THE CITY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES BEGINS ITS BIODIVERSITY AND ENVIRONMENT ACTIVITY PROGRAMME

Dec 9, 2009

THE CITY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES BEGINS ITS BIODIVERSITY AND ENVIRONMENT ACTIVITY PROGRAMME

2010 has been officially declared International Year of Biological Diversity by the UN. With this in mind, the ‘Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias’ will be offering a series of activities -free registration- for all kinds of audiences, aimed at widening the understanding of the public with regard to these topics. National and international experts, who are also expert communicators in the field of science, will take part in the different meetings that have been scheduled.

Josep María Gili, research professor at the Institute of Sea Sciences of Barcelona, will be presenting his lecture "the Antarctic Marine Biodiversity: Why Is There a Jungle Beneath a Desert of Ice?". Gili's presentation is scheduled at 7.30pm in the Santiago Grisolia Auditorium of the Science Museum and he will tell us all about the unexpected oases of life in the Antartic Ecosystem, with up to eight thousand different species tha have so far been identified. Gili will also discuss the impressive microbial community growing in the marine ice in the form of microalgae and with an enormous amount of organisms that feed upon particles that are suspended in the water mass and move with the currents.

Next activity will take place on February 25th with the panel discussion for secondary-education students "What  Do Animals Think About?" given by  Enrique Font, ethologist and researcher at the Cavanilles Biodiversity Institute. "Organisms for Measuring Time: Trees, Coral, Fossils..." will be the issue of the short lectures for secondary-education students on March 26th.

On May 25th Daniel Ramón, researcher at the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology of the CSIC and scientific director of Biópolis, will be presenting his lecture "Organic, Functional and Transgenic Foods, and Other Things Made for Eating" on May 25th.