25 de Outubro, 2014: Centro Champalimaud - DIA DA DELIBERAÇÃO

Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
Av. Brasília, Lisboa

das 14:00 às 19:30


Dia da Deliberação | Deliberation Day

25th of April 1974 represents a beautiful moment in Portuguese and world history. The sacrifices of many over the preceding years swept aside the oppressive governing system in an instance of peaceful and popular revolution, replacing it with a brief period of intense and unprecedented experimentation in Portuguese society. The word revolution itself means many things: the overthrow of a governing system by the governed; a radical change of any kind; or the completion of a cycle. All of these definitions apply to the Carnation Revolution.

Society itself, like revolution, is an unfolding process, an ongoing experiment that circumscribes our daily lives; and the impact of the Carnation revolution continues to press firmly on the trajectory of Portuguese society 40 years on. In the last centuries our knowledge of the principles governing the physical world and the human mind has revolutionised our culture and economy. Yet at this time of national and international crisis of leadership, we continue to use antiquated political systems. Despite their great potential, neither science nor technology have been sufficiently leveraged to guide the systems of governance that are our ongoing social experiment.

Join us on Saturday 25th of October at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown where with the help of insightful speakers and audience participation we will take advantage of our growing understanding of complex systems, collective and individual decision making, economics, and the exploding power of information technology. Together we will attempt to sidestep tired political rhetoric and ask: Given the current knowledge and technology at our disposal, how can we best govern our society?

The event will involve audience participation. For this we ask that as many people as possible bring a wi-fi enabled device (e.g. smartphone, tablet, laptop). More instructions will be given at the event!

Entrance is free and subject to availability. Ticket reservations must be done through our Eventbrite website. Reservations will be available October 20th (next Monday) at 1pm. Limited seats will be available to people without reservations on the event day on a first come, first served basis. People with reservations MUST arrive before 1.55pm on the day of the event. After that, tickets will be given for people without reservations. 

Live streaming will be available during the event at the following website:

Deliberation Day Schedule
  • 14h00 Opening 
  • 14h10 Introduction by Scott Rennie (Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, Centro Champalimaud, Portugal)
  • 14h30 André Freire (Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal)
  • 15h00 Audience activity 
  • 15h30 Darren Shreiber (Department of Political Science, University College San Diego, USA)
  • 16h00 Coffee-break 
  • 16h30 Audience activity 
  • 16h50Gonzalo Polavieja (Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, Centro Champalimaud, Portugal)
  • 17h20 Steve Keen (School of Economics History and Politics, Kingston University, UK)
  • 17h50 Luis Rocha (School of Informatics, Cognitive Science Program and The Biocomplexity Institute, Indiana University, USA)
  • 18h20 Coffee-break 
  • 18h40 Round table discussion moderated by journalist Rita Marrafa de Carvalho
  • 19h30 Closing
Scott Rennie grew up in Northern Ireland. After a masters in Evolutionary Psychology in Liverpool he joined the Behavioral Neuroscience Lab at the CNP, where he is pursuing a PhD examining the cognitive basis of social behaviour in rodents using an approach based on game theory.

Anna Hobbiss is a PhD student at the CNP. After growing up in north-west England, she studied genetics at the University of Cambridge before moving to Lisbon in 2009. Her work focuses on the relationship between neuronal structure and neuronal function, in particular studying the structural changes during homeostatic plasticity.

Catarina Ramos is a biologist from Aveiro. After an internship at Novartis in San Diego, she
went to Milan to study Hutington's disease as a GABBA PhD student. In 2008, she returned
to Portugal to study how neurons get their identity during development. After taking a Master in Science Communication, Catarina changed a bit gears and is now the coordinator
of the Science Communication Office at the CNP.

Francisco Esteves grew up in Lisbon, Portugal where he graduated in Biology at Faculdade
de Ciências. He later pursued his doctoral studies under Professor Bier at UCSD studying the evolution of nervous systems. He is currently at the Neuroethology Lab at CNP, where he studies the neural basis of reproductive behaviors under the guidance of Dr. Susana Lima."

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