programme - create to renew
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Special Lectures, São Francisco Convent Cultural Center
Winner of the “Albert Einstein” World Award of Science
Winner of the “José Vasconcelos” World Award of Education
Winner of the “Leonardo da Vinci” World Award of Arts
Chancellor’s Chair professor of theoretical physics and the former director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Member of the WCC.
Award Ceremony, Great Hall of Acts, “Sala dos Capelos” University of Coimbra.
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.
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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