Barcelona, Spain

Time: Human Views on the Progress of Existence

when 25 July 2022 - 29 July 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 150

The concept of time is deeply ingrained within the human mind. We experience the passage of time innately, and feel a natural difference between the past, the present, and the future. Yet, some of the descriptions of the universe that science offers us provide no reasons for which the past and the future should be different, and in some others the need for the concept of time itself is not at all evident. This course aims to present an overview of how time is understood by different sciences, in particular physics and biology, and how it relates to the way in which we humans experience the progress of existence. We will discuss concepts such as the arrow of time, the multiverse, embryonic development, and aging. The discussions will also refer to the view of time from the perspective of the arts, including literature, painting, and music. Finally, we will explore how we humans measure time, both with artificial devices that we have built over the last centuries, and with our own genes.

Course leader

Jordi García Ojalvo

Target group

Undergraduated students (Sophomore, Junior and Senior)

Fee info

EUR 150: Registration fee (non refundable)
EUR 550: Tuition fee (non refundable)


Non UPF students from universities with an international exchange partnership with UPF will be exempt of paying the 150€ non refundable registration fee.