LIGHT, FROM THE EARTH TO THE STARS#

A Multidisciplinary workshop organized by Academia Europaea Barcelona Knowledge Hub and Ciência Viva, the Portuguese Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture, to commemorate the United Nations’ International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015). The event is also supported by the Academia Europaea 2015 Hubert Curien Fund.#


Venue: Pavilhão do Conhecimento (Pavilion of Knowledge) – Ciência Viva, Alameda dos Oceanos, 1990-223 Lisboa, Portugal. Map link
Date: July 2-3, 2015
Coordinated by: Rosalia Vargas, Ciência Viva, and Ricard Guerrero, BKH-AE
Event website

The programme includes several topics, from the structure of matter to the early development of life on Earth, and the connections between light and art. Radiation and the electromagnetic spectrum, the arrival of light to the Earth, the relationship between light and symbiosis, and optoelectronics will be some of the topics addressed by a multidisciplinary group of speakers. The meeting will be divided into five sections: Cosmic Light, Light and Technology, Light and Life, the Light of History, and Light and Art.

The Workshop will also include a homage to Prof. José Mariano Gago (1948-2015), a reception at the City Council on July 2, and a piano concert with a light show at the Pavilhão do Conhecimento on July 3.

Registration#

Free entrance but online registration required: http://www.pavconhecimento.pt/visite-nos/programacao/detalhe.asp?id_obj=3388

LIFE FROM LIGHT, LIGHT FOR LIFE, essay by Ricard Guerrero, Mercedes Berlanga, Rubén Duro, Barcelona Knowledge Hub – Academia Europaea, and Rosalia Vargas, Ana Noronha, Ciência Viva, Portugal.#

PROGRAMME#

July 2, 2015 (Thursday)#

09:30 Registration

10:00 Opening: THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF LIGHT AND LIGHT-BASED TECHNOLOGIES 2015
Fernando Medina, Mayor of Lisbon
Denis Weaire, FRS, Academia Europaea
Carlos Fiolhais, President of Portuguese Committee for IYL 2015
Ana Martinho, Presidente da Comissão Nacional da UNESCO

10:30 Hommage to José Mariano Gago (1948 - 2015)
Rosalia Vargas, Ciência Viva

11:00 Break

11:30 Inaugural Lecture: PHOTON, THE PARTICLE OF LIFE, AND HER COUSINS
Álvaro de Rújula, CERN, AE

COSMIC LIGHT#

12:30 Panel: THE NIGHT SKY, AND HIPPARCOS PROJECT

Unique to Europe was the very first space mission for measuring the positions, distances, motions, brightness and colours of stars. ESA's Hipparcos satellite pinpointed more than 100 000 stars, 200 times more accurately than ever before. The primary product from this pioneering and successful mission was a set of stellar catalogues, The Hipparcos and Tycho Catalogues, published by ESA in 1997.
Pedro Russo, coordinator of the IYA2009, University of Leiden | The Next Light Wave: why too much light is an issue for astronomy
André Moitinho, University of Lisbon | 3D visualization of stars and galaxies from Hipparcos to Gaia

13:30 Break for lunch

LIGHT AND TECHNOLOGY#

15:00 Panel: HARNESSING THE POWER OF LIGHT

Leds, Oleds, cheaper solar cells, will change the way we illuminate our homes and life in developing countries.
Adélio Mendes, University of Porto | Direct conversion of sunlight into usefull energy: a whole new world
Guilherme Carrilho da Graça, University of Lisbon | Sustainable architecture
António Sá da Costa, APREN – Associação Portuguesa das Energias Renováveis | Renewable energies: solar and wind energies

16:30 Panel: FROM HEALTH TO SATELLITES, FROM BRIDGES TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS, OPTOELECTRONICS IS THERE FOR YOU

Optoelectronics is widely used in applications, from health to building, from telecommunications to space industry
Miguel Castelo-Branco, Instituto de Ciências Nucleares Aplicadas à Saúde, Coimbra | Health Sciences
Paulo André (IT) Optical communications
Luís Ferreira, HBM FiberSensing, S.A. | Fiber optic sensors for the real world
Ricardo Mendes, Tekever | Technology for high precision flight of satellites in the ESA Proba-3 project

18:00 End of the sessions

19:30 Reception at Lisbon City Hall

July 3, 2015 (Friday)#

LIGHT AND LIFE#

10:00 Key- Note Lecture: THE FAINT SUN AND THE BRIGHT MOON: EARLY DEVELOPMENT OF LIFE ON EARTH Ricardo Guerrero (BKH-AE)

11:00 Break

11:30 Panel: LIGHT AND SYMBIOSIS: LIFE AFTER THE PHOTOSYNTHESIS

Cyanobacteria evolved into harnessing light to generate their own energy and later, by several endosymbiotic processes, the cloroplast emerged. Life on Earth would never be the same again: a “toxic” gas emerged and invaded the atmosphere, and almost annihilated the whole incipient biosphere. This gas was oxygen, without which we all would not be here.
José Feijó, University of Maryland, USA
José Matos, Portuguese Committee for IYL 2015, Portuguese Association of Biologists and INIAV | Feeding the Biosphere
Ricardo Guerrero, Barcelona Knowledge Hub-Academia Europaea

13:00 Break for lunch

14:30 Key-note lecture: LIGHT IN ANIMAL COMMUNICATION AND BIOLUMINISCENCE
Anna Omedes, Natural Sciences Museum of Barcelona

15:15 Panel: LIFE FROM LIGHT, LIGHT FOR LIFE. IN REMEMBRANCE OF LYNN MARGULIS (1938-2011)
Exhibition of the documentary film specially made for this occasion on behalf of the Academia Europaea.
Director: Rubén Duro

15:45 Debate: HOW TO TRANSMIT SCIENCE TO SOCIETY

Rosalia Vargas (Ciência Viva) (Coordinator)
Anna Omedes, Natural Sciences Museum of Barcelona (Coordinator)
Rubén Duro, Director of the film
Carmen Chica, Centre for Microbiological Research

IN THE LIGHT OF HISTORY#

16:30 Key-note: THE BIRTH OF OPTICS: IBN AL-HAZEN, ONE THOUSAND YEARS AFTER
Mònica Rius, University of Barcelona

17:30 Break

LIGHT AND ART#

18:00 Debate: LIGHT AND ART

How light inspires art and how some forms of art are made of light.
João Paulo André, Chemistry Department, University of Minho
Clara Azevedo, Photographer
João Tiago Aguiar, Architect
João Ribeiro, Cinematographer (tbc)
João Botelho, Film Director
Pedro Cabrita Reis, Plastic artist (tbd)

19:30 Cocktail and Light Show


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