LabCom Online Cafe

The LabCom Online Cafe is an informal meeting between researchers, artists, activists, communities, NGOs and everyone interested in topics that address SOCIAL INCLUSION AND WELL-BEING FOR ALL. Our conversation takes place every Friday at 4 pm via GoogleMeet. The idea is to create a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge, a moment inspired by our globalized reality, to promote the inclusion and connection for all. Everybody can propose a theme for the next Cafe (and alternative meeting time to adapt to your time zone), it is just to contact our LabCom. We do not have formal meeting registrations, because the proposal is that you can click on the link of the room if you feel like it and participate without formalities, having a coffee, lying in the hammock, sitting on the beach or under the covers hiding from the cold. It is a blind-date!

Come talk to us, we really want to meet you! To make you want to find us, below we list the meetings that have already taken place.


On 9th April 2021, at 4 pm in Brazil, we had a conversation about Tourism and Race Relations with Professor Natália Oliveira, from the Federal University of Pelotas. The discussion brought important themes for reflection, such as the lack of representation of the black population in tourism advertising and the places promoted as places of tourism, which intend to erase the true history of Brazil.




On March 26, 2021 the LabCom Cafe took place at 13:30 pm. We had a very interesting conversation about Heritage and Restoration with the Spanish architect from the city of Cadiz, Alberto Jiménez Ruiz. Alberto presented us with a restoration work that he developed for the Santa Isabel de Hungría School, in Spain, in Cadiz.





On 19th March 2021, at 4 pm in Brazil, we talked about the new LabCom Project, PlaceAge-COVID. More information, you can find here:




On 12th March 2021, our meeting focuses on the discussion of how international mobility can contribute to teaching in Brazil, bringing to the conversation Professors Dr. Adriane Borda and Dr. Célia Gonsales who spent 1 year in Spain doing post-doctorate with funding from CAPES PRINT of the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil.





First LabCom Cafe of 2021.

On March 5 at 4 pm we met to set our goals and schedule for the new year.






On 18th December, at 4 pm, we had our last LabCom Cafe in 2020. LabCom participants presented the articles they developed in 2020, talked about the next activities for 2021 and reflected on this pandemic year. LabCom Cafe returns to its activities on 5th March 2021.








The LabCom Cafe of 11th December 2020 brought us the discussion about Cultural Landscape and Architectural Works in a round table format with internationally renowned architects: Xianjun Zhou (from China), Shunichiro Higashi (from Japan) and Sati Fukunaga (from Brazil). Our meeting started at 4 pm (in Brazil) in this new round table format. Each guest presented their own projects developed in Spain, Japan and Brazil.




At the LabCom Cafe on 4th December 2020, we talked about the inclusion of the feminist perspective in academic research. Professor Dr. Ligia Chiarelli brought us this debate, at 4 pm via GoogleMeet. To get in the mood for debate, we suggest that everyone watch the 2015 film ‘As Suffagistas’ (available on the internet and also on Netflix) before our Cafe and bring their feminist vision of this still so macho world.





On Friday, 27th November 2020, at 4 pm, we had a very opportune conversation for this moment that begins the summer and the holiday schedules in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic in Global South. Professor Alice Islabao Lopes, bachelor in Tourism, specialist in Tourism, Environment and Culture, master in Social Policy and doctoral student in Social Memory and Cultural Heritage at UFPel, brought us the debate on Tourism and Hospitality before and now in the pandemic period. Alice comes to add our discussions in the area of interest of Sustainable Tourism.



On 20th November 2020, we had our first LabCom Cafe BREAKFAST :)) Our meeting took place at 10 am in Brazil time and at 1 pm in UK time. Professor Ryan Woolrych, from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, brought us the debate on population ageing and the right to the city. Ryan has been working with us since 2016 when he led the PlaceAge Project with Professor Adriana Portella in the UK and Brazil. Ryan and Adriana formed this network of ageing studies in 2015 when they were invited to the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) WorkShop in London.




The LabCom Cafe on 13th November 2020, at 4 pm (Brazil time) we talked about Environmental Psychology and Pandemic, with Professors Doctors Isolda and Hartmut Gunther from the University of Brasília (UNB). Isolda and Hartmut were the leaders in Brasilia of the study on ageing, Project PlaceAge, coordinated in Brazil by LabCom. The discussion was centred on how the city’s built environment influences people’s behaviour, especially at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.




This Friday, 6th November 2020, we had our first LabCom Cafe Brunch. Our meeting took place at 2:00 pm (Brazil time) to meet our national and international audience in a comfortable time (Europe is 4 hours ahead of Brazil). We had two guests for this Friday: Professor Eddie Andrew Martínez Alegría of Colombia, from Universidad La Gran Colombia, and architect Alberto Jiménez Ruiz, who has been working for more than 15 years on projects for the restoration and restoration of historic heritage in Spain and in rest of Europe. The debate was around the themes of urban legibility, urban design and historical heritage. Architect Alberto Ruiz presented the fantastic restoration project of Cathedral of Cadiz in Spain, while Professor Eddie brought us a whole debate about the importance of urban legibility in the design of public spaces in the pandemic and post-pandemic periods.


Friday, 30 October 30 2020, we had a LabCom Cafe of international excellence. We discussed how to promote the reception of refugees and migrants beyond the pandemic with professionals who work directly in the area of ​​refuge: João Granja, who works in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ Rapporteurship on the Rights of Migrant People. Guilherme Mansur, associate researcher at the Center for the Study of International Migration (CEMI / Unicamp), is a researcher at the Directorate of High Studies at the National School of Public Administration (ENAP). Cyntia Sampaio, who has been involved with international organizations and non-governmental organizations of reference in the protection of vulnerable population groups, being National Coordinator of the South-South Cooperation Project for the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers in the Region of America Latin America and the Caribbean developed by the International Labor Organization in partnership with the Government of Brazil. A Cafe of two hours and 30 minutes with a lot of emotion.


On Friday, 23 October 2020, at 4 pm, we talked about what can be considered historical heritage today and deal with the controversial Casa Kraft. The meeting was led by the architect Letícia Aguilera, who brought us to the debate the architects Ana Lúcia Costa de Oliveira and Ester Gutierrez.








On Friday, October 16, 2020, at 4 pm, we had an extremely important conversation in the current context, Carolina Clasen and Eduardo Rocha presented us the Healthy Schools Manual, developed by the IAB of Sao Paulo. Download the Manual here and learn the basic guidelines for a Healthy School in this pandemic context before sending your child to school.







On Friday 9th October 2020 at 4pm, Emotions and City was our conversation with our colleague Professor Dr Cristóbal Ferretti, directly from Chile, at the University of Bío-Bío, discussing the concepts of Zones of Sacrifice, Containerization of Space, Industrial ‘Corralamiento’, Regressive Narratives and Fear as a Power Device. In the end a great debate between researchers from Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Colombia, and a Happy Birthday to our researcher Kethlyn from Colombia.






Friday, October 2 at 4 pm, we talked to institutions that were part of the “One hand washes the other” Project, an initiative of the NGO Habitat Brasil, which raised funds with large companies so that more than 600 community sinks could be installed in vulnerable communities in Brazil. The guests for our conversation are the company EFICIOBRA (architects Isadora Passeggio and Karina Moura) who inserted the community sinks in the city of Pelotas, the architect Jorge Sanchez who inserted the sinks in the city of Florianópolis and the NGO Engenheiros Sem Fronteiras (civil engineer Gabriel Chiele and lawyer Julia Antunes) who inserted the sinks in the city of Porto Alegre, all institutions in Brazil.




On September 25 at 4 pm our conversation at LabCom Cafe was about the architect Lina Bo Bardi, with her Museum Architecture and Expography. The guest Professor Ricardo Pintado brought us several curiosities about this fabulous Italian woman who chose Brazil as her residence and left so many legacies for the history of architecture.





The LabCom Online Cafe of September 18, 2020, was with Architect Fabrício Gallo Corrêa who brought us the debate on Housing Rights and the importance of the National Rural Housing Program (PNHR) for Brazil.






On September 11, 2020, at LabCom Cafe we talked about milk cartons! Architect Thaise Sebben told us about the use of Tetra Pak packaging (the milk cartons!) as an internal lining for vulnerable homes.






Friday, September 4, 2020, was the day to map our feelings, we talked about Story Maps, from ArcGIS Online. Professor Sinval Xavier brought us a wonderful tool, but still little used in the area of behaviour, with a great capacity for analysis and application in research with communities and the city.




On August 28, 2020, we had an excellent meeting at LabCom Online Cafe on the topic of Co-Housing/Co-Living for Older Adults as a way of inclusion and active healthy ageing. Alternative Inclusion Housing with Professors Celina Britto Corrêa and Eduardo Rocha and Architects Rafaela Otto and Rafaela Scherer.





At the LabCom Online Cafe on August 21, 2020, we talked about the International Research Context with Guest Professors Cristhian Brum from UFPel, Fabio Vinasco from Colombia, Martins Gomeztagle from the University of Tokyo in Japan, and Tarcísio Oliveira from UNIJUI.








On August 14, 2020, LabCom Cafe brought a challenge to everyone: Write and present a research PAPER from a study that has already been done within 30 days! The Articles Workshop led to the creation of study groups that are preparing for our LabCom Cafe on October 9, 2020.





August 7 was the KEY day, the day of the INAUGURATION of our meetings. The First LabCom Online Cafe, presented by Professor Adriana Portella, was about Inclusion and Networking, Research and Development. We started at 2 pm, but now the Cafe has been consolidated for 4 pm, at the time of afternoon coffee or English tea.