2010 - Bioeventos
Starting in 2010 – International Year of Biodiversity – Tagis has developed a great part of its activity in a partnership with MUHNAC and cE3c, with the creation of a science communication activities program called Bioeventos.
From this program, we can underline the opening of the exhibition Insects in Order, in May 2010, in MUHNAC.
In 2011, as part of the commemorations for the 100 years of the University of Lisbon, 12 EBIO were opened to the public. This program was called “11 paths + 1” and it was funded by EEA Grants.
Since 2012, a program of the Ministry of Education and Science, called “O Mundo na Escola”, promoted the itinerancy of the “Insects in Order” exhibition. The aim was to take knowledge about this animal group to a diverse public, especially to school communities.
2009 - Biodiversity Stations
In 2009 Tagis began another original project, proposing the creation of Biodiversity Stations (EBIO) to the municipalities of Portugal. This project strengthened with the approval of the creation of 10 EBIO located on Natura 2000 network spots, funded by EEA Grants.
Today, the EBIO network is a responsibility of Bioeventos and it comprises more than forty spots, distributed throughout the country. These include habitats that represent our landscape biodiversity and which constitute privileged paths for biodiversity inventory, observation and monitoring. A total of 24 EBIO are already marked on the spot with panels, and are ready to receive visitors.
2007/8 - Lagartagis and the exhibition Butterflies Trough Time
2007 was a turning point for Tagis, with the implementation of two large original projects: “Lagartagis”, a live butterflies’ greenhouse on the Botanical Garden of the University of Lisbon; and the science exhibition “Butterflies Through Times” in the National Museum of Natural History and Science.
The exhibition was in Lisbon until May 2008, and then followed to Lagos, Abrantes and Viana do Castelo, where it was entirely or partially on display. The exhibition earned the publication of a scientific article highlighting its museological quality: “With bold museographical choices and a concern to blend nature conservation and current research in the message conveyed to the public, the exhibition seemed the perfect example of recent trends in scientific museology” (Ana Delicado, 2010).
This project included the making of a documentary film: “The flower, the ant and the threatened butterfly”, which describes Tagis field work about the alcon blue butterfly (Phengaris alcon) in Vila Real. This documentary was bought by the national television channel RTP.
2005/7 - B Day on the Schools
Initially Tagis concentrated its efforts on the development of education and environmental awareness activities, working mostly with schools.
We highlight the project “B Day – Butterflies on the Schools Day”, which had several editions (2005 to 2007). More than 20 000 students from all over the country participated in the observation and identification of the diversity of day butterflies.