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The Bioengineering – One Health Alliance in 2050: A One-Day Voyage into the Future

2050 is just around the corner. Organizations and scientific experts have been predicting what the world will look like in 2050. Said predictions have addressed a variety of topics like demographic trends, the health impact of ageing, infectious diseases, food availability and quality, and digital technologies.

Bioengineering is a cross-cutting area that interfaces with several scientific domains. Addressing the current global challenges requires an interdisciplinary approach, involving social sciences, ethics, biology, medicine, and engineering. However, the dialogue between experts from different areas is still lacking considering the magnitude and complexity of said challenges.

The symposium “The Bioengineering – One Health Alliance in 2050: A One-Day Voyage into the Future” aims to explore these issues, breaking artificial boundaries between scientific domains, and adopting the concept of One Health, perceived as the holistic view on Health, in its components of Human Health, Animal Health and Environmental Health.

The meeting will address four major societal challenges, structured in four panels. Each panel will be moderated by a science journalist and a summary of the discussion will be presented by Rapporteurs at the closing session. Based on the work of the Rapporteurs, a White Paper will later be published and presented to a wider audience, thus fostering public engagement.


Check HERE the event's booklet. 



8:30 - 9:00 Welcoming of participants

9:00 - 9:30 Opening session: Bioengineering, an ally of the One Health approach

9:30 - 11:00 Ageing: Living longer, healthier and socially active
Chair: Lino Ferreira (University of Coimbra)
Moderator: Teresa Firmino (Jornal Público)
Rapporteurs: Júlio B Santos (i3S) and Begoña Cabezas

Guest Speakers:

Teresa Rodrigues (Nova University Lisbon) Demographics of ageing

Elsa Logarinho (Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde) Senotherapy for health span extension

Jennifer Elisseeff (Johns Hopkins University) Regenerative immunology

Tiago Outeiro (University Medical Center Göttingen) Challenging the brain: ageing and neurodegeneration

11:00 - 11:30 Break

11:30 - 13:00 Infectious diseases: anticipating, preventing and treating
Chair: Fabíola Costa (SWORD Health)
Moderator: António Granado (Nova University Lisbon)
Rapporteur: Joana Coelho (INESC TEC)

Guest Speakers:

Aurora Teixeira (FEP-University of Porto) Social inequality in access to information and medical care

Rogério Gaspar (WHO) Preparedness and response in a pandemic: how COVID-19 changed the future of regulatory reliance and convergence in anticipation of future public health threats

Maria João Amorim (Gulbenkian Science Institute) Viral challenges

Raquel Duarte (ICBAS - University of Porto) Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch

14:30 - 16:00 Digital Health: improving healthcare
Chair: Daniel Vasconcelos (INESC TEC)
Moderator: Vanessa Ribeiro Rodrigues (Jornal Observador)
Rapporteur: Isabel Lourinho (ICBAS)

Guest Speakers:

Harro van Lente (Maastricht University) Sociology of expectations

Ana Sofia Carvalho (ICBAS - University of Porto) Paradigm shifts in bioethics involved in digital health

Fernando Correia (SWORD Health) How digital health is changing us?

Carme Carrion Ribas (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) To be announced

16:00 - 16:30 Break

16:30 - 18:00 Food: striving for environmental sustainability and safety
Chair: Eduardo Silva (University of California, Davis)
Moderator: Andreia Azevedo Soares (Jornal Público)
Rapporteurs: Bárbara Silva (ICBAS) and Sara Amaral (CNC)

Guest Speakers:

Tiago Santos Pereira (Centre for Social Studies; University of Coimbra) Sociotechnical imaginaries for the food sector: Engaging societal visions with science and technology innovations.

João Pedro Conde (INESC MN; University of Lisbon) Biosensors for food safety

Luísa Valente (CIIMAR; ICBAS - University of Porto) New sustainable protein sources

Joana Silva (Catholic University of Portugal) Impact of economic policies in employment, well-being and social inequality

18:00 - 18:30 Closing session: Messages in a bottle for the journey - The kick-off for the White Paper







  • Start

    27th October 2022
  • Start Hour

  • City

  • Country

  • End

    27th October 2022
  • End Hour

  • Local

    Hall of Biodiversity – Ciência Viva Center
  • Address

    Rua do Campo Alegre 1191