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Portuguese and Spanish in Science



Portuguese and Spanish in Science

Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education Elvira Fortunato believes that “we should make more use of the 850 million speakers of Spanish and Portuguese”. An idea that is in line with the results of the study “Portuguese and Spanish in Science: Notes for Diverse and Accessible Knowledge” by Ángel Badillo of the Real Instituto Elcano.

Beginning with the question “What is the future of Spanish and Portuguese as languages ​​of science?”, the report begins by reminding that “although more than 850 million people on four continents speak Portuguese or Spanish – 11% of the world’s population – only 1% of globally indexed scientific output. In addition, 97% of Portuguese scientists, 88% of Mexican and Brazilian scientists, 87% of Spanish scientists and 80% of Colombian, Argentine or Peruvian scientists publish in English.”

José Juan Ruiz, President of the Real Instituto Elcano, emphasizes in this regard that “this externality of the English-speaking network stems from the status of English as the lingua franca of knowledge, which promotes the development of knowledge based on the scientific method.”

The term “capitalize”, correctly used by Elvira Fortunato, should not mean erecting borders to protect the Portuguese and Castilian languages, but rather the adoption of policies that, as José Juan Ruiz emphasizes, can “remove the obstacles preventing all members of society from accessing knowledge”. The President of the Real Instituto Elcano speaks of the implementation of “an open system of access to knowledge, supported by a policy to encourage linguistic diversity.”

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At Ensino Magazine, we have always shared the idea that education and science have no boundaries. Therefore, we consider this study as an important step towards this goal. The editorial line we have adopted with the publication of articles in several languages ​​presents to our readers this dimension of diversity and access to knowledge without barriers.

This is a central issue that allows the knowledge produced in each country to be made available in their languages, in a clear promotion of “open science, culturally and linguistically diverse and accessible”, as recommended in this study. This is the capitalization necessary to ensure that the knowledge gained reaches everyone.

In this process, open and devoid of fundamentalism, the international scientific community must consider this issue as necessary to overcome language barriers and advance knowledge.

One of the objectives proposed in the study includes the creation of a network of chairs “with the aim of valuing multilingualism and promoting cultural and linguistic diversity in science, in cooperation with the states and institutions of higher education most interested in promoting this central theme.” in the future agenda of open science in Ibero-America”. And this is where higher education institutions in the Portuguese-speaking and Ibero-American space play an important role. For our part, we will continue to fight for education and science without borders. This is how the world moves forward. Therefore, we will take an active part in this whole process.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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