Lisbon hosts an international conference dedicated to scientific exploration in July, which will address issues such as oceans, climate change and space, the organization announced today.
The event, called ‘Global Exploration Summit (GLEx)’, is held on July 3, 4 and 5 and has the support of Turismo de Portugal, and a second edition is also planned, also in the Portuguese capital, in 2021, according to information to the press.
The initiative is being carried out in partnership with The Explorers Club, an organization founded around 100 years ago in New York and with 33 delegations around the world to promote scientific exploration on land, air, oceans and space.
The GLEx is also part of the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation trip and of the 50th anniversary of Man’s arrival on the moon.
The organization promises to bring together in Lisbon the “world elite” of explorers, scientists and researchers in various fields of knowledge to share experiences.
Among the first confirmed speakers are Alexander More, scientist and director of the World Ocean Forum, Bertrand Piccard, doctor and pioneer in ballooning around the world nonstop, archaeologist Beverly Goodman, explorer and filmmaker Fabien Cousteau, and James Garvin, chief scientist at NASA, revealed the organization.
At the end, a statement will be signed by the participants in the meeting, presented as the “Lisbon Resolution”, which aims to be “a guiding document” for the future of scientific exploration and environmental preservation.
Scientific exploration, innovation, technology and new frontiers will be some of the topics scheduled for the three days of the meeting, which will be held in camera at the Champalimaud Foundation on the first day.
The second day will be open to the public, in the Aula Magna of the Rectory of the University of Lisbon, and the third will have a moment in the City Hall of Lisbon, according to the preliminary program presented today.
“The first edition of the GLEx is a unique opportunity for Portuguese scientists and researchers to establish contacts with researchers and explorers from around the world,” the first time the US group is holding a “summit” outside the United States, read in the statement distributed today.
The curatorship is run by The Explorers Club of New York, presented as the world’s oldest scientific exploration society dedicated to “advanced field research.”
Among the club’s members are astronaut Buzz Aldrin, director James Cameron, scientist Jane Goodall, and businessmen Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, as well as institutions such as NASA, MIT and Harvard, among others.
For the presentation to the press, they went to Lisbon, the president of the North American club, Richard Wiese, and the vice-president, Ann Pascer.