Galápagos Art and Science Journey

Sea Lion on the rocks in Galapagos – Copyright Sven-Olof Lindblad


Artists and scientists address climate change
16 – 27 September 2020

The unique biodiversity of Galápagos was the source for the transformative Theory of Evolution set forth by Charles Darwin, who arrived to the islands in 1831 aboard the HMS Beagle to develop his research. In 1978, the Galápagos Archipelago was declared a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In addition, these “Enchanted Islands” are now pioneers in implementing policies for sustainable development and environmental protection.

Inspired by the relevance of these islands, Quo Artis organizes the “Galápagos Art & Science Journey”, an expedition and a laboratory, where artists and scientists can reflect on the future of human and non-human species by means of 8 artistic projects and a series of debates.

Copyright Michael S. Nolan


Quo Artis invites several multidisciplinary artists from all over the world to take part in this research-driven, learning adventure. Additionally, through an open call, a specialized jury will also select 1 artistic project, that reflects on climate change and the Anthropocene era. During this journey,the artists will have the chance to develop their artistic projects and take part in discussions along with various scientists.

The project aims to create a laboratory of ideas of intellectual and interdisciplinary character and encourage the development of knowledge and actions to address the environmental crisis. Likewise, Quo Artis will produce an exhibition, after the trip, that will allow not only to reflect on the climatic emergency and its consequences for biodiversity, but also generate a social impact.




Quo Artis co-organizes this project with the Royal Academy of European Doctors (RAED), who invites 5 personalities to take part in the expedition and contribute to a rich exchange of knowledge. Rosalía Artega (Social activist, writer and first female president of Ecuador – 1997), Aaron Cienchanover (Biologist, Nobel Chemistry Prize – 2004), Frances Arnold (Chemical engineer, Nobel Chemistry Prize – 2018), Barry Barish (Experimental Physicist, Nobel Physics Prize – 2017) and May-Britt Moser (Psychologist and neuroscientist, Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology – 2014) will join us in this extraordinary expedition.



National Geographic Endeavour in Galapagos



The trip, which will be carried out on board of Endeavour II – a National Geographic ship with energy-efficient lighting- will be registered as a documentary produced by National Geographic, and have a printed publication by RAED, as well as a digital and printed publication by Quo Artis.






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