The 6 th Gago Conference on European Science Policy

[...]. Considerable time should be devoted to setting up a dialogue in each member State on the issue of human resources for science, engineering and technology, helping policy-makers understand what is required, and building bridges between national and European actors. Dialogue between industrial and academic organizations in Europe should also be pursued.

José Mariano Gago In "Europe needs more scientists", European Commission, Brussels, 2004


23 - 24 October 2023


Digital Global Observatories

How Advanced Computing can help shaping our common future in times of increasing uncertainty and unsettled lives?

6th Gago Conference on European Science Policy

A joint organization of Ciencia Viva and Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), with the special patronnage of The Spannish Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2023 and the European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel (tbc).0

Barcelona , 23-24 October, 2023


Recent unexpected threats to our common safety and public goods, including public health, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, the increasing activity of individual digital terrorism and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, have shown that our societies are not as safe as we thought. In association with the climate disaster we all are facing, demographic forecasts and the tensions resulting from increasing water scarcity affecting the world's most vulnerable communities, we are facing unprecedented threats that should foster a clear call for action. Deep reflection on these issues must lead us to safer, cleaner, more resilient, cooperative societies. Using novel forms of digital observation and governance, including the digital twins of our communities and landscapes, must necessarily consider human agency, be centered on people and be based on changing collective behaviours.

But the question is how far advanced computing, together with design and use of digital observatories, can help shape our common future in times of increasing uncertainty and unsettled lives. This question has framed the 6th Gago Conference on European Science Policy, at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, under the scope of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2023, and in a way to foster the impact of the Europe-Latin America Summit of 2023. ...

Organizing Committee

  • Josep M. Martorell , Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, Spain
  • Teresa Riera Madurell , Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, former member of the European Parliament, Spain
  • Manuel Heitor , Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research (IN+), Instituto Superior Tecnico, University of Lisbon, former Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal
  • Rosalia Vargas , Ciencia Viva Agency, Portugal
  • Julio Celis , EACS - European Academy of Cancer Sciences, former Director of the Danish Cancer, Denmark
  • Alfonso Valencia , Barcelona Super Computing Centre, Spain.
  • Paco Doblas , Barcelona Super Computing Centre, Spain.
  • Jose Maria Cela , Barcelona Super Computing Centre, Spain.
  • Ulises Cortes , Barcelona Super Computing Centre, Spain.
  • Fabrizio Gagliardi , Barcelona Super Computing Center, Spain.
  • Angel Font , CEO, La Caixa Foundation Barcelona, Spain; President, European Foundation Centre

Target participants

The conference will gather high-level speakers, including:

  • Policy makers in European member states;
  • European Commission and European Parliament representatives;
  • Leaders and other representatives from research and business institutions,;
  • Representatives of young researchers´ associations;
  • Key stakeholders of the European Research Area;
  • Citizens.


Monday October 23th

Place: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB). Montalegre 5.  

15:00      Reception

15:30      Welcome

15.45      Visit the exhibition AI: More than Human

16:45       Coffee break

17:00       Session: “Accountable, Responsible, Transparent ArtificiaI Intelligence for the ODS”

19:30       Informal dinner


Tuesday, 24 October

Place: Palacio de Pedralbes (5-minute walking from the BSC headquarters).

8:30      Reception

9:00      Welcome       

9:15      Opening Session  

              Emerging developments and challenges in Digital  Observatories and  Advanced Computing

10:30    Presentation of the Barcelona Manifesto: “Fostering Responsible Digital Observatories for Europe and the Global South”.

10:30     Session 1: Disease observatories: data hubs and digital twins towards “One Heatlh”

12:00     Coffee break

12:15     Session 2: Urban Observatories: digital twins of complex and vulnerable urban contexts, including the most vulnerable in the Global South.

13:45    Lunch break

14:45    Session 3: Environmental Observatories. Digital twins for blue and green sustainability          

15:15    Session 4: Understanding the advanced computing infrastructure and skills required  to   foster digital Observatories and the building up and usage of adequate digital twins

17:45     Closure

18:00   Visit to Marenostrum 5 and  BSC headquarters.  

19:00    Informal Dinner and Gago Awards on EU Science Policy Ceremony







GAGO AWARDS in European Science Policy


Palau Reial de Pedralbes (1st day)





Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Montalegre 5.(2nd day)

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Hotel Accommodation

We advise you to book your hotel as soon as possible, as September is still a busy period in Barcelona.