Chapter events - Portugal

SDN Portugal celebrates the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with a webinar where we will put the current COVID-19 situation into perspective.

About this Event

The Portugal Chapter of the Service Design Network celebrates the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by bringing to you a special webinar in which we will try to put the current situation, COVID 19, into perspective.

To get a better understanding of what are the impacts on climate change of this almost complete halt in our economic and social activity, we will have a special speaker from the European Space Agency, ESA . He will help us answer questions such as: is COVID 19 the silver lining for climate change? What are the short and long term impacts, if any?

To complement this high-level perspective, we will also provide a framework for you to include a planet-centric approach in your day-to-day decisions as designers.

Of course, to make this happen we will count with two amazing speakers.


  • 17:00 Welcome
  • 17:05 Climate change & COVID 19 I Joseph Aschbacher
  • 17:20 Planet-centric design I Carolina de Faria
  • 17:35 Q&A
Meet the speakers:

Meet the speakers:

Joseph Aschbacher, Director of Earth Observation Programmes at ESA

Born in Austria, he studied at the University of Innsbruck, graduating with a Master and a Doctoral Degree in Natural Sciences. His professional career in ESA began in 1990 as a Young Graduate at ESA ESRIN. Currently, he is the Director of Earth Observation Programmes, a position that took up duty in 2016.

Carolina de Faria, Service Designer at VINCIT

Originally a communication designer, she changed focus and started coaching innovation-driven programmes in higher education. Currently, she is working as a planet centric designer at Vincit, shifting the focus of design to include sustainability as a core characteristic of what we put into the world.