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Dia do ITQB 2011

Celebrating ITQB's integration in UNL

Oeiras, 08.07.2011

Today is ITQB Day. Celebrating ITQB's integration in UNL in 1993, the day will be highlighted with the award ceremonies for the António Xavier 2010 Prize and the 2010 Best PhD Thesis Award. This year, the program also includes a moment of science turned stand-up comedy with the participation of Cientistas de Pé.

To mark the occasion, an installation entitled Yeasts biopaintings: Construction Process by Patrícia Noronha, resident artist at ITQB, will also be on display at the ITQB library.


ITQB Day / Dia do ITQB 

Auditorium, 17h00

Welcome / Boas-vindas
Luis Paulo Rebelo, Director do ITQB
António Bensabat Rendas, Reitor da NOVA

António Xavier 2010 Award / Prémio António Xavier 2010
Sponsored by  / Patrocinado por Bruker BioSpin SA
Short presentation by the awardee / Apresentação breve pelo premiado

2010 Best PhD Thesis Award / Prémio Melhor Tese de Doutoramento 2010
Sponsored by / Patrocinado por Fundação Jacqueline Dias de Sousa
Short presentation by the awardee / Apresentação breve pelo premiado

Stand Up Comedy - Cientistas de Pé
with / com  Sofia Guedes Vaz (FCT/UNL), Bruno Pinto (Museu Nacional de História Natural) e João Damas (ITQB)
Direction by / Direcção de David Marçal (former ITQB PhD student) and Romeu Costa,



Yeasts biopaintings: Construction Process

Patrícia Noronha

Library ITQB, 14h00-19h00

Microorganisms produce colored natural pigments that are used for artistic purposes. Biopaintings result from the manipulation of organisms and their specific interactions. Here biopaintings were obtained by controlling the growth of yeast cells on paper, ensuring the stability of the final results. The biopaintings result from the artist´s observation and experimentation of the evolving patterns of yeast biofilms. The often-unexpected results are part of the creative process and suggest new artistic ways to be explored.
In this time-specific installation we can observe the different stages of biopaintings construction process.
On time zero, the paper has been inoculated with two species of yeasts.
On time one, we can observe the growth of the yeasts on paper after 24 hours.
On time two, we can observe the growth of the yeasts on paper after 48 hours.
On time three, we can observe a biopainting after the dead of the cells by UV light.

Acknowlegments: Portuguese Yeast Culture Collection (PYCC), FCT for pos-Doc grant in artistic studies SFRH/BPD/44351/2008. This work was executed at “Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica” (ITQB) in the Physiology of Environmentally Conditioned Microbiota Lab and Microbiology of Man-made Environments Lab. 

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