Located in the heart of Burgos, Evolution Complex is the LED2020 venue. Inaugurated in September of 2012, it is one of the three buildings composing the Evolution Complex along with the Museum of Human Evolution (MEH) and the National Research Centre on Human Evolution (CENIEH).
The Spanish National Research Center for Human Evolution (known by its acronym in Spanish, CENIEH) was officially inaugurated in July of 2009. It is the “dream come true” of the Atapuerca Research Team. This center, which forms part of the Integrated Atapuerca Knowledgebase, is world-renowned because of the technological equipment that it houses and the cutting-edge scientific investigation carried out within its walls.
The CENIEH also belongs to the national network of Unique Scientific & Technical Infrastructures (ICTS). It is open to scientific and technological use by the international scientific and technological community. Its research activities are mainly on human evolution during the Late Neogene and Quaternary and this center drives and leads collaborative research projects at archaeological sites and deposits of these periods worldwide. Special attention is given to reaching society by awareness raising and knowledge transfer.
The CENIEH also proudly houses laboratories and storage facilities for the conservation, restoration, management, and registry of paleontological and archaeological collections coming from excavation at Atapuerca and other archaeological and paleontological sites of the Pliocene and Pleistocene periods. The center is directed by María Martinón, a member of the Atapuerca Research team, and has a full staff of researchers and specialized laboratory technicians at its disposal.
The Museum of Human Evolution of Burgos, inaugurated in July 2010, was created as a modern and excellence bid for Junta de Castilla y León, Burgos Town Hall and the Atapuerca Research Team to build a new patrimonial infrastructure, appropriate to the findings of Sierra de Atapuerca Site.
The main purpose was to provide Burgos with a modern museum which could hold not only the findings at Atapuerca Sites, but also the scientific disciplines involved and the scientific interpretations and theories drawn form them. Also, this museum tries to offer a holistic vision of human presence on the Earth and give, in the new theories about human evolution, the rightful place for these exceptional sites located in these mountains of Burgos.
But the MEH is not only an exhibition centre, it is also a highly recognized, innovative and appealing centre of scientific divulgation aimed at all audiences. For this reason, it was provided with a spectacular and symbolic architecture. A museography appropriate to the 21st century, the building holding it, the Human Evolution; and with a highly-trained team able to transmit and translate this knowledge.
The MEH was created to become a national and international reference as a museum and centre of scientific divulgation to explain those important issues about our past, present and future as species. Due to this, it is not only a museum of our ancestors, but also a place to reflect on the present of our species Homo sapiens, gifted with abilities which allow us to change the world.
The fossils from the Sierra de Atapuerca sites on display at the Museum of Human Evolution are from the Museum of Burgos collection. They have been placed in the custody of the MEH under an Order of the Regional Culture and Tourism Ministry dated 21 June 2010.
Created to be a meeting place for the development of talent and ideas, this modern space is characterized by a unique architecture which makes the light and the well-lit spaces its arterial connection. Throughout 35,000 m² distributed over six floors, it is equipped with the most advanced technology and state-of-the-art stage equipment to host conferences and shows. In addition to the extraordinary conception of its architecture, layout and functionality, the Forum has an absolutely exceptional position. It presents a viewpoint of the Cathedral and the Old City and is located a step from the historic centre, main hotels, restaurants and commercial area.
As main rooms, the Conference Centre of Burgos has an Auditorium for 1,371 people, equipped with the most complete technical and stage equipment as well as simultaneous interpretation booths; a Conference Hall for 492 people, with individual Internet and power supply in each seat. Furthermore, it has a bright Exhibition Hall of more than 1,000 m2, to host all type of exhibitions, trade fairs and presentations. As small format rooms, it has two modular rooms, which can be adapted to different needs, enabling them as a single set-up for 200 people, or up to 8 totally independent modular rooms for 25 people. It has a Press Room, Executive Committee Room and 5 rooms envisioned for working groups of 40 to 70 people.
The main accesses to the building are:
Main Entrance: Paseo Sierra de Atapuerca, 1
Reception Entrance: Calle EmilianoAguirre, s/n
The premises are wheelchair accessible.
The parking area Evolution Complex is a municipal installation and has more than 1,400 spaces. It is a modern space, with excellent facilities at affordable rates. Two entrances to the parking area are located in Calle Burgense, 10 and Calle Emiliano Aguirre.