The year 2021 was marked by a return to the classroom. Although we have made great progress in teaching—and learning—online, it was great to have our master’s programmes back again in the Manuel Corachán Lecture Hall at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Barcelona. And we were lucky to have a lecture by Jordi Vila, director of the Antimicrobial Resistance Initiative at ISGlobal, to kick off our academic year.

Another important milestone was the launch of the Master of Planetary Health—the first of its kind—co-organised by UOC, UPF and ISGlobal. The first edition started in October 2021, in an online format. The course aims to provide interdisciplinary training to address the main challenges faced by humanity: food systems, land use, water scarcity, global pollution and climate change, among others.

Thanks to the Severo Ochoa programme, we were able to offer eight international PhD fellowships and organise the first edition of the International Summer School on Advanced Methods in Global Health, which drew 300 participants from 50 countries. We also organised the second edition of the ENERGHY Summer School, with 24 participants from 18 countries.

Last but not least, our seventh PhD symposium took place under a gender perspective, and our second postdoctoral symposium was held under the theme “Failing Your Way to Success”.