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Research Center on Information Technologies and Participatory Democracy

logo "The Center has as its primary objectives to foster citizenship, protect our heritage and the environment, studying and promoting processes of participatory democracy, especially through the research and development of new information technologies and political, administrative and planning frameworks that facilitate these processes" (from CITIDEP Constitution).
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EuroLifeNet

Int.Cooperation

Sabor-Coa Project

PPIT Book published

Mtg.Internet in Schools

ICPPIT03 MIT

Air: P.E.O.P.L.E.

Citizenship in ESPN

BNT Book published

Colloq. BNT a success
Updated 16 December 2015



Activities:

[News] [Summary] [History] [Research Projs] [Original Plan (1995)]

News:

  • CPLP On 2015/11/27 took place a presentation at CPLP by the Coordinator of the e-Planning Consortium Secretariat, Professor Pedro Ferraz de Abreu, invited by the CPLP General-Director, following the decision of formal institutional sponsorship to e-Planning Lab Proposal for a Green Book on Cohesion and Inclusion within the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries.

  • Education & e-Citizenship: On July 3, 2015, took place at FC-UL the PhD Thesis Defense of CITIDEP researcher Tania Fonseca, "e-Literacy, schools and municipalities towards a common goal: e-citizenship". A demanding Jury, with faculty from education sciences, statistics, e-planning, computer eng. urban planning and political sociology, questioned thoroughly this truly multidisciplinary thesis research. Tania Fonseca was up to the difficult challenge and was awarded the Joint Degree of PhD in e-Planning, by the University of Lisbon, the New University of Lisbon and the University of Aveiro. The thesis advisor and co-advisor were, respectively, Professors Pedro Ferraz de Abreu and John Potter. CITIDEP joins the community congratulating our colleague. [Tania with Juri ] [Tania with Advisor and co-Advisor ]

  • Political Public Participation: Between May and November 2015, members of CITIDEP GRPP (Group for Political Research, Reflection and Production) engaged in several political participation activities, concerning the situation in Greece and the Portuguese legislative elections [disclaimer: while CITIDEP promotes and welcomes "Research & Action" methods, any political stands / opinions expressed by GRPP members only represent their individual opinions and do not represent CITIDEP views]

  • e-Planning - Brasil: The Presidents of Instituto Brasileiro de Informação Ciência e Tecnologia (IBICT - an Institute from the Ministry of Science & Technology of Brasil) and CITIDEP, Cecilia Leite and Pedro Ferraz de Abreu, signed a Protocol, to extend cooperation within the e-Planning Consortium.

  • e-Planning - Brasil: A delegation from FCA-UNICAMP (Univ. Campinas, Brasil) is visiting for a stay at the e-Planning Lab (campus FCUL), December 2014, with the objective of consolidating cooperation within a renovated " e-Planning Consortium ".

  • e-Planning - Brasil: Took place during May 2014 an e-Planning mission trip in Brasil, headed by Pedro Ferraz de Abreu, Prof. Catedratico Conv. FC-UL, Heliomar Lima, pos-doc Researcher, FC-UL and Rossana Moura, e-Planning PhD candidate at FC-UL. With several meetings, talks and other events in Fortaleza, Campinas, Rio de Janeiro e Brasilia. More info at the site [eplanning.fc.ul.pt]

  • european union: Took place on 23 April 2014, Porto (auditório CCDRN) the first of a series of important debates on european policies.
    FC-UL, in cooperation with ICS-UL and CITIDEP, was recently selected by the Center for European Information Jacques Delors (CIEJD), Direção-Geral dos Assuntos Europeus / Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros, to conduct an Opinion Study, Debates and Dissemination "European Union: sustainability and efficient use of resources".[site]

  • e-Planning: Took place on the 28th February 2014 the "Jornadas e-Planning 2014", at Faculdade de Ciencias , University of Lisboa, with the participation of EURALO/ICANN, Unicamp (Brasil), MIT-DUSP (USA), and several portuguese Universities (UA, UNL, UL). The Keynote was delivered by Prof. Joseph Ferreira Jr., MIT.
    CITIDEP is a member of the "e-Planning Consortium", and represents the core team for the network of Living Labs of Technology for Society. [Site Jornadas] [site e-Planning] [LabTec TS]

  • labtec-ts: Took place at 9 December 2013, the 2a "open house" of the campus of Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa (FC-UL), for the Network of Labs for Technology % Society (e-Planning). Besides the usual informal interaction between professors, researchers, students and civil society, were presented the projects "Territorios Digitais" (Digital Territories, Brasil) and "Zappiens" (Portugal & Brasil). [program] [labtec site]

  • publishing: It was recently formalized the constitution of "CITIDEP PRESS" (ISSN: 989-98661), with an international editorial board . 3 books are already in the pipeline for publication, in portuguese and english. [site] [local mirror]

  • labtec-cs: Took place on the 16 April 2013, the "open house" for the new campus at the Faculdade de Ciencias, University of Lisboa (FC-UL), of the Network of Labs of Technology for Society (e-Planning). [labtec site]

  • e-Planning: Took place on the 28th September 2012, Univ. Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, the Seminar "La ville connectée - Quels usages, quelles limites?", organized by JINU, Junior conseil pour l'Innovation Urbaine. CITIDEP guest speakers were: Prof. Valérie Aillaud (IFU, CITIDEP-France), on "Les TIC, le monde de l'entreprise et le monde de l'enseignement", and Prof. Pedro Ferraz de Abreu (UTL and CITIDEP President) on "Les enjeux et les limites de la démocratie participative via les TIC". [program]

  • e-Planning: The project presented at the "International e-Planning Workshop 2012" by Manon Richerme, "Urban sustainable street furniture integrating campusÕs information", was awarded as one of the 3 best sustainable project proposals of the national Challenge GreenTic campus (out of 26 proposals from French students). On the 4th May 2012, the projects were chosen for their creativity and above all their innovativeness, by a jury headed by Pierre Weltz.
    The urban furniture will provide informations about mobility, firms, shop and student life. Planned to install in the Campus Descartes, it doesn't create information but it mutualizes and rationalizes data. The economical agency, the research hub and the town promised to fund and participate to the prototype.
    Manon graduated from the Institut Français d'Urbanisme (U. Paris, France), is a member of JINU - Junior conseil pour l'Innovation Urbaine, and collaborates with CITIDEP-France.

  • e-Planning: Took place on the 23 April 2012, the "International e-Planning Workshop 2012", Citizens, Cities and Technology, 10h30 - 19h30, at Faculdade de Ciencias, Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, Lisboa), with the participation of U. Paris - Institut Français d'Urbanisme, Unicamp (Brasil), MIT - Dept. Urban Studies and Planning (USA), U. Madrid, and several portuguese Universities (UA, UNL, UL, UTL), hosted by the Deans of ISCSP-UTL e FC-UL.

    CITIDEP is a member of the "e-Planning Consortium", and constitutes the core team for the network of Laboratories of Technology for, and with, Social Sciences. [Workshop site] [e-Planning site] [LabTec CS]

  • Environment & Society: It was presented on the 3d February 2011 the book Pontes de Mudança: Sociedades Sustentáveis e Solidárias" (Editora Antagonista), by Sofia Vilarigues (CITIDEP) and Edgar Silva, with a mini-tertulia at the bookstore & bar Les Enfants Terribles (Cinema King), Lisboa. The Book includes interviews with Pedro Ferraz de Abreu, CITIDEP President, and other researchers such as Viriato Soromenho Marques, was well accepted and originated a spirited debate. [Editora] [Facebook]

  • LabTec - EuroLifeNet: The weekly Sol published in its magazine Tabu, 18 June 2010, an interview on EuroLifeNet Program (pt), as one of the five selected projects from the UTL - Technical University of Lisbon. The interview, which refers to CITIDEP, took place at the LabTec CS/ISCSP-UTL, in the presence of the research-and-action ELN team. [Interview jpeg] [Interview print] [ EuroLifeNet Program] [LabTec CS]

  • EEB, London: The European Environment Bureau (EEB) invited CITIDEP President, Pedro Ferraz de Abreu, to its "Cleanair Seminar" , 14-15 December 2009, London, to present the EuroLifeNet Program.

  • EuroLifeNet: Took place the III EuroLifeNet International Conference, in Lisbon, 13-14 November 2009 - Personal exposure to air pollutants: Research, Policies and Awareness through participatory science and education, at ISCSP-UTL campus. The Conference was co-organized by IES-JRC (Joint Research Centre, European Commission) and CITIDEP. Participated researchers from Italy, Ireland, UK, Belgium, Suisse, USA and Portugal, as well dozens of highschool teachers from Italy and Portugal. [Conference site] [EuroLifeNet Program].

  • EuroLifeNet: Tania Fonseca (CITIDEP, E.S.J.E.A, Açores) and Dulce Pinto (E.S.A.A., Almada) presented on the 17 January 2009 their schools experience with EuroLifeNet, at the Seminar Eco-Schools, in Seia, Portugal. Invitated by the organizers (ABAE - European Blue Flag Association), CITIDEP President, Pedro Ferraz de Abreu, presented the overall outcome of this Program and its future steps [EuroLifeNet].

  • e-Planning: The Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Portugal accepted (April 2009) the registration of the new Joint PhD on e-Planning, offered by 4 Universities in Portugal (U.L., U.T.L., U.N.L., U.A.) in cooperation with MIT (DUSP), USA. Candidates may apply at any of the Colleges participating (ISCSP-UTL, FCT-UNL, FCSH-UNL, FC-UL, DCSJP-UA, DeCA-UA). CITIDEP is a member of the "e-Planning Consortium".


  • Summary:
  • EuroLifeNet Program:

    Invited by the Institute of Environment and Sustainability of the Joint Research Centre (IES-JRC) of the European Commission, CITIDEP presented at the APHEIS meeting on 26 May 2005, Ispra, Italy, a proposal for a new European Union Program on Environment - Health - Education - Citizenship, the EuroLifeNet.

    A first pilot EuroLifeNet project was completed with success during 2006 and 2007. Partners are now consolidating the experience and preparing new projects (research and operational). More information is available on-line. Here are some highlights:

  • EuroLifeNet measure campaigns of personal exposure to PM 2.5 (Particulate Matter) were completed in Portugal and Italy in April 2007. Participated 665 students and 51 teachers from 9 highschools, as well 11 researchers and 5 experts in both countries, from 4 Universities and 3 Research Centers, including CITIDEP.

  • Took place in Lisbon, on the 1 and 2 June 2007, the II Internacional EuroLifeNet Meeting, with a press conference. Italian results were presented at a Milan press conference on the 8th May 2007

  • The Secretaries of State for Environment and for Education, Portugal, reafirmed in 2007 their support to the EuroLifeNet Program on letters addressed to CITIDEP President and to IES-JRC Director.

  • EuroLifeNet was featured on Portuguese and Italian TV and radio, and on Portuguese, Italian, UK and USA press. TV programs included interviews with EuroLifeNet Director, Pedro Ferraz de Abreu.

  • UNESCO National Commission short-listed EuroLifeNet in its best practices report, and invited the President of CITIDEP, Prof. Pedro Ferraz de Abreu, to presented EuroLifeNet at the UNESCO International Conference, 14 December 2006.

    More information and details are available on-line: [slides] [EuroLifeNet site] [mirror site].


  • Project PEOPLE:

    Citizens help to evaluate air pollution. Promoted by the European Commission, the project PEOPLE - "Population Exposure to Air Pollutants in Europe" invited citizens to participate measuring personal levels of exposure to benzene, in all European capitals. Lisbon and Brussells were the first, on the 22 October 2002.

    CITIDEP was one of the 7 partners of PEOPLE, and organized the PEOPLE-Citizenship, including sessions with hundreds of students and teachers in Lisbon and Viana do Castelo (Portugal), linked through videoconference, and live Internet video broadcast. It gave CITIDEP a unique experience enabling the EuroLifeNet Program.

    Lisbon and Brussels results were presented at a press conference, 17 July 2003. European Union Commissioner Philippe Busquin referred to CITIDEP project "PEOPLE-Citizenship" in its July 2003 speech. Results from benzene pollution measurements in Europe were published by the IES/JRC, on September 2005. CITIDEP is one of the co-authors of the PEOPLE final report.

    [PEOPLE web site] [PEOPLE-Citizenship (Portuguese)] [Busquin speech] [Citizenship and IT Program].


  • IMS Project:

    The objective of the "Intelligent Multimedia System Project" (IMS) is to develop, prototype and test modern information technologies supporting public and technical consultation for decision-making.

    A first research project (1995-1999) focused on Environmental Impact Assessment, using the case of the proposed solid urban waste incinerator for S. Jo‹o da Talha. This project was part of Pedro Ferraz de Abreu's PhD research at MIT, USA, and supported by the Portuguese Ministry of Environment (DGA), the Environmental Dept of FCT- UNL and CITIDEP. A large team of researchers was engaged in the experiment.

    Another project using IMS model and approach is the WCD/IMS Sabor/Coa,, summarized below.

    Currently, CITIDEP is working on a new pilot version of the IMS, applied to support public participation in the European Parliament elections, in cooperation with LabTec CS/ISCSP (Laboratory of Technology for Social Sciences at the Institute of Political and Social Sciences of the Technical University of Lisbon).

    [IMS site] [LabTec CS/ISCSP]


  • WCD/IMS Sabor/Coa:

    This research/intervention project was launched in January 2003. The goal is to apply the methodology from both the "World Commission on Dams" (WCD) and the "Intelligent Multimedia System Project" (IMS, CITIDEP), in support to the decision-making process concerning the proposed construction of dams on the Sabor and/or Coa rivers, in Portugal.

    Currently, CITIDEP is trying to obtain support to complement an award from the Global Greengrants Fund, as well commitment from all stakeholders to a consensual process.

    [project site] [Greengrants Foundation].


  • Citizenship Kit:

    Since its creation in 1996, CITIDEP set in motion project its Citizenship and IT Program; and in particular built the concept of a "Citizenship Kit", that provided the framework for many related activities.

  • On going R&D projects: see Research

  • e-Planning:

    CITIDEP promoted the cooperation between MIT (DUSP - Dept of Urban Studies and Planning) and 5 Universities in Portugal (U.L, U.T.L., U.N.L, U.A., U.C.) since 2003, under a common research agenda on e-Planning (technology uses and impact on infrastructures, government, governance, citizenship, cities and land use planning). This led in 2006 to an informal e-Planning Consortium. More information at its site www.e-Planning.org. Here are some highlights:

  • New Joint PhD on e-Planning, offered by 4 Universities in Portugal (U.L., U.T.L., U.N.L., U.A.), in cooperation with MIT (DUSP). Candidates may apply for 2009/2010.

  • Took place in Lisbon, 27 March 2008, the I International e-Planning Colloquium, at the ISCSP Auditorium (Universidade Ténica de Lisboa), with researchers from MIT-USA, DIT-Ireland and 5 Universities from Portugal. [e-Planning web site] [e-Planning Colloquium]


  • LabTec CS:

    CITIDEP is supporting the launching of the Laboratories of Technology for Social Sciences Network, within the " e-Planning Consortium".

    CITIDEP gathered on the 11 February 2007 at its headquarters in Lisbon, to create its "LabTec CS" team, with the objective of fostering and supporting the launching of a network of Laboratories of Technology for Society, as a transdisciplinary effort of Engineering and Social Sciences. This LabTec Network was proposed by CITIDEP to the newly created e-Planning Consortium MIT-Portugal, and in the sequence of the cooperation between CITIDEP and the Dept of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, with the joint organization of the International Conference ICPPIT03.


  • ICPPIT03:

    Took place the International Conference on Public Participation and Information Technologies, 10-12 November 2003, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, co-organized by MIT and CITIDEP (chaired by Profs. Pedro Ferraz de Abreu, Joseph Ferreira Jr., Joanaz de Melo). Adressed ICPPIT03 keynote Joan Blades, the founder of "MoveOn.org", together with Jane Fountain, head of the Harvard's Digital Government program, moderated by Pedro Ferraz de Abreu. More than 100 researchers from 15 countries participated.

  • ICPPIT99: The 1999 Edition was co-organized by CITIDEP and the New University of Lisbon (DCEA-FCT-UNL), and had the President of Republic and the Minister of Science and Technology of Portugal delivering the keynote addresses. The (then) USA Vice-President, Albert Gore, sent a message to the 1999 Conference.

  • book launch PPIT Book in distribution: The Book "Public Participation and Information Technologies 1999", resulting from ICPPIT99 International Conference, is available for on-line orders. Besides ICPPIT99 Co-Chairs, (João Joanaz de Melo e Pedro Ferraz de Abreu), presented the book Prof. Sousa Lobo, President of the New University of Lisbon (UNL), and Prof. Mel King, MIT Emeritus and CITIDEP Science Council member.

    The book includes a multimedia CD-ROM with 3 hours of video from the Conference.

  • Guideline for Highschool curriculum reform: By decision of the Secretary of State for Education Administration at 25 March 2002, followed-up with the support of the Highschools Department of the Ministry of Education of Portugal, it was appointed our colleague Isabel Medina in representation of CITIDEP for a joint task force CITIDEP/DES, with the mission to support the modernization of highschool curricula in the area of citizenship and information technologies.

    CITIDEP produced a Guideline to use the "Public Participation and Information Technologies 1999" Book for that effect.


  • BNT Proceedings published: The Proceedings from the International Colloquium "Public Libraries and New technologies: How to fight info-poor exclusion?", co-organized by the Municipality of Lisboa and CITIDEP (ed. CML-Cultura), are available since July 2002.


  • Position Papers: CITIDEP promotes the debate with "Position Papers" on Education, Democracy and New Information Technologies, such as an invited presentation by Pedro Ferraz de Abreu at the II International Meeting of Portuguese Researchers, already published in a book, "Alguns Desafios da Educação em Portugal na Era da Internet e da Democracia Participativa".

  • LARN: CITIDEP supports the Luso-American Research Network (LARN) and its initiatives.

  • FIIP: CITIDEP "Web team" provided technical support to the International Forum of Portuguese Researchers (FIIP) and its elected Board.




  • Activities record:

    2011
    December
    • e-Planning: Took place on the 14 December 2011, the e-Planning Forum 2011, at FLAD (Luso-American Foundation for Development), Lisbon, Portugal, to present current e-Plannning projects in partnership with municipalities and NGOs. With participation of the University Vice-Presidents of the e-Planning Consortium (UA, UNL, UL, UTL), and MIT researchers. [Forum site] [e-Planning site] [LabTec CS]

    • EuroLifeNet: Took place on 7 December 2011 at the Observatório de Ambiente dos Açores (Terceira), the Scientific Meeting - Uma questão de ambiente , saúde e cidadania insular, co-organized by the Associação para o Estudo do Ambiente Insular and CITIDEP, as part of the EuroLifeNet Program. Moderated by Alfredo Borba (Director of Dep. Ciências Agrárias, Univ. Açores) with the participation of Pedro Ferraz de Abreu (CITIDEP, CAPP/Univ. Técnica de Lisboa), Tânia Fonseca (CITIDEP, CAPP, ESJEA), Andreia Aguiar (Hospital Santo Espírito), António Felix Rodrigues (Dep. Ciências Agrárias, Univ. dos Açores) e Alexandra Correia (AEAI). [photos] [Jornal on-line A União] [Ferraz de Abreu's interview (pt), A União] [EuroLifeNet Program] .

    2010
    November
    • e-Planning: Took place on the 17 November 2010, the e-Planning Workshop, 14h00 - 19h30, at FLAD (Luso-American Foundation for Development), R. Sacramento a Lapa, 21, Lisbon, Portugal, to present current e-Plannning projects in partnership with municipalities and NGOs. With participation of the University Vice-Presidents of the e-Planning Consortium (UA, UNL, UL, UTL). CITIDEP is a member of the "e-Planning Consortium", and constitutes the core team for the network of Laboratories of Technology for, and with, Social Sciences. Registration is required. [Workshop site] [e-Planning site] [LabTec CS]

    2009
    December
    • EEB, London: The European Environment Bureau (EEB) invited CITIDEP President, Pedro Ferraz de Abreu, to its "Cleanair Seminar" , 14-15 December 2009, London, to present the EuroLifeNet Program.

    2009
    December
    • EuroLifeNet: Took place the III EuroLifeNet International Conference, in Lisbon, 13-14 November 2009 - Personal exposure to air pollutants: Research, Policies and Awareness through participatory science and education, at ISCSP-UTL campus. The Conference was co-organized by IES-JRC (Joint Research Centre, European Commission) and CITIDEP. Participated researchers from Italy, Ireland, UK, Belgium, Suisse, USA and Portugal, as well dozens of highschool teachers from Italy and Portugal. [Conference site] [EuroLifeNet Program].

    2009
    February
    • EuroLifeNet: Confirmed the date of 13-14 November 2009 for the next EuroLifeNet International Conference, due in Lisbon. At the meeting of 27 February 2009, CITIDEP and partners aproved a strategic plan to consolidate and extend the EuroLifeNet Program.

    2009
    January
    • EuroLifeNet: Tania Fonseca (CITIDEP, E.S.J.E.A, Açores) and Dulce Pinto (E.S.A.A., Almada) presented on the 17 January 2009 their schools experience with EuroLifeNet, at the Seminar Eco-Schools, in Seia, Portugal. Invitated by the organizers (ABAE - European Blue Flag Association), CITIDEP President, Pedro Ferraz de Abreu, presented the overall outcome of this Program and its future steps [EuroLifeNet]

    2008
    November
    • EuroLifeNet: Took place on the 17 November 2008, the "Non-Smoking Day", the Certification of HighSchool E.S. Anselmo de Andrade (Almada), as an "EuroLifeNet Node"

    2008
    April
    2008
    March
    • e-Planning: Took place in Lisbon, 27 March 2008, the I International e-Planning Colloquium, at the ISCSP Auditorium , Polo da Ajuda (Universidade Ténica de Lisboa), with researchers from MIT-USA, DIT-Ireland and 5 Universities from Portugal. CITIDEP, who is a member of this "Consortium" e-Planning, is supporting the development of the "e-Planning"Tech Labs Network [e-Planning web site] [e-Planning Colloquium]

    2007
    June
    • EuroLifeNet: Took place in Lisbon, on the 1 and 2 June 2007, the II Internacional EuroLifeNet Meeting, at the Auditorium of the Escola Secundária Luis de Camões. By 14.00 PM on 1 June, in this Meeting, took place a press conference to present the results in Portugal of the measures on personal exposure to Particulate Matter (PM2.5) during November 2006 (and April 2007, preliminary data only), implemented by more than 600 young students in Portugal and Italy.

    2007
    May
    • EuroLifeNet: Took take place on the 8th May 2007 in Milan, a press conference to present the Italian results from the EuroLifeNet November 2006 campaign. [Italy EuroLifeNet site]

      The Secretary of State for Education of Portugal (SEE) addressed letters to CITIDEP and to IES-JRC in confirmation of support to the EuroLifeNet Program, and its commitment to sponsor partnerships within the Education system [letter SEE]

    2007
    April
    • EuroLifeNet:The second EuroLifeNet season campaign was completed in April 2007, in Portugal.

      The Secretary of State for Environment of Portugal (SEA) addressed letters to CITIDEP and to IES-JRC in confirmation of support to the EuroLifeNet Program, and it's commitment to sponsor the partnership between CITIDEP and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission [letter SEA]

    2007
    February
    • EuroLifeNet: Portuguese influental weekly "Expresso" included in its 24 February 2007 edition a large report on the EuroLifeNet Program, with interviews with students, teachers and Program's Director, Pedro Ferraz de Abreu .

    • LabTec CS: CITIDEP gathered on the 11 February 2007 at its headquarters in Lisbon, to create its "LabTec CS" team, with the objective of fostering and supporting the launching of a network of Laboratories of Technology for Society, as a transdisciplinary effort of Engineering and Social Sciences. This LabTec Network was proposed by CITIDEP to the newly created e-Planning Consortium MIT-Portugal, and in the sequence of the cooperation between CITIDEP and the Dept of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, with the joint organization of the International Conference ICPPIT03.

    2007
    January
    • EuroLifeNet: EuroLifeNet was featured on RTP2 as well on RTP News (Portugal TV channels), on the 10,13 and 14 January 2007, 15.20 PM. The TV program included a brief interview with EuroLifeNet Director, Pedro Ferraz de Abreu. [press release]

    2006
    December
    • EuroLifeNet: Invited by the Portuguese UNESCO National Commission, the President of CITIDEP, Prof. Pedro Ferraz de Abreu, presented the EuroLifeNet - Environment-Health-Citizenship-Education Program at the UNESCO International Conference, 14 December 2006.
      EuroLifeNet first measure season for PM 2.5 (Particulate Matter) was completed successfully, in Portugal and Italy. Participated 665 students at elementary and highschool level, 51 teachers, 11 researchers and 5 experts in both countries.

    2006
    November
    • EuroLifeNet: CITIDEP and partners presented at a press conference on the 16 November 2006, the EuroLifeNet Program, at the "House of Environment and Citizen", Lisbon. João Joanaz de Melo, member of CITIDEP Board of Directors, was interviewed. [press release pt].

    2005
    October
    • EuroLifeNet: 14 October 2005, the Secretary of State for Education (SEE, Prof. Valter Lemos) and the Secretary of State for Environment (SEA, Prof. Humberto Rosa), Portugal, stated their support to the EuroLifeNet Program initiative led by CITIDEP.on letters addressed to IES-JRC and CITIDEP. [letter SEE pag1 pag2] [letter SEA]
    2005
    September
    • Ozone awareness in shools: On the occasion of the World Day for the Ozone Layer, 16 September 2005, CITIDEP, GAIA and YEE (Youth and Environment Europe) launched an initiative to raise awareness of students of elementary and secondary schools. In Portugal, a CITIDEP and GAIA team distributed posters, flyers and T-shirts provided by YEE, to the High Schools of Pedro Nunes and Jeronimo Emiliano de Andrade. [posters download from YEE]

    • Project PEOPLE: Results from benzene pollution measurements in Europe were recently published by the IES/JRC (September 2005). CITIDEP is one of the co-authors of the PEOPLE final report.

    2005
    May
    • Invited by the Institute of Environment and Sustainability of the Joint Research Centre (IES-JRC) of the European Commission, CITIDEP presented at the APHEIS meeting on 26 May 2005, Ispra, Italy, the work done with project PEOPLE-Citizenship and a proposal for a new European Union program on Environment-Health-Education-Citizenship, the EuroLifeNet. [slides] [ [APHEIS minutes] [EuroLifeNet site] [[EuroLifeNet mirror site]

    • Colloquium at the Order of Engineers: Took place the 23 May 2005 ,17 to 20.30 PM, at the auditorium of the "Ordem dos Engenheiros" in Lisbon, the Colloquium "Public Consultation in Environmental Impact Assessment - how the technological jump challenges an institutional jump", presided by the Secretary of State for Environment, Prof. Humberto Rosa. The intervention of the guest speaker, Prof. Pedro Ferraz de Abreu, was based on research done in Portugal and in the USA, supported among other entities by the Ministry of Environment of Portugal. It included an analysis on the special character of the current technological revolution, the use of a prototype of a intelligent multimedia system in support of public consultation in EIA on the incineration of solid urban waste, and the evaluation of the institutional impact of introducing this new ICT.

      Pedro Ferraz de Abreu is a PhD in "Urban and Regional Planning" from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Master of Sciences by the same Institute in "Intelligent Graphic Interfaces" and "Licenciado" by the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in Computer Engineering. He is the President of CITIDEP. [Programa, Contacto] , Theme summary]

    2005
    January
    • Tertulia on Education and International Cooperation: Took place this 29 January 2005 a "tertulia" with 20 CITIDEP members and guests, with the theme Education and International Cooperation - what society are creating, which new wold order are we building".

    • Internacional CITIDEP meeting via Internet: Using a videoconference software multi-plataform via Internet, CITIDEP members met (21 and 26 January 2005) connecting Lyubliana (Slovenia), Paris (France, Boston (USA), Lisboa (Portugal) e Tijuana (Mexico).

    2004
    December
    2004
    November
    • "Outfoxed" and the Media at Tertulia: Took place the 14 November 2004 an informal dinner-debate ("tertulia") with 19 CITIDEP members and interested friends to watch the "Outfoxed" documentary and discuss the strategies to control the Media and corresponding (ab)use of the new information and communication technologies [trailer]

    2004
    June
    2003
    November
    2003
    July
    2003
    March
    • "Broadcast" via Internet: The 18 March 2003 took place a session with students from elementary schools, in videoconference between Lisboa and Viana do Castelo, dedicated to the air pollution theme, as part of the PEOPLE-Citizenship project. The session was also broadcasted via Internet by uARTE, with many other schools participating via "chat" (IRC).

    2003
    January
    • WCD/IMS Sabor/Coa: Thanks to an award to CITIDEP from the Global Greengrants Fund, a new research/intervention project was launched in January 2003, "WCD / IMS - Sabor/Coa rivers case". The goal is to apply the methodology from both the "World Commission on Dams" and the "Intelligent Multimedia System Project" (CITIDEP), in support to the decision-making process concerning the proposed construction of dams on the Sabor and/or Coa rivers, in Portugal. [project site] [Greengrants Foundation].

    2002
    October
    • PEOPLE project: Citizens are helping to evaluate air pollution. Promoted by the European Commission, the project PEOPLE - "Population Exposure to Air Pollutants in Europe" invited citizens to participate directly in the evaluation of personal levels of exposure to air pollutants such as benzene, at several European cities. Lisbon and Brussells were the first, on the 22 October 2002.

      CITIDEP is one of the 7 partners of PEOPLE, and organized complementing activities as part of its "Citizenship and New Technologies" Program, including a 15 October Session with hundreds of students and teachers in Lisbon and Viana do Castelo (Portugal), linked through videoconference, and with a network of students and teachers following it through live Internet video broadcast. [PEOPLE web site www.people-pt.net] [Citizenship and IT Program] [PEOPLE-CITIDEP (Portuguese)].

    2002
    Setember
    2002
    July
    • CITIDEP meeting in Viana do Castelo: CITIDEP organized the 22 July of 2002 a Meeting in Viana do Castelo, to present the objectives and activities of this Center to interested colleagues and explore possible avenues of cooperation with the Escola Superior de Educação do Instituto Politécnico de Viana de Castelo.


    • BNT Proceedings published: The Proceedings from the International Colloquium "Public Libraries and New technologies: How to fight info-poor exclusion?", co-organized by the Municipality of Lisboa and CITIDEP (ed. CML-Cultura), are available since July 2002.

    2002
    March
    • Guideline for Highschool curriculum reform: By decision of the Secretary of State for Education Administration, dated 25 March 2002, followed-up with the support of the Highschools Department of the Ministry of Education of Portugal, it was appointed our colleague Isabel Medina in representation of CITIDEP for a joint task force CITIDEP/DES, with the mission to support the modernization of highschool curricula in the area of citizenship and information technologies. CITIDEP produced already a Guideline to use the "Public Participation and Information Technologies 1999" Book for that effect.

    2002
    January
    • "Tertulia": Keeping alive an old portuguese tradition, several members from CITIDEP Portugal and friends promoted an informal dinner-colloquium ("tertulia") in Lisbon, the 12 January 2002, followed by an Internet-based debate on a "Tertulia Journal". 27 persons participated. The guests of honor this time were Korinna Horta, Economist and Political Ecology PhD, and Luisa Nogueira, Environmental Engineer, leading a conversation on the topic of the global climate negotiations (Kyoto treaty) and also concerning the current efforts on monitoring Lisbon's air quality and informing the public in real-time.
    2001
    September
    • CITIDEP 5th Anniversary: CITIDEP celebrated its 5th anniversary the 14 September 2001, with a dinner and birthday cake at its headquarters, in Portugal. At this occasion, it was granted to CITIDEP founding member Fernando Manuel Ferrão Castel-Branco Sacramento the 5th Year Commendation, in appreciation of his dedication and vital contributions to CITIDEP.

    2001
    August
    • Research Meeting in Mexico: CITIDEP Mexico, together with Colegio Mexiquense and the "Programa Interdisciplinario de Estudios del Tercer Sector" (PIETS), organized the Primer Encuentro de Investigadores on "Las Nuevas Tecnolog’as y su relaci—n con la Sociedad Civil", 30 August 2001, at El Colegio Mexiquense. [invitation] [Contacts: Alejandro Natal and Prudencio Mochi Aleman]
    2001
    May

    • Lecture Broadcast on Citizenship and Internet: This past16 May 2001 took place a video-broadcast via Internet of a Session on "uARTE", the agency from the Portuguese Ministry of Science and Technology in charge of connecting schools to Internet. "uARTE" invited our colleague Pedro Ferraz de Abreu to give this lecture and CITIDEP to moderate the "chat" via IRC, during the session. Two Highschools were special participants: "Pedro Nunes", with students in the studio, and "Montejunto", with a videoconference link. [Video Archive] [images] [student texts] [uARTE activity] (all in portuguese) [Citizenship and IT Program] (english).
    2001
    March
    • CITIDEP Mexico organized an "Analysis Forum" on "Democracia Participativa y nuevas tecnologías de información en un mundo globalizado", included in the Programa of the VI Encuentro de la ANECPAP - Asociacion Nacional de Estudiantes de Ciencia Politica y Administracion Publica - Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico, 2 de Marzo 2001. Invited by ANECPAP and the University of Guanajuato, presented communications Alejandra Sota, Pedro Ferraz de Abreu, Prudencio Mochi, Alejandro Natal and Luis Miguel Rionda. Details and the text of the communications available at the Web site of CITIDEP Mexico.
    2001
    February

    2000
    October
  • book launchPPIT Book presented: The Book "Public Participation and Information Technologies 1999", resulting from ICPPIT99 International Conference, is available for on-line orders since 13 October 2000. The book includes a multimedia CD-ROM with 3 hours of video from the Conference. Besides ICPPIT99 Co-Chairs, (João Joanaz de Melo e Pedro Ferraz de Abreu), presented the book at the "Fórum Lisboa", Prof. Sousa Lobo, President of the New University of Lisbon (UNL), and Prof. Mel King, MIT Emeritus and CITIDEP Science Council member.



  • 1999
    October

    1999
    September
    • Air Quality on the Web: Based on the Air Quality Stations Network of DRA-LVT (regional administration of the Environmental Ministry for Lisbon and Tagus Valley), you can find data on air quality for Lisbon, Barreiro and Seixal, at the web site implemented by our colleague Pedro Borges (CITIDEP-Portugal, web team). This site, as well as a new one in progress, includes information on pollutants and on portuguese and european legislation.

    1999
    March
    1998
    July
    • Talk at the Museum of the Republica (cmlresistencia@mail.telepac.pt), Lisbon, 2 July 98: Invited by the Director of the Museum, Dr. João Mario de Mascarenhas, CITIDEP President Pedro Ferraz de Abreu lectured on "The new information technologies and the challenges of participatory democracy". A live debate followed, as well as a music performance of a wind quintet.

    • José Portela, member of the CITIDEP Science Council, was elected (July 98) to the Executive Board of the Higher Education School, at the Instituto Superior Politécnico de Viana de Castelo.

    • Revised "Luso-American Research Network" (LARN) proposal, supported by CITIDEP (July 98)

    • Prof. Bish Sanyal and Prof. Joseph Ferreira, from MIT (DUSP - Urban Studies and Planning Dept), visited Portugal (respectively at July 98 and September 98) and had several meetings (Planning Ministry, Lisbon Mayor, Aveiro University) promoted by LARN and CITIDEP, with view to prepare future cooperation protocols between the Planning Dept at MIT and these portuguese entities
    1997
    October

    1997
    April

    1996
    December
    • "Brunch&Brainstorming" at MIT, organized by CITIDEP-USA Chapter, at MIT, 8 December 96 - "What links Information Technology, Participatory Democracy and Sustainable Development ?"

    1996
    November


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