Conversations with different guests about Body, Science, Thought, Community, Sustainability, Imagination, in relation to Covid-19, moderated by Cláudia Galhós, Vítor Balenciano and the Generator team. The conversations are live on the YouTube channel of BoCA Bienal. Every Wednesday and Friday until at least the 30th of June.



JUN 24, 7pm: Gil Penha Lopes (biologist and researcher)
Moderator: Claudia Galhós

I was born and still living in Lisbon, Portugal, I am currently a father of a 3 years old girl, and I enjoy sailing and gardening.
I graduated in 2004 on Marine Biology at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL), with a training in aquaculture at Florida Institute of Technology (USA). In February 2009, I completed my PhD in Applied Ecology (Wastewater Wetlands) at FCUL in collaboration with Vrije Universiteit Brussel. In February 2009 I started a Post-Doc on ecosystem engineering modeling (in collaborating with Southern Denmark University) and in November 2011 I extended the focus of my Post-Doc topic into Integral Ecology, integrating cultural, socio-economic & policy dimensions. My intention was to find robust strategies that promote local sustainability and climate resilience, and I found CCIAM research group to best support and benefit from this research topic.
I participated in an European project to better understand local adaptation (BASE: and coordinated two Portuguese projects, one that aimed at elaborating Municipal Adaptation Strategies and promote local adaptation (ClimAdaPT.Local:, and another one (CATALISE) on mapping and understanding local integral innovation (social, ecological and economical). Currently I am working on “Bio(re)Design of technological, ecological and social-economic systems at local scales to improve human wellbeing”
Since 2013 that I lecture on the Climate Change and Sustainable Developmental Policies Doctoral Program of Lisbon University and have recently founded an European platform of Community-led initiatives towards a Sustainable Europe (ECOLISE:




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