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Noite Europeia dos Investigadores 2023

Iscte-University Institute of Lisbon will be present at the European Researchers' Night (ERN) 2023, taking place on September 29 at the National Museum of Natural History and Science (MUHNAC) in Lisbon. Between 5 p.m. and midnight, ERN participants will have the opportunity to get to know some of the studies and projects carried out by Iscte's six research units. Admission is free.

Researchers from the Centre for Psychological Research and Social Intervention (CIS-Iscte) will be at MUHNAC to share their research results and projects. César Lima and some of his doctoral students will talk with people of all ages about the effects of music on the brain with the activity "Music for everyone"; Joana Baptista will present the project All4Children and invite people of all ages to describe what is a family in the activity "A family for all"; and Rita Guerra, coordinator of the kNOwHATE project, will represent the Associate Laboratory SocioDigital Lab for Public Policy and challenge adults to identify examples of online hate speech, through a Quiz. Check the details of each activity below.

Music for everyone (17:30-19:00 and 20:00-21:00)

Music is a powerful tool for social inclusion. It is a source of positive emotions and development in children with neurodevelopmental disorders, for example; and it removes barriers and promotes access to education in projects for disadvantaged communities such as El Sistema. Music is a source of identity and participation in adolescence, and a source of imagination, memories and creativity over the life span. In this activity we will explore the musical brain, the emotional power of music, as well as some of the reasons why music is universal and prevalent in our lives – namely that fact that it is a route to others, one that is linked to our communication and emotional expressions skills in profound ways.

Photo: © 2021 Erik Mclean | Unsplash

A family for all (19:00-20:00)

Attendees will initially be invited to respond, in a collaborative and playful way, to the question “What is a family?”, presenting their answers (e.g., drawings, sentences) on a shared wall. The attendees' answers will then serve as a motto for reflection on the concept of foster care and for disseminating the ALL4Children project (Ref. 2022.03592.PTDC)*, namely its objectives, results, and tools developed within its scope.

Photo: © 2021 Mick Haupt | Unsplash

Are you better than the algorithm at detecting online hate speech? (21:00-23:00)

Online hate speech is widespread on many social media. The kNOwHATE project (CERV-2021-EQUAL)** aims to understand online hate speech, detect it automatically (through an algorithm) and fight it. In this Quiz, you will have access to real situations/comments already analyzed by human annotators. We challenge you to identify them as being - or not - examples of online hate speech. Can you do it?

Photo: © Yuri Arcurs | EnvatoElements

Do not miss this opportunity to venture through all the activities the European Researchers' Night has to offer. The full program of all of Iscte's R&D units for the ERN 2023 is available below.


* The project "All4Children - O Modelo Integrado de Acolhimento Familiar para promover a qualidade das práticas em promoção e proteção em Portugal" is funded by national funds through FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., within the scope of the project 2022.03592.PTDC.

** The project "kNOwing online HATE speech: knowledge + awareness = Tackling Hate (kNOwHATE)" is funded by the European Union (CERV-2021-EQUAL). Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.



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