Since the dawn of time
Here, in the Universe series

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The fourth and last session of the lectures series Aqui, no Universo (“Here, in the Universe”), organized by Culturgest in partnership with Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).

With Fábio Silva and Luís Tirapicos, and hosted by Vânia Maia

What is common to all people on Earth, is the sky. The regularity of the apparent movements of the Sun, Moon and stars, with their cycles, gave rise to the construction of world views or cosmologies; different in each culture, but with common features at times. A set of relationships with the celestial landscape was born in the cradle of cultures, of which curiosity seems to have been the most perennial.

From ancient societies that left us no written records, but marked the landscape with enigmatic constructions aligned with celestial phenomena, to the current interest in the night sky and its phenomena as vehicles for mutual understanding between people, peace, and human development, which has been the role of astronomy throughout time?

Fábio Silva, researcher of archaeoastronomy at the University of Bournemouth, in the United Kingdom, and Luís Tirapicos, historian of sciences at the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon), will present this area of knowledge that seeks to know the many meanings it’s had, over time, the expression “understanding the Universe, and our place in it”.

The host will be Vânia Maia, journalist and researcher and member of the Portuguese Network for the Communication of Science and Technology – SciComPt.

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2 hours

Free entrance


Ticket pickup (free) 30 minutes before the session starts (subject to room capacity).


Culturgest, Emílio Rui Vilar Auditorium
Edifício-sede da Caixa Geral de Depósitos
Rua Arco do Cego, 50

How to get there

Subway: Campo Pequeno
Busses: Campo Pequeno, Praça de Londres and Av. Roma