Opening Session


Jorge Cruz was born in Lisbon in 1964,  holds a Masters in Psychology, a subject on which he lectured at University in Portugal in his earlier career. In 1999 he joined the diplomatic service and soon afterwards served at the Portuguese Embassy in Sofia and Rome (2003). Following a brief period as diplomatic advisor in the Office of the Minister for Internal Affairs, he served at the Embassy in Montevideo (2005-9) and then the Embassy in Vienna, at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations and International Organizations (2009-14). In 2014 Jorge Cruz was appointed Head of Division for UN Affairs at the Directorate for the International Political Organization Services of the Directorate-General for External Policy, and in 2015 he was appointed Head of Division for the Internal Human Resource Services within the General Administration Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On 5th August 2017 he took office as Consul General of Portugal in Manchester.

Session 1: Public Policies

i029349Tiago Brandão Rodrigues was born in Braga, 1977. He is the Minister of Education, Sports and Youth of the XXI Constitutional Government. He was elected deputy to the Republic Assembly in the XIII Legislature from the electoral circle of Viana do Castelo. In 2000, he finished is baccalaureate in Biochemistry from Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra. In the following years he developed scientific research in Dallas, Madrid and Coimbra, work that led to this PhD in Biochemistry, speciality of Molecular Biophysics, from the University of Coimbra. During this period, he was dedicated to the study of cerebral metabolism in neurodegenerative diseases, and had his thesis awarded the António Xavier prize, in 2008. From 2010, he worked as a researcher in oncology at Cancer Research UK, University of Cambridge, being equally affiliated to Corpus Christi College. He was awarded funding from the European Comission, through the Marie Curie programme, e the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). He is a member of several scientific international societies and author of tens of published articles in both high impact factor international journals and speciality books. One of his papers in Nature Medicine, granted him the British International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine prize. He has been an invited speaker in several international scientific events, having taught in different under and post-graduate courses. He has been member of the editorial board of several journals as well as journal reviewer and examiner of important international scientific funding agencies. He has integrated the board of directores of PARSUK, where he developed work in Science Communication. He has also integrated the Portuguese Committee to the London Olympic Games in 2012, as Olympic Attache.

dr-mike-galsworthy-220Mike Galsworthy is co-founder of Scientists for EU. Previous to that he was an independent consultant in research and innovation policy and a visiting researcher at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Mike’s undergraduate degree is in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and his PhD in behaviour genetics from Kings’ College London. His recent work includes a series of case studies on “international innovation” by UK universities for Universities UK and an analysis to assess the effectiveness of the EU’s health research programme under FP7 (science programme for the years 2007-2013). His commentary on UK-EU research relations has been cited in Government and House of Lords documents. Mike has analysed and written commentary (academic and lay) on EU research programmes since 2009, has given invited talks on science policy and has been vocal on why the UK should stay in the EU for science since 2013.

robert_geyerRobert Geyer is Professor of Politics, Complexity and Policy and the Lancaster University Academic Director (International). His research interests have evolved in several directions, the main focus being on complexity theory and public policy. His recent book publications, including co-authored and co-edited books, are Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy, 2014; Complexity and Public Policy, 2010; Complexity, Science and Society, 2007 and Riding the Diabetes Rollercoaster, 2007. He has also written various articles in this field and was featured in six short films. His other core area of research is in EU social and health policy with a particular emphasis on drug advertising policy.

Session 2: Challenges in Higher Education

FranciscoVeloso_sinppetFrancisco Veloso is the Dean of Imperial College Business School. Previously, he was the Dean of Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics, where he held the NOS Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Francisco also retains an adjunct appointment at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a tenured Full Professor. Francisco has a PhD in Technology, Management and Policy from MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as an MSc in Technology Management and an Undergraduate Degree in Physics Engineering, both from the University of Lisbon. Francisco’s research focuses on high tech innovation and entrepreneurship. He has several dozen publications in leading academic journals and has won several awards for his contributions. He regularly contributes as a consultant and advisor to a range of start-ups, established firms, universities and government around the world. He was also a member of the RISE – Research, Innovation and Science Experts High-Level Advisory Body to European Commissioner Carlos Moedas.

LuisOliveiraSilva 00.57.13Luís Oliveira e Silva  is Professor of Physics at Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal, where he leads the Group for Lasers and Plasmas. He obtained his degrees (Lic. 1992, PhD 1997 and Agregação 2005) from IST. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California Los Angeles from 1997 to 2001. His scientific contributions are focused in the interaction of intense beams of particles and lasers with plasmas, from a fundamental point of view and towards their applications for secondary sources for biology and medicine. Luís has authored more than 200 papers in refereed journals and three patents, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Plasma Physics (Cambridge University Press). He has given keynote/invited talks and colloquia at all the major plasma physics conferences and served on the program and selection committees of conferences, prizes, and faculty positions in Europe, US and Japan. He is a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of ELI – Beamlines, served on the Scientific Steering Committee of PRACE, and was a member of the National Council for Science and Technology (reporting to the Prime Minister of Portugal). He is the President of the Scientific Council of IST since 2013. He has supervised 11 PhD students and 7 post-doctoral fellows whose work has led to several national and international prizes. He was PI in more than 20 projects funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation, ESA and EU, in EU supercomputing projects, by NVIDIA, and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Luís was awarded two Advanced Grants by the European Research Council in 2010 and in 2015, being one of the youngest scientists to be awarded two Advanced Grants. He was awarded the 2011 Scientific Prize of the Technical University of Lisbon, the IBM Scientific Prize 2003, the 2001 Abdus Salam ICTP Medal for Excellence in Nonlinear Plasma Physics by a Young Researcher, and the Gulbenkian Prize for Young Researchers in 1994, among other prizes and honors. He was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society and to the Global Young Academy in 2009, and Fellow of the European Physical Society in 2017. In 2016, Luis O. Silva was awarded the title of Grande Oficial of the Ordem da Instrução Pública by the President of the Portuguese Republic.

Screen Shot 2018-04-10 at 23.47.58Sharon Huttly is Pro Vice-Chancellor Education providing leadership for the development and implementation of the University’s education strategy. Sharon is also Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Research. Sharon joined Lancaster University in August 2014 from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London, where she was Dean of Studies responsible for learning and teaching. Her research was principally concerned with child health and nutrition in low/middle-income countries, with a focus latterly towards postgraduate education. She has worked extensively in South America, West Africa and Asia, obtaining research funding from, and undertaking consultancies for, various international organisations. Her teaching experience is primarily at postgraduate level in the fields of epidemiology and child health, involving a range of taught courses (campus-based and distance learning) and supervision of doctoral students. Sharon is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessor and has served on national working groups including the HEFCE On-Line Learning Task Force, the HEA Grade Point Average Advisory Group and the QAA Postgraduate Advisory Board.

Session 3: Non-linear Career Paths

MiguelClaraVasconcelosMiguel Clara Vasconcelos (1971, Portugal) was educated in Classic Languages and Literature at Lisbon University and Coimbra University and holds an MSc in Cinematographic Studies which he gained at the Sorbonne in Paris. His body of work varies from literature to theatre, dance, video art and cinema. The Golden Triangle won the award for Best Portuguese Film at the Curtas Vila do Conde international film festival in 2014. Silent Meeting won the award for Best Portuguese Feature Film at the IndieLisboa International Film Festival in 2017.

Joana_Lobo_AntunesJoana Lobo Antunes is the Head of Science Communication Office at ITQB Nova University of Lisbon. She has a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences (University of Lisbon) and a PhD in Organic Chemistry (University of Santiago de Compostela) and has taught Cell Biology at Universidade Lusófona. Her interest in theatre led her to study Forum Theatre with Augusto Boal, Julián Boal, Armindo Pinto and Gisella Mendoza, and to perform with Grupo de Teatro do Oprimido de Lisboa (2006-2008). She also co-directed scientists in a theatre play about their lives and conflicts (staged at Gulbenkian, Teatro Municipal de Bragança, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, among others). Combining her passions for science and theatre, Joana applied theatrical improvisation techniques to develop oral communication and voice/posture workshops for scientists, which she currently teaches at Master and PhD courses. After a postdoc in Science Communication at ITQB, she was a director at Sintra Science Center and now is currently back in academia, coordinating a team of 5 in Science Communication projects.

Patricia_portelaPatrícia Portela is a writer and performance maker born in 1974, living between Belgium and Portugal. She studied set and costume design in Lisbon and in Utrecht, film in Ebeltoft, Denmark, and Philosophy in Leuven, Belgium. Since 2003 she has worked on her own performances and installations in collaboration with international artists. She has achieved national and international recognition for her unusual work and is considered one of the most daring artists and innovative writers of her generation. She won the Revelation Prize in 1994 for her creative work in performance and cinema, the Prize Teatro na Década for T5 in 1999, the Gulbenkian Foundation Prize Madalena de Azeredo Perdigão for the performance Flatland I in 2004 and a special mention for Wasteband in 2003, and she was one of the 5 finalists of the Sonae Media Art Prize 2015 with her installation Parasomnia, amongst other prizes. She has been invited to participate in the prestigious International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa in 2013, and was the first literary resident in Berlin in 2016. She is the author of several novels (Banquet was a finalist of the Novel and Novella Big APE Prize 2012) and short stories. She is a founder member of the Prado cultural association since 2003 and an editor at the collective editions Prado since 2008. Patrícia Portela writes chronicles for Jornal de Letras and Coffeepaste.com

Session 4: Citizenship and Society

Helena_CarreirasHelena Carreiras is an Associate Professor of Sociology, Public Policy and Research Methodology at ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), and a senior researcher at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES- IUL). Presently she is the dean of the School of Sociology and Public Policy of ISCTE-IUL and the president of the European Association ERGOMAS (European Research Group on Armed Forces and Society). She holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute (Florence). Between 2010 and 2012 she was deputy-director of the Portuguese National Defense Institute and in 2014 she was Visiting Professor at the University of Georgetown (Department of Government). Her research interests are in gender and society, armed forces, civil-military relations, security and defense public policies and qualitative research methodology. Her work has focused on gender integration in military institutions and gender aspects of international security. She is the co-editor of Researching the Military (Routledge, 2016, with Celso Castro and Sabina Frederic), Qualitative Methods in Military Studies (Routledge, 2013, with Celso Castro) and Women in the Military and in Armed Conflict, (Vs Verlag, 2008, with Gerhard Kuemmel), and the author of Gender and the Military: Women in the Armed Forces of Western Democracies (London, Routledge, 2006).

helena-machadoHelena Machado is Full Professor at the University of Minho. Her research interests are centred on the sociology of crime and the social studies of forensic genetics, with a special focus on the societal, regulatory and ethical issues associated with the uses of molecular genetics in contemporary modes of governance in the forensic and medical fields. In 2015, Helena Machado was awarded a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), one the most competitive and prestigious funding schemes for scientific research of excellence in the European context.

MariaJoaoValenteMaria João Valente Rosa is a Professor at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH). Maria Joao has a PhD in Sociology (specialty in Demography), by the same University. Since 2009, Maria João has been directing Pordata, a project by Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation (FFMS). She has authored numerous studies about the portuguese society. She is a member of the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC) and the National Higher Council of Statistics.

me110917Sandra Maximiano is currently Associate Professor at Instituto Superior de Engenharia e Gestão (ISEG).  She obtained her PhD in Economy by the University of Amsterdam and in 2007 arrived at University of Chicago for a postdoc. Since them she maintains a scientific collaboration with the Experimental Economics group of the University of Chicago. In 2009, she became an Assistant Professor at Purdue University. In Portugal, she has taught at Universidade Católica de Lisboa and Universidade Nova, besides ISEG. She wrote for the national newspaper Diário de Notícias between 2006 and 2007, then switching to the opinion section of Diário de Negócios and, since 2015, the Economy on Friday column on Expresso. As an economist who rarely writes about debt and deficit, she conducts instead experiences to analyse the behaviour of economic agents.


Closing session

fullsizerender-e1522197477971His Excellence the Portuguese Ambassador to the UK Manuel Lobo Antunes. Born in the 27th of June 1958, Lisbon, he graduated in Law from Faculdade de Ciências Humanas da Universidade Católica Portuguesa. He initiated his diplomatic career on the 18th of March 1983. Relevant experience: 1984 President of the Republic Casa Civil  Consultant; 1988  Haia Embassy; 1994 Harare Embassy; 1996 Director of Sub-sahara Africa services; 2001 Diplomatic assessor to the Prime Minister; 2002 General-Subdirector of Communitarian Issues; 2002 Member of “Convenção sobre o Futuro da Europa”; 2004 General-director of Communitarian Issues; 2005 Secretary of State of National Defense and Issues of the Sea; 2006 Assistant Secretary of State and European Matters; 2008 Permanent Portuguese representative at European Union; 2012 Ambassador in Rome; 2016 Ambassador in London.
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Screen Shot 2018-03-29 at 15.50.13Ruth Alcock is Head of Enterprise and Business Partnerships in LEC, leading a team of staff towards creating impact from research in partnership with business and other science and technology users. She has taken a lead role in coordinating activities within and between the science and user community, identifying new collaborative research opportunities and optimising professional development learning across a range of key science user groups. Ruth works as part of a wider multidisciplinary team across Science and Technology at Lancaster and is able to bridge LEC expertise with research capability in Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Computing, Mathematics, Statistics, Security and Health. Ruth trained as an environmental chemist (PhD Lancaster 1994) and developed a distinctive international profile of research targeted on the human health implications of chemical exposure.

leon_cruickshank_01Leon Cruickshank is Professor of Design and Creative Exchange at Lancaster University. Leon’s core interests relate to how technology can enable new relationships between users and designers and through this allow users to become more active in shaping our society, environment and media. This requires a radical change in the way we think about designers and designing. This has led to the emergence of designing knowledge exchange as a research area. He is currently involved in 6 funded projects in this area. He is Principal Investigator for the £1.2 million AHRC project Leapfrog: transforming public sector engagement by design. He is also Director of Knowledge Exchange for the £4 million AHRC Creative Knowledge Exchange Hub and UK lead for the €4 million PROUD project looking at knowledge exchange through co-design.

FredericoDuarteFrederico Duarte (1979) studied communication design and worked as a graphic designer in Portugal, Malaysia and Italy. In 2010 he graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York with an MFA in design criticism. As a design writer, critic and curator, he’s been writing articles and essays, contributing and editing books and catalogs, giving lectures and workshops, organizing events and curating exhibitions on design, architecture and creativity since 2006. He is currently a PhD candidate on a collaborative doctoral partnership research project on contemporary Brazilian design between Birkbeck College, University of London and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

SaraBeloLuisSara Belo Luís is under-director of Visão. She began writing for Visão in the late 90’s and since then joined the Culture section (which some still remember) and the Portugal section (which no one remembers). She edited Visão Se7e and, since 2016, took function as executive editor. An undergradute in Social Communication and post-graduate in Political Science and International Relations, she also taught at Faculdade de Letras of Universidade de Lisboa. She was born in Lisbon in the hot summer of 1975, has three children and, although there’s no record in her family of her ever having said she wanted to be a journalist, she very much enjoys her job.