PhasAGE – Excellence Hub on Phase Transitions in Aging and Age-Related Disorders

career development workshop

Wikipedia as a platform for scientific outreach

24 SEPTEMBER – 2 pm (west, Lisbon Time) | 3 pm (cest)

online workshop 


Scientists are increasingly encouraged or even required to disseminate their knowledge through multiple platforms and media, including social networks or blogs. The impact of these however is either temporary, hard to measure or dissatisfying.

Wikipedia on the other hand has been around for 20 years, is highly popular, and contributors collaborate instead of competing for visibility.

In this workshop, you will learn how to effectively contribute to the site, including:

  • Editorial policies
  • Tools and tricks to write a good quality article
  • How to measure the impact of your contributions



This workshop is intended for young researchers (Master’s and Ph.D. students) and postdocs. The workshop is open to members of PhasAGE consortium institutions with a limitation of 20 attendees to maximize the workshop learning.

Participants will be selected based on their motivation statement and will receive a certificate of attendance.


The workshop attendance is free of charge. 


Gonçalo Espregueira Themudo is an Assistant Researcher at CIIMAR / University of Porto, and President of Wikimedia Portugal, a non-profit organization founded in 2009 that aims to contribute to the general dissemination of knowledge and culture by encouraging the gathering, creation and distribution of freely licensed content, particularly in the Portuguese language. It does so by establishing partnerships with public and private entities that wish to contribute to the free knowledge movement, and encouraging participation in the projects run by the Wikimedia Movement, such as one of the most visited sites in the world, Wikipedia.                                                                                                                                

Gonçalo has a background in Biology, with undergraduate studies in Biology and Applied Ecology at the University of Porto, and a PhD from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, studying phylogenetic and population genetics of a genus of Amphibians. He did several post-docs in Denmark from 2009 to 2019, and has done research in several topics, including veterinary epidemiology, forensic genetics and psychiatric genetics.

His passion for evolutionary biology and open science has led him to start contributing to Wikipedia in 2006, where he led several biology related projects. The articles he has contributed too are read more than a million times each year. He has organized together with Wikimedia Portugal several competitions and events, such as the largest photo competition in the World, Wiki Loves Monuments, and the upcoming Wikidata Days conference, dedicated to Wikidata, a free linked data database.