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 Message from the President

Welcome to the site of the School of Sciences of the University of Minho. Here you will find all the information regarding the research developed in the Research Centers of the School, our undergraduate and postgraduate education and our outreach and extension activities. 

Manuela Côrte-Real


 Presidency Team





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MANUELA CÔRTE-REAL was born in Porto in 1955. She graduated in Chemical Engineering at the University of Porto and has a postgraduate degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the Gulbenkian Institute of Science and at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She obtained a PhD in Biomedical Sciences specialization in Microbiology from the University of Porto and the degree of Aggregate in Biology from the University of Minho. In recent years, she has been director of the Center of Biology, vice president and interim president of the School of Sciences os the University of Minho. Most recently she was vice-director of the Center for Molecular and Environmental Biology, director of the PhD program in Molecular and Environmental Biology and evaluator of FCT panels and projects submitted to funding agencies in the UK, Italy, Belgium and Austria. She has led and participated in more than two dozen national and european projects, oriented and co-oriented half a hundred fellows, post-doctoral students, doctoral and masters students. She is the co-author of about a hundred scientific articles and book chapters.

RUI RALHA was born in Coimbra in 1958. He got his first degree in Mathematics from the University of Coimbra and, in 1990, the PhD degree from the University of Southampton, England. He started his academic career at Universidade da Beira Interior (1982) where he was the Head of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science just before moving to Universidade do Minho. He is Professor Associado in the Department of Mathematics and Applications of the School of Sciences. He was Vice-President of the School, Director of the Center of Mathematics, Director of the Department of Mathematics and Applications, Director of the PhD degree in Sciences and Director of the first degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, among others. He was representative of Professors and Researchers at the Academic Senate e also a member of Conselho Geral (till recently). He develops his research activity in the Center of Mathematics of the School of Sciences and his main research area is that of numerical linear algebra and applications.

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 Full Professor 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 13 PhD. theses and 26 master dissertations. He published 40 papers  (SCOPUS, h-index 12) and made 54 invited presentations and 65 other presentations in congresses. José Brilha was the first editor-in-chief of the Geoheritage journal (Springer) during 2009-2012 and President of the European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage (2012-2017). He is member of the Geoheritage Specialist Group (WCPA/IUCN) since 2014 and has also participated in 80 outreach and training actions​.

Vice-President (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.