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Hello, world! My name is Adrià Terradellas Igual (@adriterradellas) and I will be your curator during this week.

I was born in Barcelona in 1994, where I grew up along with my grandparents’ town, Bigues (Vallès Oriental). I am very curious (and a bit crazy) for as long as I can remember, something that led me to do sciences studies.

At the present time, I am a student at the University of Barcelona. This coming semester I’ve been selected to be an exchange student at the École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne, in Switzerland. Here I have planned to finish my BSc in Physics.

At the beginning of last year I had the opportunity to do a research internship at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, in a very nice team (Nanoscopy for Nanomedicine group). With them I could learn about super resolution microscopy and self-assembly, as well as strengthen my interest in the boundaries of physics. Now I’m doing for them a Computer Simulation as a Final Project for my degree, studying the superselective behaviour of a self-assembled fibre in membrane cells for drug delivery.

I have particularly interest in applied physics into biological systems. The evolution of complex systems like the brain or cancer, patterns found in nature and fundamental questions catch my attention. Broadly speaking, learning is a modus vivendi.

Apart from that, I enjoy music in my free time, I like international relations and politics. I’m also considered to be cine/seriephile (a passionate of soundtracks), waiting for the very expected third season of Twin Peaks. I recommend Black Mirror as an invitation to think in the not that far future and Westworld is the new indispensable.

I think Costa Brava is an essential part of my country, where I like to spend time (no matter when). In particular, I love Cadaqués, a source of inspiration and a good place for needed calm. I hope to be there soon with Sara, my partner.

First day of classes at the @EPFL, first day as a curator at @CatalanVoices. I hope you enjoy my tweets!!

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Hi there! My name is Joan Anton Català (@estelsiplanetes on twitter). I am 55 years old, and live in Sant Cugat del Vallès with my wonderful family (wife and two daughters).

Let me share with you my two passions.

My first passion: people. I work as a consultant at Leading-On, which I founded back in 2008. This is a company specialized in change & talent management, and execution (http://leading-on.com). Of course, our focus is on people. Previously I had worked for more than 20 years in the ITC sector, in companies like T-Systems or debis IT Services. As I like change, I occupied diverse positions in the companies I worked with: business development, innovation, corporate strategy, and human resources.

I studied general management at IESE, and I have a “Leading Execution” certificate by the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

My second passion: astronomy. This interest began when I was a child, and has flourished ever since. The skies, the universe, is for me not only a place for science, but also for inspiration and self-awareness. This is the reason why I devote a lot of time doing science outreach, sharing with people the fascinating and amazing things of our cosmos. Our own history. I lecture, teach, write books, and collaborate with Observatories and media (TV, radio, and press). I publish my astrophotos here: http://catalaaltarriba.com, and I maintain a blog in Catalan here: http//estelsiplanetes.blogspot.com.

I have a BSc in Quantum Chemistry, and a Master in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

About a year ago, family & friends pushed me to combine these 2 passions. That was quite a challenge! The result was a pioneering methodology to facilitate and guide business discussions by using astronomy. The product has been registered as “A Space to Grow”, and we have successfully worked with more than 200 top executives from different industries so far. Business and astronomy. Who would have imagined!

I am very proud to be the curator of @CatalanVoices this week. I will share with you bits of the sky, wonders of the cosmos, and ammunition to foster the imagination while looking up at the starry night.

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Hey there! My name is Jordi Jurado and I’ll be your curator this week.

I was born in Barcelona city in 1986, but soon moved out to Castelldefels, in the outskirts of the Catalan capital. I grew up there, studied telecommunications engineering and in 2011 I went on Erasmus to France where I stayed one year. Right after that I went to Romania to work, and exactly two years ago, I decided to leave everything behind and start a travel around the world that should take me about six or twelve months.

But as I’m writing this, I have to say that I couldn’t stop. Currently, after having been to more than 20 new countries for me, I find myself non-stop traveling the world while I write a travel blog called ‘Where You Now, Jordi?‘ and while I post my best shots on Instagram.

Last year I also started a new photography project that I’m launching now. It’s called Smile4Us and I share it with my partner, Eugenia, who has been traveling with me most of the time. We started thinking about this project when being in countries way poorer than western ones, we could see people smiling and facing life with much more positivism than we usually do. So we started capturing these moments so everybody could see beautiful smiles coming from all over the world. You can find the galleries here.

Right now I’m back in Europe because three months ago my first niece was born and I definitely had to be here! So lately I’ve been enjoying some quality time with my family and friends, and  I’ve been rediscovering the old continent while, of course, I plan the next trip, which is going to be in the end of this month and I’ll be going to Iran. And, of course, I invite you all to follow the adventure!

This week I will be tweeting about trips both inside and outside of Catalonia, photography and a bit of my daily life.

You will find me not only on my blog and Instagram account, but also on Facebook and Twitter as @whereUnowjordi.

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Hello, and welcome to my week on @CatalanVoices. It’s going to be a typical week in the life of a Scottish fifty-something man living between the countryside and the city, between Catalonia and Scotland, between rain and sun, laughter and tears, work and play.

Here’s the basics; I’m a fifty-something man, born in Glasgow, Scotland. I live in an old Catalan farmhouse – a ‘masia’ – that my partner and I have restored with the help of our friendly builder, with four donkeys, six Ripollesa sheep, dogs, chickens and bees. I work as a consultant and researcher in philanthropy and fundraising, with www.pallapupas.org, the Catalan hospital clown organisation, with www.factary.com, and as a teacher at the University of Barcelona, where I give part of the postgraduate certificate in fundraising (http://www.ubsce.ub.edu/es/postgrado/postgrado-captacion-fondos-fundraising.html).

I write and blog about Catalonia, Scotland and philanthropy. My latest book, “How Philanthropy is Changing in Europe” was published last month by Policy Press (http://policypress.co.uk/how-philanthropy-is-changing-in-europe). My blog on farming life is at http://croftingcatalunya.blogspot.com.es/, and on Scotland and politics at http://serosedseriocat.blogspot.com.es/.

I’m going to touch on some of the hot topics of the day – including the ironies of being Scottish, in Catalonia, during the Brexit debate – as well as the normal, warm, welcoming world of life here.

 

 

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I am Aureli Soria-Frisch (@aurelisofr), an applied researcher in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) passionate about bringing AI to the real-world, specially in the fields of neuroscience, health and neurotechnology. I have been working for 25 years at research institutions, academia, and industry. My personal interests include as well politics, social movements, psychology, and education. I am married and father of 2 kids, who I enjoy to accompany in their growing.

I was born and grown up in Barcelona, though I lived in Berlin for 11 years. So I feel myself coming from both cities. I used to play basketball and was basketball coach for more than 8 years. I studied Electrical Engineering degree at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia– UPC (1995), and received a PhD (2004) in Engineering Sciences from the Technical University in Berlin. After completing my doctoral studies I decided to move back to Barcelona. After working at the Pompeu Fabra University as Visiting Professor for a while, I decided to change to the private sector. I currently work as R&D Manager at the SME company Starlab Barcelona (http://www.starlab.es/), which develops Space Technologies and Neurotechnology devices and applications.

I am involved in Les Trementinaires de Vallcarca (https://trementinaires.wordpress.com/), a consumer organization, which targets to establish a direct relationship with food producers, to grow local self-organization and civic network, and to fight for Food Sovereignty. Besides this activity I am very interested in politics, although I have not managed yet to get actively involved in any particular movement. One of my further interests is education and all types of pedagogic currents that pledge for a renovation on how we educate our children and youth.

I am very happy to serve @CatalanVoices and hope you will enjoy my tweets this week.

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Hi everyone! My name is Marina Falco (@mbfalco) and I will be the Catalan Voices curator for this week.  I currently just moved to the lively and beautiful city of Barcelona after many years abroad. I was born and grew up in the Valles region although my family comes from all over Catalonia, from the fruit fields region of Lleida to the stunning coastline of the Costa Brava. Now, thanks to my husband, I have also added some Britishness to the family!

I have lived in 8 different countries all over the world and amongst many other things I consider myself a Londoner, where I lived for almost a decade and where I directed the Catalan Expat House in the United Kingdom, CatalansUK

As you might imagine my sense of identity is quite mixed up by now! This brought me to have a strong interest about intercultural communications and a real passion for getting people from diverse backgrounds to find common ground and understanding. Currently I make a living mainly in business diplomacy, advising and training international executives on the cultural and communications patterns they should be aware of when travelling or/and working in different countries.

This week I’ll be offering a glimpse of it all! But I will also put a special focus on the intricacies of Catalan culture, topic in which I did my Master’s dissertation at the Birkbeck University of London.

I look forward to reading your opinions and observations on the different topics I’ll bring up this week!

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My name is Artur Coll, @ArturColl on twitter, I was born in Barcelona almost 50 years ago, and I’m very proud to be the curator of @CatalanVoices this week.

I am Primary School Teacher and Computer Engineer. I work as a technical teacher assistant at Departament d’Ensenyament (the Ministry of Education of Catalonia).

I’m interested in the use of computer coding and educational robotics as tools for children to learn, in the sense of learning skills such as structuring ideas, learning strategies for solving problems, working in teams collaborating…

In this way, I am a Spanish Ambassador to the European Code Week (@CodeWeekEU – #codeEU), a grass-roots movement (with the support of the European Comission) that celebrates creating with code; and a National Coordinator for Spain to the European Robotics Week (#ERW2016), with the idea of bring robotics research and development closer to the public. Finally I belong to a community of parents called Vailets HackLab (@VailetsHackLab) whose main goal is children could be co-creators of their own future using technology, they can be digital creators, not only consumers.

In my spare time I do several activities. I belong, with my daughter, to Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia (@cvg_cat) where we build human towers (castells), a Catalan tradition included in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2010.

I like walking in the countryside. I share this passion with my wife, and some years ago we discovered Orienteering. Now it’s an activity I practice with my whole family, where we have to find several control points as quick as possible, using a topographical map and a compass. The FCOC is the federation for this kind of competition in Catalonia.

In the same way, I love travelling with my family, and discover new countries, new scenarios and new people as often as we can.