This is the first of an annual conference season – Paths to Knowledge, which pays tribute to José Mariano Gago on his birthday.

In addition to evoking his legacy, both nationally and internationally, these conferences will be a call for collective mobilisation, consolidating the foundations for building a future with greater knowledge. The appropriation of scientific culture and the widespread creation of informed, public debate regarding science and technology are key to building such a future. This requires ongoing investment in science and higher education institutions, alongside sustained efforts to improve the qualifications of the Portuguese, which begins in primary and secondary education with close contact with scientific practices.

This first conference will also feature the first public presentation of the book www.marianogago.org, which is a compilation of memories from students, teachers, journalists, researchers, leaders of major international organisations and citizens from all over the world, who spontaneously shared their thoughts on the website, and whose address inspired the title of the book.

 


SCIENTIFIC CULTURE AND KNOWLEDGE, 16th May, 2016, Theatro Thalia, MCTES, Lisbon


14:00 RECEPTION


14:30 PATHS TO KNOWLEDGE, José Mariano Gago’s legacy

Alexandre Quintanilha, Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission for Education and Science
João Sentieiro, Laboratory of Robotics and Engineering Systems (LARSYS)         
Rosalia Vargas, President of Ciência Viva         
Maria Fernanda Rollo, Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education         
Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education 
 

15:00 THE COUNT OF FARROBO AND THE CULTURAL LIFE OF LIBERALISM’S ELITES         

Rui Vieira Nery, Ethnomusicology Institute, Nova University of Lisbon
 
 

15:30 DEBATE: SCIENTIFIC CULTURE AND KNOWLEDGE         

Speakers: 
Science education for culture | Svein Sjoberg University of Oslo                             
Modern Portugal and its science culture | Martin Bauer, London School of Economics 


Discussants: 
Ana Delicado, Social Sciences Institute, University of Lisbon
Cristina Conceição, Centre for Research and Studies – University Institute of Lisbon
Carlos Fiolhais, University of Coimbra

 

Special contribuition Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, Minister of Education 

 

17:30 SCIENTISTS AND SCIENTIFIC CULTURE: A STORY IN THE FIRST PERSON         

Nuno Ferrand, Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, University of Porto 
 

18:00 THE GEOGRAPHY OF OUR IGNORANCE: UNIVERSITY’S RESPONSIBILITY         

Maria de Sousa, Institute of Health Research and Innovation (i3S), Professor at University of Porto 
 

18:30 BOOK LAUNCH www.marianogago.org 

Guest of honour: Prime Minister António Costa 
 

19:30 JAM SESSION         

JazzUP Band de Manuel Mota, University of Évora, featuring Mário Jorge, Paleka and Emílio Robalo and studants from Music, Arts and Performance School – ESMAE, Porto Polytechnic Institute.          

 

Coffee will be served during the debate.