World Biotech Tour

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The Project


The WORLD BIOTECH TOUR is an international project gathering science centres from all over the world with the same purpose: to demonstrate the relevance, excitement and wonder of biotechnology.

During the next three years, 12 science centres from all over the world are going to host the WORLD BIOTECH TOUR, by organising 3-day science festivals focused on the theme of biotechnology. Students, teachers and the general public will experience a culturally unique visitor experience through several practical activities and debates about key-issues in this area. The first festival will be hosted by Pavilion of Knowledge, from 10 to 12 of April 2015, with the participation of several portuguese scientific institutions in the field.


During 2015 the WORLD BIOTECH TOUR will also stop in Technopolis, the Flemish Science Centre, in Belgium, and in the National Museum of Emerging Science and Inovation, in Japan.



The project is coordinated by ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers), with support of Biogen Idec Foundation.  



Get to know the WORLD BIOTECH TOUR and the science centres that will hosting it in 2015.


Biotechnology Ambassadors




Ana Raquel Saramago

12th grade - Benavente Secondary Education School, Benavente

Ana often participates in scientific stages and school activities such as science clubs, science days and open laboratories. It was through these activities that she became aware of her ability to communicate to audiences of various ages. Ana practices ballroom dancing and in her free time she also likes to enjoy nature and to visit museums and historical places.



Beatriz Barata

12th grade - Vasco da Gama School, Sintra

Beatriz founded the Association of Ecological Students for the Environment (AEEA), which promotes environment-related actions and the Eco Schools project. She loves science because it allows her to understand how the world works. In her free time, Beatriz practices ballet and contemporary dance. Through dance, Beatriz got the accuracy and perfection that tries to put in everything she makes.


Filipa Melo

11th grade - Alves Redol Secondary Education School, Vila Franca de Xira

Filipa considers Biotechnology one of the most important and fascinating scientific fields. She has already participated in several projects related to science, such as the Radiation-Environment project, and the Olympiads of Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Filipa is a federated competitive swimming athlete and also plays tennis.


Francisco Marques

12th grade - José Falcão Secondary Education School, Coimbra

Francisco is very interested in the field of technological innovation and also likes to communicate science. He has already participated in several scientific stages aiming at secondary education students. In his free time, he likes to play sports (tennis, cycling, running), to read, to computer programming and to watch TV series.

Jéssica Soares

12th grade - Amadora Secondary Education School, Amadora

Jéssica considers herself curious and persistent, and wants to be a researcher. She participated in EUSO - European Union Science Olympiad, in Athens. She often participates in science clubs and scientific stages. In her free time, Jéssica likes to read and to play sports.


João Peralta

11th grade - José Estêvão Secondary Education School, Aveiro

João has a great interest in Biotechnology, but also in Mathematics and Physics. He participates in the projects Delfos and Quark!, which are, respectively, the schools of Mathematics and Physics from Coimbra University (Portugal). João plays football in Sport Clube Beira-Mar (Portugal) since he was 6 years-old and, in his free time, also likes to play chess.


Maria Margarida Brites

12th grade - Alcanena Secondary Education School, Alcanena

Maria considers scientific research a fascinating activity and has a passion for science. She frequently participates in scientific stages and summer schools. Maria also likes theatre and reading.



Tomás Velez

11th grade - Stuart Carvalhais Secondary Education School, Sintra

Tomás loves science and enjoys triggering in other people the interest for this field of knowledge. He believes that science and Biotechnology can contribute to a better Portugal. Tomás often participates in several science championships, from Mathematics to Astronomy. In his free time, Tomás likes to visit museums and science centres. Cooking is one of his favourite hobbies.


Ana Sofia Correia

11th grade - São Pedro Secondary Education School, Vila Real

Ana Sofia loves Biotechnology and also Genetics. She had already participated in the Olympiads of Biotechnology, Biology and Mathematics. Sofia is in a youth music association from Vila Real (Portugal) and also practices swimming and plays the piano.



Marisa Ferreira

12th grade - João de Barros School, Pombal

Marisa loves to research and to develop experiments in the laboratory. She also enjoys team work. Marisa had already participated in environmental clubs and science competitions. She is in a school theatre group and in her free time also likes to dance. 


WBT events

National Biotechnology Festival. Pavilion of Knowledge - Ciência Viva, 10th and 11th of April | Time Out Mercado da Ribeira, 12th of April.

Science Café at the Parliament: Biotechnology - Challenges in the manipulation of life. Assembleia da República, 9th of April.

Talking Biotech: 20 students, one challenge. Pavilion of Knowledge - Ciência Viva, 31st of January 2015.

Biotechnology Meeting. Pavilion of Knowledge - Ciência Viva, 10th of January 2015.



WBT in schools

Amadora School, 14th of May.

Stuart Carvalhais School, 3rd of June. 

Vasco da Gama School, 22nd of June.


Project Partners


BIOCANT - Centro de Inovação em Biotecnologia

CCMAR - Centro de Ciências do Mar

CIIMAR - Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental

CNC - Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular

INIAV - Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária

Laboratório Associado IBMC.INEB

Laboratório Associado ITQB 

UCIBIO/REQUIMTE - Unidade de Ciências Biomoleculares Aplicadas

Escola Superior de Biotecnologia da Universidade Católica Portuguesa



Partner Institution


Time Out Mercado da Ribeira