In 2015, researchers from two Portuguese Research Units – CIAUD (Research Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Design/University of Lisbon) and CHAM (Centre for Humanities/ NOVA FCSH) started a joint project aiming to bring together researchers from different fields of investigation in order to, in a multidisciplinary scenario, find common grounds to increase the dialogue among the scientific community.
PHI (Φ), the golden proportion, with its vast variety of meanings throughout human knowledge and creations, encompasses the main objective of this project: to foster the dialogue among the different forms of looking at the universe and all it contains, either known or just perceived. In other words, through different methods of researching, communicating knowledge, creating artefacts - be it in the fields of the natural sciences, arts, architecture, or the wide field of the humanities - , achieving a golden proportion, an equilibrium built upon ever-changing paradigms is the focus of the project.
To achieve PHI we annually challenge researchers from all over the world to overcome limits and frontiers, either physical or theoretical, to build bridges and demolish walls, to engage in a multidisciplinary exchange of ideas that promote both knowledge and the acceptance and understanding of the Other.
The International Multidisciplinary Congress takes place every year, at the beginning of October in different locations, according to the ever-increasing partnerships established with international academic and cultural institutions.
Since 2016, the PHI project received the approval of Taylor & Francis who publishes the outcome of the Congresses: books that joins the researchers’ papers accepted after rigorous evaluation process: all full papers are subject to double-blind peer review, language evaluation, and integration in the appropriated sections.

2015 – Proportion, (dis)Harmony and identity – (March 19th to 21st) Museu Oriente, Lisbon

2016 – Utopia(s); Worlds and frontiers of the Imaginary – (October 20th to 22nd) Museu Oriente, Lisbon

2017 – Progress(es); Theories and Practices – (October 4th to 7th) POLIBA, Bari, Italy


2018 – Modernity; Frontiers and Revolutions – (October 3rd to 6th) S. Miguel, Azores, Portugal. CFP (full paper) until 11 March 2018. Website:


FORTHCOMING CONGRESSES (provisional themes, dates of Congress and submission of full papers):
2019 – Intelligence, Creativity and Fantasy – Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris (October 1st to 4th); CFP (full papers): 1st October 2018 to 31st January 2019.

2020 – Tradition and Innovation – Museu Oriente, Portugal (October 6th to 9th); CFP (full papers): 1st October 2019 to 31st January 2020.

2021 - Creating through Mind and Emotions - Kazimierz Pulaski University of Technology and Humanities, Radom, Poland (October 5th to 8th); CFP (full papers): 1st October 2020 to 31st January 2021.

The Centro de Investigação em Arquitectura Urbanismo e Design da Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade de Lisboa (CIAUD); CHAM - Centre for the Humanities – Universidade Nova de Lisboa – Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas – Universidade dos Açores welcome all colleagues and Universities to join us to exchange information and ideas.

PHI Conference Committee