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November 08, 2018
The Barcelona manifesto: for a city-led science and technology diplomacy
“By 2025, the 600 largest urban economies in the world will produce 65% of global economic growth. By 2050, nearly 70% of the world population will be urban. Cities are innovation powerhouses, transforming the international scene and bypassing nation-states and their borders. They have become the early adopters of emerging technologies, testbeds for scientific change and autonomous diplomatic players”.

This paragraph is part of the introduction of “the Barcelona manifesto / For a city-led science and technology diplomacy” presented on November 6 during the launch event of the SciTech DiploHub initiative that aims at making Barcelona the first city to implement a science and diplomacy strategy.
 
One of the missions is to consolidate Barcelona as an innovation capital. With the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and the ALBA synchrotron, Barcelona has two large-scale scientific facilities that made the Catalan capital be part of these cities that offer to their business and R&D ecosystems the tools to innovate and grow.
 
The first SciTech DiploHub’s action concerns the SciTech diaspora: it consists in taking advantages of the next Christmas period to start identifying, bringing together and empowering the community of scientists and engineers from Barcelona and alumni of the city’s research centers and universities currently based abroad: this diaspora can help identify practices and opportunities and engage wider audiences around the world.
 
Good luck to the SciTech DiploHub initiative!

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