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"Global Challenges" to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the CSIC "Residència d'Investigadors"

To celebrate the 20th anniversaty of the CSIC "Residència d'Investigadors" in Barcelona, the institution has prepared the document "Reptes globals: perspectives des de la Ciència" (Global challenges: perspectives from Science), in which different experts in several fields explain how they see some of the most important challenges that our society is facing. From the ICMAB, Xavier Obradors writes about "Advanced Functional Nanomaterials: the key for the fourth Industrial Revolution". The document is available in Spanish and Catalan. 

Sep 20, 2019

The text written by Xavier Obradors is illustrated by two pictures of ICMAB researchers who participated at the FOTICMAB photo contest: Cristiano Matricardi (left) and Xavier Torrelles and Hadeel Husain (right). 

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The different texts of the document are the following: 


  • The new chemistry (Dra. GEMMA FABRIAS, Institut de Química Avançada de Catalunya (IQAC)
  • Microelectronics (Dra. ROSA VILLA, Institut de Microelectrònica de Barcelona - Centre Nacional de Microelectrònica (IMB-CNM))
  • Nanotechnology and Nanoscience (Dr. PABLO ORDEJÓN, Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanoteconologia (ICN2))
  • Advanced Functional Nanomaterials: the key for the fourth Industrial Revolution (Dr. XAVIER OBRADORS, Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB), Centre d’excel·lència Severo Ochoa)
  • Brief comments about artificial intelligence (IA) (Dr. RAMÓN LÓPEZ MÁNTARAS Institut d’Investigació en Intel·ligència Articial (IIIA))
  • Challenges in social and collaborative robotics (Dra. CARME TORRAS Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial, (IRII))
  • Energy (Dr. PEDRO GÓMEZ-ROMERO, Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2))
  • Photonics (Dr. LLUÍS TORNER, Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO))
  • Supercomputing (Dr. JOSEP M. MARTORELL, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC))
  • XXI century challenges on astrophysics (Dr. JORDI ISERN, Institut de Ciències de l’Espai (ICE) and Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC))


  • Nanomedicine (Dra. LAURA M. LECHUGA, Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2))
  • Neuroscience (Dr. FRANCESC ARTIGAS, Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques de Barcelona (IIBB))
  • Climate change and anthropocene (Dr. JOAN GRIMALT, Institut de Diagnòstic Ambiental i Estudis de l’Aigua (IDAEA))
  • The truth about the anthropocene (Dr. VALENTÍ RULL, Institut de Ciències de la Terra Jaume Almera (ICTJA))
  • Urban atmospheric contamination (Dr. XAVIER QUEROL, Institut de Diagnòstic Ambiental i Estudis de l’Aigua (IDAEA))
  • Hydric resoures: the challenges to guarantee their quality (Dr. DAMIÀ BARCELÓ, Institut de Diagnòstic Ambiental i Estudis de l'Aigua (IDAEA) and Dr. JOSEP MAS-PLA, Institut Català de Recerca de l'Aigua (ICRA))
  • Seas and oceans (Dr. JOSEP LLUÍS PELEGRÍ, Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM))


  • Challenges of the economy (Dr. JOAN MARIA ESTEBAN, Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (IAE))
  • Global health and human development (Dr. JON ARRIZABALAGA, Institució Milà i Fontanals (IMF))
  • Cultures and cultural identities: an unfinished debate (Dra. YOLANDA AIXELÀ-CABRÉ, Institució Milà i Fontanals (IMF))
  • Cultural mediation (Dra. ARACELI GONZÁLEZ VÁZQUEZ, Institució Milà i Fontanals (IMF))
  • From social change to metacultural acceleration (Dra. MARIA JESÚS BUXÓ REY, Antropologia Cultural - Universitat de Barcelona (UB))
  • Towards post-humanities? (Dr. JOSEP MARTÍ, Institució Milà i Fontanals (IMF))
  • Europe in the post-transition era (Dra. ELENA SOLER, Univerzita Karlova (Charles University, Praga. República Txeca)

DOWNLOAD the documents in Catalan and Spanish:

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