XI Workshop APECS Portugal

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   The XI Workshop APECS Portugal was online, and took place on November 27, 2020. This year we developed our artistic skills in the field of science, with the theme “Art&Science: your research through images”.

   During the workshop we learned how to use art to communicate science in a captivating, clear and effective way. Communicating science visually is increasingly relevant in an era where there is a lot of information, largely disseminated through social networks, and the receiver spends less and less time on each piece of news. As they say: a picture is worth a thousand words.

   With four workshops led by experts in different areas of art and science, this year we offer the opportunity to learn graphic art while developing critical thinking, since during the creation of graphic material we are forced to think about the best way to communicate the scientific project.

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Invited speakers

João Carvalho

   João Carvalho is a biologist, researcher at the Department of Biology & CESAM at the University of Aveiro. João is interested in population dynamics and ecosystems, the spatial and phenotypic responses of species to global changes and resource management. Geographic information systems and statistics have been João’s tools during his career.

   He recognizes citizen science as highly relevant for knowledge and conservation of natural resources. He has taught at the University of Aveiro, University of Porto in Portugal, and University of Lúrio in Mozambique, and is the editorial coordinator for Lucanus – Revista de Ambiente e Sociedade, a periodic that aims at outreach and knowledge exchange in Conservation, Management and the Importance of Natural Resources.

João Carvalho​
Fiammetta Ghedini

Fiammetta Ghedini

   Fiammetta Ghedini works on the frontier between science and communication with a focus on drawing and illustration. In 2011 she earned her PhD at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, in Italy, and was a visiting researcher at University College London (UCL) under the supervision of Prof. Semir Zeki. Her thesis, The Illusion of Ambiguity: from Bistable Perception to Anthropomorphism, was a multidisciplinary work at the merging of neuroscience, art, and human interaction with technologies.

   Since, she has worked with universities and educational institutions around the world to illustrate science via drawing and video including at the Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Paris, Goldsmiths University, University College London (UCL), City University of New York (CUNY) and AAAS. Ghedini is also co-founder of RIVA Illustrations, a visual arts agency dedicated to science communication. Check it out:

   www.riva-illustrations.com

   www.fiammettaghedini.com

Davina Falcão

   Davina Falcão did her bachelor in Biology at Univerdade de Aveiro in Portugal, where she also did her Master studies in Scientific Illustration, more specifically in Ornithological Illustration. She is the co-author and illustrator of the field guide Guia das Aves das Dunas de S. Jacinto.

​   As an freelance illustrator, Davina specializes in scientific illustration, concept art and children’s illustration, and has vast experience in education through teaching in the Scientific Illustration Post-graduation program at Universidade de Aveiro, and leading several workshops. Follow her work here:

   https://www.facebook.com/PsamophisPetPortraits/

 

Davina Falcão​
KamarThomas

Kamar Thomas

   Kamar Thomas is an oil-painter and graphic design artist born and raised in the hills of Port Antonio, Jamaica. He went to Titchfield High school then earned his BA from Wesleyan University where he majored in Studio Art and his MFA from the University of Connecticut in Drawing and Painting.

   He focuses his art work in how people communicate, the masks they wear, and the differences between who/what is presented and how people really are. Kamar has exhibited internationally with work in collections across the United States, Jamaica and Europe. Throughout his career, Kamar has taught several courses and workshops in drawing, painting, art history, and graphical and video design at the high school and university level.

   https://kamarthomas.com/

João Carvalho

João Carvalho​

   João Carvalho is a biologist, researcher at the Department of Biology & CESAM at the University of Aveiro. João is interested in population dynamics and ecosystems, the spatial and phenotypic responses of species to global changes and resource management. Geographic information systems and statistics have been João’s tools during his career.

   He recognizes citizen science as highly relevant for knowledge and conservation of natural resources. He has taught at the University of Aveiro, University of Porto in Portugal, and University of Lúrio in Mozambique, and is the editorial coordinator for Lucanus – Revista de Ambiente e Sociedade, a periodic that aims at outreach and knowledge exchange in Conservation, Management and the Importance of Natural Resources.

Fiammetta Ghedini

Fiammetta Ghedini

   Fiammetta Ghedini works on the frontier between science and communication with a focus on drawing and illustration. In 2011 she earned her PhD at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, in Italy, and was a visiting researcher at University College London (UCL) under the supervision of Prof. Semir Zeki. Her thesis, The Illusion of Ambiguity: from Bistable Perception to Anthropomorphism, was a multidisciplinary work at the merging of neuroscience, art, and human interaction with technologies.

   Since, she has worked with universities and educational institutions around the world to illustrate science via drawing and video including at the Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Paris, Goldsmiths University, University College London (UCL), City University of New York (CUNY) and AAAS. Ghedini is also co-founder of RIVA Illustrations, a visual arts agency dedicated to science communication. Check it out:

   www.riva-illustrations.com

   www.fiammettaghedini.com

Davina Falcão

Davina Falcão​

   Davina Falcão did her bachelor in Biology at Univerdade de Aveiro in Portugal, where she also did her Master studies in Scientific Illustration, more specifically in Ornithological Illustration. She is the co-author and illustrator of the field guide Guia das Aves das Dunas de S. Jacinto.

​   As an freelance illustrator, Davina specializes in scientific illustration, concept art and children’s illustration, and has vast experience in education through teaching in the Scientific Illustration Post-graduation program at Universidade de Aveiro, and leading several workshops. Follow her work here:

   https://www.facebook.com/PsamophisPetPortraits/

 

Kamar Thomas

KamarThomas

   Kamar Thomas is an oil-painter and graphic design artist born and raised in the hills of Port Antonio, Jamaica. He went to Titchfield High school then earned his BA from Wesleyan University where he majored in Studio Art and his MFA from the University of Connecticut in Drawing and Painting.

   He focuses his art work in how people communicate, the masks they wear, and the differences between who/what is presented and how people really are. Kamar has exhibited internationally with work in collections across the United States, Jamaica and Europe. Throughout his career, Kamar has taught several courses and workshops in drawing, painting, art history, and graphical and video design at the high school and university level.

   https://kamarthomas.com/