The Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site is home to leading institutions in the fields of sustainability, health and education.

From their base at Sant Pau, these organisations carry out their programmes and activities while establishing mutual collaboration to undertake shared initiatives, studies and projects that bring innovative proposals to specific issues such as urban development, education, improving healthcare systems, forestry management, and water and sanitation, among others.

Seminars, congresses and meetings coordinated by the resident institutions at the Art Nouveau Site and likeminded bodies are held at Sant Pau. At the same time, projects that complement and support this activity take place on site.



The Barcelona Health Hub is an association that works to strengthen innovation in digital health and promote knowledge transfer in this sector by connecting start-ups, healthcare organizations, companies and investors.
This project is located in the Sant Manuel Pavilion in a space initially encompassing 1,300 square metres. During the first phase of implementation, 15 start-ups will establish an office at Sant Pau, including Mediktor, Psius, Social Diabetes, IOMED, MedTep, BITAC, ELMA and Community of Insurance. Through the development of applications, platforms and technological solutions, all of these organisations contribute to healthcare advances for both professionals and patients.
The Barcelona Health Hub seeks the support of the industry’s key players, in order to connect start-ups with large pharmaceutical companies, insurers and other organizations working to develop new technologies in the field of health. Ultimately, the goal is to connect entrepreneurs and large companies in order to transfer cutting-edge innovation for healthcare.

02. SCP / RAC

The Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC) in Barcelona provides knowledge, training, advice and networking opportunities to businesses, entrepreneurs, financial agents, civil society organizations and governments that work to provide our society with services and products that are good for people and good for the planet.

The Centre belongs to the Mediterranean Action Plan, an organisation under the umbrella of the United Nations Environment Programme. Under that institutional framework, SCP/RAC has an official mandate as an organization that engages in International cooperation with Mediterranean countries on development and innovation in the production sector and civil society, based on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) patterns.

SCP/RAC operates under the framework of two international treaties: the Barcelona Convention, which brings together the 21 Mediterranean neighbouring and the European Union countries to work together for sustainable development; and the Stockholm Convention, an International agreement involving around 180 countries to fight against persistent organic pollutants, highly polluting and toxic substances.

03. EFI

The European Forest Institute (EFI), located in the Sant Leopold Pavilion, is an international organisation recognized by 22 countries which works to promote the conservation and sustainable management of forests. EFI has installed several key programmes in Sant Pau.

EFIMED, EFI's Regional Office for the Mediterranean, which opened in 2007, coordinates a network of more than 60 forest research institutionsfrom 17 Mediterranean countries, and promotes international cooperation on important issues such as research, knowledge transfer, training and policy development on forestry issues, especially in countries in the south and east of Europe.

EFI's top-level group of experts, the Policy Advice Group, is also developing two of its most important lines of work in Sant Pau. One of these is the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Facility (FLEGT), which advises and assists the EU in the implementation of the action plan for the organization, governance and trade in timber. The other is the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Facility (REDD), which supports European policies designed to reduce emissions caused by deforestation and forest degradation.


The Sant Leopold Pavilion is home to the Permanent Secretariat of the Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA).

This multi-sector global network was founded in 2007 by a Council of Experts of the UN's Secretary-General, and is linked to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).

GWOPA works to help improve the supply of water and sanitation services in less developed countries through the promotion of initiatives for collaboration between operators and the design of training measures and practical tools.

05. WHO

The World Health Organization has installed its Office for Health Systems Strengthening in the Mercè Pavilion. Based in Barcelona since 1999, the Office has the support of the Generalitat deCatalunya.

One of its main areas of work is the strengthening of health systems and public policy at the subnational level, and the development of lines of cooperation between Mediterranean countries.

The WHO Office for Health Systems Strengthening works directly with member countries to improve the management of their respective public health systems, providing with practical tools that enable them to make good diagnoses of the problems and respond to their needs.


The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has set up the international headquarters of its City Resilience Profiling Programme in the Sant Leopold Pavilion.

On the basis of the model of city that Barcelona has pioneered, this working group is developing new systems of risk measurement in cities and drawing up new standards of urban development and planning.

The overall objective is to provide the tools our cities will need to prepare to deal more effectively with crises that affect services and infrastructure, such as natural disasters.


The United Nations University (UNU) is the academic and research branch of the United Nations. Its mission is to connect higher education with the various organisations that make up the UN system in order to develop sustainable solutions for current and future problems in all aspects of human life.

The UNU has set up its Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) in the Sant Manuel Pavilion. The centre, which has been operating in Sant Pau since 2012, is the institution's eleventh world headquarters, and the first whose geographic reference is southern Europe.

The UNU-GCM focuses its activities on three interrelated areas of research — globalization, culture and mobility — and works to contribute to the study of human migration and the communications media as key aspects of our cultures in the context of globalization, and as elements of vital importance for the promotion of good governance, cultural diversity, democracy and human rights.


EURORDIS is a non-governmental patient-driven alliance of patient organisations representing 695 rare disease patient organisations in 63 countries covering over 4000 rare diseases. The mission of EURORDIS is to build a strong pan-European community of patient organisations and people living with rare diseases, to be their voice at the European level, and - directly or indirectly - to fight against the impact of rare diseases on their lives.

A disease or disorder is defined as rare in Europe when it affects fewer than 1 in 2000.  

The focus of EURORDIS' Barcelona-based activities centre will be geared around 4 specific areas: scientific collaboration; training, education and empowerment patients and their representatives in the areas of clinical trials and EU regulatory affairs; community-building, social support and public awareness.


The Operations House and the Sant Jordi Pavilion are home to the Barcelona International Public Policy Hub (BIPP HUB), which seeks to accelerate and amplify the impact of Barcelona’s international public policy (IPP) sector. BIPP HUB offers professional  services to Barcelona-based IPP and to new organisations  landing in the city.  It also offers high-quality workspace for resident members, manages projects with a sector-wide focus, incubates IPP start-ups and promotes collaboration within the sector.

At present, BIPP HUB's resident members include:

The Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to helping fragile and conflict-affected states achieve more sustainable transitions out of war or authoritarianism. IFIT’s core work is to provide independent expert analysis and advice on integrated policy solutions for locally-led efforts to break cycles of conflict or repression. Through its global work, IFIT fosters the development of an institutional knowledge and body of practice, making more evidence-based approaches possible.

The Higher Education Alliance on Refugees (HEAR)* is a new organisation dedicated to policy research to promote access to higher education for those forced to flee their homes by war, climate change and natural disasters. HEAR aims to harness expertise of universities around the world to create innovative approaches to education. Among the first three projects HEAR working on are: portable qualifications, the future of Syrian education and vocational education.
Publishing in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

democraciaAbierta* is a global digital platform for Latin American voices, debating democracy, mobilisation, participation, and human and civil rights. Established in January 2015 as one of the five main sections of the independent and global network Open Democracy, democraciaAbierta is currently implementing its second start-up phase which includes the deployment of projects, alliances and partnerships on the ground.

The BCN International Policy Sector Action Plan* aims to transform Barcelona into a global centre of reference in international public policy. It is doing so by creating and marketing a strong series of incentives capable of attracting a critical mass of the world’s leading international public policy organisations, foundations, and think tanks to the city. Action Plan incentives are being developed through a partnership between Barcelona’s public, private, and policy sectors.

JustPeace Labs aims to empower local communities to be active participants in creating just peace and sustainable development through the use of technology. JustPeace Labs works with peacebuilders and development specialists to improve access to easy-to-use software; enhance capacity to build customized apps; and ensure an ethical and secure approach to using technology. Striving for long-term solutions to hard problems, JustPeace Labs’ approach aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Build Up is a social enterprise that works with civil society in different countries to design innovative practices that help them contribute to peace processes. The Build Up team has more than 10 years of experience in the fields of development, peacebuilding, public policy, media and marketing. Combining academic research with solid practical knowledge in peacebuilding and civic technologies, Build Up is involved in the identification of standards and methods for the development and use of peacebuilding technologies. Its founders are central voices in the emerging “peacetech” field.

AKTEK helps both public and private organizations manage their operations in fragile environments with better information. Its technology engines help decision-makers organize what they know, what their organization knows and what the world at large knows about their operating context, so they can make better decisions and succeed. Whether via intelligent stakeholder mapping, deep public perception monitoring, or advanced risk/resilience modelling, AKTEK offers practical tools to combat extremism, terrorism, piracy, epidemics, climate change and natural disasters.

The Better Sourcing Program provides a technology-based communications solution that helps its clients and development partners discover and leverage opportunities in the artisanal and small-scale mining sector. They help their clients meet international responsible sourcing expectations and comply with conflict minerals regulations. They do this by delivering upstream supply chain due diligence through real time risk and impact assessment, monitoring, management and reporting.

Quo Artis is an international non-profit foundation that seeks to establish connections between art, science and technology through the collaborative work of professionals in these fields. The goal is to add value to society and culture by encouraging the creation of interdisciplinary and innovative projects.

*HEAR, democraciaAbierta and BCN International Policy Sector Action Plan are being supported by BIPP HUB as incubation projects.

10. Fundació Lluís Domènech i Montaner

The Lluís Domènech i Montaner Foundation was set up in 2006 for the purpose of reinstating, studying and disseminating the figure and the work of one of the most decisive and emblematic characters in the second half of the nineteenth century and first 25 years of the twentieth.

The Lluís Domènech i Montaner Foundation, promoted by a large number of researchers, academics, professors, historians, writers and, most of all, relatives and admirers, aims to restore this multidisciplinary figure and rescue him from unjustified oblivion. The Foundation works to raise awareness of his multifaceted contributions, his undisputed progressiveness, and his surprising capacity for creation and innovation. It also aims to reinstate him in society’s memory, and to disseminate his work, thinking, writings, and body of artistic and architectural work in Barcelona, Reus, Canet de Mar, Comillas, and Palma de Mallorca, among other places. Two of his works are UNESCO World Heritage: the former Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and the Palau de la Música Catalana.
At international level, the Foundation aims to disseminate Domènech’s body of work as a paradigm and a foremost figure of Modernisme, the Catalan Art Nouveau, highlighting connections and complicities with contemporary European cultural movements.

The Foundation’s website,, is created as a collaborative platform that promotes the interrelation of academia, scientists, professionals and citizens, based on the rigour and clarity of the information that is freely available to anyone who is interested. The spirit of the Foundation is to work voluntarily, responsibly, freely, independently and supportively for the benefit of the common good and social interest.

The Foundation has its headquarters in the former Operations House at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site.