Past events

  • WEBINAR 95th ICREA COLLOQUIUM ‘For more and Better Science. Big and Small Data Governance, Management & Sharing'

    Speakers: ICREA Research Professors Arcadi Navarro (UPF) and Fernando Vidal (URV)


    When: 15th of Juny 2021, 18:00h


    Where: Zoom




    Modern science requires data sharing in order to make accelerate progress. The COVID-19 crisis has painfully demonstrated the critical value of open data and open science for scientific discovery, particularly when time is of the utmost importance.


    To ensure that open science and data sharing become standard, the scientific community, and society at large, need to find delicate balances between at least two human rights: the right to participate in science (Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and the right to privacy (Article 12). So we have to work hard to remove barriers that restrain effective data sharing, ensuring that this is done according to extant legislation (for instance, GDPR in the EU) and bearing all human rights in mind.

    We will discuss several on-going initiatives that are trying to take as much data as possible out of institutional or jurisdiction silos and store it into an open, connected and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) environments, illustrating this world-wide effort with examples from genomics, anthropology and healthcare.

  • WEBINAR 94th ICREA COLLOQUIUM 'Disrupting Technologies for Future Mobile Communications Systems'

    Speakers: ICREA Research Professors Xavier Costa (i2CAT) and Valerio Pruneri (ICFO)


    When: 11th of May 2021, 18:00h


    Where: Zoom




    Xavier Costa

    In this talk we will review emerging disruptive technologies expected to shape future 6G networks. Several topics will be covered comprising, AI-driven automation for industry verticals, O-RAN network disaggregation, smart surfaces and wireless sensing. Early research results will be presented on these topics along with major joint academia-industry efforts in large-scale projects.


    Valerio Pruneri

    Modern communication relies on display and secure information. I will show some examples of projects for the industry leveraging fundamental principles of optical surfaces and quantum physics.


  • WEBINAR 93rd ICREA COLLOQUIUM – Why sustainability science endorses fairy tales and policy legends?

    Speakers: ICREA Research Professors Mario Giampietro and Giorgos Kallis, both from ICTA-UAB


    When: 2nd of March 2021, 18:00h


    Where: Zoom




    Mario Giampietro

    The Uncomfortable Knowledge Hub ( is one of the results of a 4-year EU project ( having the goal of checking the robustness of the narratives used by the European Commission to frame and solve sustainability problems. The UKH flags the blunder of using “scientific evidence” to inform policy.  At the moment the proposed efficient environmentally friendly innovations for a circular bioeconomy, a quick decarbonization of the economy, a more sustainable CAP, are based on policy legends (socio-technical imaginaries).

    * Giampietro M & Funtowicz SO 2020, 'From elite folk science to the policy legend of the circular economy', Environmental Science & Policy, vol. 109, pp 64-72. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2020.04.012


    Giorgos Kallis

    One of the prevalent policy legends in climate and environmental policy is that green growth is possible – i.e. continuous economic growth is not only compatible with, but also necessary for, sustainability. However, when looking at the latest data on resource use and carbon emissions empirical records disprove the knowledge claim about the possibility of absolute decoupling (separating GDP growth from environmental damage). Addressing sustainability challenges requires going beyond ‘fairy tales of growth’ where technology and markets will solve soon and smoothly all environmental problems.  This strategy avoids the need of grappling with the tough social and institutional changes at stake.

    * Hickel J & Kallis G 2019 ‘Is Green Growth Possible?’ New Political Economy 25(7576):1-18 DOI: 10.1080/13563467.2019.1598964


    The reflection from the colloquium: the social construction of ignorance

    How is it possible that young scientists cannot say in public that the circular economy is absurd since it goes against the principle of thermodynamics (complex adaptive systems must be open)?  How is it possible that sobering stories – “Houston we have a problem” – trying to identify the real nature of sustainability problems are getting neither attention nor funding?

    * Steve Rayner, 2012. Uncomfortable knowledge: the social construction of ignorance in science and environmental policy discourses. Economy and Society 41(1): 107-125.

  • Disputatio of Barcelona “Cities, Climate and Pandemics: Reflections from Urban Studies and Environmental Economics”

    ICREA Research Professor Alexander Fidora (UAB) organizes the Disputatio of Barcelona 2020 for the Academia Europaea and the Barcelona Knowledge Hub.


    Jeroen Van den Bergh, ICREA Research Professor at ICTA-UAB will also participate in the event. He will be debating with Professor and arquitect Kathrin Golda-Pangrotz (UIC) about “Cities, Climate and Pandemics: Reflections from Urban Studies and Environmental Economics”.


    This Zoom debate will be held on Tuesday, 19 January 2021 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Please click on the link above for further information. Advance registration is required.