Science and Technology Week 2019

Técnico - Alameda campus

The Técnico museums will join the 2019 Science and Technology Week offering a wide range of activities that require prior registration.

From 24th to 30th November, during the 2019 Science and Technology Week, scientific institutions, universities, schools and museums will open doors, providing the public with opportunities for scientific observation and personal contact with experts from different fields of knowledge.

The Técnico museums will join this initiative from 25th to 27th November, 14:00-20:00, with the following programme:

25th November

– 40th anniversary Walkman | Exhibition

Professor Moisés Piedade will exhibit his magnificent Walkman collection at Faraday museum (PDF, 697KB).

The Walkman is considered one of the devices that most influenced the behaviour of people in modern societies. Sony TPS-L2 was the first portable music player. It was introduced in Japan in 1979. A year after its release, in 1980, this device was introduced in the United States of America, where it earned the designation that still stands today. It was, however, from 1987 to 1997 that the Walkman reached a resounding popularity and became eternalized in history.

– “Lithium Resources in Portugal – current perspectives” | Debate

The IST Geosciences Museums will promote this debate as follows:

(1) Lecture and discussion of the topic with some team’s researchers, highlighting the work already published and future perspectives;
(2) Visit to laboratories – IST LAMPIST and GEOLAB
(3) Presentation and visit to IST Geosciences museums (Décio Thadeu Museum and Alfredo Bensaude Museum), where typical Portuguese mineralization can be found.

Portugal has important ore reserves, located in the North and Center. This is a very important resource given the increasing interest in lithium and its compounds. The most widely uses of lithium refer to technologies in the energy and mobility sector, namely its applications in batteries production. Alongside this reality, and in order to value ore reserves, a group of researchers from Instituto Superior Técnico and LNEG has been developing alternative solutions for the extraction of lithium from natural resources and anthropogenic sources such as waste.

• 26th November

– “Rede Crystalline, 26 Years of Crystal Science Disclosure” | Lecture

The Civil Engineering Museum will host a lecture on crystals and the evolution of their study by Clementina Teixeira, retired professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST).

The growth of “On the Rocks” crystals, stimulated by rough surfaces (rocks and shells) was started at IST in 1993, spreading throughout the country with the commercialization of didactic material, teacher training and the dissemination of Chemistry as Central science in schools and the general public (Ciência Viva projects, 1996-2013).
In 1997 filming / photography of chemical reactions to the stereoscopic magnifying glass by chemical microscopy was integrated into the project, which already included crystallization and crystal visualization. The spectacular results obtained allowed highlighting the aesthetic component of Chemistry, extending the project to the areas of Visual Education, Art and Design (painting, scientific photography, sculpture, graphic design, mathematical symmetries).
From 2009, with the project “21st Century Artisans” (microscopy applied to the Environment Study) the connection to Art was reinforced with collaborations in panoramic photography, decorative pattern design in a Digital Art component. From 2011 on the social network Facebook allowed to establish collaboration with renowned artists such as Duma Arantes, DDiArte, Cristina Rodrigues and the Dutch painters of contemporary realism Poen de Wijs and Jantina Peperkamp.

• 27th November

– “Talk with the Scientist and Geologist Carla Rocha” | Lecture/Workshop

The Civil Engineering museum will host a talk with Carla Rocha, who will explain how electric current helps us find water in the underworld, how to deploy wind turbines. The geologist will also talk about contamination feathers, Roman ruins and artifacts.
This activity includes a visit to Civil Engineering museum and Faraday Museum.

Attendance is free but all activities require prior registration. | Programme

More information and registrations:
Técnico Museums – Educational Services
Tel. 218 419 342