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Professors from USA, Mexico, Sweden and UK participate in landscape workshop

They visited Baztán, Bertiz, the Arbayún Gorge, Ujué or the Bardenas, as well as the Urumea and Oiartzun estuaries or the Plaiaundi marshes.

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One of the outings organized by the School of Sciences.
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03/07/14 11:42 Laura Latorre

The School of Sciences of the University of Navarra hosted a workshop on landscapes, as part of the activities related to the new Degree in Environmental Sciences that will be taught next year. The activity was attended by guest professors from universities in the USA(University of California, Berkeley), Mexico(Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo), Sweden(Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) and the United Kingdom(University College Cardiff), as well as other professionals who regularly collaborate with the academic center.

During the four days of the workshop, the participants had the opportunity to visit different places in Navarra and its surroundings (mainly the Basque Country), which are examples of the diversity of these communities. From Navarra they visited: Pamplona and its surroundings, the Baztan Valley, the Señorío de Bertiz, the Foz de Arbayún, Ujué or the Bardenas. They also traveled to San Sebastian, Pasajes and Fuenterrabía to visit the estuaries of the Urumea and Oiartzun or the Plaiaundi Marshes.

The presentation of each of them was approached from different points of view: from the physical and biological elements to the socio-political and cultural aspects that have contributed to shape the landscape as it can be observed today.

exchange of knowledge about the landscape

This meeting is consolidated as the first step towards the implementation of the Landscapes Program, an initiative developed by Professor Jordi Puig, from department of Environmental Biology, which aims to facilitate the exchange of researchers and students from Degree and postgraduate program with other universities, to promote learning the processes involved in the development of our environment.

Interdisciplinary learning," says Professor David Galicia, another of the participants, "from the point of view of the natural and social sciences, based on direct experience in the field (or in the city), and in which students benefit from the interaction with professionals with different backgrounds and visions of the landscape".