27 Apr

Discover the nature of Serralves Park with LIPOR and its Associated Municipalities


May 2 to 8

The Serralves Foundation, LIPOR and its Associated Municipalities are promoting, from May 2 to 8, the 8th edition of BioBlitz, an important pedagogical and scientific event, within the scope of education and awareness for the Environment, Biodiversity and Sustainability aimed at the educational community and the general public, with emphasis on children and families.

According to José Manuel Ribeiro, Chairman of the Board of Directors of LIPOR "Transforming waste into new resources by implementing innovative and circular practices, generating and sharing value is our Mission. But there is another side of LIPOR that we want you to discover: our B-side. BioBlitz is part of our B-side.”

It is an event that encourages everyone to build a contemporary narrative for sustainability, based on the global guiding principles of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, with emphasis on the Sustainable Development Goal "Protect Life on Earth”, and its association with causes such as COP 15, which will take place this year in Kunming, China.


A new format, why?

The 2021 edition of BioBlitz, although in a digital format for schools and in person, only during the weekend, for the general public, brought 55,022 visitors to Serralves, from more than 280 schools across the country. A significantly higher number than in 2019, which reached a total of 49,732 visitors from over 150 schools.

This year, now in its 8th edition, BioBlitz reinforces the prevalence of its role in communication on biodiversity. Going beyond its original vocation, currently, the event is not exclusively a "lightning” moment to assess the biodiversity of Serralves Park but is differentiated by the set of challenges that communicate causes, share tools, resources and methodologies that support the activation of schools in the implementation of similar activities and actions.

This modus operandi was the basis for the option of holding a hybrid event, suited to the current educational reality, opening the opportunity for participation to all schools, either in person or digitally. In this new format, BioBlitz will expand its scope, making it accessible to a greater number of schools across the country, mainland and islands.

Thus, in 2022, the event appears for the educational community in a new, hybrid format. In person, during the week of May 2 to 6, and digitally, using a multimedia platform specially designed to support the activities planned for the event. For the public, on May 7 and 8, with free access and exclusively in person at Parque de Serralves.


The program

With a transversal program, framed in a vast project recognized by Portugal Inovação Social, in 2022, BioBlitz comes up with an even more innovative program. An event for everyone, enabling the participation of different audiences in an inclusive way. Its specific program includes different types of activities, highlighting:

  • Scientific and pedagogical workshops;
  • Thematic visits;
  • Field trips with researchers and specialists (CIIMAR and Floradata);
  • Autonomies;
  • Lipor and its Associated Municipalities Activities: Espinho, Gondomar, Maia, Matosinhos, Porto, Póvoa de Varzim, Valongo and Vila do Conde;
  • Activities of Founding Municipalities of the Serralves Foundation, this year with special emphasis on the municipalities of Mirandela, Santa Maria da Feira, Vila Real, São João da Madeira and Torres Vedras.


Program Highlights (General Public):

  • Demonstration of sheep shearing at Quinta de Serralves with "Saber Fazer”;
  • Show "Os Estrahões e Bizarrocos” - Artistic Direction Joana Providência;
  • Show "Clown Enano” (José Torres);
  • Green Market;
  • CINEECO 2021 extension with the film "The dark side of olive oil” by Sandra Cóias and Pedro Rego


Program Highlights in Autonomy (General Public):

  • UNESCO Biosphere Reserves Exhibition – Portuguese Network and COPLP;
  • "The Forest” Exhibition;
  • Treetop Walk;
  • Exhibition Entreleçarar – Ai Weiwei (exclusive works in the Park);
  • Exhibition Waters 'Witness/The witness of the waters - Tarek Atoui (exclusive works in the Park);


For more information about the program: BioBlitz Serralves

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