New on-line Horizons talk!

Thursday, 16 September at 6 pm, we'll be discussing how to be a successful entrepreneur in a pandemic with three entrepreneurs who are also ”la Caixa” Foundation fellows.

Cycles of talks Horizons – Talks and lectures

Former scholarship holders act as hosts in this series of talks given by people of renowned academic and professional prestige they've come into contact with.

  • Thursday 16 September 2021.


    On 16 September at 6 pm we’ll be talking this over with ”la Caixa” Foundation fellows Iñaki Berenguer and Bernat Ollé.

    Have a good idea. Find the resources. Organise a structure. Succeed. The recipe seems relatively simple, but the reality is different. Entrepreneurship has always been a complicated adventure. And today, despite the fact that technology makes things much easier, it continues to be a job that requires creativity, leadership, large doses of patience and a lot of effort. But we cannot ignore the fact that the world has changed. The Covid pandemic has changed customs, consumer habits, routines, leisure activities... And although there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel, there are some habits that have already changed forever, new needs and new priorities have emerged in the market.

    Part of the Horizons: Talks & Lectures programme, this talk will introduce us to two entrepreneurs who have triumphed in their respective fields so that they can tell us all about the secret behind their success.

    Are there different ways of being an entrepreneur? Have they also learnt from their mistakes? How do they see the future from an entrepreneurial perspective? With the help of fellow Marc Lara, who will be moderating the discussion, we will try to answer these questions and many more.


    - Iñaki Berenguer completed a PhD in Engineering at Cambridge thanks to a fellowship from the ”la Caixa” Foundation. He describes himself as a scientist repurposed as a tech entrepreneur. Back in 2015, he founded CoverWallet, a tech start-up based in New York, which has been bought out by Aon, and has been the CEO ever since. He also previously founded and ran Contactive and Pixable, both of which were bought out by other companies.

    - Bernat Ollé completed a PhD in Engineering at the MIT thanks to a fellowship from the ”la Caixa” Foundation. He is the cofounder and CEO of Vedanta Biosciences, a biomedical innovation firm. He has created many PureTech firms and has held executive roles at Vedanta Biosciences and Follica Biosciences.



    - Marc Lara completed an MBA at the University of Columbia and runs the digital health firm MicroHealth, Inc.

  • Thursday 17 September 2020.


    We have all heard of the glass ceiling. Women have never been as well-qualified as they are today, but it seems that this isn't enough for them to really enjoy equal opportunities in the world of work. Where does the glass ceiling begin? Is it only found in the highest echelons of organisations or does it begin to be built long before that?

    Who builds this ceiling? Do we all build it together? When does unconscious bias begin? Why are there so few women leading research groups when university faculties and laboratories are full of them? Is this trend changing? Are there studies showing that mixed research groups are more productive than those formed solely by men? What is the reason for this?

    In this talk, three women who are leading first-rate research groups at Spanish universities and centres explain their experience as women and researchers. With them, we will try to answer these and other questions about women´s leadership in the research world.


    - Mónica Giménez, 2019 Junior Leader fellow. She is postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Molecular Science (ICMol), of the University of Valencia. Her research aims to discover if we can reduce environmental impact using intelligent materials.

    - Bárbara Rivera, 2019 Junior Leader fellow. She is the lead researcher of the Hereditary Cancer group of the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL). She is specialized in rare tumors that appear in hereditary syndromes, many of which are low grade. Bárbara aims to understand how they maintain their benign state.

    - Belén de Sancristóbal, 2018 Junior Leader fellow. She is postdoctoral researcher at Pompeu Fabra University. Belén tries to understand how our brain can remain practically disconnected from our sensory environment while we sleep. Understanding this can provide us with clues in order to treat sleep-related illnesses.



    - María Crespo is head of Communication of Global Entrepreneurship at Telefónica.

  • Thursday 30 May 2019.
    CaixaForum Barcelona.

    For those who foretold the end of cinema not so long ago, little did they know that what was about to happen was precisely the opposite: that we would consume more cinema than ever before—in cinemas, definitely, but most of all, from the comfort of our sofas. The thing is, deep down, we're always talking about stories, either as films or as TV series. Digital platforms have opened a world of possibilities within reach of any TV remote control. Above all, they have broken down the old barriers that existed between television and cinema, two parallel worlds that have not always been in contact. Nowadays, however, many film actors appear in TV series and vice versa. Directors and screenwriters alike are also dividing their time between these two worlds. Are the boundaries between cinema and television becoming increasingly blurred? What is the difference between producing a film or TV series in Spain? Are the stories told by cinema and television different?

    To talk about this new paradigm, we have brought together five ”la Caixa” Foundation fellows who are professionals in the film and television industry. They are directors, screenwriters and producers who have been working for a long time to bring good stories to both the big screen and the small screen.


    - Carlos Marques-Marcet, director, screenwriter and editor. He has won awards in several competitions for films such as 10.000 km, Tierra Firme or Los días que vendrán, his new film. He is currently wrapping up his first TV series: El corredor de la muerte.

    - Edmon Roch, producer and founder of the production company Ikiru Films. He has produced films such as Séptimo, El niño, Tadeo Jones or El cuaderno de Sara among others; He has written the script and directed Garbo, has co-produced Biutiful, and now is finishing Staff Only and Un Mundo Prohibido. His work has won several Goya, Gaudí and other international awards. He has produced the TV series Justo antes de Cristo.

    - Clara Roquet, screenwriter and director. She has written scripts for films such as 10.000 km, Petra or Los días que vendrán among others. She has directed short films and TV series episodes. She is currently directing her first feature film. She has won awards for her work in different competitions.

    - Carla Simón, director and screenwriter. She has won awards in different competitions for her first feature film: Verano 1993.



    - Maria Cervera, she has extensive experience in TV development and production. She is currently part of the original production team of Spanish TV series on the audiovisual platform Netflix.

  • Thursday 28 February 2019, at 7 p.m.
    Palau Macaya.

    When we think of “discourse”, a political discourse normally comes to mind. But in reality, discourse is everywhere. It’s in the newspapers and in social media. It’s in the classrooms and even in the doctor’s office. It’s in our homes. Because discourse is in language and communication. And it’s precisely because it’s everywhere that it holds such power. An invisible power that is capable of manipulating, creating ideologies, maintaining stereotypes, and even giving rise to economic crises.

    In this regard, and considering the close ties between discourse, ideology and society, questions such as the following arise: What responsibilities do politicians, journalists and teachers have with regard to creators and agents of public discourse? To what extent should the media become more aware of the power of the public discourses they broadcast? Do social media make the democratisation of public discourse possible? How can the critical analysis of discourse be used to combat fake news? How can we turn classrooms into real spaces for critical thinking?

    Teun Van Dijk is one of the founders of the critical approach in Discourse Studies, that is, the critical analysis of the latent meaning in what is said or written. ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow Alfonso Sánchez-Moya, who holds a PhD in English Linguistics, will have a discussion with him to answer these and other questions, which will give us tips on how to be more critical of the different messages that reach us every day.


    - Teun van Dijk is a professor of Discourse Studies at the University of Amsterdam and is a professor at Pompeu Fabra University. He recently spurred the creation of the Centre of Discourse Studies in Barcelona, a space for the critical analysis of language.



    - Alfonso Sánchez-Moya received a ”la Caixa” Foundation fellowship to pursue a Master’s degree in Discourse Studies at Lancaster University, United Kingdom. He holds a PhD in English Linguistics from VU University Amsterdam and the Cumplutense University of Madrid, to which he remains linked as a researcher for the group “Discourse and communication in the English language: studies in cognitive and functional linguistics”. Additionally, he is a professor at the Nebrija University and has been a Cambridge ESOL examiner since 2012.

  • Monday 17 September 2018, at 7:30 p.m.
    CaixaForum Madrid.

    Tuesday 25 September 2018, at 7 p.m.
    CaixaForum Barcelona.

    Has humanity progressed over the past decades? According to Steven Pinker's latest book Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, which comes highly recommended by Bill Gates, humanity has never had it better. In any case, whether or not we agree with him, it’s clear that we still have a long way to go in terms of gender equality. The wave of feminism in the 1960s and 1970s—despite making great strides—failed to break many of the stereotypes that continue to give rise to discrimination against women in today's society. Now is the time to go further and to think about how we can make the most of the power of today's feminist movements to achieve a real mentality shift throughout society.

    Is the law the best weapon in the fight for gender equality? How does legal language impact on people’s mentality? Are the laws sexist or is it their interpretation that is? Can the justice system and the penal code truly put an end to violence against women? What should change first: the laws, public opinion or education?

    Viviana Waisman, an expert human rights lawyer and Joan Roca,  they will discuss what role the law should play in the fight for gender equality and how not only the actors of the judicial system, but the whole of society in general can finally put an end to these gender stereotypes that prevent progress from truly becoming progress for all.


    - Viviana Waisman, is an expert human rights lawyer. In 2001, she founded Women’s Link Worldwide with the innovative vision of using the law as a tool to promote sustainable social change that enables the advancement of the rights of women and girls.



    - Joan Roca, is a ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow and executive chair of the law firm Roca Junyent. A few months ago, his firm gave recognition to Waisman's work by awarding her the Fifth Law and Society Award Roca Junyent.

  • Tuesday 5 June 2018, 7 p.m.
    CaixaForum Barcelona.

    Europe is the first continent to be declared malaria-free in 2016. It was an endemic disease in Southern Europe until the post-war period after World War II. The parasite, transmitted by a mosquito, killed thousands of people in the Balkans, Italy, Greece and Portugal, as well as in Spain, where it was eradicated in 1964. Forever?

    Climate change, migration, the adaptation of tiger mosquitoes to new habitats, the lack of universal vaccination programmes or the deterioration of living conditions and health systems in developed countries are some of the factors that can—and are actually causing—the reappearance of diseases that have been practically eradicated in Europe, and in particular in Spain.

    In contrast, developing countries are beginning to suffer from diseases that have been more common in developed countries until now, such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Now, more than ever, public health issues are global.

    What will the global public health challenges be for the coming years? Is antibiotic resistance the new plague of the 21st century? Can the spread of tropical diseases to nontropical areas be controlled? What is the role of research and research translation in this context? What commitment should the authorities make to safeguard citizens’ health?

    Pedro Alonso, doctor and director of the Global Malaria Programme at the World Health Or-ganisation, and Antoni Plasència, doctor, general director of ISGlobal and ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow, will discuss these and other issues.


    - Pedro Luis Alonso, doctor and director of the Global Malaria Programme at the World Health Organisation, Programme Coordinator for the development of an experimental malaria vaccine in three African countries.



    - Antoni Plasencia, doctor and general director of ISGlobal. ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow (USA, 1983).

  • Thursday 22 February 2018, 7 p.m.
    CaixaForum Madrid.

    The International Space Station (ISS)—perhaps the most ambitious civilian project involving international scientific collaboration in history—is expected to be operational in the middle of the next decade.. What large collaboration project will follow the International Space Station? What are the new challenges for human exploration of space? Will Mars be the next tourist destination or the solution to save the planet?

    For some years now, several space agencies and private companies have once again been developing new spacecraft with the capability to leave the Earth’s orbit—something which has not been done since the 1970s. Europe, through the European Space Agency (ESA), is a key partner of the International Space Station. Along with NASA, it is currently involved in the development of the spacecraft Orion, which aims to send people to destinations beyond Earth never reached before as early as 2020. In this regard, the United States wants to build a NASA base on the moon from where it will, among other things, send people to Mars. To do this, it will need the help of private companies such as SpaceX. Behind these aspirations, there is, on the one hand, the desire to continue taking the lead in the space race which has pitted the superpowers for decades and, on the other hand, the chance to start a new era in history beyond planet Earth.

    Parallel to this space race is another race where private companies such as Virgin, Amazon and SpaceX compete against one another to see who gets to be the first to lift the ban on space tourism. This is why, for the very first time, private companies are the ones leading the way in space technology. SpaceX, for example, has been the first to launch and land a pre-flown rocket—a fact that will reduce the cost of launching satellites into space.

    Pedro Duque, astronaut of the European Space Agency, will hold a dialogue with Javier Ventura-Traveset, ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow, advisor to the Director of ESAC, head of the Galileo Science Office and spokesperson for the European Space Agency in Spain, on this and other matters.


    - Pedro Duque, astronaut of the European Space Agency.



    - Javier Ventura-Traveset, ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow, advisor to the Director of ESAC, head of the Galileo Science Office and spokesperson for the European Space Agency in Spain.

  • Tuesday 17 October 2017, 7 p.m.
    CaixaForum Barcelona.

    What will be the priorities for the society of the future? Where should efforts at present be directed? What factors have an impact on our country's welfare? How can greater social cohesion be achieved?

    The ”la Caixa” Foundation Social Observatory and Fellows’ Association bring together four experts on social inclusion, education, innovation and culture who will share their perspectives on the same issue: What are the trends that will set the pace for society over the coming years?

    Don’t miss this dialogue among Inmaculada Cubillo (Cáritas), Mònica Feixas (Autonomous University of Barcelona and Zurich University of Teacher Education), Núria Oliver (Vodafone), and Gema Álava (World Council of Peoples for the United Nations), moderated by Eva Domínguez (Pompeu Fabra University).


    Science and innovation:
    - Núria Oliver (USA, 1994) is an expert in artificial intelligence who holds a PhD from the MIT Media Lab. She is currently the director of data science research at Vodafone. Her work focuses on computational models of human behaviour, smart interfaces and the use of Big Data for the benefit of society. She is also an advisor for different scientific institutes, universities and the Government.

    - Gema Álava (USA, 1996) is a multidisciplinary artist and cultural advisor for the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations since 2012. She has headed projects for the United Nations and has worked as an educator at the MoMA, Guggenheim, Whitney and Metropolitan museums of New York. In 2013, she released her book Tell Me the Truth 2008-2013.

    Mònica Feixas (USA, 1993) balances academic work at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Zurich University of Teacher Education. She holds a bachelor's degree in Education Sciences, a master’s degree in Educational Administration (Columbia University) and a PhD in Education Sciences. Her research has mainly focused on topics related to teacher training and university teaching.

    Social inclusion:
    Immaculada Cubillo (USA, 1992) currently works in the communications department of Caritas Spain, in charge of the photography projects of this organization. Thanks to her postgraduate studies in Audiovisual Documentation, International Relations and Communication for Development, she has deployed international cooperation and social/political advocacy efforts in defence of human rights.


    Eva Dominguez (USA, 1996) is an expert in immersion journalism, founder and director of Minushu, a start-up dedicated to creating narrative experiences using immersive technologies, and is a professor at Pompeu Fabra University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, a master’s degree in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University and a PhD from Ramon Llull University.

  • Wednesday 5 July 2017, 7 p.m.
    Palau Macaya.

    Do training courses really help in finding a job? Do children in classrooms with fewer students learn more than those in large classes? Would there be more accidents without road safety campaigns?  How does the Government decide on which public policies to implement? What do they use as a basis? How are these policies implemented and evaluated?

    Every year, public authorities in countries all over the world allocate large amounts of resources for all types of social policies. However, evaluating the results of these interventions is no trivial matter. Knowing with certainty their actual impact means overcoming significant logistical and methodological obstacles, and also involves paying careful attention to ethical aspects of evaluation.

    Dan Levy, senior lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University, and Enric Fernández, ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow and chief economist at CaixaBank, will discuss these, as well as other issues related to public policy and social programmes.


    Dan Levy: He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University, and is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Faculty Chair of SLATE: Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence. Professor Levy, one of the foremost authorities in the world on the evaluation of social programs and public policy, is also co-principal investigator of Transparency for Development (T4D), a project which aims to promote transparency and accountability in health services in developing countries, and is a faculty affiliate of Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT.

    With the collaboration of

    Enric Fernández: Chief Economist at CaixaBank. He was a ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow (1995), taking up doctoral studies in the United States. While studying at the University of Chicago, he was a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, teaching assistant for several doctoral courses at the University of Chicago and lecturer of Macroeconomics at the College of the same university. After earning his Ph.D., he joined the International Monetary Fund as an economist, where he focused on monitoring emerging economies of Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia, and he participated in the design and negotiations of several financial assistance programmes. In 2006, he joined the Research and Economic Analysis Division of ”la Caixa” Foundation.

  • Tuesday 25th April 2017, 7 p.m.
    CaixaForum Barcelona.

    In 2004, the first autonomous car competition, sponsored by the United States government, was held in the Nevada desert. Autonomous cars were just science fiction, and prototypes were only able to run a few metres without leaving the track. Only ten years have passed since then, and thanks to unprecedented technological advances, autonomous cars are now more present in the media than ever: Google’s prototype has run millions of kilometres on motorways and urban roads and Tesla now markets semi-autonomous cars. All major car manufacturers are working on different prototypes, which they plan to get on the market before 2020, and governments such as those of Nevada and Arizona have approved legislation to pave the way for this new industry. The transformation is well underway and is moving faster than expected.

    Along the same lines, the transport and mobility sector is changing at the speed of light. Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Blablacar have taken the sector completely by surprise over the past 6 years and are changing it by leaps and bounds.

    This is only the tip of the iceberg: the third transportation revolution is already on everyone’s lips. The key concepts are, on the one hand, autonomous, shared, connected and electric (ASCE) cars, and on the other hand, mobility services as part of the new offerings in terms of passenger transport. Projections indicate that autonomous cars will circulate in the cities, and that—through technology—they will make it possible to offer different door-to-door services at any time of the day. This will therefore decrease the number of accidents or the space needed to circulate and park vehicles, which means safer and more comfortable cities.

    How will all these changes affect cities and its mobility? How can a city make the most of these changes to improve the quality of life of its citizens? We will analyse the pros and cons of this transformation, its risks and its opportunities, and we will do so from different perspectives: the institutions responsible for mobility, the academe and the industry.


    Mar Hershenson
    Collider Project, Urban design for autonomous vehicles. Founder and Managing Partner of Pear Ventures, Silicon Valley.

    Luis Martín Cabiedes
    Trustee of BlaBlaCar, Madrid.


    Francesc Robusté
    ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow and Professor of Transport at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC).

  • Wednesday 14th December 2016, 7 pm.
    Palau Macaya.

    The year 2017 begins with two major challenges for Europe. Every day thousands of people continue to arrive at the borders of European Union countries, fleeing from the war in Syria and other conflicts. This is the biggest wave of migration since the Second Word War and European countries are not managing to remain united in the face of this phenomenon.

    Under the slogan "United in Diversity", the principles of the European Union are based on a commitment to promote and protect human rights, democracy and the state of law around the world. Is this humanitarian emergency being handled in line with this slogan? Why are there countries that make an effort to accept refugees while others close their borders? How can this human potential willing to come and live and work in Europe be handled? And how can this be done in what remains a weak economic context for Europe, facing crises like Brex-it?

    Brexit in particular opens up another wound in the European Union. How will the departure of the United Kingdom affect the European economy and trade? Will other countries follow the path taken by the United Kingdom? And across the Atlantic, the election of Donald Trump as new president of the United States only adds to the uncertainty. What will happen to Europe in this increasingly complex context?

    Javier Solana will be talking to David Vegara and will try to answer these and other questions regarding the future of Europe.

    Javier Solana is the president of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics. He has been Spanish Minister for Culture, Education and Science and for Foreign Affairs (1982-1995). Subsequently he was Secretary General of the Council of Europe (1994-1999), Secretary General of NATO (1995-1999) and European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy (1999-2009).

    David Vegara is a ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow and vice-president of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics. He was Secretary of State for the Economy (2004-2009) and subsequently Deputy Departmental Director in the International Monetary Fund (2010-2012). He has also been Sub-director General of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).

  • Tuesday 18th October 2016, 7 pm.
    Palau Macaya.

    The discourse emerging from "ecological urbanism" has been brought up to more accurately describe the aspirations of an urban practice nourished by environmental issues and infused with landscape-associated sensitivities. Defined in this way, urbanism demonstrates the need to reclassify urban design, as it involves describing the environmental, economic and social conditions of the modern city.

    In addition, the projective ecologies concept has been recently raised as an extension and elaboration of the ecological urbanism initiative. At the root of building ecological urbanism discourse, this development stirs up relevant questions regarding the state of ecology as an adjectival modifier of urbanism.

    Ecology has become one of the most important epistemological frameworks of our time. This statement is based on the fact that ecology has transcended its origins as a natural science to embrace a range of meanings that are crossed with natural and social sciences, history, hu-manities, design and the arts. From a proto-disciplinary branch of 19th century biology, ecolo-gy has become a modern science in the 20th century and is progressing unstoppably towards a multidisciplinary intellectual framework in the first decades of the 21st century.

    Charles Waldheim
    John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of Institute for Urbanization, Harvard GSD.

    Daniel Ibáñez
    Co-founder and principal architect of Margen-Lab. Editor of New Geographies

  • Tuesday 11th October 2016, 7 pm.
    Palau Macaya.

    The pollution that we generate has a direct effect not only on the planet where we live but also on our health and well-being.

    Many studies demonstrate that pollutants we ingest with food, gases that we breathe in or substances that we absorb through our skin, as just one example, contribute to causing certain diseases.

    What is the human and economic cost of these pollutants? How can we prevent the diseases that they cause? Can we really live “poison-free”? Which are the most vulnerable sectors of the population? Which health policies should we boost?

    Leonardo Trasande
    Medical School professor at New York University. Trasande is well-known for his research on how environmental pollutants that children are exposed to during childhood affect obesity and cardiovascular risks. It also documents the economic costs of these environmentally-based diseases.

    Miquel Porta
    Public Health Lecturer at the Barcelona Autonomous University and at the University of North Carolina. Researcher at the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM).

  • 6 June 2016
    CaixaForum Madrid

    7 June 2016
    CaixaForum Barcelona

    The world is changing at neck-breaking speed. The economy is global and technology is becoming increasingly important in our professional and personal lives. Humanity is facing new challenges and the future is more unpredictable. Are we preparing our children for life in this new environment? What should children be learning at school? And even more importantly... how should they be learning it?

    Anne Bamford, lecturer and researcher in the field of art and education, believes she knows the answer: we cannot allow children to lose their innate creativity. According to Bamford, the key lies in how and not what children learn. "The difference between mediocre and good quality education is how things are taught, the method, the procedure", she says. In this respect, Bamford invites teachers to be flexible, to take risks, to try new things in the classroom to keep children's brains active and creative.

    Anne Bamford will explain the impact of the arts and creativity on education and will talk with Jordi Baltà, consultant on cultural policy, on how we should educate generations that will have to adapt to a changing world and face great challenges yet to be resolved.

  • Wednesday April 27 2016 from 7 pm
    Palau Macaya

    Andreu Mas-Colell and Eduard Vallory talk about the future of education, universities, research and the transfer of knowledge in Catalonia.

    What kind of society do we want? Do we want to be Florida or do we want to be Massachusetts? Perhaps we could be California, where the beaches and surfboards exist side by side with cutting edge schools, centres of excellence and state of the art research carried out at the universities?

    Centres of excellence, knowledge transfer, attracting international talent, state of the art research and education. Are these the necessary steps to become Europe's California?

    Some years ago now Andreu Mas-Colell revolutionised the world of research in Catalonia with the government promoting initiatives such as the ICREA programme the CERCA network of research centres and the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. Eduard Vallory, who worked with the government and was the first director of the Barcelona GSE, is now promoting an initiative for change in education. Both will answer these and other questions on the situation and future of research, universities and knowledge transfer in Catalonia, chaired by Àngel Lozano, a ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow and vice-rector of Research at University Pompeu Fabra.

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  • Thursday 22 October 2015
    CaixaForum Barcelona

    Research aimed at creating life in a laboratory has been going on for some time now. The first experiments started in the 1950s in the United States with attempts to recreate the conditions on Earth when life began. The fact is that, in order to create life artificially, we need to have a very good idea of the origin of life.

    Dr. Dieter Söll, professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at the University of Yale, is a world expert in research into the origin of life and on 22 October he will attempt to answer the following question: when will we be able to create life artificially?

    Söll will talk with Dr. Lluís Ribas de Pouplana, a former ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow and ICREA researcher at the Institute for Biomedical Research (IRB), on research in this field and the ethical boundaries faced by such work.

  • 21 September 2015
    CaixaForum Madrid

    As part of the Horizons: Talks & Lectures cycle, the ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow Association has organised another gathering for entrepreneurs in Madrid. This is an eminently practical session with advice for young entrepreneurs and those thinking of embarking on a business venture.

    Five speakers, 4 of them beneficiaries of ”la Caixa” Foundation fellowships, will answer questions for 5 minutes related to entrepreneurism. The audience will then be able to ask questions.

    The talk will be chaired by another former scholarship holder and journalist, María Crespo.

  • Thursday 16 April 2015
    Palau Macaya

    As part of the Horizons: Talks & Lectures cycle, the ”la Caixa” Foundation fellows Association has organised an eminently practical session with advice for young entrepreneurs and those thinking of embarking on a business venture.

    Five speakers, 4 of them beneficiaries of ”la Caixa” Foundation fellows, will answer questions for 5 minutes related to entrepreneurism. The audience will then be able to ask questions.

    The talk will be chaired by another former scholarship holder, Carmina Crusafon, lecturer in Journalism at the UAB and a consultant specialising in digital media.

  • 11 November 2014
    CaixaForum Barcelona

    The Director of IrsiCaixa, Dr. Bonaventura Clotet, and collector and patron Hans Nefkens have known each other for many years. Dr. Clotet treated Hans Nefkens for HIV.

    In November 1987 Nefkens discovered he'd contracted AIDS and, after wondering what made life worth living, he decided to devote himself to what he was truly passionate about: art. Nefkens has two Foundations, Art Aids and the Hans Nefkens Foundation, and is the owner and creator of the H+F Collection, made up of 450 works donated by museums from all over the world.

    Every day, Dr. Clotet meets patients who, like Nefkens, have had to ask themselves this existential question: what makes life worth living? He himself has fought, for the last 30 years, to lengthen and improve the lives of his patients. And he has done so via healthcare, as a doctor, and also as a researcher, leading the IrsiCaixa Institute for AIDS Research, one of the HIV research centres of international renown.

    Dr. Bonaventura Clotet and Hans Nefkens talked, chaired by the former ”la Caixa” Foundation fellows Rosina Malagrida and Martina Millà, on art, science and life. Rosina Malagrida is Head of the Public Engagement Unit on Health Research and Director of Xplore Health at IrsiCaixa. Martina Millà is Head of Programming and Projects at the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona.

  • 25 June 2014
    CaixaForum Barcelona

    What kind of knowledge and training does the market demand? Do opportunities for innovation and creativity depend on a good higher education? Do universities today have the right formulas and resources? Does knowledge add anything to creativity? What kind of opportunities will there be over the coming years to generate wealth? What direction should public policy take to ensure countries remain solvent over the coming years?

    Ferran Adrià and Israel Ruiz talked at this meeting, chaired by Mònica Terribas, on creativity, innovation, training, science and opportunity.

    Israel Ruiz is a former ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow and Vice Chairman of Finance and Treasurer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the top ten universities in the world. This centre particularly emphasises technological and scientific research and education. 80 Nobel prize-winners have passed through its doors, as students or lecturers.

    Ferran Adrià is one of the world's top chefs. He's won numerous awards including Best Chef by The Culinary Institute of America in 2009 and Best Chef of the Decade by The Restaurant Magazine. He has won the San Pellegrino award on five occasions, judging his restaurant, elBulli, to be the best in the world. He's currently working on his new project: elBulliFoundation.

    Mònica Terribas is a former ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow, full professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Director of the radio programme El matí de Catalunya Ràdio since September 2013. She was previously Chief Executive Officer and Editor of the newspaper Ara, Director of Televisió de Catalunya and presenter for the daily news analysis programme on TV3 La nit al dia.

  • 22 May 2013
    CaixaForum Barcelona

    Constant exposure to social media, to online work and videogames, in detriment to personal relations, is affecting our social skills.

    Michelle García Winner is a renowned US speech therapist who has years of experience working with governments, educators and families, highlighting what she calls "social thought" to maximise the intellectual, emotional and social development of children, young people and adults. 

    After the lecture, Michelle Garcia Winner talked on this subject with Núria Oliver, former ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow and Science Director at Telefónica R&D.

  • 14 January 2013

    CaixaForum Barcelona

    Peter Greenaway is a multi-faceted artist: a film director, writer and painter, he's also written operas and worked with composers. Greenaway was born in Wales and trained as a painter but in 1966 he started to experiment with film. Since then he's directed 15 films and more than 40 shorts, documentaries and TV series. Among his most famous films are: The Falls, The Draughtsman's Contract, The Belly of an Architect, The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover, The Pillow Book and The Tulse Luper Suitcases.

    Peter Greenaway talked about the need to free film from the slavery of text. Film is currently text-based and, according to Greenaway, this umbilical cord joining cinema with literature needs to be cut. Greenaway believes that most people are visually illiterate and that relatively few people have received an education that allows them to see and create images just as you would read and write texts. He also believes that film can help educate visually illiterate people via new cinematographic languages.

    After his lecture, Peter Greenaway talked further about this subject to Edmon Roch, former ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow and a film director and producer.

  • 17 September 2012
    Head office of ”la Caixa” Foundation - Av. Diagonal 621, Barcelona

    The crisis has inevitably forced us to rethink macroeconomic policy, both monetary and also exchange rate and fiscal policy. Experts in public policy have explored new methods: from quantitative flexibility to using macroprudential resources and even establishing new fiscal rules. Olivier Blanchard reflected on what macroeconomic policy will be like in the future.

    Olivier Blanchard is Head Economist at the International Monetary Fund. A Doctor in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he has been an Economics lecturer at Harvard University and MIT. He is a member and advisor of various organisations and has written numerous articles on macroeconomics.

    Jordi Galí, a former ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow, talked to Olivier Blanchard on this subject. Jordi Galí is a Doctor in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has worked as a lecturer at Columbia University, New York University and MIT. 

    He's currently a Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Director of the Research Centre for International Economics (CREI) and Research Professor for Barcelona GSE.

  • 24 May 2012
    CosmoCaixa Barcelona

    Cooperation among humans is a longstanding aptitude, specifically coming from our ancestors, the apes. However, although chimpanzees and other large apes collaborate together for some purposes, cooperation between human beings is considerably different, both in cognitive terms and also regarding motivation. Why?

    Dr. Tomasello, Director of the Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology at the Max-Planck-Institut für Evolutionäre Anthropologie, believes the key lies in food: humans are particularly adapted to collaborating in their search for food and have developed numerous specific mechanisms for this purpose, including special types of coordination and communication and ways in which food is shared.

    Dr. Tomasello talked on this subject with Dr. Josep Call, former ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow and Director of the Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center of the Max-Planck-Institut für Evolutionäre Anthropologie.

  • 26 May 2011
    CaixaForum Barcelona

    "Architecture and vanguard" is the title of the talk given by Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor at Columbia University (NY) and author of the book Modern Architecture: A Critical History.

    The talk was followed by a debate with the architect and former ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow, Josep Bohigas, on contemporary architecture in Barcelona. The debate was chaired by architect and former scholarship holder Juan Luis Valderrábano.


    30 May 2011
    CaixaForum Madrid

    Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor at Columbia University (NY) and author of the book Modern Architecture: A Critical History, spoke on "Architecture and vanguard".

    The lecture was followed by a debate on contemporary architecture in Madrid, with the participation of Juan Herreros, architect and lecturer at the Higher Technical School of Architecture in Madrid. The conversation was chaired by architect and former ”la Caixa” Foundation fellow Juan Luis Valderrábano.