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Ricard Solé

Physicist and Biologist

Ricard Solé is a research professor with ICREA (the Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies) and is currently working at Pompeu Fabra University, where he is head of the Complex Systems Lab in the PRBB (Barcelona Biomedical Research Park). He holds degrees in both Physics and Biology at the University of Barcelona and received his PhD in Physics at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He is also External Professor of the Santa Fe Institute (New Mexico, USA) and of the Complexity Hub in Viena. His research has been supported by several institutions in Europe and the United States, from the McDonell Foundation to the ERC Advanced Grants. One of his main research interests is understanding the origins and evolution of complexity and of the natural and artificial systems, including the space of possible cognitions of what he calls "liquid brains". In the last few years, he has been driving new research aimed at the "terraforming" of ecosystems in danger of collapse. He uses both theoretical and experimental approaches based on synthetic biology. He is author of Todas las muertes. El final de la vida: de los océanos a los robots (Crítica, 2023). 

Update: 28 September 2023



Human +

The future of our species

Has participated in

Seminar with Helga Nowotny

The unimagined futures of AI

Carolin Emcke and Ricard Solé

Living in Bewildering Times

CCCB 30 Years

Weekend of Music, Installations and Open Doors

Inauguration of the Classics Festival


Guided visit to the "Brain(s)" exhibition

Ricard Solé

Science, Art and Evolution: the Game of the Possible

Mission Curiosity

A Martian project for students of elementary school


Ricard Solé and Guillem Anglada-Escudé

A conversation with Ricard Solé and Núria Jar

Virus, Ecosystems and Pandemic: The Challenge of Understanding Complexity

«2001: A Space Odyssey» from the Standpoint of Present-Day Science

With Ricard Solé, Gemma Marfany, Sergi Valverde, and José Ignacio Latorre

"Blade Runner" Christmas

With Ricard Solé, Gemma Marfany, Manuel Moreno & Ángel Raya

Reinhabiting the Earth

Ricard Solé and Patrizia Ziveri in conversation

2015 Science at Christmas

With Amb Ricard Solé, Miquel Barceló, Elio Quiroga and Ramon López de Mántaras

2014 Science at Christmas

Lectures by Ricard Solé, Carles Lalueza Fox and Gustavo Deco

Brain(s): automatons, accidents and sinthetic evolution

Lecture by Ricard Solé