Second celebration of Colombian biodiversity and culture - 17th August 2012
In 2008 RBGE initiated a research program in Colombia that is thought to be the second most biodiverse country on earth. Colombia exhibits an incredible range of ecosystems, with stunning landscapes from rain forests, in the Amazon, to the high Andes and the Caribbean coastline. The research program has focused on developing high quality science together with Colombian students and researchers. More recently it has begun working with a diverse range of organizations including environmental institutes, film companies and musical groups that help to investigate and disseminate knowledge of both the biological and cultural diversity of the country. On the weekend of the 11th and 12th of August Festival Colombiano at the John Hope Gateway integrated science and culture with music by Colombian group Khantara, song and dance workshops, jewellery making, magic statues and weaving together with a talk on RBGE’s science program with James Richardson and one on research into indigenous culture with Ann Simpson from the University of Strathclyde.