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manuel heitorManuel Heitor, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal


Presentation Title: The value of a PhD


Manuel Heitor holds a doctorate from Imperial College London, in the field of Mechanical Engineering. After a postdoctoral period at the University of California at San Diego, he continued an academic career at the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisboa, where he began developing his research activity in the field of Fluid Mechanics and Experimental Combustion. In    addition to his engineering research, Manuel Heitor    has worked and published extensively in the     interrelated fields of technology management,    innovation and science, and higher education policy. He served as Deputy-­President of IST and founding Director of IN+, the Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research at IST. Most importantly, He was first Secretary of State (2005 - 2011) and later Minister (2015 - 2022) for Science, Technology and Higher Education in the Government of Portugal. His career has granted him international recognition. An example of that is the fact that the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) will award Professor Manuel Heitor with the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of Science and Technology, during the CMU graduation ceremonies. The event will take place on May 13, in Pittsburgh, where Professor Manuel Heitor will deliver the keynote speech at the Commencement ceremony for master's and doctoral degree graduates (more at https://ucibio.pt/public_files/rabbit-meeting-2022/MHeitor_BioCV_April2022.pdf).




rosado-pintoPatrícia Rosado Pinto, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal


Presentation Title: NOVA Doctoral School


Patricia Rosado Pinto has recently retired from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She holds a PhD in Education and at NOVA Medical School she was responsible for the Medical Education Office. She was also a member of NOVA Rectoral Team, as Pro-Rector, and coordinated NOVA Forma, a strategic program integrating NOVA Doctoral School, NOVA Pedagogical Innovation and NOVA Edu_ Digital offices. She has been involved in several national and international teachers’ training programs and in educational consultancy. Her fields of expertise and publication are Medical Education and Teaching & Learning in Higher Education


mouraJosé Moura, FCT NOVA, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
Professor of Chemistry, Library Director, FabLab Coordinator


Presentation title: FCT Library Engagement with the Campus and the Community


José J. G. Moura has a degree in Chemical Engineering, a Ph.D. in Chemistry and is Professor of Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, School of Sciences and Technology (FCT) , Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA). He has 580 publications and h-factor=63, being an active participant in several international and national conferences as invited plenary and keynote speaker. For extended periods Research Specialist at Univ Minnesota (US) and Adjunct Professor at Univ. of Georgia, Athens (US). Past President of the Chemistry Department and President of the Scientific Council at FCT-NOVA. Portuguese Delegate to COST and INTAS, a member of Scientific Panel in the CGF and FCT-MCTES, NST (US) Specialized Panel, and of several scientific editorial boards. José Moura has been PI of 26 R&D Projects (with more than 2 million Euros financing; only recent projects are listed here), participating also as a research member in numerous (20) other R&D Projects. He has an extended, long, experience in student and researcher supervision (25 Post-Docs, 44 PhD Thesis and also several Master and Undergraduate students). He was elected in 2006, Member of Academia das Ciências de Lisboa; in 2010, President of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, for 2 years; in 2021, Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (EURAC); and been awarded with several other Distinctions, Prizes and Honors. Director of FCT NOVA Campus Library and Department of Documentation and Culture. Coordinator of the FCT NOVA FabLab (in duty), actively promoting culture/scientific interfaces and multidisciplinary curator activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics - STEAM). Research Interests focused on Bioinorganic Chemistry fields and the role of Metals in Biology, the establishment of structure-function relationships in metalloproteins (Biocycle S and N), by the application of biochemical and spectroscopic tools (NMR, EPR and Mössbauer), Bioelectrochemistry and Macromolecular interactions tools. Roles of metals in biology include heme and non-heme iron, molybdenum, nickel, vanadium, and cobalt. Inorganic systems as models for biocatalysis have been considered as well as Molecular interaction studies.


zareRichard Zare, Standford University, USA (Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor of Natural Science and Professor, by courtesy, of Physics)

Presentation Title: The Road to Success (An American Corners Portugal Lecture)


A pioneer in the use of lasers to study chemical reactions at the molecular level, Professor Richard N. Zare pursues diverse theoretical and experimental interests in physical chemistry and nanoscale chemical analysis. The Zarelab has made a broad impact in analytic chemistry with development of laser-induced fluorescence to study reaction dynamics, and seminal contributions to understanding of molecular collision processes. The group continues to invent tools and measurement techniques to study phenomena from reaction in microdroplets to drug delivery.
Born in 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio, Professor Zare trained in physical and analytical chemistry at Harvard University (B.A. 1961, Ph.D. 1964). His doctoral study under Professor Dudley Herschbach explored photodissociation dynamics. After faculty positions spanning chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, chemistry, physics and astrophysics at the University of Colorado, and chemistry at Columbia University, he joined the Stanford chemistry faculty in 1977 (more at  https://chemistry.stanford.edu/people/richard-zare)