Professor Sang-Mook Lee visita o Lousal

O Professor Sang-Mook Lee, reputado cientista Sul Coreano, visitará o Centro Ciência Viva do Lousal no próximo dia 17 de Abril de 2019. O facto deste cientista, em 2006, ter sofrido um grave acidente automóvel, que o deixou tetraplégico, não o impede de continuar ativo na ciência e na sociedade. Venha connosco acompanhar o Prof. Sang-Mook Lee na visita ao Centro Ciência Viva do Lousal e recolha o testemunho da capacidade férrea para ultrapassar todos os obstáculos na persecução dos sonhos e da vontade humana.

O Prof. Sang-Mook Lee realizará, no dia 15 de Abril, pelas 11 horas, no Campus de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, e no dia 17, pelas 12:00,​ no Centro Ciência Viva do Lousal, uma conferência intitulada Meaning of Life and Our Place in the Universe.


Bibliografia Professor Sang-Mook Lee

Sang-Mook Lee is an Associate Professor at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Seoul National University, Korea where he specializes in Marine Geology and Geophysics. He also heads the Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Program in Computational Sciences and the graduate program in Computational Science and Technology.
Sang-Mook received BS from Seoul National University in 1985 and PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1995. He is also an Associate Member to the Korean Academy of Science and Technology and the President of International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics Korea Committee.

On July 2, 2006, during a geologic field trip in California dessert, Sang-Mook was critically injured in a van rollover accident which made him quadriplegic. The accident made him completely paralyzed neck down. Nobody thought he would return. However, in less than six months, he returned back to the university on electric wheelchair. His incredible comeback was reported nationwide, which made him a celebrity overnight.

Sang-Mook has been a key person in Korea advocating the use of information and communication technology as a means to address personal and social problems. Since 2010, he has spearheaded the Quality of Life Technology Program in Korea, a multimillion-dollar initiative to develop assistive technology and provide high-level education for people with disability. He has served on several top-level government committees including the Presidential Council for Information Society (2009-2013) and currently serves in the Disability Policy Coordination Council under the Prime Minister, Sustainable Development Committee for Metropolitan Seoul, and the advisory board of Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education. In 2015, he received the Best Teacher Award from the Seoul National University, and in 2017, Order of Service Merit from the Republic of Korea. On October 2015, his testimony under oath at the National Assembly against the monopoly of the research vessel by the government led to a radical change within Korean marine scientific community, resulting in a new decree (no. 252, Ministry of Oceans and Fishery) and shared use of research vessel with the academic community for the first time in Korean history. In addition to devoting his time in teaching and scientific research, Sang-Mook makes many public talks on diverse topics from earth history and human existence to disability and technology. His story was also featured in the New York Times, NOVA and PBS and is frequently cited by Nature as a leading voice within Korean scientific community.

Recently, he was appointed as the Chair of Organizing Committee of so-called ‘PyeongChang Forum on Earth Environment’ by the Province of Gangwon as part of a legacy of the 2018 Winter Olympic in Korea.


Professor Sang-Mook Lee e Portugal

A colaboração científica e amizade entre o sul-coreano Sang-Mook Lee e os portugueses Álvaro Pinto e Fernando Barriga inicia-se em 2000-2001, quando os três participaram numa missão no mar em águas da Papuásia, destinada a caracterizar um campo hidrotermal submarino rico em minerais com potencial valor económico (Pacmanus). Sang-Mook Lee participou enquanto geofísico/especialista em magnetometria, Álvaro Pinto como petrólogo de minérios e Fernando Barriga como “Co-Chief Scientist”. Durante os dois meses que durou a missão criou-se uma sólida relação profissional e humana entre o coreano e os portugueses, que incluiu, ao longo dos anos, algumas visitas mútuas, e troca de ideias e projectos, antes e depois do acidente que amarrou Sang-Mook à cadeira de rodas (em corpo, não em espírito). A visita de Sang-Mook a Portugal tem em primeiro lugar objectivos científicos (magnetometria em furos de sondagens). Estes contactos decorrerão em Aljustrel, nas novas instalações do LNEG, e possivelmente na caroteca (biblioteca de testemunhos de sondagens) da Almina (Minas de Aljustrel).

O Professor Sang-Mook Lee irá igualmente estar presente no Centro Ciência Viva do Lousal, onde será recebido por diferentes entidades e proferirá uma conferência no auditório, para além de estar agendada uma visita circunstanciada a todo o espaço da aldeia mineira do Lousal. A presença do Professor Sang-Mook Lee no Centro Ciência Viva do Lousal resulta de um convite que lhe foi dirigido para partilhar o seu testemunho de vida e demonstrar cabalmente que a ciência e a tecnologia está presente nas nossas vidas, quaisquer que sejam as circunstâncias e as adversidades que tenhamos de ultrapassar. Estamos certos de que será uma lição de vida para todos nós.

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