The Sagrera neighboourhood of Barcelona pays tribute to Jordi Sabater Pi
Last Sunday, February 15, a homage ceremony was held in the Ivanow Building in honor of Jordi Jordi Sabater Pi, director of the Documentation Centre Sabater Pi Collection, located at the Barcelona Science Park (PCB). This tribute was paid by the Sagrera, the neighborhood where he has resided since his return from Guinea 40 years ago. The ceremony –which coincided with the 4th anniversary of the constitution of the Sagrera Foundation and the inauguration of new spaces in the Ivanow Building, a cultural and creation factory- was organized by the Neighbors Association, the Entities Council, the Celebrations and Events Committee, the Ivanow Building and the Sagrera Foundation, with the collaboration of the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES).
The homage included the inauguration of the exhibition ‘Jordi Sabater Pi. A life dedicated to science’ (video), produced by IPHES using material from the Sabater Pi Collection, which is open to the public Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibition includes some of the canes made by champanzees that Sabater Pi brought back from Guinea.
After spending three decades researching primates in Africa, Jordi Sabater Pi settled down, forty years ago, in the Barcelona neighbourhood of the Sagrera, where he has remained all these years. He left behind the both peaceful and wild lands of tropical Africa to commence a new stage in an overcrowded working class neighbourhood. Neighbours and associations of the Sagrera neighboorhood now formally recognize his trajectory in this warm homage. Despite having retired from his professional career, Sabater Pi continues to be wholly connected to the world of science by following the main scientific publications and research on primates. Furthermore, he works at the site of the Sabater Pi Collection.