INESC-ID celebrates the 24th anniversary of Pavilhão do Conhecimento
INESC-ID marked the 24th anniversary of Pavilhão do Conhecimento (the “Knowledge Pavilion”) in style, on 25 July 2023, by organizing an engaging science outreach activity on computational biology titled “Digital Biology.” The event took place at the iconic science museum, known for promoting interactive and educational experiences for visitors of all ages. As part of the celebration, INESC-ID showcased the cutting-edge advancements in the field of computational biology and its implications for the future of healthcare and life sciences.
During the “Digital Biology” activity, INESC-ID researchers Ana Rita Baião, Rui Henriques and João Tiago Aparicio enthusiastically engaged with over 200 members of the public, including children and families, fostering a deeper understanding of how computational methods are revolutionizing the study of biological systems. Visitors were introduced to the fascinating world of genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics, where massive datasets are analyzed using powerful algorithms and artificial intelligence. Through an interactive demonstration where mutated DNA strands were fished out of a “gene pool”, participants had the opportunity to experience first-hand the techniques employed in modern-day biological research.
The event not only highlighted the significance of computational biology in advancing scientific knowledge but also emphasized its crucial role in addressing real-world challenges. Researchers from INESC-ID showcased how computational approaches are aiding in drug discovery, personalized medicine, and understanding complex diseases. Visitors were left inspired by the vast potential of “Digital Biology” to improve human health and the environment.
Ana Rita Baião, a PhD student at INESC-ID and the OLISSIPO Horizon 2020 project, expressed her delight at the overwhelming response from the public and emphasized the importance of science outreach activities in bridging the gap between researchers and the community. The 24th-anniversary celebration of Pavilhão do Conhecimento served as a perfect platform for INESC-ID to share its groundbreaking work and inspire the next generation of scientists and innovators.
In conclusion, the “Digital Biology” science outreach activity organized by INESC-ID at the 24th-anniversary celebration of Pavilhão do Conhecimento in Lisbon was a resounding success. The event provided an excellent opportunity for the public to delve into the fascinating world of computational biology and witness the incredible impact of this interdisciplinary field on scientific research and healthcare. As INESC-ID continues to push the boundaries of knowledge, events like these play a vital role in fostering a culture of scientific curiosity and collaboration, ultimately shaping a brighter future for science and society.
INESC Lisboa 2023 Annual Meeting
On November 3rd will take place the first Meeting of INESC Lx, a consortium of the INESC institutions based in Lisbon: INESC-ID, INOV and INESC MN.
The event will take place at Hotel Golf Mar, in Vimeiro, giving all the participants the opportunity to discuss and share the work being developed at INESC Lx. The agenda includes in the Opening Session the President of the Commission for Regional Development and Coordination of Lisbon and Tagus Valley (CCDR LVT), Teresa Almeida and in the Closing Session the Portuguese Minister of Economy, António da Costa Silva.
If you are a member of INESC Lx you can register here by September 29th.
About INESC Lisboa
INESC Lisboa is a unique research consortium in Portugal, representing INESC-ID, INESC MN and INOV, research institutions in the areas of computer science, electronics and computer engineering, and physics engineering in Lisbon. Its mission is to facilitate synergies among the institutes to promote the Research, Development, and Innovation (R&D+i) made in Portugal.
ER 2023 in Lisbon between November 6-9
This year’s edition of the International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2023) will be held between November 6 and 9 in Lisbon, at the Congress Center of the Instituto Superior Técnico (Alameda Campus)
ER 2023 is the main international forum for discussing the state of the art, emerging issues, and future challenges in research and practice on conceptual modeling.
Topics of interest span the entire spectrum of conceptual modeling, including research and practice in areas such as theories of concepts and ontologies, techniques for transforming conceptual models into effective implementations, and methods and tools for developing and communicating conceptual models.
The event is being jointly organized by INESC-ID, Instituto Superior Técnico and University of Twente.
- Daniel Jackson, “Software Design, Concepts and AI”
- Maurizio Lenzerini, “Conceptual Modeling and Knowledge Representation: a journey from Data Modeling to Knowledge Graphs”
- Walid S. Saba, “Reverse Engineering of Language at Scale: Towards Symbolic and Explainable Large Language Models”
- Catia Pesquita, “True or False? The impact of negative knowledge in biomedical artificial intelligence”
More on ER 2023 Website.
OLISSIPO Workshop: “Metabolism and mathematical models: Two for a tango”
The 3rd Edition of the workshop “Metabolism and mathematical models: Two for a tango” will take place online on November 14-15, 2023.
The topic of the workshop is metabolism in general. As in the previous cases, a special focus will be placed on parasitology. Besides an exploration of the biological, biochemical and biomedical aspects of metabolism, the workshop will also aim at presenting some of the mathematical modelling, algorithmic theory and software development that have become crucial to explore such aspects.
More details will soon be provided but initial information may be already found here.
- Barbara Bakker (Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
- Igor Cestari (Institute of Parasitology, McGill University, Montréal, Canada)
- Vassily Hatzimanikatis (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland)
- Steffen Klamt (Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg, Germany)
- Ina Koch (Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
- Laura-Isobel McCall (San Diego State University, US)
Besides the talks given by the above Keynote speakers, there will be two sessions, one per day, of 30 minutes each, dedicated to a discussion of some specific open questions. More details on these will be provided very soon.The workshop will take place in the afternoons, from 2pm to 5:30pm CET time.