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Board of Directors


Maria Madalena dos Santos Alves


Full Professor, PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of Minho (UMinho). She was director of the Center for Biological Engineering (CEB), a position she held from January 2020 until she took office as President of FCT on July 1, 2022.

He graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of Porto and obtained his master's degree in Biochemical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico.

He has held positions of academic and scientific management and coordination at the University of Minho, including course directorship, participation in the School Council and in the Scientific Council of the School of Engineering.

Her research interest is in Environmental Biotechnology and she has supervised or co-supervised PhD students and post-doctoral researchers in this area and in interface areas. She was coordinator, co-coordinator or team member of numerous projects funded in Calls national and European. She collaborates with a network of international researchers, and attracted to the University of Minho a researcher who would win an ERC AdvG shared scientifically and financially with her research group. He has participated in several evaluation committees of international agencies, such as the Helmholtz Association (Germany), or the Irish and Swiss Science Foundations.

She has received several awards, including the Lettinga Award (2004), financed by international companies, BES innovation (2005) and the National Environmental Innovation Award (2006). In September 2009 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Technical University of Iasi in Romania. In January 2016 she received the honorary title of Citizen of Merit awarded by the Municipality of Viana do Castelo, where she was born.

Francisco João Duarte Cordeiro Correia dos Santos

Vice President

Full Professor at the Computer Engineering Department of the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon (UL), and researcher at INESC-ID.

He has been a professor at IST since 2012, where, in addition to his teaching and research activity, he has held several academic and scientific management positions.

He taught a wide range of subjects in the different study cycles, and was awarded the prize for excellence in teaching in all the years he taught at IST.

D. in Computer Engineering from the Free University of Brussels (Institute of Artificial Intelligence, IRIDIA-ULB, 2007). He was Senior Researcher (Chargé de Recherches, FRS-FNRS) in the Machine Learning group (MLG-ULB) of the same Belgian university, and Assistant Researcher at the Center for Artificial Intelligence of FCT/NOVA.

His research focuses on understanding collective phenomena that occur from the cellular level to human behavior. He has addressed problems such as the evolution of cooperation and social norms, the modeling of climate agreements and their institutions, and the role of technology and social networks in cooperation between humans, among others. These issues are addressed by developing and combining techniques from fields such as artificial intelligence, mathematical biology, experimental economics, and statistical physics.

His career as a researcher and lecturer has been the subject of several national and international distinctions, such as the CGD/University of Lisbon Award 2016, the 2017 Young Scientist Award in Socio-Econophysics from the German Physics Society (DPG), the "Blue Sky Paper" Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI, 2018), the Excellence Award 2022 given by IST's Pedagogical Council, or the nomination for the permanent Young Scientist Seminar (SJC) of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences (2017-2021).

António Bob Moura Santos


He has a PhD in Economics from ISCTE-IUL, with the thesis "Public Policy oriented to Open Innovation" and a Master in Labor Sciences (2002) and a degree in Economics (1998), from ISCTE.

In 2021, he assumed the position of Executive Coordinator of the Programs "Impulso Jovens STEAM" and "Impulso Adultos" (Recovery and Resilience Plan), in the Directorate General of Higher Education. He joined the Board of Directors of ANI - National Agency for Innovation (2018-2021), as well as the Executive Committee of FITEC - Fund for Innovation, Technology and Circular Economy, being also representative of the areas of Science and Technology in the Economic and Social Council since 2017. Since 2019 he is National Delegate of the Permanent Working Group on Open Science and Innovation (OSI), of ERAC (European Research and Innovation Area Committee).

Since 2001 he has worked with various members of the Government in the area of Innovation Policy, having been part of the design, management and monitoring teams for PROINOV (Integrated Program to Support Innovation), as Deputy to the Prime Minister's Office, of the XIV Constitutional Government (2001-2002); for the Technological Plan and the Lisbon Strategy (2006-2009), at the Coordination Office for the Technological Plan and the Lisbon Strategy, Presidency of the Council of Ministers; of the Digital Agenda (2015) and National Reform Plan (2009-2011), as Assistant to the Secretary of State for Innovation and Energy; of the Digital Portugal Agenda and the National Program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, (2011-2013), at the Office of the Secretary of State for Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness and Innovation.

He was also manager of innovation projects at UMIC - Unidade de Missão Inovação e Conhecimento, Presidency of the Council of Ministers (2002-2005), responsible for the design of the programs b-ON, OTIC, NEOTEC and Centers of Excellence, and collaborated with CEiiA - Centro de Engenharia e Desenvolvimento de Produto (2013-2016), in the area of Smart Cities. He also has teaching experience in Higher Education, and is the author of several articles in scientific publications, academic books and opinion articles in the area of innovation, technology and digital.

Maria Paula Diogo


Full Professor of History of Technology and Engineering at the Department of Applied Social Sciences at NOVA School of Science and Technology FCT NOVA, where she has been teaching since 1986. She was department chair in 4 terms and, from 2007 to 2019, (co)directed the CIUHCT - Interuniversity Center for History of Science and Technology, one of the top ranked and leading Portuguese research units in History of Science and Technology.

A pioneer in the field of History of Technology in Portugal, her research focuses on the History of Technology and Engineering in Portugal and in the former colonies and on the processes of globalization of science and technology, particularly with regard to the circulation and appropriation of knowledge, networks and relations between centers and peripheries. Recently he has been interested in the relationship between colonial/imperial engineering and the concept of the Anthropocene, leading the project Engineering the Anthropocene: Colonial Science, Technology and Medicine and the change of the African landscape. In this context he has participated and organized events in the context of the international project Anthropocene Campus and, in 2021, organized the Anthropocene Forum, one of the events integrated in the Portuguese Presidency of the European Council.

She regularly publishes in renowned international journals and is author, co-author and co-editor of a large number of books and book chapters, published in leading publishers. She is a founding member of the main international research networks in her field, has organized numerous national and international conferences and workshops, including the reference societies in the area, and has led and participated in dozens of national and international projects. She integrated the list "Women in Science" in 2021 and received the two highest international distinctions in the area of History of Technology: the Leonardo da Vinci Medal (2020, Society for the History of Technology) and the Kranzberg Lecture (2022, International Committee for the History of Technology), both awarded for the first time to a Portuguese researcher.