Within the framework of the Barcelona-Madrid Dialogues project, which ran from 2011 to 2014, the A4U, in collaboration with Obra Social La Caixa, organized a debate series on the challenges facing contemporary society.

The debates were held alternately in Barcelona and Madrid. Each session included a brief talk on the topic to be addressed by the participants, who were experts from the A4U; a debate and discussion amongst them, moderated by a journalist with a proven track record; and a Q&A session open to the public.

The following sessions were held:

1st DEBATE. Towards a new university

1st session. Madrid, 24 November 2011
Moderator: Iñaki Gabilondo
Speakers: the A4U rectors

  • Ana Ripoll (UAB)
  • Jose M. Sanz (UAM)
  • Daniel Peña (UC3M)
  • Jose Juan Moreso (UPF)

­2nd session. Barcelona, 5 March 2012
Moderator: Iñaki Gabilondo
Speakers: the A4U rectors

  • Ana Ripoll (UAB)
  • Jose M. Sanz (UAM)
  • Daniel Peña (UC3M)
  • Jose Juan Moreso (UPF)

2nd DEBATE: Philosophy, politics and economics: a cross-disciplinary approach to new social challenges

1st session. Madrid, 13 November 2012
Moderator: Ángel Gabilondo
Speakers:

  • Carmen Bevià, full professor of economics (UAB)
  • Jesús Silva, full professor of criminal law (UPF) and lawyer
  • Carlos Thiebaut, full professor of philosophy (UC3M)
  • Fernando Vallespín, full professor of political science and administration (UAM)

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2nd session. Barcelona, 28 February 2013
Moderator: Mònica Terribas
Speakers:

  • Juan Carlos Bayón, full professor of philosophy of law (UAM)
  • Antonio Cabrales, full professor of economics (UC3M)
  • Jaume Casals, cfull professor of philosophy (UPF))
  • Joan Subirats, full professor of political science (UAB) and researcher at the Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP)

3rd DEBATE: Catalan-Spanish Relations

Madrid, 18 November 2013 (single session)
Moderator: Montserrat Domínguez
Speakers:

  • Rafael Grasa, tenured professor of international relations (UAB)
  • Marta Lorente, full professor of history of law and institutions (UAM)
  • Josep Joan Moreso, full professor of philosophy of law and former rector (UPF)
  • Tomás Quadra-Salcedo, full professor of administrative law (UC3M)

4th DEBATE: ICT on campuses: evolution or revolution?

Barcelona, 28 April 2014 (single session)
Moderator: Carles Capdevila, , editor-in-chief of the newspaper Ara
Speakers:

  • Carlos Delgado Kloos, full professor of telematics engineering (UC3M)
  • Daniel Cassany, tenured professor of translation and language sciences (UPF)
  • Rafael Garesse, full professor of biochemistry and molecular biology (UAM)
  • Pere Marqués, tenured professor of educational technology (UAB)