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ISHPSSB & ABFHiB 2017 Meeting

Enjoy São Paulo


Besides the characteristics evident in a megalopolis, full of shopping malls, restaurants and buildings, São Paulo has ore than 100 city and state parks, whose styles are quite different, ranging among conservance unities, environments planned according to different tendencies of landscaping, antique farmhouses and historical monuments. Here are some examples:

Ibirapuera Park

Located among the Jardins, Moema, Paraíso and Vila Mariana neighborhoods, the park covers an area of over a million and a half square meters. It has its architecture and landscaping designed by renowned architects - including Oscar Niemeyer. The infrastructure for the public has walking and cycling trails, skating and skateboarding tracks, sports courts, bike rentals, huge lawns for recreation, museums and a lake with a fountain designed for light shows.

Address: The reference address is (no number) Pedro Álvares Cabral Avenue - Gate 10, Vila Mariana, but the park has 10 gates spread all over its perimeter, facilitating access by different streets. In all cases, you can access the park by bus.

Working hours: daily from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., or up to midnight on Saturdays.

Alfredo Volpi Park


This is a park that seeks to give people a sense of immersion in the Atlantic Forest: with exception to its entrance area and a few other areas with tables and wooden benches, the park is basically composed of a dense vegetation and trails, which allows visitors a closer contact with nature. In this park, you can easily spot many marmoset monkeys, but those who have sharper eyes and patience can have fun looking for approximately 70 species of birds that inhabit the park, including the green-billed toucan and the gray-headed-hawk.

Address: 480 Engenheiro Oscar Americano Street, Morumbi.

Working hoursdaily from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Villa Lobos Park

One of the highlights of this park is its suitability for wheelchair users or people with walking difficulties: the paths in the park were practically leveled and some wooden toys were built in order to accomodate wheelchairs. Inside the park, there is a nursery, a library, and a walkway that reaches 3.5 m in height and allows the visitor to stay close to the treetops.

The park is located near the campus of the University of São Paulo, but on the other side of Pinheiros River. Access must be made by taxi.

Address: 2001 Professor Fonseca Rodrigues Avenue, Alto de Pinheiros

Working hours: daily from 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

São Paulo Zoological Garden

São Paulo Zoological Garden is the largest zoo in Brazil and features more than 3,200 animals. In addition to the zoological exhibition, the whole place is located in a rainforest reserve, where Rio Ipiranga starts. The natural landscape, to which is incorporated an infrastructure with 3 snack bars, souvenir shop, baby-changing room and public toilets, makes the place suitable for a very pleasant walk.

Address: 4241 Miguel Estéfano Avenue, Água Funda

Working hours: daily from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

São Paulo Botanical Garden

Located next to Zoological Graden, the Botanical Garden is also characterized as an Atlantic Forest reserve. The Garden holds two greenhouses: one with plants typical of the local biome and another with temporary exhibitions; There is also a library with about 6,400 books, including many volumes of the last century; and there is the Botanical Museum, with displays of elements extracted from plants.

Another feature of the Garden that turns into one of its prominent exhibitions is the Linnaeus Garden, created with inspiration from the Botanical Garden of Uppsala, Sweden, where the naturalist worked.

Address: 3031 Miguel Estéfano Avenue, Água Funda

Working hours: Tuesdays to Sundays and Holidays, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Health and Safety


Remember that the parks are environments where there is a higher humidity concentraton, and the Atlantic Forest is the natural biome of many insects and arachnids. People who have allergic predisposition should look forward using repellent products and long-sleeved clothing, and seek to have at hand some antiallergic ointment in case of bites.

In case of accidents, you can call for the safety and administration staff working in the parks and who are often circulating the area; this team will be ready to serve you. If a removal to a hospital is required, dial 192, to call for the Mobile Emergency Service (SAMU).

Parks are also areas that concentrate many people and therefore it is recommended to pay extra attention to personal belongings. Being discreet and not displaying phones and wallets is a good practice. Remember the safety hints that should be followed in any big city.

If you are transporting photographic equipment or computers, keep it inside discreet bags or backpacks. At the times when transportation is fuller of people, bags and bacpacks should be kept in fronto of the body. At all the time, stay alert to your belongings, specially wallets, purses and cellphones, that must never be kept in a trousers' behind pocket.

HINTS of military police for dealing with robbers

1. In case of robbery, do not react. Always believe that the robber's gun is real and is loaded. Avoid making sudden gestures that may be confused with a reaction on your part.

2. Try to dialogue as cordially as possible with the robber, in order to calm the situation. Generally, robbers are more nervous than the victims.

3. If there is no reaction, the chances of violence against the victim are small. Thus, do not despair.

4. As soon as the robber leave the place, warn the Military Police, dial 190 as soon as you can, reporting the occurred and the robber's features. 

ISHPSSB & ABFHiB 2017 Meeting   
International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB)   
Associação Brasileira de Filosofia e História da Biologia (ABFHiB)   
São Paulo, Brazil, 16 to 21 July, 2017   

São Paulo, Brazil
16 to 21 July, 2017

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