NOVA awards title of Doctor Honoris Causa to Germano de Sousa and to Gouveia e Melo - 16 December


NOVA University Lisbon will award the title of Doctor Honoris Causa to Germano de Sousa and to the Vice-Admiral Gouveia e Melo in a ceremony that will take place on December 16, at 5 pm, with live streaming on NOVA's YouTube.

The patron of Prof. Germano de Sousa will be Professor Jaime Branco, Director of NOVA Medical School, and the laudation will be given by Professor António Rendas, former Rector of NOVA. The conferment of this honorary title was approved by the College of Deans on March 18, 2021.

Professor Jaime Branco will also be the patron of Vice-Admiral Gouveia e Melo and the laudation will be given by Professor Maria Paula Macedo.

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About Germano de Sousa

Clinical Pathologist, it is attributed to Germano de Sousa the name of this specialty in Portugal, the modernization of its curriculum and training in light of the best international practices.

He was President of the Ordem dos Médicos and distributed a large part of his life between the hospital, the university and the private laboratory activity.

He had an intense and brilliant hospital career, in clinical practice and in management positions. Simultaneously, he made a notable contribution to academia, as a professor at various faculties, with emphasis on NOVA Medical School to which he devoted great dedication, support and prestige. Among various contributions, he created the Master's Degree in Chemical Pathology, the institution's first Master's course, and coordinated with great success the Office of Postgraduate Studies.

Passionate about the history of medicine, he was the precursor in 1980 of the first exhibition at FIL on the History of Medicine as part of the National Congress of Medicine, one of the coordinators of the Exhibition of the Museum of the History of Medicine Maximiano de Lemos at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and is the author of "História da Medicina Portuguesa durante a Expansão", published in February 2013.

He is the Founder and President of the Centro de Medicina Laboratorial Germano de Sousa. The group uses technology with a high degree of sophistication and pioneering spirit in the field of precision medicine, also functioning as a university teaching hub. In the words of Germano de Sousa, "continuing to fully monitor the evolution and challenges of medicine in our specialty, and making this knowledge available to colleagues and patients, is our strictest ethical obligation and inalienable deontological duty."

About Gouveia e Melo

Gouveia e Melo has a brilliant professional career in the context of the Portuguese Navy, which he joined at the age of 19 as a Cadet at the Escola Naval. Recently, he became an imminent public figure following his valuable contribution as coordinator of the Vaccination Task Force to combat COVID-19.

He voluntarily joined the Submarine Squadron at the age of 24. During his long stay in this structure, he exercised various operational and command functions. He had the opportunity to command the submarines NRP Delfim and NRP Barracuda - having been the only Portuguese officer to command two operational submarines simultaneously - he headed the Training and Assessment Service of the Submarine Squadron and the General Staff of the National Authority for the Control of Submarine Operations (SUBOPAUTH). Among other achievements, he also led the ambitious project to transform and rebuild this structure, enabling it to receive and support new submarines.

He was also Public Relations and spokesperson for the Navy, Director of Lighthouses and Director of the Instituto de Socorros a Náufragos.

In 2017, Gouveia e Melo was promoted to Vice Admiral. On that date, he assumed the functions of Naval Commander and, in addition, the functions of Commander of the naval force EUROMARFOR, which includes Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian forces. Since January 2020, he has been the Deputy for Planning and Coordination of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, which he combined with the coordination of the Task Force to combat COVID-19.

He is currently the active Portuguese Navy Officer, with more hours of navigation (32,000) and with more hours of immersion (20,000). In addition to submarines and the sea, he is passionate about the world of mathematics, physics and computing, having attended several courses throughout his career.

He is Commander of the Military Order of São Bento de Avis and Commander of the Order of Maritime Merit of France, among many other decorations with which he was distinguished in Portugal and abroad.