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ICSD becomes B·Debate to boost its international scientific debates

B·Debate-International Center for Scientific Debate Barcelona —prior to 2012 under the brand International Center for Scientific Debate (ICSD)— is an initiative of Biocat with support from the “la Caixa” Foundation, whose main aim is to drive top-notch international scientific events to promote dialog, collaboration and the open exchange of ideas, initiatives and knowledge among experts of nationally and internationally renowned prestige. B·Debate promotes advanced debate on the multiple disciplines that are interwoven in the area of the life sciences and their social repercussions, contributing to Catalonia’s position as a country of scientific excellence.

The B·Debate program combines closed debates for specialists, workshops open to the Catalan scientific community and sessions open to the general public in order to raise awareness and promote social participation in scientific debate.

In 2011, B·Debate held a total of 11 scientific debates with 20 scientific and social organizations. Compared to 2010, results went from 3 to 11 debates, from 155 to 278 speakers and from 275 to 1,604 invited guests. At the same time, the team heading up this initiative —Miquel Martí, director of B·Debate, and Laia Arnal, project manager for the center— worked to create a new brand image and launch the website, which has become a benchmark in frontier science in Catalonia.

Symposium organized by the NYAS and B·Debate in Barcelona, with Dr. Valentí Fuster (Photos: Héctor Fuentes).

The B·Debate scientific workshops foster the integration of different scientific disciplines.

Summary of public activities in 2011

Migrant Health and Imported Diseases: Meeting Research Challenges
With collaboration from: CRESIB and ISGlobal Barcelona

Sequence Mapping and Assembly Assessment Project
With collaboration from: Center and the National Center for Genome Analysis (CNAG), Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Welcome Trust Sanger Institute and European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI)

Interplay of Light, Photoperiodism and Circadian Clock Function in Plant Development
With collaboration from: Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG)

Light for Health
With collaboration from: Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)

Fertility Preservation Update: Consensus Meeting
With collaboration from: Dexeus Women’s Health Foundation

8th International Retroviral NC Symposium
With collaboration from: Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), HIVACAT, ARNS and NIH Office of AIDS Research

MuscleTech Network Workshop III. Muscle Injuries and Repair: Current Trends in Research
With collaboration from: MucleTech Network, Leitat Technological Centre, FCBarcelona Foundation, Government of Catalonia Secretariat General for Sport and Egarsat

Cycle of lectures: "Culture and life"
With collaboration from: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)

Cicle de debats: "Science in the kitchen"
With collaboration from: Technology Museum of l'Empordà and Girona Regional Government Casa de Cultura

Evolving Challenges in Promoting Cardiovascular Health
With collaboration from: New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) and “la Caixa” Foundation

ICREA Conference on Network Medicine Approaches to Human Disease: from Computers to the Clinics
With collaboration from: Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), Spanish Institute of Bioinformatics (INB) and Barcelona SuperComputing Center