Social events
  • Visit to the Observatori Fabra
    September 15th, 2009 at 7pm

    Cocktail party and guided tour of the Observatori Fabra.

    The Observatori Fabra was inaugurated in 1904. It is located on the Tibidabo mountain, overlooking Barcelona, at an altitude of 413 meters. Its first director was the Catalan astronomer Josep Comas i Solà (discoverer of Titan's atmosphere), who devoted observing time mostly to positional astronomy and to minor bodies of the Solar System. In particular, 11 asteroids were discovered by Comas i Solà from the Observatori Fabra, notably asteroid 945 Barcelona, named after the city. Currently, research on three different scientific areas is carried out at the observatory: meteorology, seismology and astronomy.

    The dome of the observatory harbors a Mailhat double diameter (visual and photographic) refractive telescope, with two apertures of 38 cm and focal distances of 4 and 6 meters.

    At the weather station there are different meteorological devices, among which a pluviograph invented by Dr. Ramon Jardí in 1927 that measures not only the quantity of rainfall but also its intensity.

    Transportation: At 6:30pm buses will leave from CosmoCaixa for the Observatori. At 9pm, once the visit has finished, the buses will take the attendees to the center of Barcelona (Catalunya square) and to the venue of the conference (CosmoCaixa).

    Cost included in the registration fee.



  • Conference Dinner
    September 17th, 2009 at 8pm at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (Catalan Art Museum)

    The conference dinner will take place at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. The Palau Nacional, the emblematic building of the 1929 International Exhibition, is the home of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. It is located on the mountain of Montju´c, a privileged site from where you can enjoy a magnificent and unique view of the city of Barcelona.

    The roots of the Museum have to be sought in the tasks of recovery and conservation of the patrimony which, in Catalonia, began in the second half of the nineteenth century and culminated in 1934 with the opening of the Museu d'Art de Catalunya, installed in the Palau Nacional on Montju´c. The museum hosts an impressive collection of art from the Romanesque period to the mid-twentieth century.

    The cost of the conference dinner is included in the fee for registrations that were received before July 15th. For late registrations and accompanying persons, the cost is 70€.

    Palau Nacional | Parc de Montju´c | Barcelona

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