Science and Food Campus
Programme targeted at students in their first year of baccalaureate with the goal of providing visibility to the importance of science in innovation and food research. It is an opportunity to discover foods and culinary processes from the vantage point of different scientific disciplines, and to learn how they provide answers and solutions to the current challenges around sustainable, healthy food.
The IRTA is a research center dedicated to R&D at agriculture and food fields, and it is affiliated with the Department of Agriculture Livestock Fisheries and Food (DARP) of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Its objectives are to modernize, improve and boost the competitiveness and sustainable development of the agricultural, food, agroforestry, aquaculture and fisheries sectors, as well as provide consumers with quality and healthy foods, and improve the well-being of the population.
The Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) is an independent organization established as a Consortium of four main research institutions: the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA), Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), and University of Barcelona (UB), and receives support from the Government of Catalonia through its General Direction for Research. The centre is a multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to studying genetic factors which determine characters of interests in plants and farm animals. Basic research is conducted under scientific criteria of excellence and research towards the improvement of plants and animals used in the food industries.
The University of Barcelona (UB) is a leading figure in university research in Spain. In terms of volume of publications, the UB is the second institution in the country after the CSIC, according to the Third European Report on Science and Technology Indicators. According to the Latin American ranking, SIR 2011, it is the university with the highest scientific output in Spain. The UB has 106 departments, 24 research institutes and centres, 243 consolidated research groups and 677 active research projects. The Faculty of Biology at the University of Barcelona was established in 1974, and was a pioneer in Spain. The faculty appeared as a result of the continuous increase in knowledge in the field of life sciences, accompanied by incessant diversification. Currently, within a social context that is expanding and becoming increasingly interconnected thanks to the continued remodelling of higher education, making any predictions is risky. The Faculty of Biology at the University of Barcelona is particularly aware of this, and wants to accept its part in facing up to this challenge. Also, for more than a hundred years now, the Faculty has renewed itself in the euphoria of a widespread intellectual movement, which encompasses lines of study such as environmentalism and new biotechnologies.
The Hospital Clínic de Barcelona is a university public hospital with a centuries-long history. With a workforce of 4,500 professionals, it is one of the leading healthcare centres in Spain and the leader in scientific production. It offers high-quality care, biomedical research of the highest level of competitiveness, and great teaching dedication to training professionals. All of this is part of the excellence of balanced management, with the aim of providing society with cutting-edge humanised medicine.
Alícia, Food and Science, is a culinary research centre. The centre researches culinary products and processes, innovates and works to improve human nutrition, paying particular attention to dietary restrictions and other health problems, promotes an improvement in eating habits, and enhances the dietary and culinary heritage in the local area.
Alícia is a private non-profit foundation that was founded in 2003. The board of trustees is led by the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation, the Government of Catalonia and prestigious members of society. It counts on collaboration and support from leading scientists and top chefs.
Alícia’s goal is for everyone to eat better, or in other words, to have a healthy, sustainable, tasty diet based on local culture and traditions, adapted to any life situation they find themselves in.