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 Message from the President

At the School of Sciences, we develop teaching projects, research, outreach and extension activities, transversal to a great diversity of scientific and technological domains that cover Biology, Physics, Geology, Mathematics and Chemistry.

This Science variety and dimension generates a stimulating environment for those who work here. An environment that, increasingly, promotes interactions between people from different scientific fields, unfolding new paths and new visions.

The School of Sciences aims at attracting more international students, promoting more projects and more funding, and stimulating an engaging environment to attract the best researchers and the best students.

We have 228 teachers and/or researchers, all qualified to a PhD degree level, and 36 non-teaching and non-research staff, with specific training in Science and Technology. The School's students’ population is of 2600 students, including 400 master students and 167 doctoral students, carrying out their projects at the School of Sciences.

For the future, the School of Sciences will continue its path focused on two main goals: i) To promote informative initiatives about the courses, increasing the attractiveness of scientific professions; and ii) To stimulate the perception of the public, families, schools, educators, and in particular of companies, on the importance of science and technology in the development and well-being of society.

To achieve these objectives, we have new and differentiated research structures that reinforce the access of teachers and researchers to better experimental conditions, such as:
- IBS (Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability), based on the Center of Molecular and Environmental Biology, dedicated to the questions of the environment, sustainability and global changes with impact on Biodiversity;
- QuantaLab (Laboratory of Science and Technology and Quantum Materials), based on the Center of Physics, dedicated to the Physics of Condensed Matter and the exploration of quantum materials and quantum technologies.

These new infrastructures were designed to develop multidisciplinary projects and, consequently, students of the School of Sciences will be the first to benefit from this scientific culture that characterizes us.

Being of Sciences is having curiosity about the natural phenomena, is having critical spirit, creativity and a lot of imagination. Come and visit us, come and surprise yourself, and perhaps discover that you are also of Sciences.


 Presidence Team

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MARGARIDA CASAL was born in Lisbon in 1962. She obtained her degree in Biology from Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and Ph.D. degree in Biology from University of Minho. She is Full Professor at the University of Minho where she was Director of the Degree in Applied Biology, President of the Board of Science Courses, Director of the Department of Biology, member of the General Council and Director of the Center of Molecular and Environmental Biology (evaluated in 2013 with Excellent). She is coordinator of the doctoral program FCT in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Assured the supervision of 16 postdoc researchers, 23 PhD students, 23 Master's degree and 42 project fellows. She is co-author of 9 patents, 8 book chapters and 112 ISI publications, having a h-index of 27 (Researcher ID B-6386-2009). She is evaluator of A3Es in the area of Biochemistry and Biology, Vice-President of the Portuguese Society of Genetics and member of the Audit Committee of the Portuguese Society of Biochemistry.

Vice-President for science and society
NUNO PERES was born in the city of Arganil in 1967. He graduated in Physics and Chemistry (BSc.) by the Univerisity of Évora and obtained his master degree in Physics (MSc.) by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. His Ph.D. degree was awarded by the University of Évora. He obtained his habilitation degree by the University of Minho. He is co-autor of about 140 scientific publications, including two papers in Reviews of Modern Physics; he has a h-factor of 43. Nuno Peres was awarded the Merit Prize of 1991 by the University of Évora, the Merit Prize for Science of 2009 by the University of Minho, and the Gulbenkian Prize for Science of 2011. Presently, Nuno Peres is full professor of Physics at the University of Minho.

Vice-President Quality and Planning
JOSÉ BRILHA was born at Figueira da Foz in 1966. He graduated in Geology (B.Sc.) by the University of Coimbra and concluded his Ph.D. at the universities of Minho (Portugal) and Poitiers (France). He is Associated Professor with Habilitation at the Earth Sciences Department. He has done several academic exchanges in countries such as Brazil, Greece, Morocco, Mexico, Mozambique, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA. He has supervised 8 Ph.D. theses and 23 master dissertations. He published 63 papers and 158 abstracts (h-index 6). José Brilha was the first editor-in-chief of the Geoheritage journal (Springer) during 2009-2012 and he is the President of the European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage. He has also participated in 70 outreach and training actions.

Vice-President for Education (President of the Pedagogical Council)
ANTÓNIO MAURÍCIO FONSECA has been Assistant Professor with Agregação in Department of Chemistry of UMinho since March 2013. He began his lecturing career at UMinho as a junior teaching assistant in 1988. He graduated in Physics and Chemistry Teaching from UMinho in 1988. In 1990, he did Pedagogical Aptitude and Scientific Capacity exams and earned a PhD in Sciences, in the field of Chemistry, in 1996. Integrates the Chemistry Center of the University of Minho and develops research work in the area of inorganic chemistry and electrochemistry. He has supervised PhD theses, Master's theses and Grantees of project researchers. He is co-author of 4 chapters in books, as well as co-author of 90 scientific articles in magazines indexed in the ISI web of knowledge, where he has about 1300 citations and an h index of 21 and, he is co-author of about 160 communications in national and international conferences. He has participated, as coordinator or as a member of the research team, in 9 national projects (FCT) and 5 bilateral projects.