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Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical (IHMT) Open day

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Universidade Nova de Lisboa Open Day provides an excellent opportunity for participants to engage with the institution’s activities and connect with dedicated teachers and researchers shaping the future of science. The CLIMOS project was proud to be part of this event, showcasing its contributions to scientific progress and its commitment to addressing pressing global health challenges.

The Open Day 2024 took place on May 10, in person, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, featuring an educational, engaging, and unique program in Portugal.

The Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine reaffirms its dedication to research showcasing its impactful endeavors, vital clinical and laboratory services supporting the community, and comprehensive educational offerings, notably its master’s and doctoral programs.

As a globally recognized institution playing a pivotal role in tackling pressing health challenges worldwide, particularly within the CPLP (Community of Portuguese Language Countries), IHMT NOVA’s Open Day serves as a prime opportunity for attendees to engage directly with the institution’s activities. It provides a platform to interact with passionate faculty and researchers committed to engaging future generations and driving scientific advancement.

This year is marked by significant societal interest, particularly from middle schools (9th grade) and high schools (10th – 12th grade). This success reflects the event’s crucial contribution to the vocational and educational growth of young visitors, affirming its importance in shaping their future endeavors.

For this year, participants were able to observe bacteria and fungi, as well as handle parasites, insects, and mollusks. Additionally, they could extract and visualize DNA, participate in a simulation of a traveler’s consultation, and learn more about the institution’s history and tropical medicine through a visit to the IHMT Museum. Furthermore, participants could take part in the activity titled “I Want to Contribute to Science” and get up close with the Mosquito Web and the CLIMOS Project.

About our work disseminating CLIMOS:

Tarcísio and Carla delivered a presentation on the CLIMOS project, elaborating on the nature of phlebotomus, leishmania, and the transmission cycle of the disease. They also addressed the effects of emerging climate changes on phlebotomus propagation and its implications for infection risk. Subsequently, the children watched a CLIMOS video, followed by an up-close examination of phlebotomus life stages—egg, larvae, pupa, and adults—through a magnifying lens. Additionally, they had the opportunity to observe the Leishmania parasite under a microscope.