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MW Symposium
H-A-N-A-H, Human And Nature And Healing

The third edition of MW Symposium aims to debate the individual, collective and global wellbeing, exploring a healthy relationship between human and nature and machine. It is suggested to rethink emerging technologies for bridging the gap between the health of the natural environment and humanity, within the physical and digital worlds.

The Man-Machine Wellbeing Symposium (MW) combines Art, Science and Technology, opening space for discussion about the fields of Human-Machine Interfaces, Human-Computer Interaction, Brain-Computer Interfaces, Smart Clothing and Wearable Devices, Smart Materials and Biomaterials, as well as addressing the ideation of products, applications and inclusive spaces for the Design of Ambient Assisted Living. It explores human factors that improve health and wellbeing of people and society which derive from an approach of Human Centred Design.

@Center for Innovative Care and Health Technology

@Center for Innovative Care and Health Technology

MW Exhibition | from 20 to 31 of May

MW Exhibition in Fine Arts Main Hall at ESAD.CR

- Scientific Posters of Masters Course in Design for Health and Wellbeing.

- What Media Helps, What Media Hurts? - Data Visualization & Human Manifests from Graphic and Multimedia Design Course.

- Augmented Reality MW Nature Experience & Installation Art

MW Webinar Announcement - 28 of May (redes sociais)

- What Media Helps, What Media Hurts? - Live Stream of Digital Media and Motion Design Work from Graphic and Multimedia Design Course.

MW SHOWCASE - 28 of May (redes sociais)

MW Webinar | 31 of May

MW TALKS in YouTube channel of AV ESAD.CR


Ana Sacramento, PhD Professor at ESAD.CR

Ana Sacramento

Born in Lisbon, made her artistic training in Music, Dance and Theater. Attended the National Conservatory. Has a degree in Singing from Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa and a PhD in Music (Singing / Vocal Technique) from the University of Aveiro.

Performed solo recitals with conductor and composer Afonso Malão with works by O. Messiaen, P. Hindemith, F. Poulenc, R. Strauss, W. Mozart and Lopes Graça. Among several other performances as a singer and an actress, Ana joined the Gulbenkian Choir and the Choir of the National Theater of S. Carlos, having sung in operas, concerts, tours and recordings.

Ana is Voice and Music Professor in the Theater course at ESAD.CR since 2004, and member of the Coordination Team of the Theater degree.She was Vice Dean of ESAD.CR and Pro-President of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria for the area of Communication. Presented the communication Vocal versatility through crossover practices between vocal qualities, at the II Health and Singing Course at the Institute of Health Sciences at Lisbon Catholic University of Lisbon. Presented several communications such as “Importance of vocal pedagogy and crossover practices” at the 2nd Days of Medicine and Performing Arts at the University of Aveiro (Department of Communication and Art - 2008). Participated in Conferences PAR and published in Cadernos PAR (ESAD: CR). Participated in the MW2.0 Webinar in 2020.

Get to know our Invited Guests from around the world and the time zones agenda for the event:

10:00 am, Lisbon, (Portugal time, GMT+1)

MW Webinar Opening by Professor Ana Sacramento, ESAD.CR, Polytechnic of Leiria.

10:30 am, Lisbon (Portugal time, GMT+1)

Roberta Frontini, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal

“The importance of promoting mental health and physical activity during pandemic lockdown: the relevance of a multidisciplinary view”.

Roberta Frontini

Roberta Frontini has an European PhD from the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology between the University of Coimbra and the University of Lisbon. She has a Master in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies in Psychological and Health Disorders by the University of Coimbra. She is a researcher at the Center for Innovative Care and Health Technology (ciTechCare) at the Polytechnic of Leiria and a lecturer at the same institution. She has published and investigated mainly on the topic of paediatric obesity, the link between physical activity, exercise and mental health, health psychology, mental health, and quality of life. Currently she also works as a clinical and health psychologist.

11:00 am, Lisbon (Portugal time, GMT+1) | 5:00 am, Atlanta (USA time, EDT)

Abeed Sarker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University

“Social media mining for monitoring nonmedical use of prescription medications”

Abeed Sarker

Dr. Sarker is an assistant professor at the Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine, Emory University. He also serves as program faculty at the Department of Computer Science, Emory University and Department of Biomedical Engineering, Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests lie at the intersection of natural language processing, applied machine learning and social media. His is currently leading a number of research projects in this space funded primarily by the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University.

12:00 pm Lisbon (Portugal time, GMT+1) | 9:00 pm Melbourne (Australia time, AEST)

Niels Wouters, PhD., Head of Research and Emerging Practice for Science Gallery Melbourne, Research Fellow in the School of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne.

”The Digital Bricks: Reconnecting with Country through Interactive Buildings”

Niels Wouters

Niels Wouters is a designer and researcher with a particular interest in identifying architectural qualities and engagement opportunities afforded by digital media in public space. Niels is Head of Research for Science Gallery Melbourne, and Research Fellow in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne.

Niels’ work thrives on participatory action-driven approaches. The creativity and thought-provoking nature of his work has been recognized in national and international media, including The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC, BBC, The Washington Times, World Economic Forum, Dazed Digital and CNN. His work has been exhibited at global galleries and museums including Science Gallery Dublin, National Gallery of Victoria, Design Museum Den Bosch and Nxt Museum Amsterdam.

Niels acquired a PhD in Architectural Engineering and holds degrees in Architectural Design, Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction.

Science Gallery

Digital bricks at the entrance to Science Gallery Melbourne. Image: Toby Welch

The Digital Bricks at Science Gallery Melbourne fuse technology and architecture with Australia's Indigenous culture using the world’s highest resolution interactive display.

2:00 pm Lisbon (Portugal time, GMT+1) | 8:00 am Texas (USA time, CDT)

José Colucci Jr., PhD, Director of Research & Development of the Design Institute for Health, Dell Medical School, University of Texas

"Health and the humanization of technology"

José Colucci Jr.

José Colucci is the Director of Research & Development of the Design Institute for Health, a unique institution, where design approaches to solving systemic healthcare challenges are integrated to medical education at Dell Medical School and applied in practice to population health.

Before joining the DIH, José was a Sr. Director and Associated Partner at IDEO for 16 years, Vice-President of Research & Development of ITI, in Canada; and prior to that, he was the General Manager of the Medical Engineering Division at FUNBEC - Brazil's largest manufacturer of medical electronics for cardiology.

José has a BS in mechanical engineering, an MS in Industrial Design and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a guest lecturer at Harvard, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Olin School of Engineering. He is also a professor at the College of Fine Arts and Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin.

3:00 pm Lisbon (Portugal time, GMT+1)

Nicola Henriques, Mentor and Project Management @ SILOS Contentor Criativo, Portugal

“Unnoting local community”

Nicola Henriques

Nicola Henriques is Founder and Mentor of SILOS Contentor Criativo platform where his work has been promoting both Nacional and international Art and Design initiatives within the environment of the city of Caldas da Rainha. SILOS has a positive, close, easygoing collaboration with ESAD.CR, which together, bring to the city of Caldas, a stimulating atmosphere for artists and designers to explore their creativity on a local based territory. This partnership articulates the academia skills of ESAD.CR with SILOS incubator space for students to evolve their intellectual work on the domain of public and private spaces, fostering bridges with other entities in order to enhance human potential in the territory of Caldas da Rainha. In his professional career, Nicola has a background on Physical Education, Space Design, and Marketing. He is certified as an agent for promoting entrepreneurship by the Portuguese National Agency for Competitivity and Innovation (IAPMEI), and is the President of Associação Destino Caldas (NGO).

3:30 pm Lisbon (Portugal time, GMT+1) | 4:30 pm Cairo (Egypt time EET)

Dr.Catherine Demetriades, Physicist in CERN, Muti-scientist and Inventor in Catatrix in the Matrix

“CXAI Actual Intelligence- Where History Meets Future”


Dr. Catherine is a Physicist at CERN. She holds several awards as an inventor and multi-scientist, combining Physics with Molecular Medicine, Ancient Cultural Anthropological Studies and other domains. Her advanced skills are applied in Autizmo the Robot / CXAI Technology.

Catherine Holds 5 gold Medals in 2019 Genius Award; was awarded by Special Inventors Award in 2020 and 2021; awarded by International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada (iCAN) and Toronto International Society of Innovation and Advanced Skills (TISIAS), and by Toronto International Society of Innovation.

4:00 - 7:00 pm Europe (GMT)

MW ROUND TABLE - Light beyond the Mechanic: intuitions, certainties and devices

Creative tensions between physics and design, science and art, culture and technology, philosophy and ethics, will be addressed, in a dynamic balance with techno-scientific culture. The debate will show how intuition meets insight through the interdisciplinary knowledge that is fuelling an emerging neo-humanist vision.


As a transdisciplinary researcher interested for fifteen years in the experience of Light, Professor Mário Caeiro, will curate the MW2.1 Round Table, entering the debate around HANAH – Human And Nature And Healing by presenting a contemporary holistic perspective that introduces Designing Light as a healing process.

Mário Caeiro

Mário Caeiro is a lecturer, a cultural programmer, a curator and a researcher in the field of urban culture and public art. He is the author of Arte da Cidade – História Contemporânea [Art in the City – Contemporary History], published in 2014. Active since 1995 as an independent curator interested in transdisciplinarity, rhetorics, public space and the city, his first best-known projects are Lisboa, Capital do Nada – Marvila 2001 [Lisbon, Capital of Nothing – Marvila 2001] (2001-2002), Luzboa – Bienal Internacional da Luz [Luzboa – International Biennale on the Theme of Light] (2004/2006) and Lightcraft Belmonte (three editions between 2015 and 2019).

Mário holds a PhD in Visual Arts and Intermedia by Universidade Politecnica de Valencia (Spain), with a thesis about the rhetorics of art in the city, Caeiro is a Communication Designer (ESBAL), also graduated in Comparative Literary Studies. Holds a Master in German Studies (FCSH-UNL) and a Post-Graduation in Urban Design (CPD/FBAUL/Universidade de Barcelona). Was awarded the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, in 2005. Teaching at ESAD.CR / Polytechnic of Leiria (Portugal) since 2004, he lives in Caldas da Rainha. Mário Caeiro is a researcher at LIDA (Polytechnic of Leiria) and CECC (Catholic University of Portugal).


Jo Joelson, PhD, Programme Lead for MA Arts and Place, United Kingdom

Jo Joelson

Jo Joelson is a London based artist, researcher, writer and educator. In 2000 she formed the collaborative art partnership London Fieldworks, producing works that respond to ecology as a complex inter-working of social, natural and technological worlds. She has a Masters in curating art, design and new media and completed her AHRC-funded doctorate in 2020, receiving her PhD for Library of Light: a framework to explore light, material culture and social experience from the University of Sunderland, UK. She was recently appointed Programme Lead for the radical new MA Arts and Place at Dartington Arts School in Devon, UK.

Jo has been awarded International Fellowships and residencies to undertake research and fieldwork, including at the Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, USA; Space Plasma Physics Group, Dept. Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester; Skaftfell Center for Visual Arts, Iceland; Vatnasafn/Library of Water, Iceland; Living Art Museum, Iceland; Northeast Greenland National Park; and Reserva Ecológica De Guapiaçu, Brasil. Her collaborative projects, films, artworks and architectures have received awards, honours and special mentions from Ars Electronica, VIDA International Art and Artificial Life, The Arts Foundation, AJ Architecture Awards and London Short Film Festival. Jo has co-edited a number of publications including Null Object: Gustav Metzger thinks about nothing, (Black Dog, 2012); Remote Performances in Nature and Architecture, (Routledge, 2015). Her recently authored, Library of Light: encounters with artists and designers, (Lund Humphries, 2019) examines the role light plays in the new frontiers of art, design and technology and its impact on our cultural history. Her recent essay Violence Power, Surveillance: From the Blind Lantern to the Searchlight for “White Torture” was commissioned for the bilingual publication (German/English) published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König to accompany Power! Light! a forthcoming exhibition at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2021-22).


Pedro Ek Lopes, Lighting Designer at Visual Stimuli , Lisboa

Pedro Ek Lopes


Lara Elbaz, Lighting Designer, Madrid

Lara Elbaz

Lara Elbaz is an Independent Lighting Designer working under the standards of the Spanish Lighting Designers Association, APDI ( She graduated in Interior Design at the Escuela de Artes Decorativas, in Madrid with further education in Lighting Design at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED). She works exclusively in the field of Architectural Lighting since 1995. During the first decade of her professional life, she worked at Philips Lighting Spain, acquiring a solid technical background as well as business and marketing experience. She consolidated her Lighting Design skills while collaborating with the prestigious Spanish lighting design consultancy, Architectural Lighting Solutions (ALS), where she participated in internationally recognized projects such as Expo Zaragoza 2008 and Madrid Rio. In 2009 she started her own studio, Lara Elbaz Lighting Design ( where she combines lighting design for architectural applications with an intense educational activity, participating in international workshops and conferences and teaching Lighting Design at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED Madrid)where she has directed the Lighting Design Master course from 2010 to 2020. She also participates in the Lighting Design Master course at the Universidad politécnica de Barcelona (UPC) since 2011. During the last decade she has worked on a number of projects including urban, retail, residential, hospitality, restaurants and health lighting. She is a Senior Professional Member of APDI (Spanish Lighting Designers Association) where she currently holds the position of President of the Board of Directors.

Healy Project

Abbey Smith and Victoria Hancher: Abbey and Vicky created Healy Avalon, a community of Healy users from all over the world, offering them support. They share Healy's mission which is to bring vibrational medicine into the homes of everyone. (

Abbey Smith

Abbey Smith

Abigail has always had an interest in Healing, Sound, Arts and Science.

Having studied her degree in Arts Management, Abigail’s first steps into the realm of Healing was through a passion for creativity. After her studies, she became a drama teacher, working with teenagers guiding them on how to express themselves freely in a safe space.
In 2013 she started on her own personal healing journey becoming an active member of the OSHO community where she delved into a deep practice of active meditations. She quickly became interested in Reichen Techniques that were developed by a German psychotherapist, Wilhelm Reich and she spent some years practicing these techniques that were called bio-energetics. Learning to effectively release stress and emotional tensions which blocked the natural flow of energy in the body.

She has spent the last years delving into Frequency Medicine and IMF (Individualised Microcurrent Frequencies)

She is now a Healy Bio-Energetics Practitioner. Healy is a wearable bio-energetic frequency healing device using quantum physics delivering specific micro-current frequencies to your body’s cells and energy field in order to bring the body, mind, emotions and energy back into balance. She believes that this new age technology is the future of medicine and has made it her mission to share this amazing tool with the world.

Victoria Hancher

Victoria Hancher

Victoria Hancher has 20 years experience as a Holistic Therapist, with a variety of treatments including Aromatherapy, Massage, Indian Head Massage, Reiki, Energy work and Non-Medical Nutritional advice among many others. Along her personal quest to find healing modalities and learn more, about seven years ago, she stumbled across energy medicine, and vibrational devices. Se became familiar with a selection of different devices including a hands on device called the Scenar and practitioner devices very similar to the Timewaver.

Victoria is now a Healy practitioner, she found that the healy is a perfect way to allow this technology into the home, and make it more accessible for everyday use. She's a firm believer in empowering people to take their health into their own hands, and to support their healing journey through many different modalities.


Inês Rodolfo

Inês Rodolfo is a human experience designer and researcher in Design for Health and Wellbeing Technology. She holds a PhD in Digital Media from the Program UT Austin | Portugal, from the Faculty of Science and Technology of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in partnership with the University of Texas.

After her PhD, she was invited to teach at the Superior School of Arts and Design (ESAD.CR) where she lectures since 2018 in the fields of User Experience Design (UX), Multimedia Design, Design Strategy, Human Factors in Design for Wellbeing and Seminars. At the same time she arrived at the School, she was also Invited to ideate a new master course named as “Design for Health and Wellbeing” by defining teaching methodologies, learning outcomes and by creating an innovative curricular structure that combines the fields of Design, Life Sciences and Engineering. In order to promote the course, Professor Inês was asked to create a promotional event, from which MW Symposium emerged, and is now opened to all courses from the School that wish to outreach their research, towards the innovation of future environments.

As a researcher, her interests currently rank from positive design, affective design, ethics and regulation of AI, design strategy for omnichannel and orchestrated human experiences. She is also focused on exploring mixed reality and human-machine interfaces (HMI), brain-computer-interfaces (BCI), digital therapy and biofeedback wearable devices to promote wellbeing.

Ines Rodolfo

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