Medicine and science have always been and still are immense sources of literary inspiration. Nowadays, this is also true of television series. The Esteve Foundations was once again collaborating in the summer course of Els Juliols of Universitat de Barcelona Medicine and science in literature and television series, coordinated by Amàlia Lafuente, writer and professor of pharmacology of Universitat de Barcelona.

For five days, the medical and scientific novel were studied, from the pioneer medical best-seller classics and narrative resouces of scientific stories, to the function of medical and scientific literature and television series as sources of dissemination. Students had the opportunity of participating in a literary workshop and to interact with medical writers and cultural critics in different round tables. The course took place from 20 to 24 July 2015 at the UB in Barcelona.

The course was once again be complemented with a literary contest of short stories on medical and scientific topics, in which all students enrolled can take part. The prize, by courtesy of the Escuela de Escritura del Ateneu Barcelonès, consists of the enrollment in one of the most prestigious 20-hour courses within the 2015-2015 programme.


Monday, 20 July
1. Medical literature written by non-medical authors [Round table]
Amàlia Lafuente, writer and professor of pharmacology of UB

2. Medical literature written by non-medical authors [Round table]
Ricard Ruiz Garzón, writer, professor and journalist

Manuel Baixauli Mateu, writer

Antonio G. Iturbe, journalist and writer

Isidre Grau, writer

Tuesday 21 July
3. Narrative techniques and creativity exercise [Workshop]
Eduard Márquez, writer

4. The pioneer medical best-seller classics [Round table]
Sergio Vila-Sanjuán, journalist and writer of La Vanguardia

Juan Marí, expert in medical literature and attending physician of Neonatology of Hospital Clínic

Wednesday 22 July
5. Voices of dissemination [Round table]
Amàlia Lafuente

6. Voices of dissemination [Round table]
Bibiana Bonmatí, scientific communicator of UB

David Bueno Torrens, professor and researcher of genetics of UB and science disseminator

Mònica López

Thursday 23 July
7. Narrating life and death: literature and television series
Jorge Carrión, writer, literary critic and professor of Contemporary Literature of Universidad Pompeu Fabra

8. Clinical cases of our medical literature
Sergi Doria Alburquerque, cultural editor, writer and chronicler and theatre critic of the ABC newspaper

Friday 24 July
9. From medieval physicians to the wizards of the scene of the crime
Paco Camarasa, writer

10. Conclusions of the course and closing