RecerCaixa debates

RecerCaixa debates

The RecerCaixa debates are an initiative of the RecerCaixa programme to promote scientific research of excellence, aimed at creating a dialogue to reflect on current issues of great interest to society that warrant particular attention today given the current crisis, as well as improving cohesion and well-being in society.

Sessions are held at the Palau Macaya in Barcelona and are freely accessible and open to the public, lasting approximately one and a half hours.

 

  • There are currently between 5,000 and 7,000 minority diseases, which are disorders that affect a small number of people. In Spain it is estimated that there are over three million sufferers of these diseases, of whom more than 300,000 are in Catalonia. Out of all the minority diseases that exist, over 80% are calculated to affect young children.

    How can we combat the discrimination that these illnesses cause in all spheres? What efforts are needed to improve communication between doctors and sufferers’ families? What can be done to foster universal access to information about minority diseases and overcome geographical barriers?

    Speakers:

    Rosa Estopà, senior lecturer at the Pompeu Fabra University and lead researcher on the RecerCaixa project “TOGETHER: Overcoming social/educational barriers and fostering awareness of the interferences and difficulties in understanding information and documentation aimed at families of children suffering from diseases”.

    Meritxell Teixidó, associate researcher at IRB Barcelona, is part of the RecerCaixa project “Gate2Brain: peptide shuttles for replacement therapy in Friedreich’s ataxia”.

    Regla María Garci, psychologist with FEDER, the Spanish Federation for Rare Diseases.

    Eduardo Tizzano, director of the clinical and molecular genetics area and of the Minority Disease Unit at the Vall d’Hebron hospital.

  • According to EPA (a Spanish working population survey) data, 2016 ended with a 20.7% female unemployment rate, compared to 17.8% male unemployment. The social and economic crisis of recent years has caused the loss of many jobs, but has also led to the creation of new projects in the cooperative and voluntary economy in which the role of women has been very important.

    What are the main barriers to the involvement of men in tasks traditionally considered women’s work? Is this a temporary phenomenon or the first step on the way to a more egalitarian society? What is the function of women in the current form of the cooperative and voluntary economy? These are some of the questions that will be discussed with RecerCaixa researchers.

    Speakers:

    Sandra Ezquerra, associate lecturer at UVic-UCC, director of the UNESCO chair in Women, Development and Cultures at the UVic and coordinator of the UVic research group Inclusive Societies, Policies and Communities. Lead researcher on the RecerCaixa project “Crisis and alternatives in the feminine: analysis of impacts and strategies for women in Catalonia in the sphere of the cooperative and voluntary economy”

    Beatriz San Román, post-doctoral researcher at the Rovira i Virgili University, co-editor of the publication AFIN and researcher on the RecerCaixa project “Male carers: challenges and opportunities to reduce gender inequalities and approach new care needs”

    Argelia García, member of the board of the International Foundation for Enterprising Women

    Mireia Mata, director general of equality in the Catalan government’s Department of employment, social affairs and families

  • According to the Spanish National Statistics Institute, more than 250,000 young people left Spain between 2008 and 2015. Their profile is that of young people over 25 years old, with qualifications, who are politically active and who mainly emigrate to other European countries to find work.

    What options do young people have in the current socio-economic climate? How can we retain talent? What tools are at our disposal to reduce youth unemployment? How can we involve businesses to create employment initiatives for young people with qualifications?

    Speakers:

    Maria Àngels Cabasés, Senior Lecturer in Applied Economics at the University of Lleida, researcher at the Centre d’Estudis sobre Joventut i Societat-JOVIS and on the RecerCaixa project Youth emigration, new social movements and digital networks (#eMOVIX)

    Ignasi Brunet, professor of Sociology at Rovira i Virgili University and researcher on the RecerCaixa project Vocational training and SMEs

    Oriol Rivera, representative of CREUP, the state university student organization with the mission of defending students and public universities

    Professional representative from Barcelona Activa

  • Internet has revolutionized the world of communication, and 81% of Catalan households have Internet access. We can all generate content and express our opinion, and every day there are more digital forums for sharing initiatives that pursue the same goal: bringing knowledge to society, giving a voice to those who do not have one; and spreading information in a transparent manner. In spite of this, access to information does not directly translate into knowledge and it is necessary to know how to discriminate and treat this information.

    What opportunities and challenges do these initiatives raise? How do we discriminate valuable content from content that is not? Who controls information on Internet? What success stories are good examples to follow? How can we improve knowledge management and encourage the participation of citizens in these initiatives?

    Speakers:

    Amparo Moreno, professor of History of Communication at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Researcher on the RecerCaixa project PluralHumanism.com: Research and development of an Internet tool to participate in building collective knowledge of the Internet society in Catalonia

    Josep Lladós, Senior Lecturer at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Director of the Centre de Visió per Computador, and researcher on the RecerCaixa project TOOLS: Tools and procedures for mass computerization of historical population records

    Àlex Hinojo, also known by the nickname “Kippelboy”, participates in the projects of the Wikimedia Foundation, including the GLAM-Wiki initiative. He is one of the leaders of Amical Wikimedia and acts as cultural ambassador for Wikipedia in Catalan (Viquipèdia) at museums and other cultural institutions

    Representative from Open Data Barcelona

  • The economic crisis has increased poverty and social inequality in cities, a fact that increases social polarization: the urban districts that suffer more deficits and lower quality housing concentrate the highest percentages of unemployment, immigrants and low income levels. While other places of residence have become almost exclusively from the most socially successful people.

    How can we measure and combat the increase of social inequality?
    Which is the effect in the health, education and equal opportunities?
    What actions should carry out the administration to help organizations and local associations?
    How can we incorporate the local sight in health policies, education and housing?

    Speakers:

    Ismael Blanco, professor of the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology IGOP- UAB). Research project RecerCaixa The crisis disadvantaged neighborhoods: urban segregation, social innovation and civic capacity

    Oriol Nel·lo, professor of the Faculty of Arts - UAB). Research project RecerCaixa The crisis disadvantaged neighborhoods: urban segregation, social innovation and civic capacity

    Sebastià Sarasa, professor of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences - UPF). Research project RecerCaixa The spatial segregation of poverty in Catalonia: Structure and dynamics of social inequality

    Ferran Busquets, director of the Fundació Arrels

    A representative of Social Protection of the Generalitat de Catalunya

  • In Catalonia there are 18,000 children who need special support education. More than half are going to regular education schools, although much are served in specific units, and the rest are derived to special schools due to the lack of resources and trained teachers, which not helps them to feel them integrated in society.

    What changes need apply schools to reverse this situation?
    How can you increase the support to schools, educators and families?
    Parents can choose freely how they want for their children and where?

    Speakers:

    Yurena Gutiérrez, researcher at the Centre for Theoretical Linguistics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

    Josep Maria Serra Grabulosa, researcher at the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychobiology, University of Barcelona

    Juan de Diego, director of the Department of Guidance and Education Inclusive Education Consortium of Barcelona

    Noemí Santiveri, a representative of the Citizens' Platform for Inclusive School

  • There are more than 14,000 adopted children and around a thousand in foster families in Catalonia but parents must often look for external help to handle and resolve the emotional and health problems suffered by these children and young people, which can make it difficult for them to develop and integrate properly in society, as well as upsetting family life.

    What help is provided by government and other support organisations? What should we do to improve the matching process and information on the children's backgrounds? What are the main difficulties that must be overcome? How can parents be truly supported during this process and the percentage of abandonment reduced?
     

    Speakers:

    Dr. Oscar García Algar, researcher from the Research Group for Childhood and Environment of the Hospital del Mar Institute of Medical Research (IMIM) and paediatrician at Hospital del Mar

    Dr. Noemí Pereda Beltran, lecturer at the Department of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment of Barcelona University and director of the Research Group into Child and Adolescent Victimisation (GReVIA) of the Research Institute into the Brain, Cognition and Conduct (IR3C)

    Mrs. Agnès Russiñol Amat, director of the Catalan Institute for Fostering and Adoption

    Mrs. Carmen Sánchez Alfonso, mother of an adopted child.

    Chairing the debate: Milagros Pérez Oliva. Journalist from the newspaper El País.
     

  • 22% of young Catalans aged between 18 and 24 give up studying before completing their secondary education, double the EU's average of 11%. This decision can have repercussions for their careers and employment possibilities in the future.
    Moreover the number of pupils needing to repeat a school year in Spain has risen in the last few years, exceeding 32% of the total and representing a high economic and social cost.

    How can pupils' performance and motivation be improved?
    What can be done to improve personalised attention and the quality of teaching? How much does school failure by the educational system cost?
    What strategies are being promoted by the EU, the government and schools themselves to combat this problem?
     

    Speakers:

    Javier Díez-Palomar, Ramon y Cajal researcher from the Department of Experimental Sciences and Mathematics Teaching at Barcelona University, member of the International Commission for the Study and Improvement of Mathematics Teaching (CIEAEM), and co-director of the MSAT project (Math, Science & Technology for All: Evidence-Based Learning Environments for the 21st Century).

    Co-leader with Sandra Racionero of the RecerCaixa project: "MSAT. Math, Science & Technology for All: Evidence-Based Learning Environments for the 21st Century"

    Xavier Raurich. Lecturer at the Department of Economic Theory and researcher at the Centre of Research into Welfare Economics (CREB-UB).
    Co-leader with Jordi Caballé of the RecerCaixa project: "Inequality, social mobility, effort and education" 

    Pilar Ugidos, Director of the Miquel Bleach School and trustee of the Jaume Bofill Foundation.

    Miguel Ángel Essomba, Commissioner for Education and Universities of Barcelona Council and researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

    Chairing the debate: Milagros Pérez Oliva. Journalist at the newspaper El País.

  • The current context of crisis and job instability has affected the state of housing, employment, diet and well-being of a large proportion of the population, with repercussions for their health and aggravating social inequalities.

    What is being done to combat this problem and how can we guarantee everyone an appropriate quality of life?

    Speakers:

    Noemí Amorós, Catalan Society of Family and Community Medicine (CAMFiC)

    Joan Benach, Research Group into Health Inequalities, GREDS/EMCONET- UPF

    Carme Borrell, Barcelona Public Health Agency

    Raquel Gallego, Institute of Government and Public Policy IGOP-UAB

    Pilar Millán, Observatory of Vulnerability of the Catalan Red Cross

    Chairing the debate: Milagros Pérez Oliva. Journalist at the newspaper El País.
     

     

  • The new forms of citizen involvement emerging as a result of civil society initiatives aim to provide a response to social needs and a voice for those who do not feel represented by the current political system.

    How can these initiatives be channelled more effectively to strengthen democracy and encourage changes and improvements that result in greater social well-being.

    Chairing the debate: Milagros Pérez Oliva. Journalist at the newspaper El País.

  • "la Caixa" Foundation and the Catalan Association of Public Universities held the debate "Innovation, education and the new labour market" on 6 May 2015 at the Palau Macaya in Barcelona. We are currently going through a crisis that has increased inequality and precariousness but also a period with new opportunities for employment and social innovation.

    How should the educational system respond to such challenges to ensure people find employment? What are the new professional profiles demanded by the market? What should be done to reduce school failure, improve professional training and promote innovation in the classroom?       

    Speakers: 

    Jordi Caballé (Autonomous University of Barcelona and Barcelona Graduate School of Economics)

    Francesc Imbernon (Barcelona University)

    Javier Massó (ASPEPC•SPS Trade Union of Secondary School Teachers)

    Josep Maria Rañé (Council of Labour, Economy and Society of Catalonia) 

    The debate was chaired by the journalist Milagros Pérez Oliva.

  • "la Caixa" Foundation and the Catalan Association of Public Universities held the debate "Towards a better treatment of chronic pain" on 4 March 2015.

    Many pathologies such as arthritis, cancer, fibromyalgia and neurodegenerative diseases cause chronic pain, a public health problem that affects more than 15% of the adult population in Spain and with a high social and economic cost. But this is often underestimated and is not always suitably treated.

    This debate dealt with the political, medical and therapeutic strategies that need to be implemented to improve the treatment of chronic pain and patients' quality of life. 

    Speakers:

    Elena Català Puigbó (Pain Clinic - Hospital Universitari de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and the Catalan Society of Pain)

    Jordi Miró (Unit for the Study and Treatment of Pain – ALGOS. Rovira i Virgili University)

    Amadeu Llebaria (Higher Council of Scientific Research)

    Montserrat Garcia Blasco (Catalan Patient Forum)

    The debate was chaired by the journalist Milagros Pérez Oliva.

  • On Wednesday, 4 February 2015, the debate entitled "Living with disability: a handicap to be fully integrated within society?" took place, organised by "la Caixa" Foundation and the Catalan Association of Public Universities.

    This debate dealt with the barriers encountered by disabled people and the measures that should be implemented to eliminate them; how society can be made more aware and how to combat the prejudices that still exist; and also which initiatives have helped to ensure such people are fully integrated within society and what needs to be done to continue to make progress in this area.

    On Wednesday, 4 February 2015, the debate entitled "Living with disability: a handicap to be fully integrated within society?" took place, organised by "la Caixa" Foundation and the Catalan Association of Public Universities.

    This debate dealt with the barriers encountered by disabled people and the measures that should be implemented to eliminate them; how society can be made more aware and how to combat the prejudices that still exist; and also which initiatives have helped to ensure such people are fully integrated within society and what needs to be done to continue to make progress in this area.

    Speakers:

    Xavier Borràs (Observatory of Mentally Disabled Rights of Catalonia)

    Glòria Canals (Aura Foundation)

    Josep Roca (Centre of Policy for Land and Valuations, Polytechnic University of Catalonia)

    Judit Valls (Centre of Research into the Economy and Health, Pompeu Fabra University)

    The debate was chaired by Ariadna Oltra, journalist from Televisió de Catalunya (TV3)