Maria Fernanda Rollo


Maria Fernanda Rollo is a Portuguese university professor and historian. Since November 2015, she is Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education of the XXI Constitutional Government of Portugal.

Maria Fernanda Rollo graduated in History at Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Nova University of Lisbon and is an associated Professor within the same Department. She holds a PhD in Contemporary Economic and Social History in this same university.

Her main research areas of interest are the history of Portugal in the twentieth century, Portugal’s participation in the movements of European-economic cooperation, economic history, engineering and innovation. She has coordinated numerous research projects in the field of economic history, science, engineering and innovation.

She is also Secretary of the Council of Research Centers in Social and Human Sciences of FCSH / UNL and corresponding academic of the Portuguese Academy of History. Maria Fernanda Rollo was executive member of the National Commission for the Commemorations of the Centennial of the Republic (2008-2011), founding member of the Portuguese Association of History of International Relations (APHRI), member of the Portuguese Association of Economic and Social History and coordinator of the Pedro Hispano Doctoral School – PhD Studies in Social and Human Sciences of FCSH / UNL.

She was awarded with the Dibner Award from the Society for the History of Technology (2003).

On 10 June 2011 she was made Commander of the Order of the Infante D. Henrique.

Mário Barbosa


For nearly 30 years biomaterials science and technology is the topic of Mario’s research. He is internationally recognized for his contributions to biomaterials science, particularly in cell-biomaterial interactions. Natural and bioartificial matrices have been extensively studied by his group, with the purpose of delivering cells and proteins, namely in a context of repair/regeneration of tissues. The interaction of cells and proteins with biomaterials at the molecular level has been investigated over more than 10 years.

Specialties: Mário took part in numerous evaluation panels of research centers, doctoral programs and projects, (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom) and has represented Portugal in several institutions and committees, namely ESF, European Commission and EUREKA. He has been the representative of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) for the Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal award. He is also the chairman of the awards committee of the ESB. He is also the Director of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network IB2 (Industrial Biological Biomaterials Doctorate), of the BiotechHealth PhD Programme.

Since 2015, Mário Barbosa is the Director of the Institute for Research and Innovation in Health (i3S).

Filipe Araújo


Filipe Araújo holds a degree in Electrotechnical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto and a master’s degree in Telecommunications from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in the United Kingdom. Between 2005 and 2009 he was deputy of the PSD in the Municipal Assembly of Porto and, since 2013, he is an alderman of the Environment and Innovation, a position that he accumulates with vice-presidency.

Filipe Araújo is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Environment Municipal Company of Porto, Energy Agency of Porto, Porto Digital Association, member of the Board of Directors of LIPOR, Vice President of Eurocities Network of Environment Forum, member of the consulting board of Portuguese Association for the Communication Development and of the Media Innovation Labs of Porto University.

Martin O’Halloran


Dr. Martin O’Halloran is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Electronics at the National University of Ireland in Galway. He is founder and director of the Translational Medical Device Lab in Galway, the first medical device lab in Ireland to be embedded in a regional hospital and co-located with a clinical trials facility. Through this lab, he has secured over €6.5 million in research funding over the last 5 years, including a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) grant for medical device development. He is also a non-executive director of BioInnovate, a sister programme of Stanford’s BioDesign Programme, and leads the Health Innovation Hub Ireland activities at NUI Galway.

He holds over 30 national and international research and commercialisation awards, including Engineers Ireland Chartered Engineer of the Year (2014), Science Foundation Ireland’s Early Career Researcher of the Year (2016), and Best Academic Contribution to Medtech (2016) from the Irish Medtech Association for his work with BioInnovate. He is co-inventor on a number of medical device patents, and is involved as a technical and commercial mentor to a number of successful medtech start-ups in Ireland.

Paul Miller


Paul is a partner at Bethnal Green Ventures where he leads our strategy and partnerships. He was previously co-founder and CEO of education technology startup School of Everything as well as working for the think tanks Demos and Forum for the Future.

José Carlos Caldeira


José Carlos Caldeira is currently the President of ANI – Agência Nacional de Inovação (National Innovation Agency). He is also member of the MANUFUTURE High Level Group and Chairman of its National and Regional Technology Platforms Group. He is also Board member of EFFRA – European Factories of the Future Research Association (as observer). Since 2006, he is Board member of ISPIM – International Society for Professional Innovation Management and since 2012, he his RIS3 expert of DG REGIO.

Until recently, he was Director of INESC Porto, one of the main ICT research and technology transfer institutes in Portugal and executive director of PRODUTECH, a cluster of more than 90 organizations, targeting the development of production technologies for the manufacturing industry.

In the last 20 years, he participated as responsible and/or a collaborator in the preparation, development and execution of several R&D and innovation projects, in the Industrial Management and Automation area, which received national and international funding, comprising different companies and sectors like: metalworking, textile, footwear, wood and cork, injected foundry, food and beverage, etc.

Alípio da Torre


Alípio Torre is a consultant and an educator in the fields of entrepreneurship, technology commercialization and business development. Currently serves as Coordinator of the Porto Edition of COHiTEC Program, COTEC Portugal’s Technology Commercialization Training Program at Porto Business School and lectures at the University of Porto’s School of Engineering.

Previously Alípio Torre served as an Executive at COTEC Portugal, responsible for project development, pipeline and training for the Technology Commercialization Accelerator (Act); as Business Development Manager at Critical Materials, a technological startup focused in the aerospace, defense and energy industries, where he helped develop new business and new product concepts; as researcher and founding member of NI&DEA, a research unit focused in the field of acoustics and related new product development at the University of Porto School of Engineering.

Alípio Torre has a degree in Civil Engineering by the University of Porto, an MBA by the Porto Business School and is currently pursuing a PhD in Management and Industrial Engineering at the University of Porto.


Cláudio Sunkel


Cláudio Sunkel is a Full Professor of Molecular Biology at the Biomedical Institute of University of Porto, Director of the Institute of Molecular Cellular Biology and head of the Molecular Genetics Group at the same institute. He is a Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization since 2000, was Vice-President of the European Molecular Biology Conference (2007-2010), Vice-President of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory Council (2010-2012), elected Chair of the EMBL Council (2013). Currently is a member of the Wellcome Trust-India Alliance fellowship selection committee (2009-2014). During 2007-2008 was the National Coordinator for the Evaluation of Research Units by the Foundation for Science and Technology of Portugal. His laboratory is mostly devoted to the study cell division and of the mechanisms involved in maintaining genomic stability in higher eukaryotes. Started these studies during his posdoctoral work at Imperial College, UK, and later continued in Porto. Has published over 100 original peer review articles. Supervised 24 PhD students and many postdocs. Teaches Molecular Genetics for Biochemistry and Bioengineering BsC Major at ICBAS, University of Porto. First Degree Honors in Biology (1979) and a Ph.D. in Genetics (1983) from Sussex University, UK. Was born in Santiago, Chile, 1958.

Ana Teresa Lehmann


Ana Teresa Lehmann is the Secretary of State for Industry and is a well-known personality in the world of entrepreneurship. Among some other positions, Ana Teresa Lehmann is the leader of InvestPorto, an institution that aims to improve the business environment and attract national and international investments.

Ana Teresa Lehmann holds a PhD and MsC in Economics from the University of Reading, and her postdoctoral studies were based on the attractiveness and FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) policies and the promotion of internationalization.

She had several management positions in public entities (Vice-President CCDR-Norte, Pro-Rector of the University of Porto) and was Professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Porto, Porto Business School and Visiting Professor at several foreign universities (Columbia University, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, among others).

The Secretary of State for Industry has also been assigned mandatary for economy, employment and innovation by Rui Moreira in the Porto City Hall Municipal Elections of 2013.