Every year, students participate in the IBDAA, or the International Biodiversity Day at AUB organized by the Nature Conservation Center to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). Students from different majors present eco-friendly projects and are then evaluated by field experts based on different categories and earn valuable prizes in the end of the competition.
This year, on Tuesday April 19, the event hosted 275 participants and was honored by the presence of President Fadlo Khuri who showed great support to all students.
The Business category competitors were particularly impressive as there were two first-place winners. Proudly, both teams to earn first place were composed of undergraduate Agribusiness students at FAFS. Seniors Gianni Hammoudeh and Shadi Srour were recognized for their forestry project entitled “Pilner,” while senior Khalid Ismail was awarded for his organic pesticide project entitled “BioNeem.” Both teams competed as part of the final year project course under the Agribusiness Program, with the guidance of their professors Dr. Makram Bou Nassar, Dr. Gumataw Abebe, and Ms. Rachel Bahn.
Team “Designability”, a group of FAFS first year Landscape Architecture students: Hussein Ghazi, Ghida Sbeity, Sara El Samman, and Sarine Semerjian, were awarded the first prize for the Arts and Humanities category.
Dr. Mehran Madani, FAFS Landscape Architecture Professor who was one of the advisors for team “Designability” alongside Dr. Hala Chmaitelly, said “this is an exciting occasion to see our first year Landscape Architecture students being oriented adequately to the design studio culture to implement creative solutions for a sustainable environment.”
The students of the Faculty for Agricultural and Food Sciences’ presentations reflect the faculty’s primary principles “Healthy Earth, Healthy Food, Healthy People”. Congratulations to all FAFS students!
Read more about the event and winners here.