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More than 150 ESO students from all over Spain participate in the StudIAS Congress organized by the University.

During four days, attendees will be able to present their projects, enjoy keynote speeches and make some field visits to learn about the nature that surrounds us.

/Rafael Miranda, director of the StudIAS Congress, during the opening ceremony at the Faculty of Sciences of the University.

04 | 06 | 2024

More than 150 secondary school students from all over Spain, belonging to 19 different schools, will participate from June 3 to 6 in the StudIAS Congress, an event on biodiversity organized by the University of Navarra.

This year the congress is about urban biodiversity and the main objective is to promote knowledge and awareness of biodiversity among young people. "We intend it to be a meeting place for boys and girls who have a special sensitivity towards science, especially biodiversity," says Rafael Miranda, director of the congress.

For several months the students have submitted their proposals to the Congress and have worked on the projects in their centers guided by their teachers. These works, which will be exhibited at the Congress, are eligible to be awarded with a trip to a National Park to choose between the Atlantic Islands of Galicia, the Tablas de Daimiel, and Ordesa and Monte Perdido. The second prize is a complete field kit for the observation of fauna and flora, and the prize for third place is a set of products from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Navarra.

A safari through Pamplona, bird exhibition and a visit to the Bárdenas Reales Natural Park.

During the 4 days of the Congress, students will be able to enjoy some field activities. For example, on Tuesday 4 at 5:30 pm, biologists and professors Enrique Baquero, Rafael Miranda, Antonio Vilches and Ricardo Ibáñez will conduct an urban safari through Pamplona. A day later, on Wednesday 5, Maria Rios, biologist at Tierra Rapaz, will perform a bird exhibition. And on the 6th the conference attendees, accompanied by scientists, will visit the Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve of Bardenas Reales.

In addition, some keynote lectures are planned:"Biodiversity in our streets" by Lorena Escuer, founder and technical director of the company Hidrobiology ( June 3);"The microbes of your urbanism" with Ignacio López-Goñi, professor of Microbiology and director of the Science Museum of the University of Navarra (June 4); and"Citizen chemistry... and alive" with José Ramón Isasi and Cristina Sola, professors of the Department of Chemistry of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Navarra (June 5).

The complete program of this Congress can be found on the Science Museum's website

The StudIAS Congress is an event organized by the Science Museum, the Faculty of Science and the Institute of Biodiversity and Environment -BIOMA- of the University of Navarra, and the Iberian Society of Ichthyology, with the collaboration of the City Council of Pamplona and the Government of Navarra.