Science in Catalonia


I'm back in London now, after 5 days in Barcelona for ESOF2008. The trip has been rather hectic, and I neither attended as many sessions, nor saw as much of the city, as I would have liked. I still had a very nice time, but, as is always the case when travelling, it's good to be home. I still have more material on the event, so I'll continue to post about it for the next few days.

During my time in Barcelona, Tobias Maier was kind enough to act as my host. Tobias and I met every day in the conference centre, attended a couple of functions together, and hit the town in the evenings. One afternoon, in between sessions, we went for lunch at his favourite restaurant, and then on a short visit to his lab (where I took the above photograph).

Tobias is a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Genomic Regulation, where he does protein biochemistry studies in yeast. The centre is one of 7 contained within the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (BBRP), an impressive-looking building located amongst the skyscrapers lining the beachfront to the south of the city.

As this article from a recent issue of Nature explains, the BBRP is one of 30 brand new institutes built under a $4.7 billion initiative of the autonomous Catalonian government to make Barcelona a Mediterranean powerhouse for scientific research. Others include the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, the Institute for High Energy Physics and the ALBA synchrotron, which is still under construction and will go online in 2010.


More like this

This coming Friday is my 34th birthday, and the lovely people from ScienceBlogs/ Seed Media Group have given me a fantastic present: they're sending me on an all expenses paid long weekend to Barcelona to cover ESOF2008. The mission of the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) is to provide both the…
Looking down from the steps of the Museu National d' Art Catalunya, we see the Fira de Barcelona, a complex of 8 large buildings which together make up one of the largest exhibition centres in Europe. One of these buildings, in the lower right of the above photograph, was the venue for ESOF2008.…
The past few days have been rather hectic, hence the lack of updates. On Saturday, I attended and took part in Europe's first science blogging conference, and there were also several other events which had been organized for those who came to the event from abroad. Last Thursday evening, I was…
tags: blog carnivals, Carnival of Cities Okay, this is what you've all been waiting for, the Carnival of Cities, where you can read about people's experiences with either visiting or living in various cities around the world. So without further ado, I will let you tuck in! North America Gudrun and…

Hola Mo,
thanks for advertising! I also have a post planned on the nature article with yet more beautiful photos.
Check out this one for example.
Actually, the whole photostream of my colleague Julien Lagarde is really worth a visit. Lots of images from Barcelona, you might recognize some features on the pictures from your stay.
It was a pleasure meeting you here, and I think more than the ESOF sessions, I enjoyed showing you guys some of the bars in Barcelona.