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Promoting research is paramount to the organization, such that all through the year it triggers several programs geared towards encouraging debate and knowledge in this scope:

School of Energy and Climate Change

The School of Energy and Climate Change is becoming a space for researching and holding debates on themes relating to the technological and economic factors that encourage the exploitation of clean sources of energy compatible with a model of sustainable energy.

On 16th, 17th and 18th April 2012, the School held its VIII edition under the title, “Renewable Energies. Competitiveness. Employment”, attended by 40 university students and an array of the most renown speakers.


World Biofuels

In May 2012 the eleventh edition of the World Biofuels 2012 Conference, which has become a meeting place of reference for experts and professionals of the biofuel industry, was held.

For two days the attendants analysed the changes and advancements that the sector is experiencing, mainly in the US and Europe, and the possible legal modifications required on the current markets.

De la Tierra al Sol Campus

The Focus Abengoa Foundation has opened the Focus-Abengoa Campus, located at the Casa Quemada estate, in Seville (Spain), to the public.

“De la Tierra al Sol. Historia de los paisajes del Guadiamar” is within this campus, an it is a heritage project seeking ways to contribute to the historical-landscape, archaeological, technological and environmental education through the historical changes in the landscape and the wealth of the archaeological findings of the area.

This protected landscape was created by recovering the land affected by the toxic mine tailings that were released due to the holding dam collapsed at the Aznalcóllar mine in Seville in 1998.

Award for doctoral thesis

One of the goals of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation is to promote and develop the historical and cultural heritage of Seville and, for that reason, each year, there is an award for the best doctoral thesis on an artistic, historic, literary, scientific or technical theme relating to Seville.

In 2012 the thesis prize was awarded to Conception Rodriguez Moreno, for her work titled “The Palace of Pedro 1st in the Fortress of Seville. Study and Analysis” (“El Palacio de Pedro I en Los Lazars de Sevilla. Estudio y Análisis”). The award was worth 3,000 €.

Educational and cultural visits to the Focus-Abengoa Foundation organized by the volunteers

The Focus-Abengoa Foundation organizes workshop-visits and guided tours for both first and second cycle students as well as for the public in general.

In 2012 there were a total of 157 visits for 6,448 people divided into the following:

  • Hospital de Los Venerables: Focus Abengoa Foundation headquarters, Seville (Spain).
  • The permanent collection of the Centro Velázquez in Seville (Spain).
  • The temporary exhibition of “Murillo y Justino de Neve”, Seville (Spain).

The organization also offers guided and free tours to the foundation headquarters for the employees.

Speaker of the 2012 School of Energy and Climate Change.

The Focus-Abengoa Campus Show room.