TRACTION has been chosen as “Projectes de Reflexió al Palau Macaya 2020”

A call to fund proposals is held every year by ”la Caixa Foundation” with the aim of fostering dialogue and reflection on the subject of human development and sustainability. The goal is to strengthen its role as a meeting point for key agents in society, such as associations, public administrations and professionals, and to tackle today’s challenges in a holistic way, overcoming academic and sectorial barriers. The aim is to become the meeting point for all of these social agents, encouraging them to work towards establishing priorities, detecting new approaches and to promote the economic development and transformation of society.

UAB presented a proposal named ATRAC based on the H2020 EU funded project TRACTION. ATRAC will create a knowledge network towards designing innovative projects to facilitate the integration of young migrants. Based on this connection, ATRAC will promote dialogue between the different parties, encouraging an exchange of experiences as well as identifying needs and practical solutions. The activities over the course of the 12-month project will consist of seminars, debates and workshops.

The first will host an introductory debate between representatives from the TRACTION and SO-CLOSE projects, to discuss the expected goals and results of ATRAC along with how the community as a whole can participate.

A seminar will be held with representatives from public administrations including the Generalitat de Catalunya and city council who will share their experiences regarding equality and welcoming migrants into the community. This will be followed by a second seminar, this time to explore and expand on co-creation methodologies by involving migrant youths from neighbouring communities in Barcelona.

ATRAC will also host 2 workshops in parallel to one another. The first, a more technical activity aimed at designing the knowledge platform to be used for co-creating with the communities. This platform will be a point of exchange of knowledge in digital formats. The second will examine the use of new audiovisual formats in participatory art as a tool for cultural growth, both within the community and on a personal level.

The final event will test the platform and host a final debate which will present the results of ATRAC contextualized within the TRACTION and SO-CLOSE projects. It will play host to a number of key international speakers from the arts, the social sector, public administrations and cutting-edge technology institutes. This event will be open to all identified entities: NGOs, public administration, private entities, schools and others.

For more information regarding the activities taking place over this 12-month project, contact