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.
by Montezuma Dumangane & Sandra Caldeira
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 How to do better? Examples of integration, inclusion and diversity
- How to do better in working environments?
Office for Diversity and Inclusion, European Commission: Arieta Voivod
The Office for Diversity and Inclusion has been recently set up to strengthen the European Commission’s diversity policy in the field of human resources
- How to improve scientific capacity building?
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.
- How to reach out and empower?
Native Scientist: Joana Moscoso
Native Scientist is a network of international scientists created to tackle educational disadvantage through science outreach.
13:30h Discussion Panel and Q&A from the public
Our Speakers will not be alone in answering your questions! A big shout out to their guests Mahmoud Maina, Akinrinade (Fatunke) Ibukun (TReND's guests), Fredilson Melo (IGC) and Rafael Galupa (Native Scientist and Cartas com Ciencia). We're so honoured that they'll join us to share their learnings and experiences too.
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