Invicted Speaker: Elvira Fortunato

Elvira Fortunato

Research Interests: 

Transparent electronics;

Thin Film Transistors;

Metal oxide semiconductors;

Thin films;

Microelectronics; and

Nanotechnologies and Biosensors.

Title: Green Electronics: A Technology for a Sustainable Future

Elvira Fortunato (short CV link) is full professor in the Materials Science Department of the Faculty of Science and Technology of NOVA University Lisbon, a Fellow of the Portuguese Engineering Academy since 2009 and decorated with the grade of Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator by the President of the Republic in 2010, due to her scientific achievements worldwide. In 2015 she was appointed by the Portuguese President Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Celebrations of the National Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities.

She was also a member of the Portuguese National Scientific and Technological Council between 2012-2015 and a member of the advisory board of DG CONNECT (2014-2015).

She is the director of the Institute of Nanomaterials, Nanofabrication, and Nanomodeling and CENIMAT. She is a member of the board of trustees of Luso-American Foundation (Portugal/USA, 2013-2020), Vice-Rector of NOVA and Scientific Council for Exact Sciences and Engineering Coordinator at FCT-MCTES.

Fortunato pioneered European research on transparent electronics, namely thin-film transistors based on oxide semiconductors, demonstrating that oxide materials can be used as true semiconductors. In 2008, in the 1st ERC edition, she earned an Advanced Grant for the project “Invisible,” considered a success story. In the same year, she demonstrated with her colleagues the possibility to make the first paper transistor, starting a new field in the area of paper electronics.

Fortunato published over 500 papers and during the last ten years got more than 18 International prizes and distinctions for her work (e.g., Elvira Fortunato was awarded the Blaise Pascal Medal from the European Academy of Sciences (2016); IDTechEx USA 2009 (paper transistor); European Woman Innovation prize, Finland 2011).

Since November 2016 she has integrated the High-Level Group for the Scientific Advise Mechanism of the European Commission.

Invicted Speaker: José Vieira

José Vieira

Domain of specialization: 

Water resources planning and management

Water quality modelling

Drinking-water and public health

Present research interests: 


Hydrodynamics and dispersion of pollutants in estuaries and coastal zones

River basins water quality management

Water supply and public health

Drinking water safety plans



Title: Professional competences and mobility of Engineers in Europe

José Vieira (short CV link), is a full professor at the University of Minho, was re-elected president of the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI), which represents four million professionals from 34 countries. His renewal for the 2017-20 triennium took place at the organisation’s general assembly in Vienna, Austria.

José Vieira intends through FEANI enhance the visibility of its value to today’s society and to promote mutual recognition of its qualifications. Despite its wide representation, FEANI wants to have a strong connection with the European Commission, also based in Brussels.

Born in Braga 64 years ago, José Vieira holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Porto, a master’s degree in Sanitary Engineering from the UNESCO Institute for Water Education (Netherlands) and a PhD in Civil Engineering from UMinho, where he is Full Professor and Vice-Rector., Dean, Director of the Center and Department of Civil Engineering and coordinator of several undergraduate, masters and doctoral courses.

He was vice president of the Chamber of Engineers and he is a member of the strategic committee and executive board of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations. In 2014 he became the first portuguese to assume the presidency of FEANI.

José Vieira was also part of the National Water Council (Ministry of the Environment) and the Superior Council of Public Works, chaired the Portuguese Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, coordinated the Water Safety Planning group of the International Water Association and was a member of International Solid Waste Association, among others.

He has more than 100 scientific publications, supervised 30 academic theses, participated in several research projects (including with the Portuguese Government, the Council of Europe and NATO), taught at universities in several countries, lectured on three continents and has been an evaluator of international competitions.

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