Barcelona will host the World Conference on Research in the Use of Time

The International Association for Research in the Use of Time (IATUR) will hold the 43rd World Conference in Barcelona from 27 to 29 October, as part of the events that are part of the Time Use Week, co- organized by the Barcelona Time Use Initiative (BTUI) and by the Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona City Council, the AMB, the Barcelona Provincial Council and with the support of the Barcelona office of the European Commission and the European Parliament.

Barcelona has been a pioneer in recent history in time policies and this conference held for the first time in Spain recognizes and consolidates the city’s reference, which was the first to have a Department of New Social Uses of Tim, in the ‘State.

The aim of this conference is to show the advances of research and connect them with concrete and applicable time policies for the citizens. This year the conference will expand its scientific side to incorporate public policy actions and the impact of time on business organizations. The conference will have two main presentations: one, connecting public health and time policies in the post-covid era, and the second, on time poverty and especially gender inequalities. The main world research figures will take part, such as: Anne Clémenceau, director of Eurostat and head of European time surveys, and Oriel Sullivan, professor of gender sociology at the Institute for Social Research at University College London (UCL) and responsible for the Harmonized European Survey of Time Use in the UK in 2014-2015. Currently, more than 150 items have been received.

The congress is part of the events that are part of the Time Use Week, which reaches its eighth edition this year. During this week, Catalonia, with its capital Barcelona and its metropolis, will once again be a landmark for healthy time policies. The Time Use Week will be attended by researchers, members of the European Commission and the European Parliament, Catalan institutions and organizations and activists in the uses of time such as the MEP who promoted the report for digital disconnection in this legislature, Alex Agius , Camilla Kring, writer and consultant specializing in Work-Time-Balance and promoter of the chronobiology association B-society and the professor and member of the Spanish Sleep Society, Carla Estivill, among others.

The Time Use Week program is structured in two axes: the international and the urban. On Monday, October 25, there will be international and European time debates, which include the future of work, the reduction of working hours and the pros and cons of the abolition of the summer / winter time change. And, on Tuesday 26, the meeting of urban time policies, in which the participation of more than fifty Catalan and European municipalities is expected. The conclusions of the urban policy debates that have taken place during this year will be presented, among others: the city of 15 minutes, the time policies applied during the pandemic and chronourbanism as an element of configuration for more cities. healthy, productive, and egalitarian.


One of the key events of Time Use Week will be the presentation of
Barcelona Declaration on Time Policies, the first global multi-stakeholder political declaration on time policies, endorsed by the local and international institutions, organizations and research centres, which calls for the recognition of the right to time, as a right of citizenship, and formalizes a roadmap 2022-24 to get the EU and the UN to include concrete recommendations of the right to time and formalize the Urban Agenda of the Time.