Activities

Jakiunde's goal is to champion, design and assess initiatives that promote a knowledge society. The Academy aims to encourage the exchange of knowledge between Science, Arts and Literature, as well as to boost freedom of research and creation, as it regards knowledge as the driving force for social progress. In keeping with these values, it is involved only in intellectual and academic activities which are based on reflection, unrelated to circumstantial trends and guided by a critical spirit.

The Academy's activities currently revolve around three lines of work:

Topaketak

Topaketak

It is a dynamic event which is driven by the inquisitiveness and curiosity of young people. These students have the chance to express their doubts, ask questions and make comments, as well as to discuss any issue that arises during the session. The academics share their personal expertise with the students, drawing on their experiences, professional life and disciplines. There is no doubt that this direct contact is hugely rewarding when it comes to the overall development of these students' skills.

As an interdisciplinary academy, we try to help young people develop a thirst and love for knowledge, precision when explaining their own arguments and a willingness to listen to and understand different arguments. This initiative is part of Jakiunde's mission to “promote and share Science, Art and Literature”.

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Jakin-Mina

Jakin-Mina

Jakin-mina is a programme for students aged 15-16 who are studying at secondary schools in the Basque Autonomous Community and Navarra, and it involves a series of lectures which cover numerous disciplines and are presented by leading experts in the field. The courses are held in Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Pamplona. Since it started in 2011, around a thousand young people have taken part in the programme up until now.

By offering this activity, Jakiunde hopes to give these young people a broader outlook with regards to knowledge and to ignite their curiosity, boosting their interest in the search for the unknown.

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Erronkak

Erronkak

Challenges is a project designed by Jakiunde for Donostia/San Sebastian 2016, European Capital of Culture. The programme consists of a series of sessions including conferences, seminars and debates on the big challenges that society must face in the 21st century. The aim of the sessions is to analyse and reflect on the challenges that our current society faces, as the response to these challenges will set the foundations for the well-being of our future society.

The programme includes 10 sessions coordinated by academics from Jakiunde which will deal with topics such as brain ageing, violence in young people, mental health, the social, economic and environmental challenge, the new materials revolution, creative factories, social cohesion, the challenge of music education, regional planning and globalisation and the balance between natural and social laws.

Challenges has the support of Laboral Kutxa and the collaboration of the Sant Telmo Museum (STM), where five of the programme's sessions will be held. In addition to in Donostia – San Sebastian, several of the sessions will be carried out in Punta Begoña (Getxo), Pasai Donibane and Legazpi.

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Krisiak

Krisiak

Krisiak is a project that sees crises as situations which offer the opportunity for human creativity, innovation and social change. As Jakiunde is at the service of Basque society, it has the duty to offer its knowledge, thoughts and guidance on crises from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Krisiak was created in 2014 with the goal of analysing the economic crisis that has struck us and hit many industries in Basque society hard. By using the issues explored during the Krisiak sessions, the Academy proposed to investigate topics which opened up the possibility of exploring new opportunities for creativity, innovation and change.

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