Francisco Laranjo is a graphic designer and researcher. PhD in design methods and criticism from the University of the Arts London and an MA in Visual Communication from the Royal College of Art. His writings have been published on Design Observer, Eye, Creative Review, Grafik, Eye on Design, Público, among others. He has been a visiting and guest lecturer at the Sandberg Institute (NL), CalArts (US), Royal College of Art, London College of Communication (UK), Zürich University of the Arts, University of the Arts Bern (Switzerland) and speaker at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Austria), University of South Australia (AUS), University of the Arts Split (Croatia), University of Porto, University of Lisbon (Portugal), among others. He is an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins, editor of the journal Modes of Criticism, Co-director of the Shared Institute, Assistant Professor of Design at Lusófona University and Director of the Center for Other Worlds. Ciência Vitae

Luiza Prado de O. Martins is an artist, writer, and researcher whose work examines themes around fertility, reproduction, coloniality, gender, and race. Her ongoing artistic research project, A Topography of Excesses, looks into encounters between human and plant beings within the context of herbalist reproductive medicine, approaching these practices as expressions of radical care. Since 2019, she has broadened the scope of this research, developing a body of work that offers a critique of the racist concept of ‘overpopulation’ in the context of the current climate crisis with the project The Councils of the Pluriversal: Affective Temporalities of Reproduction and the Climate Crisis. She is part of the curatorial board of transmediale 2021 and a founding member of Decolonising Design. She is currently based in Berlin, Germany. Ciência Vitae

Silvio Lorusso’s work focuses on the cultures and rhetorical regimes embedded in techno-social systems. His practice combines various media such as video, website, artist’s book, installation, lecture. This activity is further stimulated by writing essays, curating exhibitions and organizing public programs. In 2018 he published his first book entitled Entreprecariat. Silvio Lorusso is an assistant professor and vice-director of the Centre for Other Worlds at the Lusófona University in Lisbon, a creative coding tutor at the Royal Academy of Art in Den Haag and a lecturer at the Design Department of the Sandberg Institute. He is a member of Varia, the Center for Everyday Technology, as well as part of the editorial board of Italian graphic design magazine Progetto Grafico. Ciência Vitae

PhD in Design with a thesis addressing racial issues in Portuguese illustration from Estado Novo (University of Lisbon, funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology). MA in Visual Arts with dissertation crossing medieval Marginalia and contemporary graffiti (University of Évora). BA in Communication Design (University of Porto) with Erasmus Exchange at Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam, NL. Teaches illustration, drawing and printing related subjects at Lusófona University and is an integrated member of COW – Center for Other Worlds, Lusófona University. Her main topics of interest and research include visual narratives, social and racial representations, medieval illumination and letterpress. Rita also practices as an illustrator/ graphic artist, participating as an author in multiple publications and events. Ciência Vitae

Graduate in Painting, PhD in Design. Lives and works in Lisbon, developing artistic and design work as well as editor / publisher and educator. Since the second half of the 1990s, he has been developing projects that cross multiple disciplines, relating design, video, editing/publishing artist books and installations. Professor in the undergraduate courses of Cinema, Photography and Animation Cinema at the Lusófona University of Lisbon until February 2014. Professor in the MA Multimedia Design at the Architecture University of Coimbra (College of Arts) until September 2016. Creative director of Ideias com Peso, communication design studio; art director of LeYa publishing group (school area); owner and publisher of Stolen Books; chief editor and art director of CABIDE – The Live Magazine. Director of DELLI (Design Lusófona Lisboa); Director, BA Communication Design, at the Film and Media Arts Department. Ciência Vitae

PhD in Visual Culture, Goldsmiths, University of London. Mafalda’s research investigates the intersections between culture, policy and international relations with a particular interest in the European Union. Currently, Mafalda is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London and a Lecturer in the Institut Catholique de Paris. Additionally, she is a 2019–2021 Research Fellow with the Centre on Public Diplomacy of the University of Southern California. Previously, among other roles, she was Lecturer at King’s College London, Culture and Foreign Policy Expert at the German Institute of Foreign Cultural Relations, led with Cultural Action Europe a research project on the European status of artists and cultural workers for the European Parliament, and worked as expert for the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

António Silveira Gomes, Portugal. B.1971. South Africa. Studied Graphic Design (1991-92) in Johannesburg. Finished studying in Lisbon (1996) co-founded studio barbara says… (c.1997). PhD (2017) in Contemporary Art/Design Studies, currently lecturer at ESAD.CR, and guest lecturing. Works closely with cultural institutions, biennials, theatres, museums, galleries, filmmakers, publishers, artists and social innovators. Through professional and academic practice, as curator and research author, currently working in order to develop reflection concerning design practice and theory. Ciência Vitae

PhD in Design from the School of Architecture of the University of Lisbon and a degree in Communication Design-Graphic Art from the School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto. She is a full-time Assistant Professor in the Communication Design course at the School of Communication, Architecture, Arts and Information Technologies, at Lusofóna University of Humanities and Technologies, Lisbon. She received a scholarship from the Foundation for Science and Technology, within the scope of the research project with the doctoral thesis: “K” is cover: editorial design and postmodernism in Portugal in the early 90’s. She works independently as a graphic designer. Ciência Vitae

Natalie Woolf holds a PhD in Design Products from the Royal College of Art, and a BA in Fine Arts/Painting from Leeds Beckett University. She has 12 years independent design and applied arts practice, and 6 years experience in Public Arts practice and consultancy in urban and rural development. Since 2015 Natalie has taught drawing for Design and Animation Studies BA’s and Hybrid Spaces MA; is the Curator of the Drawing programmes for DELLI – Design Lusófona, Lisboa and is an integrated member of COW – Centre for Other Worlds, Lusófona University. Main topics of research interest: material responsiveness to human presence and spatially distributed drawing. She is particularly interested in combining still and moving image and how that is mediated by and/or delivered through technologies. Natalie is active in academic research, participating as an author in publications and events and maintains her own creative practice at Atelier Concorde, Lisbon. Ciência Vitae

PhD in Design from IADE – Creative University, Master in Industrial Design from Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan, Degree in Industrial Design from IADE – Institute of Visual Arts, Design and Marketing. Director of the Master in Design, and Researcher at COW – Center for Other Worlds, ULHT – Lusófona University of Humanities and Technologies. Visiting Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Italy; Università IUAV di Venezia, Italy; Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil; Faculdade Nordeste (FANOR), Brazil; Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Chiba University, Japan; East China Normal University, Shanghai, China. Founder, CEO and creative director of Modus Design, Portugal. Conference Participation in international iniversities, business associations, technological centers in Portugal, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Angola, Japan, and China. Artist-photographer, with research about images as fundamental vehicles in the functioning of societies. Ciência Vitae

Hugo Barata is a visual artist, curator, and educator focused on critical anarchives and crypto-archives, as well as methodological approaches between art practice, curating and education. He has been exploring the concept of constellation to develop creative strategies in the fields of practice-based artistic research, the curatorial as a research-driven collaborative practice and informal methodologies for an inclusive education. PhD in Media Arts from ULHT, with a dissertation about the Archive and Contemporary Art. Recently curated exhibitions include Constellations I/II (CCB, MCB, Lisbon, 2019), Constellations III (CCB, MCB, Lisbon, 2020), In the Cohoorte of De Chirico (Arts College, Coimbra, 2021). He has worked as guest artist and education curator in institutions such as MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, CCB/Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon City Hall – Municipal Direction of Culture and EGEAC, developing different social intervention projects and also formation courses. Ciência Vitae

Inês Andrade Marques (PhD Public Art) is a visual artist, Assistant Professor, and integrated member of the research center in design & art – Center for Other Worlds (ULHT). She has developed several public art projects with students since 2013, as well as interdisciplinary projects that blur the boundaries between artistic disciplines. As a researcher, she has focused on contemporary public art, and pedagogy in visual arts. She is a founding member and integrates the Coordination Council of Rede 3iAP (2019-2021) – Information, Research, and Intervention in Public Art Network, CITAR – Universidade Católica Portuguesa. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Congress CSO – Criadores Sobre Outras Obras, School of Fine Arts – University of Lisbon, and is an external academic peer of the art journals Gama, Croma and Estudio, School of Fine Arts – University of Lisbon. Ciência Vitae

André Tavares
Bianca Elzenbaumer
Ece Canli
Filipe Luz
Justin Roborg-Söndergaard
Lisa Surwillo
Marco Balesteros
Mariana Pestana
Nuno Coelho