In the months of January and February, Madrid will welcome the eight international juries deciding the accolades in the sixth edition of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards.
“If you assemble 50 scientists and ask them to define ‘life’, you will receive at least 51 answers,” remarks microbiologist Gerda Horneck, one of the first scientists to examine the question of whether life can exist and thrive beyond Earth in the extreme environmental conditions of space.
Two projects that have obtained tangible, quantifiable and lasting improvements in their respective areas, and shown that it is possible to pursue a development model that works with nature instead of destroying it, are honored this evening in the latest edition of the BBVA Foundation Awards for Biodiversity Conservation, whose presentation ceremony will take place in the Foundation’s Madrid headquarters.
The study of one of the deepest mysteries in modern science – the nature of dark energy – is enjoying something of a golden age. Astrophysicists are attacking the problem in two separate blocks: those whose focus is on data gathering through the ambitious international observation programs now being launched, and those working on the theories that will serve to interpret these data when they arrive. Simon White, director of the Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Munich (Germany), is a member of the second group. His work involves creating virtual universes that evolve parallel to reality, but inside computers, and using them to uncover fresh clues about dark energy, a process he will explain more fully during his talk this evening in the BBVA Foundation, Madrid.
The Fundació Joan Miró presents Before the Horizon, an exhibition dedicated to the representation of the horizon in art from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. The exhibition, running from 24 October 2013 to 16 February 2014, is curated by Martina Millà and sponsored by the Fundación BBVA.