageneral director of the CCCB
Josep Maria Martorellassociate director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Moderator: Olympia


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