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A new edition of 100xCiencia.6 SOMMa meeting is here: 3 Nov 2022 in Barcelona (and live stream)

This years' 100xCiencia.6 is organized by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) in Barcelona on 3 November 2022. The Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu Alliance (SOMMa) will take place in-person and streamed online. 

100xCiencia.6 will address topics of great relevance for our society. The opening lecture will be given by Janet Kelso, from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Germany). The programme will be structured in four main pillars: Artificial intelligence, Climate change and sustainable development, Major health issues and Basic research.

Anna May
31 October 2022

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), together with the SOMMa alliance, is co-organising 100xCiencia.6 on "Science for the future: Building a fairer and more sustainable horizon", which will be held on 3 November at the Pedralbes Palace in Barcelona and will be broadcast in open streaming for all audiences.

100xCiencia is the annual scientific meeting of the SOMMa alliance that brings together the scientific community of the 59 members, together with the project management teams, technology transfer and communication officers and others, in a day to share and reflect on issues of great relevance to our society.

The inaugural conference will be given by Janet Kelso, researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Germany). She will give the talk "Insights into human history and biology from ancient genomes".

Kelso, who is part of Svante Pääbo's research team, was recently awarded with the 2022 Nobel Prize in Medicine. She will share the latest technological advances that have made it possible to recover and sequence DNA from bones and other remains found in archaeological excavations, reconstructing the genomes of several Neanderthals.

The Royal Palace of Pedralbes (Palau Reial de Pedralbes) is the venue of the sixth edition of #100xCiencia6, which will bring together more than 200 attendees, members of the SOMMa alliance, together with researchers from different fields who will address topics of great relevance to our society.

On Friday, 4 November 2022, the General Assembly of the SOMMa members and the working group meetings (gender, project managing, technology transfer, communication, etc)  will take place at the BSC. 

From ICMAB, M. Rosa Palacín and David Amabilino will attend the 100xCiencia.6 meeting, and Laura Cabana, Anna May Masnou, Montse Salas, Esther Barrena, Alfonso del Rey and others will attend some of the working group meetings too. 

Programme topics

The programme will be structured around four main pillars:

  • Artificial intelligence: The path that society must take to progress in digitalisation and allow artificial intelligence to unfold its full potential.
  • Climate change and sustainable development: While the climate emergency is an inescapable reality, it is also an opportunity to make major changes that will lead us towards a more sustainable economy.
  • Major health issues: The progressive ageing of the population, emerging diseases and international migratory movements are some of the most important challenges facing our society.
  • Basic research: An indispensable tool as a starting point for major scientific and technological discoveries.

The 100xCiencia.6 SOMMa meeting will be broadcast by streaming on this link.

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100xCiencia.6 programme

Date: Thursday, 3 Nov 2022
Venue: Palau Reial de Pedralbes, Barcelona (How to arrive)

9:30 Opening
10:00  Opening Keynote Talk by Janet Kelso, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Germany)
11:00 Coffee Break




Round table: Basic research, the foundation for great discoveries
Alberto Enciso Carrasco, ICMAT
Pilar Hernández Gamazo, IFIC
Andreu Mas-Colell, UPF and European Research Council (ERC)
Cristina Pujades, PhD
Moderador: Josep Corbella, La Vanguardia




Round table: Major health challenges
María Blasco, SOMMa y CNIO
Luis Enjuanes, CNB
Xavier Prats-Monné, UOC and European Commission
Josep Samitier, IBEC
Moderadora: Patricia Fernández de Lis, Materia, El País

14:00 Lunch break




Round table: Climate emergency and sustainable development
Ethel Eljarrat, IDAEA
Josep M Antó, ISGlobal
Enrique Quesada Moraga, DAUCO
Salvador Samitier, Oficina Catalana del Canvi Climàtic
Moderadora: Mario Viciosa, Newtral




Round table: Artificial intelligence and digitalization:  
Davide Cirillo, BSC
Lucía Velasco, Escuela de Gobernanza Transnacional de Florencia (EUI)
Ferdinando Villa, BC3
Roberta Zambrini, IFISC
Moderadora: Esther Molina, Forbes y D+I El Español

  17:45  Closing

Live streaming

The 100xCiencia.6 SOMMa meeting will be broadcast by streaming on this link.

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