Just back from Barcelona after seven days of intense activity at Esof 2008 and now it’s time to discuss a bit about the conference and the week spent in BCN.
As a beginner of Esofs firstly I studied a bit.
From the website I know that Euroscience is a “pan-European association of individuals interested in constructing scientific Europe from the bottom-up”.
So during the main conference of the association (Esof) I thought to find thousands of people from the bottom who debate about science.
I really looked for them but I didn’t find lots of people from the bottom, neither from the top.
I found a lot of people from the “middle”: communicators and journalists who talked about their area of interest and discussed about the future of science and Europe. But where the public was?
All the communicators involved in the outreach activities had to run their workshops or shows in a huge area (someone of us -including me- have thought that the area was a parking converted to the fair only for Esof) where there was no indication about what show was going on.
People and children seemed a bit lost in such a big area. You could feel more that you were looking for your car than for a workshop about science.
In this kind of conference you switch on your brain at the beginning of the day and you’re worn out at the end. And you might like feeling exahusted with a lot of ideas.
Again it’s not the whole story about Barcelona. VG community, in order to be a good team of reporters, has also been around the city, visiting all the amanities and enjoying some tapas at night.
We’ve also been to CosmoCaixa, the Science Museum of BCN, wondering all the time if CosmoCaixa is more a science museum with a bit of art or an art museum with a bit of science.
I’ve uploaded some pictures from the journey to have an idea of the atmosphere of BCN.