Galapagos
Science Center

10 years in the Galapagos ensuring healthy social and ecological systems for future generations.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador created the Galapagos Science Center (GSC) in 2011 to advance science and conservation in the Galapagos Islands and to extend a richer, more complete understanding of island ecosystems and the threats to their sustainability to the world.

The Galapagos Initiative aims to save the Galapagos Islands with an innovative, interdisciplinary, and sustainable strategy.

The GSC is located in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, in San Cristóbal Island, Galapagos Archipelago.

OUR GOALS

RESEARCH

Develop interdisciplinary research projects for the conservation and sustainability of the Galapagos Islands and across the planet through 5 basic pillars: environmental change, One Health, social resilience, oceans, and biodiversity.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Contribute to sustainable development and greater environmental awareness in the local community to better understand the complex interactions among people and the environment in which they live.

EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION

Host interdisciplinary research projects thanks to partnerships with the Galapagos National Park and other local public institutions. Several flagship projects have been strategically selected to provide hands-on learning experiences for local and international students.

GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS

Create a scientific network that is powered by a diversity of thought, perspectives, techniques, approaches, visions, and a data infrastructure that are leveraged through integrative science to create a collaborative global network of institutions and scholars for the innovative study of island ecosystems. 

GSC IMPACT

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Community members benefited from the GSC in science and educational activities

GSC IMPACT

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Interdisciplinary research projects
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International and local students participating in research projects
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Community members benefited from the GSC in science and educational activities

SPOTLIGHT

World Summit on Island Sustainability

In 2022, the Galapagos Science Center (GSC) and the broader UNC & USFQ Galapagos Initiative are celebrating its 10th Anniversary. We are proud to announce the World Summit on Island Sustainability which took place on June 26–30, 2022 at the Galapagos Science Center and the Community Convention Center on San Cristobal Island.

World Summit on Island Sustainability

In 2022, the Galapagos Science Center (GSC) and the broader UNC & USFQ Galapagos Initiative are celebrating its 10th Anniversary. We are proud to announce the World Summit on Island Sustainability being held on June 26–30, 2022 at the Galapagos Science Center and the Community Convention Center on San Cristobal Island.

International Symposium “Galapagos-Israel, Sustainability in the Galapagos Islands: 21st Century and Beyond”

Over the course of the 7th to the 9th of February 2022 and situated in the Inspiration Complex of the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF), the Second International Symposium “Galapagos-Israel, Sustainability in the Galapagos Islands: 21st Century and Beyond” took place in the presence of renowned Israeli and local scientists, with the objective of strengthening collaboration and research between Ecuador and Israel.

International Symposium “Galapagos-Israel, Sustainability in the Galapagos Islands: 21st Century and Beyond”

Over the course of the 7th to the 9th of February 2022 and situated in the Inspiration Complex of the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF), the Second International Symposium “Galapagos-Israel, Sustainability in the Galapagos Islands: 21st Century and Beyond” took place in the presence of renowned Israeli and local scientists, with the objective of strengthening collaboration and research between Ecuador and Israel.

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Published in Frontiers in Genetics | May 19, 2022

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