Keynote Speaker

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Vasco Gaspar


15:30 - 17:00

With a background in Psychology from the University of Coimbra, he is the author of the book “Aqui e Agora – Mindfulness”. He works globally as a facilitator, author and speaker in the areas of conscious leadership and human flourishing, primarily in the corporate sector, having trained over 30,000 people all over the world. His main interest at the moment is in the integration of different approaches based on “awareness”, such as Mindfulness, Heartfulness or Presencing in the service of a Greater Good. He is certified by several world-renowned institutes such as the Presencing Institute, the Heartfulness Institute or the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, also representing them at an official level in various international projects (eg United Nations, corporate clients, etc.). With his presence and service all over the world, he holds the intention to inspire change and transformation towards a more humane and compassionate world for all.

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For me, caring is everything that brings me closer to my essence/basic sanity and that from this deeper place then allows me to act in the world that is more consistent and aligned with a greater good

Speakers at the opening session


10:00 - 11:30

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Júlia Seixas

Pro-rector for Sustainability at NOVA University Lisbon, coordinating the platform NOVA 4 The Globe and the field for sustainability since November 2021. She is Associate Professor with Aggregation at NOVA School of Science and Technology (FCT NOVA) of NOVA University Lisbon and integrated member of CENSE. She was Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering from 2017 – 2022. As a contributing scientist to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), she received recognition for the Nobel Peace Prize from the Nobel Foundation in 2007. She is passionate about mentoring young people for climate action and sustainability.

Caring is important because it forces us to think about the other and the value of our actions. For me to take care is to think in advance about the consequences of my decisions, for example the impact that the consumer goods I buy can have on the degradation of the Planet and on the unworthy work of disadvantaged populations

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Olivia Bina

Olivia Bina is a Research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS) at University of Lisbon, a Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science (WAAS). She holds a Masters and PhD in Geography from Cambridge University, and a Political Science degree from Universitá Statale di Milano. Olivia has a longstanding interest in understanding our changing relationship with nature, and how that relates to the many challenges facing the 21st century. She works through the lens of environmental governance, sustainable futures and transition/transformation theories, searching for worldviews and pathways that can balance our dependence on ‘ever smarter’ growth and technology with a rediscovery of the unlimited potential of thriving life (human and other), and of connectedness.

Caring reminds me of a circle: caring for humans and caring for Nature is one and the same thing. The lack of care towards other humans is entangled with the lack of care for Nature

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Kristian Stålne

Kristian Stålne, PhD, is a senior lecturer at Malmö University and leading the research at the Inner Development Goals initiative.

I care about how we may expand our collective ability to care about wider circles

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Olga Cunha

Psychologist at the Psychology, Inclusion and Equality Services at NOVA FCSH and Coordinator of the Personal Development and Social Inclusion Office (FCSH).

Caring is important because it allows us to establish affection with ourselves, with others and with the planet on which we live

Workshops and sharing activities

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Allan Sousa

Authentic Communication Workshop

for everyone who's interested


14:30 - 17:00

for teachers and educators


10:00 - 12:30

A former student at FCT NOVA, holding a degree in Civil Engineering, he left the area of ​​bridges to now help build bridges with people.

In 2011, he co-founded Oxigénio with the aim to help individuals and organizations in their transformation process.

He works with organizations to rethink their structures in order for them to become places that are more conscious, more human, more collaborative and more connected to the planet.

His work is centered on people and their relationships. He believes in collective intelligence to co-create true innovation. He is dedicated to teaching and facilitating processes of human development, emotional intelligence and collective intelligence.

Recently he is co-founder of Digital Nomads Caparica whose mission is to create a vibrant collaborative community in the territory where he lives. He has dedicated himself for the last 11 years to training people and teams in the areas of emotional training, authentic communication and collaboration through courses, group mentorships and personal development retreats.

Relationship care is for me one of the key pillars for a sustainable and healthy economy where all win – people and planet

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Team Tools for Good

Workshop The Climate Fresk


09:30 - 12:30

Tools for good was born out of one person’s desire and ambition to empower others, businesses and organisations through workshops and training. We aim to bring tools and knowledge into the mainstream, to accelerate the transition to sustainability and to be increasingly working towards regeneration.

For tools for good, caring means valuing. Not taking care of our friendships, our food or the use we make of our time means not valuing them. Conversely, if we learned to value the incredible and complex interactions that continually generate life and abundance on this planet, we would take better care of it: let’s do it!?

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Filipe Alves

“É p’ra amanhã” / Sharing circle


13:30 - 15:15

Currently a PhD candidate on the PhD Program of Policies for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Filipe has been working as a researcher in several European action-research projects such as BASE, SIRCLE and GO TO DIVERS. He was also a co-founder of several associations and cooperatives such as Biovilla, Coopérnico, ECOLUTION and Conexão Lusófona. Research areas range from social entrepreneurship, to ecological economics, complementary currencies and participatory action-research.

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Salomé Areias

SwapMarket / É p’ra amanhã and Sharing circle



12:00 - 15:00


11:00 - 15:00

É p’ra amanhã and Sharing circle


13:30 - 15:15

Salomé is an activist passionate about fashion consumer behaviour. She has been digging deeper into sustainability since she founded Fashion Revolution in Portugal in 2014. Practicing psychoanalysis since then, she develops today a PhD research at CENSE (FCT, NOVA) on how oneness (a self-transcendent state of unity with all existence, typically reported by meditators) impacts consumption reduction among generation Z.

Exhibition of the project “Transition Point”

during the whole week

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Katherine Mahoney

Katherine has a degree in Environmental Management and a Master’s in Environment and Public Policy. She graduated in the UK from Manchester Metropolitan University and Cranfield University. After her Master’s, Katherine worked for two years on an energy efficiency project in homes in the UK. Since 2018, Katherine has been working as a researcher at CENSE, FCT-NOVA and started her PhD in environment and sustainability in early 2020 with a focus on the interaction of the political agendas of climate change, the energy transition and the energy poverty.

For me, the concept of caring is a better understanding of the connections between human beings and the planet we are dealing with, always with the awareness that damage to the planet means damage to our own physical and mental health, with the result that we try each time work and live within the limits of the planet

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Pedro Palma

Pedro has been an environmental engineer and researcher at CENSE since May 2017, developing topics such as energy efficiency, decarbonization and cost effectiveness of residential building renovation, and assessment of energy poverty levels in Portugal. He is currently a PhD student in environment and sustainability, exploring the analysis of energy poverty at different spatial scales and for future scenarios.

For me, caring is being present, physically and emotionally, looking and listening with sensitivity and empathy, respect and understanding, and with brotherly love, give without expecting to receive

Miguel Macias Sequeira

Miguel is an environmental engineer and a PhD student in environment and sustainability at CENSE, currently investigating the role of hard-to-reach energy consumers for a fair and sustainable energy transition sustainable, with a focus on actions at a local scale in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area. Miguel is one of the ambassadors of the European Climate Pact and is an activist in the Local Partnership of Telheiras and in GEOTA.

I take care of myself when I allow myself to be absorbed by the people and nature around me, I take care of the planet when I try to contribute to a better future

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João Pedro Gouveia

João Pedro Gouveia is an Environmental Engineer with a PhD in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies. He is a Researcher and Integrated Member at CENSE (Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research) and Invited Professor at NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University of Lisbon. For more than a decade, he has been dedicated to research in energy and climate change, currently coordinating activities in national and international projects in energy efficiency of buildings and energy poverty, sustainable cities and vulnerability and adaptation of energy systems to global warming. He is also part of the European Commission’s EPAH (Energy Poverty Advisory Hub) coordination team.
Caring has been our priority in multiple projects, helping the most vulnerable people in the energy sector and improving the comfort conditions of their homes.

Holistic and embodied practices

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Tânia Simões



12:00 - 13:00


08:30 - 09:30

Tânia started her Yoga practice at age 18 when a friend took her to try it. From the beginning, she realized the enormous potential that the practice of Yoga offers in terms of health and beyond.

In 2014, after becoming a mother, this time in response to her 6-year-old daughter’s challenge, she decided to train as a Yoga Teacher at the Yoga Spirit studio with Professor Jean-Pierre de Oliveira. Her classes convey a style of Yoga accessible to everyone and applicable to our daily lives, focusing on alignments that make postures safe and adapted to those who have no experience with the practice of Yoga.

She works at FCT NOVA in the management of Incoming mobility students’ processes.

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Inês Águas

Mindfulness Practices, representative of Conhecer-se and MP4S

Mindfulness Practices


15:00 - 16:00



09:00 - 09:30

Translator/Interpreter, co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the association Conhecer-se, certified trainer (Mindfulness Training Institute) and member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, has been facilitating Mindfulness programs and practices since 2013 in various contexts. She is a co-coordinating member in the European project Eramus+ about Mindfulness in Higher Education (MP4S).

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Carolina Mello

Deep Time Walk


16:30 - 18:30

Carolina is a biologist interested in increasing people’s connection with nature, through the lenses of deep ecology. She is now doing her PhD in Environment and Sustainability at CENSE and her research focuses on transformative learning in Higher Education Institutions, rethinking structures and practices to increase personal and planetary wellbeing.
To care is to honor our needs, while respecting other’s limits, so that we all learn to live in harmony. A caring university is the one that offers space and opportunity for people to care for each other and for all other living elements, turning the campus into a place where we feel well

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Antje Disterheft

Deep Time Walk


16:30 - 18:30

Antje is a post doctoral researcher and integrated member at CENSE and interested in transformative approaches. Her research focuses on capacity building and new approaches to collaboration and co-creation for sustainability in Higher Education Institutions. She is the founder of the CareLab for People and Planet, where transformative processes for a caring university are explored. She is coordinator of the Care-full Sustainability Campus Days

For me, caring is about appreciating and valuing life – human and other-than-human – for it to be able to flourish on this astonishing planet.


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Marta Borges & Pedro Borges

Os Improváveis


10:00 - 11:30

opening session

OS IMPROVÁVEIS is a professional group specialized in Improvisation Theatre, based in Lisbon (Portugal), dedicated to research, creation, performance and teaching of the art of Improvisation, in the artistic and business universe. Recognized for their originality, spontaneous creative ability and for the positive relationship they create with the general public, agencies and large clients, they have an assiduous presence on national stages and in the major world events of the specialty (Chicago, NY, Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam, Italy , etc), where they perform and teach improvisers from different countries.

Good begets good

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Pedro Palma

Beyond the research, Pedro likes to develop poetry and prepares a piece for the opening session.
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Isabel Nobre

Isabel has a master’s in mathematics and is a great enthusiast for drawing and illustration, having participated in several exhibitions and illustrated a comic. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Environment and Sustainability at CENSE and her research focuses on the study of the use of artificial intelligence tools in promoting sustainable agriculture. She will do the graphical recording during the event.

For me, caring starts with valuing ourselves, others, and our planet

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Lídia Lins & band


17:30 - 18:30

Lídia Lins, Greg with Peace, and Rui Aires play original and shamanic medicine songs inspired by the indigenous tribes of the Amazon and by Lidia’s own journey of connecting body and mind.

Listen here to Lídia Lins’ music.

For me, taking care of my well-being means taking care of the whole