The new reality: what reflections can we learn from a pandemic?

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The pandemic has changed our reality, bringing uncertainty to our lives. At the same time, by restricting our mobility, the pandemic has brought some positive changes. Around the world, and most certainly in big cities, environmental changes can be readily observed. These changes lead us to reflect on the future we want to live in.

In this session we will address the consequences of human impact on ecosystems, namely at the origin of pandemic, and discuss how we can take inspiration from pandemic times to build a healthier and more sustainable future.


Conference Program

Moderated by de Raquel Gomes, Coordinator of “Ciência + Cidadã” Program at IGC, ITQB NOVA and Oeiras City Council

Lounès Chikhi, Principal Investigator at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência and at the Center National de la Recherche Scientifique in Toulouse
Helena Freitas, Professor at the Department of Life Sciences of the University of Coimbra, Coordinator of the Center for Functional Ecology
Cristina Branquinho, Professor at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Researcher at the Center for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes
Andreia Barbosa, Manager at Circular Economy Portugal – CEP



This three-session cycle will explore the connection between science and society as a fundamental tool to overcome the  Covid-19 crisis and to build a new reality. In the exceptional times that we are living through, that connection is clearer than ever. And indeed, it shall be thanks to science, vaccines, and mathematical models, as well as to the behavior of citizens and the decisions of our politicians, that we will overcome this pandemic.


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