“Science and Environment on display” seminar

“Science and Environment on display” will be the subject of discussion on June 13, at 2:00 pm, in the meeting room of the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Minho. The permanent seminars of Science with and for Society and of Communication and Diversity of the CECS organized a joint session that will count with the participation of the researchers Natália Melo and Ana Claudia Nepote.

Natália Melo will present the communication “Exhibitions on Climate Change in the Age of Anthropocene”. The concept of Anthropocene, a new geological epoch in which we would be living, was popularized by Paul Crutzen in the year 2000, during a conference in Mexico. While geologists continue to discuss whether there is indeed room for this new era and when it would have started, other areas have already appropriated the concept as a tool for study and reflection. This awareness may be mirrored in the many exhibitions on climate change and the Anthropocene – often connected themes – that have been around the world since the early 1990s. Natália Meno will start from the distribution of these expositions to analyze how they divide between art exhibitions and scientific exhibitions, and look more closely at the exhibition “Anthropocene: the era of global change”, which took place at the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales in Madrid in 2016 to discuss how climate change and Anthropocene are presented and related in a scientific exposition.

Natália Melo is a Ph.D. student in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Évora and has been working with science communication for the last ten years, half of which has been devoted to climate change and biodiversity. She holds a degree in Environmental Sciences from the Federal University of Pernambuco (Brazil) and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Citizenship and Participation from Universidade Aberta (Portugal).

Ana Claudia Nepote will present the communication “Museology of Ideas: sustainability and biodiversity as narrative axes”. In the context of a global environmental crisis and challenges to move towards more sustainable development, a group of academics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico developed an exhibition entitled “Producing and Conserving: Biodiversity and Sustainable Communities”, which was held at the University Sciences, Universum. The objective of the exhibition was to promote the visibility and appreciation of community experiences and collective management of the territory in southern Mexico, to maintain its viability and the ecosystems they inhabit. The exhibition addressed five models of production and sustainable management of tropical ecosystems. This case allows Ana Claudia Nepote to analyze the role of museological practices in environmental communication, as well as to understand the circulation of ideas and discourses around sustainability in Mexico.

Ana Claudia Nepote is a biologist from the University of Guadalajara (Mexico) and Ph.D. in Sustainability Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Since 2012, she has been an Associate Professor at the Morelia Unity Higher Studies School, where she teaches in Environmental Science and Sustainable Materials Science courses.

[Posted: 07-06-2019]