15 November 2016

At its 38th edition

Expominer reaffirmed its status as a commercial and cultural showcase for fossils, minerals, gems and jewellery

Expominer, the International Exhibition of Minerals, Fossils and Jewellery, organised every year by Fira de Barcelona, closed the doors on its 38th edition on Sunday 13 November having reaffirmed its position as a national leader and European benchmark in its specialist field. The show hosted various scientific discussions, opened by the president of the CSIC, Emilio Lora-Tamayo, which attracted more than 400 people, making the event a solid platform of cultural information and education for professionals and enthusiasts alike. 
This year the show was attended by 124 companies, 36% of them international from around fifteen countries. Of the Spanish exhibitors, 60% came from Catalonia and the rest from the other Spanish autonomous regions. Visitor forecasts were fulfilled and over the three-day event the show hosted over 12,000 visitors, of which 2,000 were primary and secondary school students. 
Expominer 2016 was also the setting for a range of activities related to the world of fossils and minerals. These included exhibitions, workshops and competitions, which this year shared the common theme of water in its liquid, solid and gaseous states. The show was also the venue for around a dozen scientific talks given by researchers from the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) and lecturers from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, amongst other institutions. The big audience numbers, reaching a total of 400 people, underlined the importance of the show's educational and cultural side, the objective of which is to bring geology, mineralogy and palaeontology closer to young people and the general public, as well as other scientific disciplines related to the earth sciences. 
Water, gold, fossils and meteorites were the main themes of the activities 
Meteorites were the stars of the show thanks to the organisation of a brand-new exhibition entitled ‘Everything begins in water', featuring meteorites with different levels of water in their composition. There were also gold-panning workshops organised by the River Segre Gold Interpretation Centre in Noguera, and a Tactile Geology exhibition organised by the Minerology Association of Scientific and Social Interest (AMICS) and the Spanish Organisation for the Blind (ONCE) which showed visitors new sensorial ways of differentiating minerals and appreciating their unique characteristics. 
Meanwhile, the ‘Dinosaurs of the Pyrenees' section, supported by Dinosfera, the Conca Dellà Museum, the Miquel Crusafont Museum of the Catalan Institute of Palaeontology, and Friends of Dinosaurs of Alt Urgell (ADAU), exhibited original items from these prehistoric creatures such as the hadrosaurios of Isona, courtesy of the Conca Dellà Museum; dinosaur's eggs from Coll de Nargó in the Dinosfera space; and the excavations of the Miquel Crusafont Catalan Institute of Palaeontology and the ADAU in the area where the Pyrenees mountains stand today. A new feature this year was the chance to not only see the fossilised eggs but also a fossilised impression of a dinosaur's skin. This fossil, found at the archaeological site of Vallcebre (Berguedà, Barcelona), belongs to a Titanosaurus, which lived 66 million years ago in the Upper Cretaceous period.
During the show the GMC awarded the GMC Prize 2015-16 for best academic research work at Baccalaureate level in mining and minerology. The winner this year was Frederic Esteve i Segura with his work ‘A well salted world.'  
According to the show's new president, professor ad honorem of the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) and former director of the Barcelona Institute of Material Sciences (ICMAB), Carles Miravitlles, ‘we are very happy with the results of this edition of Expominer which, thanks to the collaboration of various entities such as the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona, amongst others, has managed to achieve the show's main objectives, which of course are to promote scientific knowledge through topical issues such as environmental conservation, sustainability and educational tourism.'
Organised by Fira de Barcelona, this edition of Expominer enjoyed the support and collaboration of La Caixa Foundation, through CosmoCaixa, and the Agbar Foundation. Held every year and open to both trade professionals and the general public, the show will take place once again at Fira de Barcelona's Montjuïc Exhibition Centre in November 2017. 
Barcelona, 14 November 2016
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