BSC and the Barcelona City Council expand their collaboration to develop projects in the fields of science, technology and innovation

21 September 2020
This two-year agreement is a new step forward for the digitalization of the city.
  • The consistory and the center will deepen the effects of scientific knowledge on the life of the citizens in Barcelona.

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and the Barcelona City Council expand their collaboration with a new framework agreement to continue the collaboration in the field of research and knowledge, which began in 2017.

The two-year agreement, framed within the objectives of the Barcelona Science Plan for 2020-2023, by which the consistory consolidates its collaboration with Barcelona-based internationally renowned research institutions, such as the BSC.

The collaboration is oriented to carry out citizen science projects that need a high capacity of processing from municipal data; promote scientific dissemination; participate in citizen science projects, and facilitate the exchange and circulation of research staff in citizen science projects and city challenges.

Josep Maria Martorell, associate director of the BSC, expresses the centre's commitment so that the Barcelona City Council "takes advantage of first-rate research infrastructures". He adds that "we maintain collaborations on issues related to advanced data analysis, intelligent management of infrastructures and city spaces, scientific dissemination and promotion of technological vocations in the youngest, with special emphasis on girls. But we believe that we can have a much broader joint journey and we are encouraged to do so. "

The consistory celebrates the signing of the new agreement as it represents a new step towards the digitization of the city, which is key to the recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, "and the BSC must be part of the strategy, as infrastructure technological benchmark in Europe and the world, "emphasizes Laia Bonet, third deputy mayor of Agenda 2030, Digital Transition, Sports and Territorial and Metropolitan Coordination of the Barcelona City Council. According to Bonet, "the collaboration between the BSC and the City Council will make it possible to put the benefits of research and technological innovation at the service of the entire public and of the city's digital ecosystem, and to develop the potential of Barcelona as the capital of technological humanism".

For his part, the deputy mayor for Culture, Education, Science and Community, Joan Subirats, stressed that the signing of this framework agreement "should allow us to strengthen relations and generate exponential growth in collaboration between Barcelona and the BSC in research linked to challenges facing the city ".

  • Read press release of the Barcelona City Council (in Catalan) here.