On this page, you will find some of my writings (scientific, philosophic or poetic) registering my journey on the field and through science.
January 24th 2024
Will the Metaverse reach vulnerable and marginalized societies like Meta did?
January 10th 2024
December 20th 2023
Digital gap and inclusion in Senegalese countryside
November 15th 2023
Language learning and mathematics
What are your thoughts on this? I'm curious to know about your Duolingo day-streak as well!
October 25th 2023
Reflections for future research
Today marks my official departure from the #Amazon #Rainforest 🌳, and it may be some time before I can return to this enchanting land, brimming with mysteries and challenges. As I leave, my heart is filled with #joy, my mind with #ideas, and one unwavering certainty 💡: this is just a small step toward greater undertakings. We, as the international community, must turn our attention to rural villages, native territories, and the #Amazonida #youth. We must (i) heed their calls, (ii) embrace their ingenious ideas, (iii) learn with them and (iv) amplify their voices to drive meaningful change. Several insights spring to mind:
October 12th 2023
Rivers: the common denominator of Amazonian life
I'm in Manaus, the capital of the Amazon Federal State in Brazil 🇧🇷, preparing to depart for my next field expedition 🎥🎒. It has been pouring rain for the past hours, and the city has descended into chaos with flooded streets, car accidents, and power outages. However, this rain is a welcome relief after more than 20 days of drought, which has taken a toll on the citizens and the rivers 🌊. The water levels are critically low, contaminated, and the fish 🐠 are dead or contaminated as well, making it impossible for communities to rely on the river as they have for centuries. And to apply their traditional knowledge practices, for example, looking for Vitória-Régia plants (photo 📸) to identify locations with clean and clear water.
Realizing this, I now feel somewhat obtuse; it was right in front of me all along, but my Western perspective blinded me to it. I feel now finally able to see 👀. These months of fieldwork and ethnography have taught me more than my entire life. The clash of different worldviews enriches us, and I invite fellow scientists, colleagues, and friends to embrace this experience. It's challenging, painful, and uncomfortable, but it's absolutely worth it.
October 1st 2023
Now, it's time for action 🎬. We are still in the field and, so far, we've held numerous meetings, collaborating closely with the communities we now deeply cherish. The photo captures one such meeting on our river boat during a nine-hour #voyage ⛴️. We've brainstormed and aligned our goals, forging a path to co-create and co-design meaningful solutions. Thank you for the partnership and friendship Paula Helm, Roanne van Voorst, Ph.D., Adriano Clayton da Silva, @Josias Sateré, @Freyzer Oliveira e @Marina Magalhaes. I really appreciate having you on my side in this journey. I learn more and more from you every day.
September 20th 2023
Fieldwork is more than scientific production: is an experience of true connection
What do negotiations over boat prices ⛴ and diesel fuel have to do with scientific research? Well, everything if you're ready for fieldwork! 😜
It promises to be an exhilarating adventure 🎒, and I can hardly contain my excitement to share the discoveries and experiences with you upon our return (expect photos 📸). A heartfelt shout-out to Professors Adriano da Silva and @Marina Magalhães de Morais, representing the Universidade Federal do Amazonas, and to @Josias Ferreira de Souza, the indigenous leader from the Ponta Alegre settlement, for their invaluable support. I'd also like to express my gratitude to Paula Helmand Roanne van Voorst, Ph.D., for joining me on this scientific odyssey 🎒🔬, and to the University of Amsterdam for making this project a reality.
August 28th 2023
Life is an ongoing metamorphosis; you must either adapt or risk falling behind. 🦋
April 30th 2023
Publishing a book is a huge personal milestone!
August 25th 2020
"Amazônia Contra o Covid-19" Campaing