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Theme: It was the best of times...

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April 5, 2014
10:00am - 7:00pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Murcia, MC

And so begins the novel "Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens. The plot of the book, written in 1859, takes place during the turbulent period of the French Revolution. Dickens could have written the same words today about society at the dawn of the millennium. The political, economic and social situation; the emergence of new technologies as a crucible of new ways of thinking and doing, has caused uncertainty and confusion, without anyone making clear whether that particular Bastille is the future, should be cause for hope or despair. The consensus there is only about a contradiction: we live in the best of times for the man and also at worst.

Centro Puertas de Castilla
Av. Miguel de Cervantes, 1
Murcia, MC, 30009
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Patricia Reus

Architect. Professor of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (Spain). She has won many awards in competitions such as the AR awards for emerging architects of the prestigious Architectural Review, the Spanish Architecture Award or Award Endesa more sustainable development. In addition, her work has been exhibited in many places like the Venice Biennale, the Buenos Aires Biennale or the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Txema Campillo

Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Murcia. He has developed his career in the field of environmental education and science. In recent times, he works as manager of online communities. He is a founding member of the Association of Outreach of the Region of Murcia, reports from his blog "1/4 de ambiente" and looks to Murcia from two wheels from his blog called "Move by bik,e Murcia"

Pablo Herreros

Journalist, born in Madrid in 1973. Managing partner of Goodwill Communications. He writes in his blog,"Tthe game is called Communication", about journalism, social media, advertising and web 2.0. In December 2013, he presented his first book, "The power is in the people". He loves to roam New York. He is a passionate about flamenco.

MIguel A. Gonzalo

Philologist, civil servant of the Spanish Parliament. Specialist in information management. He is convinced of the importance of the public sector. Recently, he has coordinated the book called "Open society parliaments". Transparency, participation, collaboration and open data are topics of his interest. Compulsive reader and founding member of the book club "The Breviary" among other of his essential networks of affections.

Pablo Artal

Pablo Artal is a Ph.D from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. He was formed at the Institut d' Optique in Orsay, France. Artal was a researcher at the Institute of Optics of the CSIC in Madrid, until 1994 when he joined as the first professor of Optics at the University of Murcia. Contributor to numerous research laboratories in Europe, USA and Australia. He was manager of the National Physical Plan of the Ministry of Science and Technology from 2004 to 2007. He has been editor of several research journals and received several national and international awards. He was founder and director of the Laboratory of Optics of the University of Murcia. His articles have received more than 6000 citations, making him one of the most cited and influential researcher in Optics. He is owner of 18 international patents and has co-founded three scientific technology companies. Artal is a world leader in scientific research designed and developed entirely in Spain.

Juanma Molina

He was born in March 15, 1979 in Cieza (Murcia). From 1996 to 2012 he represented Spain in many international championships, emphasizing his participation in the Olympic Games of Athens 2004 (ranked 5th and Olympic Diploma) and Beijing 2008 (12th place). He won a medal in European Championships and in the World Championship in the discipline of 20 kms. race walk. He is Doctor in Sciences of Physical Activity and Sport, he is currently Professor of Sports and Olympic Values at Universidad Católica de Murcia (UCAM) and Secretary of Centre for Olympic Studies-UCAM. Since June 29, 2012 he is President of the Athletics Federation of the Region of Murcia.

Francisco López

(Madrid 1964) He is internationally recognized as one of the most important figures in experimental music and sound art. His career in the field of sound creation and working with environmental recordings spanning a period of over 30 years, during which he has developed an absolutely personal and iconoclastic sound universe, based on a profound listening of the world. He has made hundreds of sound installations, projects with field recordings and concerts/performances in 60 countries, including major concert halls, museums, galleries and festivals throughout the world. His work includes collaborations sound live and in studio with more than 130 international artists. His work has been published by more than 200 record labels worldwide. Among other awards, Lopez received three honorable mentions at the prestigious Ars Electronica festival in Linz (Austria ) and is the winner of Qwartz Awards 2010 (France ), in the category of sound anthology.

Gloria y Angel Rodríguez-Arnal

Angel and Gloria are two passionate artists and lunatics full time professional surfers. They are also siblings and founders of richpeoplethings, a factory of dreams located in Portman Bay. In their latest project called "Corknnecting the corks" (connecting corks), they have created ecological surf boards made from recycled corks to help various social organizations and people who need to smile.

Yolanda Roman

She worked in "AI" in Brussels and Madrid, where she was responsible for institutional relations and foreign policy. Subsequently, she joined Save the Children, being responsible for advocacy, research and campaigns. She is currently a consultant in a communications agency specializing in public affairs. She collaborates actively with NGOs and since June is a member of the Advisory Board of the Spanish Ombudsman to prevent torture and ill-treatment in Spain, where she focuses her efforts on improving the situation of women and children.

Jesús Alfaro

He is Professor of Commercial Law at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid. He is also a consultant to the law firm Linklaters, specializing in the areas of Commercial Law, Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law, Contract Law and Corporate Law. He is passionated about teaching and devoted to legal research. He is author of one of the most important legal blogs in Spanish language: "Commercial law".

Irene Milleiro

She worked in Brussels in support of victims of torture. Later, she worked at the European Commission in the areas of Human Rights and Democracy in Africa. Subsequently, she joined Oxfam Intermón, where she learned much about humanitarian action, development cooperation and campaigns. She is currently working on, where she´s learned how well used the technology can help any person to change the world.

Maria-José Moreno

BA in Journalism from the Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM). Since 2009, she is dedicated to promote popular science from journalism. She works in two major regional media: Onda Regional de Murcia, where he directs the 'Kitaro' program and the newspaper La Verdad, where every Saturday you can read her articles in the weekly magazine “Ababol”. She is a founding member of the Association of Outreach of the Region of Murcia in which she acts as Director of Communication. Being a journalist means for her to see a dream fulfilled.

Organizing team


Murcia, Spain
  • Santiago Gonzalez
  • Juan-Francisco Martinez Soler
    Coordination Manager
  • Samuel Saura
    Operations Manager
  • José Rabal
    Speakers Manager
  • Victoria Campos
    Public Relations Manager
  • Mar Montaner
    Merchandising Manager
  • Javier Celdrán
    Funding Manager
  • Marta Garcia-Rivas
    Media Relations Manager
  • Félix Ros
    Community Manager