This year we celebrate the 16th anniversary of Greenfest with hybrid events (in person + digital). Exclusive, different schedules and experiences.
Central theme for the 2023 Editions: The Regenerative Circular Economy and “Nature-Based Solutions”!
The term “Nature-Based Solutions” refers to sustainable management and the use of its mechanisms to respond to the enormous socio-environmental challenges we face. The challenges include such urgent topics as combating climate change, access to clean water, pollution, food security, human health, loss of biodiversity, ecosystem degradation, climate migration and disaster risk management. The list of challenges could go on… and immediately include all the SDGs 2030, whose objectives have become even more demanding and complex with the covid-19 pandemic.
Nature is an authentic “living laboratory” that is about 4 billion years old and many of the solutions to the aforementioned challenges are, or could be, in deciphering natural mechanisms and their applicability to human well-being. Regeneration is one of its pillars, as is the decoding of the genome of fauna, flora, land and sea. Biomimicry, combining various disciplines of our knowledge and inspiration from nature, can be a powerful ally in overcoming challenges and contributing to a healthy transition to a regenerative circular economy, with inclusive, resilient and sustainable communities.
Greenfest – Portugal’s largest sustainability event – is 15 years-old. Over the years, we have collected stories, ideas, inspiration, innovation and friends. We have gathered some of the best moments of this journey we have taken together to build a more sustainable home, country and planet.
This year, Greenfest is even more PLURAL, INTERGENERATIONAL AND DYNAMIC, investing in a program for different and varied target audiences, enhancing transformative experiences. Gather your family, friends and colleagues and join us.
Every year, our focus is to bring together the best references in each specific area of sustainability. Our goal is to continue to be the reference for sustainability in Portugal for the World, or from the World to Portugal
Activities and sessions for everyone!
A movement where you will be able to share ideas and ideals.
Every year we seek to gather the best references from each aspect of sustainability, as well as experts from the various areas covered. Meet some of the speakers who participated in previous editions.
Professor, Former Minister Deputy to the Prime Minister and Former Minister for Regional Development
Miguel Poiares Maduro is a Portuguese scholar and politician. He was Portugal's Minister for Regional Development from April 2013 until October 2015. Previously, he had been the Director of the Global Governance Program and professor of Law at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Poiares Maduro is also a regular Visiting Professor at the Yale Law School, in the United States.
Sociologist and principal researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-ULisboa)
Luísa Schmidt is a sociologist, journalist, professor, and principal researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon. She is part of the team that introduced Environmental Sociology in Portugal, in research, teaching and in the articulation between academia and society.
Diretor of the Macrobiotic Institute of Portugal
Geninha Horta Varatojo is the director of the Macrobiotic Institute of Portugal (IMP), and co-founded the Kushi Institute of Portugal, with her husband, Francisco Varatojo. She is one of the most well known Macrobiotic teachers in Portugal and the author of several cook books, such as Cozinha Natural-Deliciosas Receitas Macrobióticas, Macro Apetite, Memória dos Sabores, Comida Macrobiótica para toda a Família e Tudo o que Comemos Conta, considered by many a reference work in this domain, The book has been reissued in a fully revised and expanded edition. She is also a regular teacher in Spain, and in the last 38 years has written several articles on her area of speciality for many portuguese magazines. She also coordinates the Annual Cooking Course, Cooking Workshops and Short Cooking Courses at the IMP.
Erik Huss has a degree in Journalism and a postgraduate degree in Geography/Terrestrial Ecosystem Science, with a focus on Glaciology and Climate Development. Currently, Erik is the CEO of his own company Husstainability, which has received a lot of attention because it takes into account not only the economy and people, but also the planetary boundaries, which very few in the business world are experienced with.
Vice-Rector of NOVA University Lisbon
Elvira Fortunato is a Portuguese scientist, researcher and professor. She is a world pioneer specialist in paper electronics, namely transistors, memories, batteries, screens, antennas and solar cells. She is considered the "mother" of the paper transistor. She is currently vice-rector of NOVA University Lisbon.
Director of MIT Senseable City Lab
Carlo Ratti is an inventor, activist, architect, engineer, and a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Boston, USA, where he runs the MIT SENSEable, a research group that explores how new technologies are changing the way we understand, design and ultimately live in cities.
CEO Fábrica de Startups
António Lucena de Faria is a founding partner and CEO of Fábrica de Startups, a company created in April 2012. He is also a founding member of StartupPortugal, representing Fábrica de Startups. In 2012 and 2013 he was in charge of organizing and implementing the Energia de Portugal program. He led the launch and development of over 10 companies, having started his journey as an entrepreneur with the launch of Methodus Sistemas, in 1987. He is a professor of Entrepreneurship at the Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics and a member of the National Council for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CNEI). He holds a degree in Economics from the Católica University of Lisbon and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, United States. He complemented his studies with courses pertaining to entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School, London Business School and Babson College.
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