From March 22nd to 31st, in Mação, at the Elvino Pereira auditorium, the APHELEIA seminar took place focusing on the theme "Adaptation and Transformations: Community-Based Practices." The objective was to bridge, from an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary framework, between theoretical and academic practices and community-based approaches, spanning from prehistory to the present day.
The program included discussions and a publication, which will spotlight various projects, networks, and innovative approaches, aiming not only to describe specific local contexts but also to understand convergences, similarities, possible patterns, and trends. The intention is also to promote greater collaboration between these projects and networks.
Throughout the program, various days were dedicated to adaptations and transitions, from the remote prehistoric past to contemporary contexts, as well as ongoing specific programs or strategies such as the UNESCO BRIDGES program (with the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences), the project "The Fifth Element" (from the Club of Rome), the TriaLogos project (led by the APHELEIA network), or courses on Cultural Landscapes and Conflicts (DYCLAM +) and on adaptive human strategies (IMQP).
During the seminar, participants were also invited to take part in the first General Assembly of the International Association APHELEIA.
Over the past 10 years, more than 100 fellows and 200 research students have been involved in the seminars and publications of the APHELEIA network (Humanity and Cultural Management of the Territory).
The APHELEIA network began as a project funded by the EU, becoming an International Association in 2018, ultimately becoming a member of the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH). It intervened in the UNESCO project "Expanding the Scope of Sustainability Science" and became relevant in the conceptualization of the new UNESCO BRIDGES program. Its members have actively participated in various projects, including the establishment of UNESCO and CIPSH chairs, new master's and doctoral programs, and significant initiatives like the Jena Declaration.