Iscte - University Institute of Lisbon is part of the SCIEVER - Science for Everyone consortium with other Portuguese universities and coordinated by the University of Lisbon for the organization of the European Researchers' Night (ERN).
The 2023 edition of the ERN took place at the National Museum of Natural History and Science (MUHNAC), Lisbon, on September 29. Researchers from CIS-Iscte were engaged with the public in different Science Communication activities.
With the activity "Music for All", researcher César Lima and his doctoral students, Ricardo Vilaverde, Aíssa Baldé, and Rafael Ribeiro explored the emotionality of music with a short experiment, and a demonstration of how music has an important role in setting an emotional state when watching movies, as well as how memories linked to music usually (but not always) follow a pattern of socialization and positive emotions. Later, researchers Joana Baptista and Cláudia Camilo created an interaction with the public around the question "What is a family?". During the activity "A family for all", people would write down or draw their own views, creating a mural that would serve as a starting point to discuss Foster Care and the project All4Children. Finally, researcher Rita Guerra represented the Associate Laboratory SocioDigital Lab for Public Policy and challenged adults to identify examples of online hate speech, through a Quiz - "Are you better than the algorithm at detecting online hate speech?", presenting the kNOwHATE project, which she coordinates.
Photos courtesy of Sofia Rocha and Pedro Mendes
Additionally, researcher Elzbieta Bobrowicz-Campos represented CIS at the ERN (from the consortium "Science Multiverse", coordinated by INOVA+) in the city of Coimbra. Elzbieta Campos and Filipa Ventura (UICISA:E- Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Coimbra) lead the Aequitas@DigiHealth project and organized the "Digital health for all with all" workshop, with activities aimed at students from different educational levels.
Photo courtesy of researcher Elzbieta Campos
CIS has been actively engaged in Science Communication initiatives such as ERN, in which we have participated since 2016.