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IE School of Biology’s Environment Outlook

At National Geographic, Madrid Store & streamed online: Unlocking agriculture’s past to feed the future world.

Date: Thursday, July 28th at 17.00 hours . Place: National Geographic Store at Gran Via 74, Madrid & your computer. The event will be transmitted via online streaming for those of you that are not in Madrid. Registration: Click here if you are attending in Madrid or here if you will attend virtualy. The event will be transmitted via online streaming for those of you that are not in Madrid. 


Jacob Van Etten, Dean of IE School of Biology 

Content: The July 2011 issue of National Geographic features the article “How heirloom varieties can feed the world”, telling the fascinating story of agricultural diversity and its role in global food security. In a talk at the National Geographic store in Madrid, Dr Jacob van Etten, a geographer and an expert on agricultural diversity, will give his perspective on agricultural diversity.

Dr Van Etten works with archaeologists and geneticists to unravel the origins of agriculture and crops. He will explain how this work produces insights that are crucial for the future of agriculture in a world of climate change.

 About 12,000 years ago, people started to domesticate wild plants and animals, slowly transforming them into crops and livestock.Over the next millennia, they created an enormously rich array of varieties and breeds, adapting them to diverse environments. In recent times, modern science has helped to increase agricultural production. But something hasn´t changed: we still depend on the same plant and animal species that the first farmers decided to use and develop further. In the coming decades, there will be much pressure on agriculture to produce more, while adapting to a harsher climate. To achieve this, breeders rely on the diversity of wild plants and ancient crop varieties and livestock breeds. In his talk, Dr Jacob van Etten, professor and researcher at IE University, will explain how a better understanding of the prehistory of agriculture helps us to face the future challenges of food production. 

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(Spanish Version)

“How heirloom varieties can feed the world”– es el título de un artículo dentro de la revista de National Geographic del mes de Julio 2011. El Profesor Van Etten dará una charla relacionada con este tema (en idioma inglés), y con la fascinante evolución de la diversidad agrícola y su papel en la seguridad alimentaria, que tendrá lugar el 28 de julio, a las 17,00 horas, en National Geographic Store y se retransmitirá también online para aquellos que no estén en Madrid.

Jacob Van Etten trabaja con arqueólogos y expertos en genética para desentrañar los orígenes de la agricultura. Durante la ponencia, el profesor de IE explicará cómo estas investigaciones aportan la perspectiva adecuada para anticipar el futuro en un mundo que vive el cambio climático.

Hace aproximadamente 12.000 años, el ser humano empezó a domesticar a los animales y a reeducar el crecimiento de las plantas, para conseguir poco a poco ganaderías y cultivos. En los milenios siguientes, se crearon gran cantidad de variedades de cultivo, adaptándolos a diferentes condiciones medioambientales. Más recientemente, la ciencia moderna ha hecho aumentar la producción agrícola, pero hay algo que no ha cambiado: seguimos dependiendo de la mismas semillas y de las mismas especies animales que los primeros agricultores y ganaderos.

En las próximas décadas, el mundo agrícola sufrirá muchas presiones externas para conseguir mayores producciones, en un clima que será cada vez más árido. Para conseguirlo, los criadores confían en la diversidad de las plantas y animales.  En su presentación, el  profesor e investigador en IE University explicará la historia de la agricultura y nos ayudará a entender el futuro que le espera.


Here is a taste of the extracurricular activities planned for next academic year at IE University. Full details on all activities will be published in September via the Campus Online and IE University Student Office Facebook group.

  Extracurricular Activities 2011-12 NEW


Segovia’s Artillery Academy and IE University are organizing an exhibition titled “The Influence of Chemistry, the Influence of Segovia” that will be held at the military Academy’s library from May 25th  – November 16th, coinciding with the declaration of 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry by UNESCO and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). 

La biblioteca de la Academia de Artillería de Segovia acoge la exposición “Las huellas de la Química, las huellas de Segovia”, que organizan el centro de enseñanza militar e IE University. La muestra fue inaugurada ayer por el General Director de la Academia, Ricardo Sotomayor, el Rector de IE University, Juan Luis Martínez, y el Vicerrector de Planificación, Samuel González. La muestra propone un recorrido histórico a través de libros, aparatos de laboratorio, fotografías y periódicos sobre la impronta de la Química en Segovia, desde finales del siglo XVIII. 

Para más información pincha aquí 


La química entre Segovia y la química 

Tras las huellas de la química

Folleto: Las huellas de la quimica


La Real Academia de Historia y Arte de San Quirce acoge hoy la presentación del libro Misterio de Acueducto de Segovia: el problema de la datación, del que es autora Dominica Contreras López de Ayala, con prólogo del profesor de la Unidad de Arqueología de IE University, Emilio Illarregui. El acto tendrá lugar a las 20,00 horas (C/ Capuchinos Alta, nº 4). Además de la autora, intervendrán la profesora de la UCM Rosa María Sanz Serrano y el profesor Illarregui. 

Más información: 

“Las obras del Acueducto se hicieron entre el 69 y el 98” 

Descubriendo el acueducto

Misterio del Acueducto de Segovia: El problema de la datación


The panel of judges of the III Photography Contest: “Your Eye Outside”, chaired by the prestigious photographer Larry Merrill have awarded the following prizes: 

 1st Prize of 300€ for Mar Agra Roldán

 Larry Merrill´s comments on this photograph: 

“I admired this photo in particular because of its element of surprise.  It reconfirms none of my stereotypes of Istanbul.  Yet it engages architecture but in an offhanded off-balanced sort of way.  It’s tilted horizon emphasizes the inclined raised rows of brick and their shadows. The image is then anchored by the dainty symmetry of the three groups of three people distributed through the space”


2nd Prize of 100€ for: Borja Barros Cevallos

Larry Merrill´s comments on this photograph: 

“This image takes good advantage  of its unusual location and vantage point as well as extreme wide angle view.  It there are things to savor at every distance.  In the foreground there is the stone texture of the walls and columns, exterior feeling.  Also the iron work of the balustrade defines the limit of near space.  The overall view has borders that take in many of the beautiful features of the building, from the domed top to the floor level. The view of the light fixtures from above, in itself unusual, but from the balcony level they appear to float above the people at floor level, for whose benefit they hover”.



 3rd Prize of 100€ for: Álvaro Antoranz Miguel 


Larry Merrill´s comments on this photograph:

“I give this picture credit for using a oft-used technique–the picture of the picture– in a way that has a new element that takes advantage of an aspect of the digital camera that doesn’t exist in the analog machine.  That is the monitor screen.  Looking carefully there is a face reflected on the screen, possibly, though not necessarily, that of the photographer.  The face is superimposed on the interview view from ground level.  Also the prominence of the gloves being worn indoors raises the question of the temperature in the building.”

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