Prof. Dr. David Bueno

Physical education and neuroscience: Why are so important for children and teenager’s development?

The brain, the governing organ of our body and our behaviour, is extremely plastic. One of its main functions is to adapt the behaviour of people according to the environment where they grow and develop, including the social environment, and comprises all educational aspect. It begins to form during embryonic development, but its construction and reconstruction never ends. In part this process is due to our genes, but in large part its construction also depends on the environment. Learning is, for our species, an instinct. However, what prioritizes the brain to acquire knowledge, and how does it assimilate them more efficiently? In this regard, which is the role of physical education, including both, sports and psychomotricity? In this talk I will discuss, in a simple and affordable but rigorous language, how we can optimize learning strategies from the neuroscience point of view, i.e. through brain knowledge, specially with respect to physical education.

Prof. Dr. David Bueno


Chair of Neuroeducation UB-EDU1ST & Assistant Professor in Genetics
Section of Biomedical, Evolutionary and Developmental Genetics, Faculty of Biology, University of Barcelona




David Bueno holds a PhD in Biology and is assistant professor in Genetics at the University of Barcelona, as well as director of the UB-EDU1ST Chair in Neuro-education. His professional and academic career, focused on developmental genetics and neuroscience and their relationship with human behaviour, including learning processes, has developed mainly in Barcelona. He has also been a researcher at the University of Oxford and has made shorts research stays at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) and at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg (Germany). In addition to the approximately 60 scientific papers published in specialised scientific journals, he has also published twenty essay books to make neuroscience and genetics more accessible to society and contributes regularly to various forms of media, in which he published over 600 papers. He teaches various subjects in the field of genetics, scientific dissemination and teacher training, and participates in various Masters and Postgraduate degrees in Neuroeducation. In 2010 he won the European Prize for Scientific Dissemination, in 2018 the Teaching Prize for his contribution to neuroeducation and in 2019 the distinction of the UB Doctors’ Cloister for his contribution to scientific dissemination. He has participated in various projects for educational innovation promoted by the Generalitat de Catalunya.