FCT NOVA celebrates 45 years next 16 November


In November, NOVA School of Science and Technology | FCT NOVA is celebrating its 45th anniversary. 

The official ceremony will take place next November 16th, at the Grand Auditorium of the Caparica Campus and will be attended by the Magnificent Rector of NOVA, the President of the Order of Engineers, the Dean of FCT NOVA and its governing team.

We have many reasons to celebrate again. The awarding of four ERC grants, more than 30 FCT NOVA projects with funding from the Foundation for Science and Technology, participation in 14 of the 51 consortia approved under the Mobilising Agendas, and more than 40 researchers in the world top of their field, the School cements its position as a leader in research.

We reinforce our social mission with our presence and participation in the ICT Equality Alliance  and with the promotion of FCT SOS Ukraine. We celebrate a decade of the Curriculum Profile, the pioneering educational framework has been crucial in students' academic success and employability. We inaugurated the new sports centre. We established agreements to leverage scientific areas, such as the new CERIS NOVA research centre. We have maintained our efforts towards sustainability and the promotion of an eco-school, as recognised in the Ecovalor award and as the first institution of higher education to reach the top 5 of the Geração Depositrão.

But the success of all is also due to individual successes. Our students, the driving and motivating force of our existence, were celebrated. Examples are Diogo Torres, winner of the Gulbenkian New Talents Scholarship, or David Manta, who won the Vinnakota Prize, USA, for the second time, or Duarte Folgado, João Campôa and Sara Silvestre who received the Fulbright Research grant, or even Pedro Pereira one of the winners of the Talkdesk Merit Awards. Moreover, this year, our students won FATAL, the biggest Portuguese university theatre event, and in sports, there were many gold medals (swimming, tennis, canoeing, CS GO).

Our teachers and researchers have also accumulated recognitions. Rodrigo Martins won this year the Career and Recognition Award 2021 of the Portuguese Materials Society and was the first Portuguese scientist to participate in the G7 Summit, Miguel Telles Antunes was one of the researchers distinguished by Sesimbra City Council, Maria Paula Diogo was the first Portuguese speaker at the Kranzberg Memorial Lecture, João Crespo was appointed Honorary Member of the European Membrane Society. Two of the most leading institutions of Actuarial Science in Portugal are now presided over by Gracinda Guerreiro and Maria de Lourdes Afonso. NOVA is in charge of the scientific and technical coordination of the Centre for Sustainability of the Sea and Coastal Zones, with José Carlos Ferreira heading the project. This year mark the launch of the new 3D Printing centre to create prostheses and support devices for patients, a project coordinated by Cláudia Quaresma.

Even our alumni comunity continue making us proud. Sara Subtil, student of FCT NOVA won the "Best Woman in Consultant" in the European Awards for Women in Construction and Engineering. AquaInSilico, a spin-off of FCT NOVA, together with the Frontier IP group, won an Innovation and Business Development award, given by the UK Department for International Trade in Portugal. FCT NOVA Alumni created SuperSave, the application that challenges Inflation. C-mo Medical Solutions, an award-winning startup by former students of Biomedical Engineering at NOVA School of Science and Technology | NOVA FCT, raised in September 4.1 million euros in an investment round led by Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund.

For all these reasons, and many more, we invite you to attend the Celebration Ceremony of the 45th anniversary of NOVA School of Science and Technology | NOVA FCT.

Programme (in Portuguese).