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Time Use Week 2021

Connecting time use research with public policy, organizations, and society.

About Time Use Week 2021

It is a Week to Exchange experiences and decisions regarding time policies, with the participation of experts, policymakers, and civil society representatives. This edition will discuss about key issues such as COVID-19 impact on our time use, the possibility to implement a 4-day week, the end of DST debate, or the cities network for time policies, among others.

The 43rd IATUR Annual Conference will also take place within the Time Use Week. It is the main international conference focused on time use research, which this year will explore the connection between research and public policy.

At the end of the week, the “Barcelona Declaration on time policies” will be signed, the first to set a common framework to develop time policies at local, regional, national, and European level.


From 25 to 31 October 2021


Barcelona, Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site (C. Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167 08025 Barcelona) and virtually through this platform


From this platform you will be able to register to the different events that we have planned for the Time Use Week 2021 and follow them online.


9:30-10:30 UTC+1

Time Use Week 2021 opening

Opening event for the Time Use Week 2021, that will open with a conversation about time as a concept, and the presence of the organizing institutions, to discuss the importance of time policies within the European arena.

With a conversation between:

Carl Honoré  Slow movement

Carla Estivill Estivill Sueño Foundation

And the intervention of:

Tània Verge Catalan Government

Laura Pérez Barcelona City Council

Lluïsa Moret Barcelona Provincial Council

Montserrat Ballarin Barcelona Metropolitan Area

Marta Junqué Barcelona Time Use Initiative for a Healthy Society (BTUI)

11:30-13:00 UTC+1

Future of Europe debates – The 4-day week and the right to digital disconnection

The concept and organization of work is changing, speeded up by the COVID-19 effects. Which new rights regarding time are needed by workers? How can we rethink our working time models to ensure decent work? Regulations such as the telework one or the right to disconnect, and proposals such as the 4-day week are starting to answer these questions.

Alex Agius European Parliament

Charlotte Lockhart 4 week global

Joaquín Pérez Rey Government of Spain

Manuela Geleng European Commission


Camilla Kring B-Society Foundation

14:30-15:30 UTC+1

Future of Europe debates – The end of DST: how can it be placed back to the European agenda?

In 2019, the European Parliament agreed to end the biannual clock change. Nevertheless, the Member States have not been able to achieve an agreement on which time zone has to be adopted. This debate explores how can we place back the debate on the European and Member States agenda.

Representative of European Parliament Pending to confirm

Maria Nikolopoulou European social and economic council

Ticia Luengo International Association for Natural Time

Till Roenneberg World Federation of Societies for Chronobiology

16:30-18:00 UTC+1

Future of Europe debates – The European Academy for Time Policies, a proposal

Experts and activists on time policies have proposed the creation of an institution dedicated to informing time policies at European level, the “European Academy for Time Policies”. In this session, we will discuss about the role that such institution may have to shape a European agenda for time policies.

Francesca Zajczyk Expert on time policies in Milan

Ignace Glorieux International Association for Time Use Research

Sara Berbel Barcelona City Council

Ulrich Mückenberger German Society for Time

Jean-Yves Boulin Tempo Territorial

Representative of Eurofound Pending to confirm

Ariadna Güell BTUI

Fabian Mohedano Promoter of the Time Use Reform in Catalonia

10:00-10:45 UTC+1

Urban Time Policies submmit – Presentation of the report on the cycle about urban time policies after the COVID-19
During Spring 2021, several local authorities discussed together key issues regarding local time policies, such as the 15-minute city, the impact of COVID-19 or the consequences of our biological clock on time policies. During this event, the main conclusions of these discussions will be presented.

Eva Garcia CIDOB

Laura Foraster DIPLOCAT

Ariadna Güell BTUI

10:45-11:30 UTC+1

Urban Time Policies submmit – Presentation of the Local and Regional Governments Time Network
Municipalities have historically spear-headed time policies implementation, directly impacting citizens well-being. During this year, networking between different local and regional authorities has allowed to build the new Local and Regional Governments Time Network, that will be presented in this event.

Katja Krüger Tempo Territorial

Laura Pérez Barcelona City Council

Marta Junqué BTUI

With the intervention of the elected representatives of the city councils of Strasbourg, Rennes, Bolzano, Bergamo, Milan and Montevideo and the metropolitan area of Milan.

And the presence of:

Catalan Government, Barcelona Provincial Council and Barcelona Metropolitan Area

12:00-12:45 UTC+1

Urban Time Policies submmit – Workshop: How to build a Time Pact from a local and metropolitan perspective
The Time Use Reform in Catalonia defined a methodology to elaborate Time Pacts at local level, a participative process to achieve city level agreements that supported healthier, more equal, and more efficient uses of time. The workshop will briefly explain the methodology and answer the doubts of city councils that may be interested on applying it.

Sonia Ruiz Barcelona City Council

Héctor Sanctovsky Barcelona Metropolitan Area


12:45-13:30 UTC+1

Urban Time Policies submmit – Workshop: How to organize a local or metropolitan Time Office
Municipalities throughout Europe already have offices or departments that coordinate time policies. In this workshop, municipalities that have a time office will explain their experience to better understand different organizational models and discuss pros and cons of each.

Joana Levy Strasbourg city council

Sabina Scola Bolzano city council

Workshops facilitator:

Ariadna Güell BTUI

15:00-17:00 UTC+1

Urban Time Policies submmit – Exchange workshop between municipalities and researchers (Only in English)
The workshop is directed towards political representatives and employees of city councils that want to explore the synergies and connections between time use research and the time policies they want to develop.
The workshop capacity is limited, and participants will be admitted by registration order. The researchers can only participate if they are part of the 43rd IATUR Congress.
The exchange workshop will only take place on-site and cannot be followed online.

17:30-18:30 UTC+1

Urban Time Policies submmit – Sharing time to improve mental health and social cohesion: the example of Time Banks

Time banks are an example of citizens’ initiative that uses time as an exchange currency to improve the well-being of a community. The participation on time banks also contributes to improve emotional and mental health of the people participating on them, and have lately confronted the challenge to work during a worldwide pandemic. In this event, we will discuss the relationship between mental health and the participation to citizens initiatives such as time banks, and we will get to know first-hand time banks development projects, both in Europe and Latin America.

Pilar Solanes Barcelona City Council

Representative of Barcelona Provincial Council Pending to confirm

Maria Nikolopoulou Time Banks Development association

Humberto Salazar Iberoamerican Association of Time Banks


Elvira Méndez Health and Family Association

From the 27th to the 29th of October

The 43rd edition of the International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR) Annual Conference wants to explore the connection between research, public policy, organizations, and society. It will include plenary sessions dedicated to key issues of time policy such as the impact of COVID-19 or time poverty, visits to real-life use cases of time policy and exchanges between researchers and public institutions.

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17:00-18:00h UTC+1

The Barcelona Declaration on Time Policies – Institutional signing of the Barcelona Declaration on Time Policies
The Barcelona Declaration on Time Use aims at creating a common framework to develop time policies throughout Europe at different levels. In this event, the declaration will be signed, and it will mark the beginning of the work process to spread time policies within the Member States.

Pere Aragonès President of Catalan Government

Ada Colau Mayor of Barcelona City Council

With the contribution of:

International Labour Organization (ILO)

European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR)

Barcelona Time Use Initiative for a Healthy Society (BTUI)

Parallel activities

During the Time Use Week there will be activities on time and time policies organized by other entities. KNOW MORE