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8TH Edition of the Estoril Conferences: Two Nobel Prize winners and a Pulitzer among the first confirmed names

1 September 2023

Gerard Ryle (2017 Pulitzer Prize), Richard Roberts (1993 Nobel Prize in Medicine) and Aaron Ciechanover (2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry) are some of the first confirmed speakers at the 8th edition of the Estoril Conferences, on 1 and 2 September, under the theme "Re-humanising our world: Planet, Peace, Politics, People.

The first speakers for the Estoril Conferences, to be held on 1 and 2 September at Nova SBE's Carcavelos campus, have been announced. Gerard Ryle, Director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and winner of more than 50 international awards, including an Emmy and a Pulitzer in 2017, will participate on the first day of the event, sharing his experience in the field of investigative journalism and the contribution of real journalism to building a fairer and more just society.

Sir Richard Roberts, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1993, and Aaron Ciechanover, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2004, will take part in the debates over the two days of the conferences, bringing their experience to the discussion on how poverty and climate change can affect access to health care and intervene in the mental health of the world's population. In particular, Sir Richard Roberts will argue that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can make a significant contribution to the fight against hunger in regions such as the African continent, a position supported by 155 Nobel Laureates.

These three internationally recognised names will be joined by Sameera Chukkapalli, head of the Obama Foundation, and Erden Eruç, the first person to circumnavigate the globe solo, using only human power. Both will take the stage to reflect on how to stop the destruction of the planet and discuss ways of working together to defend communities and the planet's natural resources.

Another confirmed name is Alexandra Palt from the L'Oreal Foundation. A lawyer by training, Alexandra specialised in human rights and worked for Amnesty International in Germany. João de Macedo will be another strong speaker. An internationally acclaimed giant wave surfer, he is an environmentalist and co-founder of the Save The Waves Coalition.

"The Estoril Conferences play a very important role in inspiring all generations and challenging us as strategic communities in society to build a better, fairer and more just world. We are committed to sensitising all generations and stimulating critical thinking about the realities around us, especially among the youngest, because this is the only way we can work together for the change the world so desperately needs," says the Executive Director of the Estoril Conferences, Laurinda Alves, adding that "we want to be one of the engines of change, exploring new ways for a more sustainable and humane future".

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