Lousã was the destination of the third edition of “INESC TEC on foot”, an internal initiative that promotes the organisation of hikes across the country. On 11 May, around 50 collaborators walked more than 10 km within Serra da Lousã, visiting historic villages, monuments and enjoying leisure times amidst nature.
“I wouldn’t mind doing this again!”
According to Rúben Moreira, collaborator of the Management Information Systems Service (SGI), “the initiative promotes the healthy socialisation among the different INESC TEC collaborators and the visit to excellent new places”.
Leonel Morgado, researcher of Centre for Information Systems and Computer Graphics (CSIG) said that “INESC TEC of foot allowed me to interact and become better acquainted with my colleagues in an informal context that promoted the creation of bonds”.
According to Libânia Caetano, from the Accounting and Finance service (CF), this day “was a real adventure, marked by moments of great companionship and entertainment, always surrounded by a beautiful landscape with a vast richness in the details”.
In the opinion of Barbara Veloso, collaborator of the High-Assurance Software Laboratory (HASLab), “it is always good to see our colleagues in another environment and to have other conversations besides those that are strictly professional and part of our daily routine”.
“Everything was great!”
The Serra da Lousã, which is really sought for the practice of extreme sports, has its highest altitude point at Alto do Trevim. The abundant vegetation is crossed by numerous watercourses that create fluvial beaches. Some of the villages that were visited were Candal, located on a hill facing south, Catarredor, predominant in schist and integrated in a landscape area, and also Vaqueirinho and Talasnal, villages connected to each other by history and culture. In the end, there was still time to visit the Arouce Castle, included in the Senhora da Piedade complex.
“It is definitely an experience to repeat in the future!”
“INESC TEC on foot” is an initiative promoted by the Communication Service (SCOM), which aims to organise a healthier day, in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere between collaborators and that involves an outdoor hike. In the organisation, there is a voluntary group of INESC TEC’s collaborators and experienced hikers, with particular attention to João Moreira (LIAAD), José Carlos Sousa (SIG), Bruno Lima (CSIG) and João Vinagre (LIAAD).
The researchers mentioned in this news piece are associated with UP-FEUP and UAb.