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Session 2: Science and Policies!

Inventions, language and culture, creative basic research and the power of thought. Just as it shapes your personal decision-making, scientific knowledge also helps inform regulatory decision-making and policy — and the results of these decisions are everywhere.

We will discuss how can we measure the ways science is influencing our lives and how official decisions are shaping the way we do science.

Chair: Rui Vieira de Castro, Rector, University of Minho, Portugal

  • Carl Schlyter, Politician, Swedish Parliament, Sweden

  • António Cunha, Member of the INL Council, Portugal

  • Helena Pilsas Ahlin, Ambassador of Sweden, Portugal

  • José Caldeira, Member of the Board of Directors at INEC Tec, Portugal


Rui  Vieira Castro is the Professor and Rector of Universidade do Minho since 2017. 

He was the President of the Portuguese Association of Linguistics, member of the Board of the Portuguese Society of Didactics of Languages and Literatures between 2004-2006 and also coordinated panels of doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships from the FCT in the field of Educational Sciences.

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Carl Schlyter is a Swedish politician who has been a member of the Swedish Riksdag for Stockholm County since 2014 and was also a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2004 to 2014.

He is a member of the Green Party, which is part of the European Greens, and sat on the European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. He is a member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

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António Cunha, President of the Collaborative Laboratory in Digital Transformation (DTx), co-chairman of the MIT Portugal Program and the Bosch-UMinho project, as well as a board member of INL - Iberian International Nanotechnology Laboratory and CEIIA Engineering and Product Development.

Was the co-founder of PIEP - Innovation in Polymer Engineering and its administrator from 2001 to 2009. He is also a member of the Engineering Academy, Gold Insignia of the University of Santiago de Compostela and Honorary Citizen and Medal of Honor of the Municipality of Guimarães.

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Helena Pilsas Ahlin is the Ambassador of Sweden to Portugal since 2017. Born in 1960 in Stockholm, Ambassador Helena Pilsas Ahlin holds a Degree in Law from the University of Stockholm (1988).

She joined the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1989 and served as Ambassador of Sweden to Bulgaria, based in Stockholm, from 2010 to 2015, and as Head of the Diplomatic Training Programme from 2015 to 2017.

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José Carlos Caldeira is currently Board Member of INESC TEC.

Member of the MANUFUTURE High Level Group and Chairman of its National and Regional Technology Platforms Group.

He is also Board member of the EFFRA – European Factories of the Future Research Association and a national expert to the NMP+B Programme Committee of the HORIZON 2020 and, since 2012, RIS3 expert of DG REGIO.

Between October 2014 and January 2018, he was the President of ANI – Agência Nacional de Inovação - the Portuguese National Innovation Agency.

Earlier Event: October 15
Coffee Break
Later Event: October 15
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