On January the 22nd 2021, Prof. Martins gave an interview to Jornal de Negócios on how covid-19 pandemic brought great technological and civilizational advances, and how the scientific community came together to develop new frontier research which will directly influence so many lives. Read the full interview here.
According to Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, Elvira Fortunato and Madalena Alves are the new representatives of the Portuguese State in the Council of the International Laboratory of Nanotechnology (INL). The Professors are replacing José Fernando Mendes and António Cunha, the latter recently elected president of the Northern Regional Coordination and Development Commission. The replacement takes place after more than eight years since the appointment of António Cunha and José Fernando Mendes to the Council of INL.
Elvira Fortunato and Madalena Alves are full professors at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Universidade do Minho, respectively. Original article available here.
Rodrigo Martins, Professor and researcher in the Department of Materials Science, is the new President of IUMRS – International Union Materials Research Society, for the 2021-2022 biennium.
The professor becomes the first European and the first Portuguese to assume this position, after the change of the administration of the Society from the United States of America to Singapore. This society includes more than two hundred thousand members from 14 regional organisations in the field of Materials, such as China, Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, India, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Australia, Thailand, Africa, Russia.
SYNERGY co-coordinator, Professor Elvira Fortunato, was invited to talk about what happened in 2020 and how she sees it. Prof. Fortunato highlighted some people who, for some reason and despite the difficult context of the pandemic, had reasons to succeed and be happy in 2020. In her own case, having own the Impact 2020 Horizon Award from the European Commission for the creation of the first transparent screen with eco-sustainable materials, and the “Estreito de Magalhães” Award are enough reasons to celebrate. Read full article here.