The monthly Forums run by the Macau Ricci Institute are friendly gatherings where invited speakers, known for their expertise in their specific fields, share the results of their research with the interested public. Such short seminars in the late afternoon are seen as some contribution by the Institute to a better knowledge and understanding of local or global problems, inherent in any modern society and culture. Most of the presented topics are, directly or indirectly, related to the past and present cultural life of the Chinese society.