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November 29th

Special Lectures, São Francisco Convent Cultural Center

Professor Victoria M. Kaspi

Winner of the “Albert Einstein” World Award of Science

Introduced by Professor Constança Providência
Head of the Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra

Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart

President of the WCC and Nobel laureate in Chemistry 2016

Introduced by Professor Cláudia Cavadas
Vice-rector for Research and Doctoral Studies, University of Coimbra

Professor Claudia Mitchell

Winner of the “José Vasconcelos” World Award of Education

Introduced by Professor Carlinda Leite
Full Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Porto

Jeannie Meejin Yoon

Winner of the “Leonardo da Vinci” World Award of Arts

Introduced by Professor Nuno Grande
Coordinator of the COIMBRASTUDIO PhD Program in Architecture, University of Coimbra

Professor David Gross

Nobel laureate in Physics 2004 and Member of the WCC

Introduced by Professor Manuel Fiolhais
Full Professor at the Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra

November 30th

Award Ceremony, Great Hall of Acts, “Sala dos Capelos” University of Coimbra.

special lectures

Professor Victoria Kaspi

Winner of the 2022 “Albert Einstein”
World Award of Science

title: The Transient Radio Sky

In 2007, astronomers discovered a mysterious new cosmic phenomenon: Fast Radio Bursts. These events consist of short, intense blasts of radio waves arriving from far outside our Milky Way galaxy. Their origin is unknown. However, Fast Radio Bursts appear ubiquitous in our Universe, with roughly 1000 arriving every day over the full sky. I will describe the Fast Radio Burst mystery and what is presently known about it, and present a revolutionary new radio telescope recently built in Canada that is enabling astronomers worldwide to make major progress in our understanding of the FRB puzzle.

Professor Claudia Mitchell

Winner of the 2022 “José Vasconcelos”
World Award of Education

title: ‘This is how we see it!’ Studying social change with young people

Agency, empowerment, voice, and engagement – these are all terms that are used to describe the benefits of participatory research with young people. The famous slogan “nothing about us with out us” remains foundational in this work, but how do we do this ethically, especially given the inherent power differentials between adult researchers and youth participants, the potential for tokenism, and the limitations in funding to ensure sustainability ? Building on several decades of participatory visual research with young people particularly in relation to such issues as Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, gender based violence, and gender equity more broadly, this talk takes a ‘learning across projects’ approach to look at how young people can be co-producers of knowledge, and why their voices are so critical in this current climate of uncertainty.

J. Meejin Yoon

Winner of the 2022 “Leonardo da Vinci”
World Award of Arts

title: What's the Matter?

In taking stock of the present, we ask: what's the matter? The question is both colloquial and prodigious — the term matter references not physical substance but rather the essence of something — specifically, the essence of the problems facing us today. Put another way: what are our values, beliefs, and aspirations? As architects, artists, and designers, how do we materialize what we value? Or, how does what we build convey our values? And, how do we build what matters? J. Meejin Yoon, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University, will present recent projects and works using "What's the Matter?" as a provocative framework to locate contemporary architecture and design in a broader cultural context. Yoon will take stock of the present moment, focusing on research, the environment, and institutions, to delve into what matters, and how architects and creative practitioners can understand, enable, and create it.

Professor David Gross

Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2004

title: The frontiers of fundamental physics

At the frontiers of physics, scientists search for the principles that might unify all the forces of nature, hoping to understand the origin and history of the universe. This lecture will put forward possible answers on this subject. It will also discuss what it might mean to have a final theory of fundamental physics and whether we are capable of discovering it.

37th World Cultural Council Award Ceremony

The University of Coimbra (UC) and the World Cultural Council (WCC) are extremely pleased to announce that the 37th World Cultural Council Award Ceremony will be held at UC on November 29-30, 2022. Special lectures, including those by the laureates, will be given on November 29 and the award ceremony will take place on November 30.

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