Institutions & Speakers
|Museo del Prado
The Museo del Prado is Spain ́s main national art museum, located in central Madrid. It features one of the world’s nest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and unquestionably the best single collection of Spanish art. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculptures in 1819, it also contains important collections of other types of works. El Prado is one of the most visited sites in the world, and is considered one of the greatest art museums in the world.
The Museo del Prado and Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales have collaborated in a special project ‘Natural Histories’, in which art and science are joined.
|The Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales
The Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN) is one of the most ancient Museum of Natural History of Europe and one of the most important in Europe. It was founded in 1771 by King Carlos III. It is managed by the Spanish National Research Council and more than seventy researches work there. The main research elds in the museum are Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, Evolutionary Ecology, Paleobiology, Vulcanology and Geology.
|Alhambra de Granada
The Alhambra and Generalife together form an impressive monumental site, built atop a red-coloured hill that dominates the city and plain of Granada. The castle of the Alhambra was added to the city’s area within the ramparts in the 9th century. Every year, millions of visitors come to admire the exquisite beauty of its many rooms, patios and gardens and currently it is it is Spain’s most visited monument. Everything in the Alhambra was designed to reach perfection: from the ancient“Alcázar”, or military fortress, to the Royal Nasrid Palaces, decorated in plaster and tile work, with inscriptions from the Koran that evoke the notion of Heaven on Earth. Alhambra is an usual partner of Parque de las Ciencias, both have worked on many art-science projects together. The exhibition and planetarium programme “M.C Escher In nite Universes” is a good example of that.
|Reynaldo Fernández Manzano
Director of the Council of the Alhambra and the Generalife
Reynaldo Fernández Manzano is a Spanish medievalist, organist and musicologist. He is the founder and director of the Musical Documentation Centre of Andalusia and the Cádiz Festival of Spanish Music. He has also worked as a lecturer at the International University of Andalusia. In July 2015, he became Director of the Council of the Alhambra and the Generalife.
Director of the National Museum of Natural History
Santiago Merino Rodríguez is a research scientist for the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and is af liated with the Department of Evolutionary Ecology of Spain’s National Museum of Natural History. He is currently Director of the Museum and Vice-President of the Spanish Society of Evolutionary Biology (SESBE). He has co-written more than 150 scientific papers published in international journals.
|Lucía Villarreal Gato
Head of the Temporary Exhibitions Service Museo Nacional del Prado
Lucía Villarreal Gato is currently Head of the Temporary Exhibitions Service of the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, where she has been an exhibition coordinator since 2003. She has a degree in history of art from Madrid Complutense University.
|Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis
President of the Museum of Science of Boston
Dr. Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis has been President and Director of the Museum of Science, Boston since 2003. Originally from Greece, Dr. Miaoulis came to the Museum after a distinguished association with Tufts University. Miaoulis has published more than 100 research papers and holds two patents.