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

    This Festival is one of the activities of Peter Wagners’ ERC Advanced grant. 

    It will be held at the Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona (Arcs 5, 08002 - Barcelona)

    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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    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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    Antonio Huerta presenta el modelo ICREA en el Foro Nacional de Política de Investigación


    En un acto en Madrid, organizado por ELSEVIER y presidido por la Secretaria de Estado de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovacíon, la Sra. Carmen Vela, El Director de ICREA, Antonio Huerta, presentó el dia 12 de Noviembre el modelo de ICREA en el marco del debate sobre la mejora de la calidad de la investigación en las instituciones públicas.

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    Conference by Professor Xavier Cabré (ICREA-UPC) and the economist Jordi Massó in acknowledgement of Professor John Nash


    La Societat Catalana d'Economia (SCE) i la Societat Catalana de Matemàtiques (SCM) organitzen un acte conjunt de reconeixement del Professor John F. Nash (Premi Nobel d’Economia 1994 i premi Abel 2015) el proper 9 de novembre de 2015 a les 19 hores.

    L’acte serà a la sala Pi i Sunyer de l'Institut d'Estudis Catalans (Carrer del Carme 47, Barcelona) i consistirà en la conferència: "Les contribucions de John F. Nash a l’economia i a la matemàtica," i els conferenciants seran els professors Jordi Massó, professor d’economia a la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona i professor afiliat de la Barcelona Graduate School of Economics i Xavier Cabré (professor de la Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA) i de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

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    Josep Dalmau (ICREA at IDIBAPS), appointed member of the National Academy of Medicine (US)


    Josep Dalmau has been elected member of one of the most prestigious medical institutions in the world, the National Academy of Medicine. The Academy eleted 70 new members in the US and only 10 international members, Josep among them.

    In the words of its current president, Victor Dzau, “Our newly elected members represent the brightest, most influential, and passionate people in health, science, and medicine in our nation and internationally,”

    For more details, please see the complete IDIBAPS press release.