Berga hosted the first Fòrum de Joves Talents de Catalunya, organised by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech (UPC) with the support of the Agbar Foundation and the Government of Catalonia, among other entities. The initiative recognises the talent of those pre-university students in Catalonia with the best academic record.
A total of 40 young people in Catalonia in their last year of compulsory secondary or first year of upper secondary school were the first to be selected in light of their academic records to take part in the debates and attend the lectures of the first Fòrum de Joves Talents de Catalunya. The purpose of the initiative is to encourage young people in compulsory and upper secondary school to engage in science and technology as well as to give the talent of Catalonia's pre-university students the recognition it is due.
This first edition focused on water as a source of life. Through the debate groups and workshops and lectures led by experts in the field of water, in addition to the chairman of the Culture of Peace Foundation and co-chair of the High-level Group of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations , Federico Mayor Zaragoza, the young participants debated topics on the subject: water supply and the social question; imbalance in its consumption around the world; the water footprint and virtual water; the water-energy nexus, and the link between pollution and climate change; reclamation and reuse.
The closing ceremony of the first edition of the forum was held in the Agora Agbar auditorium at the Museu Agbar de les Aigües, with a lecture focusing on water and talent, disruptive technologies and the need to share knowledge, by Agbar's Innovation and Knowledge Manager, Maria Salamero.