Political Participation of Young People: Which Futures?

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Auditorium 2 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

What is the participation of young people in the future of democracy? What strategies do political parties use to mobilise young people? What other forms of civic and political activism exist in Portugal?

The Study on “Political participation of youth in Portugal” aims to answer to these and other questions, analysing the political participation of young people in Portugal comparatively over the last decades and describing their attitudes and behaviour in politics, namely their relation with political parties and associative structures, as well as the emerging forms of youth activism.

The Study on the Political Participation of Youth in Portugal was promoted by the Gulbenkian Future Forum in partnership with the Centre for Studies and Opinion Polls of the Portuguese Catholic University (CESOP), which was responsible for the interviews and the fieldwork, and the Centre for Educational Research and Intervention of the University of Porto (CIIE), The Research Unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies of the University of Aveiro (GOVCOPP), the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS) and the Research Institute of Life Sciences and Health of the University of Minho (ICVS), which were jointly responsible for the analysis and processing of data and for drawing up the final reports.

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Programme

15:00   Opening

Isabel Mota, President of the Board of Directors of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

15:15   Panel 1 – Presentation of the study on “The Political Participation of Youth in Portugal”

Pedro Magalhães, Senior Researcher, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, and coordinator of the study “The Political Participation of Youth in Portugal”

Patrício Costa, Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, University of Minho, and coordinator of the study “The Political Participation of Youth in Portugal”

Patrícia Silva, Assistant Professor and Integrated Member of the Research Unit in Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies, University of Aveiro and Researcher of the study “The Political Participation of Youth in Portugal”.

Pedro Ferreira, Assistant Professor at the Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Porto and Researcher for the study “The Political Participation of Youth in Portugal”

Moderation:
José Tavares, Member of the Scientific Committee of the Gulbenkian Future Forum

15:55   Comments and questions from the audience

16:15   Coffee break

16:30   Panel 2 – Round table “Democracy and Young People Participation: Which Futures?”

José Tavares, Member of the Scientific Committee of the Gulbenkian Future Forum and Author of the Gulbenkian Brief: “Democracy, Participation and Pluralism: Which Futures?”

Alice Ramos, Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, and Consultant of the study “Young People in Portugal, Today” (Os Jovens em Portugal, Hoje), promoted by Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation

Isabel Menezes, Full Professor at the Department of Education Sciences, University of Porto, and Researcher of the Study on “The Political Participation of Youth in Portugal”, promoted by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Luís Lobo Xavier, Director of the Planning and Strategy Office and Coordinator of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Intergenerational Justice Initiative

Moderation:
Raquel Vaz-Pinto, Member of the Scientific Committee of the Gulbenkian Future Forum

17:10   Questions from the audience

17:30   Coffee Break

17:45   Panel 3 – Round Table “My Generation”, with Diana Duarte

Fredilson Melo, PhD Student in Biology at the Institute of Chemical and Biological Technology, Nova University Lisbon, under the Gulbenkian Science Institute Graduate Program Science for Development

Mário Amaro, Creator of the project Against Bias (Corta o Preconceito), winner of the Gulbenkian Challenge 25<25. Sports Technician at Lifeshaker, an Association that promotes the empowerment of young people through sports and education, with the support of the Gulbenkian Knowledge Academies

Rita Almeida, Communication Manager at the More Citizenship Association and founder of Youth Cluster, a volunteering and youth entrepreneurship platform awarded by the #Citizenship Project funded by the Gulbenkian Active Citizens Programme

Moderation:
Diana Duarte, Author and presenter of the Radio and TV Show “My Generation” (A Minha Geração)

18:45   Questions from the audience

19:00   Closure

José Tavares, Member of the Scientific Committee of the Gulbenkian Future Forum

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