Laser talks


Parte integrante do Blend será uma série de seminários regulares baseados num diálogo que inclua um cientista (idealmente da comunidade académica local), um artista e um moderador convidado. Para a seleção dos participantes tentaremos tirar partido da vinda a Portugal de artistas que trabalham em áreas na fronteira da Arte e Ciência para criar um programa de seminários atrativos e desafiantes. O horário (dia da semana e do mês, e hora de realização) deverá também ser definido em função das atividades previstas no campus da FMUL/iMM/CHULN.


An integral part of Blend will be a series of regular dialogue-based seminars that feature a scientist (ideally from the local academic community), an artist and a guest moderator. For the selection of participants, we will try to take advantage of the coming to Portugal of artists who work in the area of Art and Science to create an attractive and engaging program of seminars. The day of the week, month, and time will also be defined and announced according to the activities planned on the FMUL/iMM/CHULN campus.

LASER TALKS 2 per year (dates to be anounced)


LASER – Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous. Uma forma de trazer reconhecimento aos seminários.

A revista de arte Leonardo fundou um programa de seminários que cruzam arte e ciência designado por LASER. Este programa tem sido implementado em algumas das principais universidades do mundo e tem grande reconhecimento (Stanford, UCLA, Cambridge, ETH Zurich,…). Saiba mais aqui.


LASER – Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous.

The LASERs are an international program of gatherings that bring the humanities, arts and sciences together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. As of 2022, they take place in more than 40 universities and cultural institutions in four continents. Click here for more information.


FEMeeting: Women in Art, Science and Technology 2022

As a highly international community, the program of FEMeeting 2022 “FEMeeting: Women in Art, Science and Technology” includes 95 presentations by 109 speakers from 27 countries as well as other activities to encourage communication among its participants. Taking place from 12 to 17 September 2022, the third conference has its kick-off in Lisbon, at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, and continues its program in the city of Évora, hosted in the Convento de São Bento de Castris and the Fundação Eugénio de Almeida.

FEMeeting is driven by the desire to develop and promote a more direct collaboration at the level of artistic and research projects between all individuals who identify with the female gender. The conference aims to disseminate projects being undertaken by women worldwide and, as a result, to contribute to the development of art-science research methodologies and to the growth of cooperation strategies that can increase knowledge sharing and bring communities closer. To facilitate personal networking, most of the program is organized as closed sessions, only to the conference speakers, but the program also includes, in the first day in Lisbon and the last day in Évora, two public sessions that aim to encourage participation and attendance among all individuals interested in the topics of the conference independently of their gender.

Launched in 2017, the idea behind the conference “FEMeeting: Women in Art, Science and Technology” was orchestrated by the Portuguese artist Marta de Menezes and scholar Dalila Honorato. Alike the two first FEMeetings, FEMeeting 2022 is co-organized in Portugal by FEMeeting, Cultivamos Cultura and Direcção Regional de Cultura do Alentejo, this year with the support of Fundação Eugénio de Almeida (PT) and Intellect (UK) and in partnership with Ionian University (GR), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA), University of California Los Angeles (USA), Aalto University (FI), Universidade Nacional Autonoma do México (MX), Windsor University (CA), University of Western Australia (AU), I3S – Institute of Health Innovation and Research (PT), Science for Change (ES) and Leonardo/Olats (FR).

This time the organization of FEMeeting 2022 aims the debut of part of the conference proceedings in the peer-reviewed journal Technoetic Arts and is integrating its open event in Lisbon in the LASER series, with the support of Leonardo/ISAST and as part of the project Blend, a collaboration in the field of art, science and medicine between Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon, Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes and Centro Hospitalar Universitário Lisboa Norte – Hospital de Santa Maria with Ectopia Experimental Art Laboratory.


Program: September 12 | Public Session in Lisbon – Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes (iMM)


Marta de Menezes | Welcome to LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talks
Dalila Honorato | Welcome to FEMeeting
Maria M. Mota | Welcome to iMM


Maria M. Mota | Women in Science


Joana Magalhães | Opening up science


Marta de Menezes | Women Stories at Cultivamos Cultura


Cristin Millett and Cynthia White | Ex-Utero: The Future of Human Reproduction


Q&A (30 minutes)

Check the abstracts here and the speakers bio here.

Marta de Menezes
Dalila Honorato
Maria M. Mota



Joana Magalhães
Cristin Millett
Cynthia White


Maro Pebo e Luis Graça hosted by Marta de Menezes

“Self as other” “O próprio como outro”

Weaving collaborations, Maro Pebo works on defying anthropocentrism and on skeptical environmental accountability. Her transdisciplinary work subverts the monopoly of the life sciences to think biological matter and aims to release the indiscipline of living cells. Ph.D. in Creative Media at the School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong, her research revolved around art and biology, epistemology, history of science, new materialism, biohacking, wetware, and bacteria.

Luís Graça is currently Associate Professor at the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa, directing a research group in cellular immunology at Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes. His most significant scientific contributions have been related with the development of strategies to teach the immune system not to reject transplanted organs, also known as immune tolerance. Currently he is extending his findings to the fields of allergy and autoimmunity (where the immune system attacks its own body).