With the easing of the pandemic restrictions, hundreds of researchers, businessmen, policy makers and civil society members of different nationalities are meeting once again in person to face the new challenges faced by society.
Under the theme “Building the future with science”, six main sessions will take place until Wednesday, which will then be divided – 400 speakers will present research topics covered in R&D units in Portugal and globally.
Anna Noronha, Director of Ciência Viva – the national agency for scientific and technological culture, says that despite the difficulties and challenges of today’s world, “Science is very constructive. It is a body of knowledge that is being built.”. It even gives an example of vaccines against COVID-19.
“When vaccines had to be made, vaccines were manufactured in a very short time because the basic research that allowed vaccines to be built had already been done for a long time. We have to view science as something that is always under construction and always getting better.“.
National World Day
The National Day of Scientists, which Ciência Viva celebrates annually with the Paths of Knowledge conference, will be celebrated this year alongside the Ciência 2022 meeting, in a nightly format with a symbiosis of science, music, scientists and artists.
Anna Noronha celebrates the day the openness of science to society is celebrated, bringing together artists and scientists.
“On the night of the 16th, at the Convention Center, where the 2022 Scientific Meeting is being held, we will celebrate science with music and with people.” The event is open to the public and is free of charge.
The date of May 16 also serves to celebrate National Scholars Day, passed unanimously in the Assembly of the Republic, since 2016. This could not be more convenient to start Science meeting 2022in Lisbon, in Junqueira.
This initiative will also take place in the rest of the country, through the national network of Ciência Viva Centres, which celebrate the appointment with a special programme.
Seeing the world through science
There are many champions already guaranteed their attendance at this 2022 science meeting, from the young researchers who will be attending attachments With their work, for high school students who will open some sessions.
Three days in which science and future sciences are discussed and thought about, covering topics such as designing sustainable, practical and efficient cities, but also investment and innovation in strategic areas, such as space or research into diseases such as cancer.
Determining the current situation and the European agenda are also the impacts of climate change, the protection of biodiversity, soils and oceans, and the transition to a circular economy.
Topics to be discussed in six plenary sessions, covering the main topics related to the tasks of the European Union, in which internationally recognized speakers in their respective fields will participate, such as Ana Iglesias, from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Mahmoud Sakr, President of the Academy of Science and Technology in Egypt (ASRT) and Carlos Duarte, Director of the Red Sea Research Center, King Abdullah University, Saudi Arabia.
Science Meeting is an initiative promoted by the Foundation for Science and Technology, in collaboration with Ciência Viva and the Parliamentary Committee on Education and Science. It also has institutional support from the government, through the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Elvira Fortunato.
This year’s edition also marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Science and Technology Foundation.