Partnership Promotes Science in Barcelona, Catalonia

Through scientific symposia, public lectures, and electronic publications, the Academy will help expand the reach of Catalan science.

Published April 15, 2010

The New York Academy of Sciences and Talència of Barcelona (previously known as Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació -FCRI) established a collaboration in March aimed at promoting science in the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain. Talència is a public institution and instrument of the Catalonia government created to foster and recognize research there. The three-year partnership will establish, disseminate, and promote science in Catalonia through a variety of measures.

First, the Academy and Talència agreed to collaborate on the development of several high-quality scientific symposia in interdisciplinary topics to highlight Catalonia science to the global scientific community. Public lectures associated with each scientific event will also translate the science presented at these symposia for the lay-population, thereby increasing scientific knowledge in Catalonia. To further promote public understanding of science in Catalonia, the agreement aims to provide additional opportunities for Catalan non-scientists to listen to world-renowned scientists discuss relevant and interesting scientific issues.

The Academy and Talència also agreed to create and disseminate professional print and electronic materials that present to the Catalan scientific community and the world the scientific research being undertaken in Catalonia. And the Academy agreed to work to connect up-and-coming young Catalan scientists with other promising young faculty and post-docs globally via the Academy’s Science Alliance. Finally, the agreement calls for the New York Academy of Sciences to offer 100 1-year Science Alliance memberships to the best and brightest Catalan scientists-in-training.