Boaventura De Sousa Santos answers questions about the ALICE Project. Coimbra 16 February 2012. Question: ALICE emerges as a point of departure and an entry point in the investigations of CES. An entry point given the many challenges that have been incipient from the investigations developed out of three decades of research work at CES and a place of departure, as it accepts the challenges in order to turn them into practice. The question is: where did ALICE come from and where is it heading?