We came from Spain in 2011. Creativity, change and development are part of our nature and New Zealand was the right place for us. We brought with us strong careers in agronomy (in Spain our degree was a 6 year long engineering degree), long and diverse working experience, and three children, 13, 10 and 7, ready to start a new life.
Tauranga was our home for the first 5 years. Alvaro worked as the Research Manager in the Avocado Industry Council and Irene worked in the adaptation process of the family to the new life. Phyl and Jim, our neighbours/friends/NZ grandparents, offered us the best welcoming experience that we could have dreamt of.
We moved to Gisborne in 2016. Our eldest son had moved to university in Christchurch but we came with a replacement: our kiwi son Alvarito, born in Tauranga.
In Gisborne we joined Riversun Nurseries, Alvaro as Technical Director and Irene as Research Manager, until January 2018. These last two years in Gisborne have been very intense and have led us to the conviction that our expertise is really needed and could contribute to the economical and social development of our society, facing the environmental challenges that, unfortunately, are still unresolved.
With this background, VLU science Ltd started its activity in January 2018. We are already working in several projects and we would love to be of help in yours.
About the logo...
We had been struggling several weeks looking for a name and a logo for our newborn company… We wanted to communicate the sound scientific knowledge, analysis capability and work ethics that we possess. We didn’t feel comfortable with the idea of the need of a third party to convey those values. We wanted to keep away from stereotypes and preconceived ideas so we decided to dive in our past and present and find something symbolic but with meaning for us. This is the origin of the logo and graphic design of our brand.
The logo represents the labyrinth mosaic in Italica, a Roman city nearby Seville, in Spain, founded in 206 BC by the Roman general Publius Cornelius Scipio to settle his victorious veterans from the Second Punic Wars against Hannibal and the Carthaginians. Italica developed into a prosperous city, linked to a busy river port on the Guadalquivir river. However, it started to dwindle as early as the 3rd century. The reason may sound familiar to many: a shift of the Guadalquivir river bed, probably due to siltation, a widespread problem already in antiquity that followed deforestation, left Italica's river port high and dry whilst Seville continued to grow nearby. Eventually the city was abandoned.
We went to visit Italica in a hot day of September 2009. We were struck by the degree of development and beauty of the city. It had one of the largest amphitheaters of the whole Roman Empire, accommodating 25,000 spectators. The labyrinth mosaic was one of the several mosaics that decorated the floors of the rooms of Neptune’s house and our children found it astonishing. For us the labyrinth is a symbol that represents the challenges, the importance of setting up objectives, and the value of creativity and perseverance to reach them. But it is also the memory of an unforgettable summer day.