A week dedicated to healthy time use starts next 23 November

The Time Use Week will be held virtually from 23 to 29 november with more than 50 international referents to debate on time use in the current socioeconomic context and its impact in labour relations, local policies, research and the 2030 Agenda.

The Time Use Week 2020, under the motto Building a new global agenda, will feature more than 50 international referents in healthy time use policies (chronobiologists, unions, employers representatives, companies, institutions, time use researchers, etc.).

According to Marta Junqué, co-coordinator of the Barcelona Time Use Initiative for a Healthy Society, “it is the first time an international event is organized to talk about time policies in a multidisciplinary and transversal way, and open to everybody’s participation”

The Time Use Week 2020 will take place from 23 to 29 November virtually through a single digital platform. It is intended to be a multidisciplinary meeting and debate forum to collectively answer key questions around time policies, based on a common goal: to build a global discourse on time policies that improve the well-being of all citizens. For the Barcelona Time Use Initiative for a Healthy Society (BTUI), the new socio-economic context, marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, globalization and jobs digitalisation is directly related to the innovations that must come from time policies. Moreover, the achievement of the SDGs can be fostered by innovative and sustainable time use policies.

Therefore, this interdisciplinary meeting space around time use will include international referents such as Carl Honoré and Judy Wajcman; representatives of key organizations to imagine new uses of time as Joaquín Nieto, Director of the office of the International Labor Organization in Spain or Charlotte Lockhart, CEO of the 4 Day Week Global Foundation; and institutional representatives such as Joaquín Pérez Rey, Secretary of State for Employment and Social Economy of the Government of Spain and more than a dozen European municipalities.

This meeting is organised by the BTUI, with the collaboration of Barcelona City Council, the Generalitat of Catalonia (Catalan Regional Government), the Barcelona Metropolitan Area and the Barcelona Provincial Council.




The Time Use Week programme will be organized around four key axes:

  • The axis dedicated to Labour Relations will discuss the impact of the COVID19 pandemic and confinement on labour policies and work organization, taking into account the massive adoption of remote work, with the participation of Joaquín Nieto, Director of the office of the International Labor Organization in Spain, Charlotte Lockhart, CEO of the 4 Day Week Global Foundation, Esther Lynch, Confederal Secretary of the European Union Confederation, and Esther Sánchez, Doctor of Laws and People’s manager at ESADE .It will also include an event on corporate good practices during COVID19 time, with representatives of medium and small size companies organizations and trade unions, that will be broadcasted through Betevé TV.

  • The International axis will address the European dilemma facing the decision to end seasonal clock changes that the member states must take by 2021. The round table will discuss the most appropriate time zone for Spain and Europe in general and the impact this decision can have in our health and our well-being. It will have the participation of Tícia Luengo, co-founder of the International Alliance for Natural Time, Jay Pea, founder of the Save Standard Time association (EUA), Javier Albares, medical manager of the sleep unity by the Teknon Clinic, and the chronobiologist Maria de los Ángeles Rol de Lama.

  • It is also noteworthy the round table on the 2030 Agenda and time policies with the participants Dr. Gabriel Castañares, General Director for the achievement of Leverage Policies for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, from the Spain Government, Dr. Eva Jané-Llopis, Health and Sustainable Development Goals at ESADE Business School, Laia Bonet, Deputy Mayor for Agenda 2030, Digital Transition, Sports, Territorial and Metropolitan Coordination and Animal Welfare by Barcelona City Council, Arnau Queralt, Director of the Advisory Council for Sustainable Development of the Government of Catalonia and Núria Parlon, 4th vice president and delegated deputy for the 2030 Agenda and SDGs by the Barcelona Provincial Council.

  • The Research on Time Policies axis is where researchers will present the results of different research on the COVID-19 impact on time use carried out at the Catalan, European and international level by organizations such as Eurofound, Harvard Business School, the London Business school or the CEO (Center for Opinion Studies of the Generalitat de Catalunya).

  • The axis on Local Time Policies will include a municipalist meeting and diverse talks on time policies at the local level, with the participation of Catalan municipalities such as Girona, Argentona or Barcelona, as well as some European ones, such as Bolzano (Italy) or Rennes (France), pioneers in the introduction of time policies at the local level.


–>The opening event on the 23rd, with the conversation “Rethinking our time” between Carl Honoré, voice of the Slow movement and Judy Wajcman, professor of sociology of the London School of Economics, and the opening institutional event with the participation of representatives of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Barcelona City Council, the Barcelona Metropolitan Area and the Barcelona Provincial Council.

–>The closing event on the 27th, which will feature speeches by Jean-Yves Boulin, of the European Municipalities for Time Use Network, and Ignace Glorieux, President of the IATUR (International Association for Time Use Research), Meritxell Budó, Councilor for the Presidency of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Jaume Collboni, First Deputy Mayor of Barcelona City Council, Elvira Méndez, President of the Advisory Council for Timetable Reform and Marta Junqué, co-coordinator of the BTUI. The Time Use Week 2021 will also be presented, which is expected to include the annual IATUR Congress, with the participation of 200 international experts in diverse disciplines related to time use policies.

–>The Legislative and political measures in the post-COVID-19 era round table on the 23rd. It will have Joaquín Pérez Rey, Secretary of State for Employment and Social Economy of the Government of Spain, Alexis Serra, Director of the Office for the Time Reform of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Sara Berbel, Municipal Manager of Barcelona City Council, Laura Rahola Ortega, Communication’s chief of the Representation of the European Commission in Barcelona and Fabián Mohedano, promoter of the Initiative for the Timetables Reform, will participate.


The Time Use Week 2020 events will be held in Catalan or English language. All the sessions will be streaming live and dubbed into Catalan or English. The event will be broadcasted on a single digital platform.

To register, please click here: tuw2020.timeuse.barcelona

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