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    Manel Esteller i Frank Koppens, National Research Awardees by the FCRI

    Manel Esteller (ICREA at IDIBELL) has been recognised with the National Research Award jointly by the FCRI (Fundació Catalana per la Recerca i la Innovació) and the Catalan Government.
    In the same ceremony, Frank Koppens (ICREA at ICFO) has been distinguished with the Young Talent Award, a category for researchers under 40.

    Congratulations to both!

    Please see more details here.

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    Article by Paul Verschure in La Vanguardia

    Check out this article by Paul Verschure (ICREA at UPF) published yesterday in La Vanguardia on the future of intelligent machines...


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    The Festival SUD de Poesia will be held at the Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona on the 18th and 19th of December 2015



    Festival Sud de Poesia

    The Quest of the South (we have lost the North)

    The first edition of the Festival Sud de Poesia brings together distinguished and fresh voices in a unique long flow of two afternoons-evenings. Short and long poems, angry and joyful poems, interrogative, nostalgic, aporetic, enigmatic, evocative, boisterous, emancipatory, revolted and ironic poems will be read and develop their echo and ramifications within us.

    All the poems evolve around the central the of this encounter : The Quest of the South (we have lost the North).

    The quest of the South refers to the quest of the imaginary South. It refers to a South that is the object of a pursuit, a South that is perhaps never reached, and is thus not a determined, physical or geographical place or space. It is an imaginary horizon, in the sense  that  it defines  a  limit,  an  end:  of  the  world,  the  journey,  the  imagination.

    Looking for the South necessarily poses the question of the North. So using the expression ´hem perdut el Nord´ (which also exists in Spanish and French, and means ´we have become mad´) in our title, we want to turn its meaning around and assert it positively. We propose a refusal of the North as the point whose loss leads to loss of mind or, slightly differently, that the loss – by extension, loss of orientation, void, gap - contained in the imaginary South is a loss that is worth referring to and out of which we can make a reference.


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    El Festival SUD de Poesia tindrà lloc els dies 18 i 19 de desembre al Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona

    Aquest Festival és un dels esdeveniments dins de les activitats de la ERC Advanced grant de Peter Wagner.

    Tindrà lloc al Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona (Arcs 5, 08002 - Barcelona)

    La Recerca del Sud (hem perdut el nord)

    La primera edició del Festival Sud de Poesia aplega veus destacades i fresques en un únic flux de dos capvespres. Poemes curts i llargs, poemes emprenyats i alegres, interrogatiusnostàlgics, aporètics, enigmàtics, poemes evocadors, bulliciosos, emancipadors, rebels i irònics seran llegits i desplegaran el seu ressò i ramificacions dins nostre.

    La Recerca del Sud (hem perdut el Nord); aquest és el centre de la nostra trobada i el nucli des del qual es desenvolupen tots els poemes.

    La recerca del Sud es refereix a la recerca de l'imaginari del Sud. Es refereix a un Sud que és l'objecte d'una persecució, un Sud que potser mai no ha estat abastat i, per tant, no és un lloc o un espai físic o geogràfic determinat. Es tracta d’un horitzó imaginari, en el sentit que defineix   un   límit,   un(a)   fi:   el   món,   el   viatge,   la   imaginació   mateixa.

    En buscar el Sud se’ns planteja necessàriament la qüestió del Nord. Així, utilitzant en el nostre títol l'expressió 'hem perdut el Nord' (que també existeix en castellà i francès, i significa que 'hem embogit'), volem subvertir el seu sentit i afirmar-lo positivament. Ens neguem a veure el Nord com el punt la pèrdua del qual condueix a perdre el cap o, de manera lleugerament diferent, considerem que la pèrdua (per extensió, pèrdua d’orientació, buit, forat) continguda en l’imaginari del Sud és una pèrdua a la qual val la pena fer referència i de la qual podem fer una referència.

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    Pura Muñoz-Cànovas has received the Pfizer Foundation award for Basic Research


    Pura Muñoz-Cànovas, ICREA Research Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and head of the Cell Biology group of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS), received the award for Basic Research granted each year by the Pfizer Foundation for her article published in Nature in February 2014.

    For the first time a physiological mechanism that is involved in the irreversible ageing process of muscular stem cells in very old organisms has been identified. Through experiments on mice Prof. Muñoz-Cànoves has demonstrated that geriatric satellite cells undergo intrinsic changes that are irreversible and which cause these cells to switch from a latent, quiescent state to a state in which growth and expansion are no longer possible.

    Experts from the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) and the National Cardiovascular Research Centre also participated in this research project. 

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    ICREA at Science Week 2015

    A whole bunch of ICREAs are taking part in this years' popular science week 'Setmana de la Ciència', an initiative of the FCRI that brings science topics to everyone through talks, shows and conferences. Seventeen ICREA Research Professors are participating in conferences at high schools all over Catalonia, covering topics ranging from astrophysics to climate change to how plants can see!

    The full list is here, if you are curious or want to show up at one of them -but you should pretend you are a high school student to be let in...

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