The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is an occasion to promote culture and highlight the significance of its diversity as an agent of inclusion and positive change. The Portuguese semester wants to add to this reflection "on how cultural diversity contributes to dialogue, mutual understanding, and the social, environmental and economic vectors of sustainable development" by promoting a discussion on the current state of cultural diversity and inclusion of scientists from the Global South in Europe and the cooperation models in science with those countries.
"Although COVID-19 has not succeeded in curbing dialogue among cultures, the long-term consequences of the crisis, especially in economic terms, might inflict severe damage on diversity, as periods of crisis are conducive to concentration and standardization. It is this insidious threat that looms."
— Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
Our debate wants to counter that threat! We want to identify the main strongholds and showcase strategies currently applied by several institutions to ensure diversity and inclusiveness in research. We want to invite you to listen and participate in a discussion that has occupied central stage worldwide and concerns many, and many areas of our society including the scientific world.
Provisional Programme !! Under construction :-)
12.30h Welcome by moderator(s)
12:40h Integration and diversity in Science: focus on afro-descendants in Portugal
Keynote speaker: Cristina Roldão, CIES-IUL - Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology.
Cristina is a sociologist, invited professor at ESE-IPS and a researcher at CIES-IUL. Social inequalities at school are her main field of research, with a particular focus on the processes of exclusion and institutional racism that affect Afro-descendants in Portuguese society.
13:00h Showcase of projects promoting integration, inclusion and diversity in science
IGC International Collaboration projects: Leonor Ruivo
The Gulbenkian Collaborative Centre has a fundamental role in establishing a hub of Science and Innovation of international relevance.
TReND in Africa: Lucia Prieto Godino and Samyra Salek
TReND supports scientific capacity building across Africa in biomedical research, namely by supporting and working with African researchers.
Native Scientist: Joana Moscoso (tbc)
Native Scientist is a network of international scientists created to tackle educational disadvantage through science outreach. To create social impact by promoting and exploiting cultural and linguistic diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).
13:30h Discussion Panel and Q&A from the public
Image above by truthseeker08 from Pixabay
* This website and the “Portuguese Semester” celebrations are organised by a group of volunteers at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) to promote and disseminate Portuguese culture, on the occasion of the 2021 Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU).
This is part of a tradition at the JRC, initiated back in 1992 with the first series of activities to mark the EU Council Portuguese Presidency at the time. Since then, cultural semesters have been organised, as a way to celebrate the culture and traditions of the EU member state that holds the rotating presidency of the Council and bring them closer to the JRC and local communities. *