The aim of the activity of the group ARGOS is to foster research, technological development and innovation in the various contexts in which education in geography, history and heritage takes place, whether in educational centres or in museums, social networks or indeed any form of physical or digital space.

To this end, the group works along various lines connected with heritage education. The starting point is always to investigate in due depth the range of problems associated with the development of historical and geographical thinking and the process of heritage management, while keeping within the framework of research in the field of the didactics of the social sciences.

The research aims are directly linked with improving the quality of life in terms of access to culture: the conservation, defence and promotion of the cultural heritage, the development of creative leisure options and of the potential of cultural tourism.

The group ARGOS is a pioneer in promoting citizen science projects in the context of heritage.

Its collaborations and transfer are organized through OTRI projects and agreements and through the spin-off HPLab History & Development SL (initially presented under the name PATRHIS-lab), dedicated to cultural management, heritage management and the organization of cultural events linked to the heritage, created in November 2017.

Lines of investigation

  1. Heritage education and educommunication.- Research into the process of heritage management, evaluative analysis of cultural and didactic activities connected with heritage, analysis of communication and the generation of knowledge in educommunicative processes related to heritage; analysis of the elements that define the processes of identization and appropriation of heritage as a symbolic identitary element of a community; support and assessment of activities associated with the development of tourism based on the cultural and natural heritage; optimization of systems of geographical information in educational products linked to the cultural and natural heritage.
  2. Foundations and metaconcepts of historical and geographical thought.- Research into sources of historical and geographical knowledge of various groups; the difficulties of understanding the concepts of historical and geographical thought, and the definition of scales of progression with their diversion to civic development.


Projects undertaken

Selection of projects from the period 2014-2018:

EDU2016-78163-R: EDUCOMMUNICATION WEB 2.0 OF THE HERITAGE, MINECO ERDF (convocatoria Retos). 30/12/2016 – 29/12/2019.

YouthMetre: A tool for forward-looking youth participation – YMETRE. 01/01/16 – 30/06/18

FCT-16-11204: DRONES AND DUNGEONS. 01/01/17 – 31/01/18

HAR2013-48456-C3-3-P. QUALITATIVE EVALUATION OF THE CULTURAL ACTIVITY OF ROMAN SITES WITH WEB (CIVITAS), MINECO (convocatoria investigación de excelencia), 1/1/2014 – 31/12/2016

OTRI 2015/0290. Referencing of the population of Zaragoza, by main doorways. UTE IDOM Ingeniería y consultoría SAU técnica y proyectos SA (TYSA).  1/6/2015 – 1/2/2016

OTRI 2015/1108. DIDACTICS AND DIFFUSION OF THE HERITAGE. 1/11/2015 – 31/12/2015.

OTRI 2014/0032. Collaborative agreement between Ebropolis and the University of Zaragoza for the pursuit of research activities. From 1/4/2013 to 1/1/2016



The group uses the infrastructures of the University of Zaragoza and of the associated start-up business (

Technological Offer/Services

Consultancy for the support and organization of cultural projects, outreach activities, communication, design of applications and evaluative investigations linked to the natural and cultural heritage, including studies that involve the use of technologies such as geographic information systems, augmented and virtual reality, digital reconstructions, virtual musealisations, social networks, writing applications and collaborative digital creation, etc.  

Services of support, design and training in the field of heritage education, both in museums and for the fostering of cultural tourism: workshops, expositions, recreations/reenactments, courses, etc.


Noticias del Grupo


  • Rafael de Miguel González receives Gilbert Grosvenor Honors for Geographic Education

    The world’s highest scientific distinction in this field, the Gilbert Grosvenor Honors for Geographic Education, has been awarded in its 2024 edition by the American Association of Geographers with the support of the International Geographical Union, for his exceptional service to the discipline of geography and unique contributions to the geographic education community The American […]

  • History Festival 2023 in the three Aragonese capitals

    (Zaragoza Tuesday, October 10, 2023). Zaragoza celebrates the return of the History Festival, which, in this edition, also extends to the three Aragonese cities. From October 19 to 27, 2023, the III edition of the History Festival will take place, organized by the ARGOS Research Group (IUCA- University of Zaragoza). This year’s motto is “Heritage […]

  • V International Congress City of Commitment: ‘Historical recreation and Experimental Archeology’

    (Zaragoza. Wednesday, October 4, 2023). The V International Congress ‘Historical Recreation and Experimental Archeology’ will take place on October 13, 14 and 15 in Caspe (Zaragoza), in person and online. This is the only congress on historical recreation for the purposes of research and dissemination of historical and heritage knowledge of our country. The last […]

  • European Researchers’ night 2023

    (Zaragoza. Saturday, September 30, 2023). Last Friday, September 29, 2023, the people of Aragon were able to enjoy more than 70 scientific activities at the European Night of Researchers, thanks to the collaboration of 190 researchers from the University of Zaragoza, who brought together experiments, games, talks , walks, coffees and scientific monologues in the […]

  • The University of Zaragoza, in the main world event for the internationalization of higher education

    (Zaragoza. Monday, June 6, 2022). The vice-deans of internationalization and mobility of the Faculties of Science and Education, professors Juan Antonio Vallés Brau and Rafael de Miguel González, attended the 2022 edition of the NAFSA Congress in Denver (United States) on June 2 and 3 ), which is the main international education association, and which […]

  • The informative comic ‘The guardians of Montearagón’ recovers the history of the Huesca castle

    (Huesca. Saturday, June 4, 2022). The Huesca Book Fair hosted this Saturday, June 4, the presentation of the informative historical comic ‘Los guardianes de Montearagón’. Its authors, Unizar professor Lorenzo Mur and cartoonist Moratha participated, together with the president of the Association of Friends of Montearagón Castle, Antonio Turmo, in this act that is part […]

  • Ángel Pueyo and Rafael de Miguel participate together with other experts in a meeting on the construction of the new Romareda

    (Zaragoza. Thursday, May 19, 2022). Last Wednesday, May 18, the municipal groups held a meeting with researchers from the University of Zaragoza and the San Jorge University to continue outlining the pros and cons of the two construction possibilities for the new Romareda stadium that are proposed in this moment: build the soccer field in […]

  • Rafael de Miguel González, re-elected President of EUROGEO

    (Zaragoza. Monday, May 9, 2022). The Professor of Didactics of Geography at the Faculty of Education, Rafael de Miguel González, has been re-elected for a second term as President of the European Society of Geography (EUROGEO), at the Congress held in Mytilene (Greece), at the University of the Aegean, last May 5 and 6. His […]


Chief Investigator:

Mª Pilar Rivero Gracia

Co-chief investigator:

Rafael Pablo de Miguel González