Organising institution

Ciência VIVA – National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture, Portugal, represented by its President, Rosalia Vargas.

Rosalia Vargas is also the Director of Pavilion of Knowledge, the Lisbon Science Centre. Since 1996, she has been leading the creation of a network of science centers in Portugal, currently with 20 members. She was elected City Councilor for Education, Youth and Culture at Lisbon City Hall (2007 – 2009), President of Ecsite – European Network of Museums and Science Centers, Brussels (2013-2015) and is currently a board member of ASTC – Association of Science Technology Centers, based in Washington DC. Her academic and professional development covers Education, Media Studies, Political Governance and Scientific and Technological Culture.

Host institution

Côa Parque, represented by Aida Carvalho, President of the Board of Directors of Fundação Côa Parque.

Aida Carvalho is PhD in Cultural Science, Master in History of Populations, post-graduation in Tourism and Religious Heritage and post-graduation in Cultural Management, degree in European Studies. She is a member of the National Council for Science and Innovation, and the Strategic Council of Tourism of Porto and North Portugal, as well as a teacher at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, member of the Scientific Committee of the Tourism Marketing Master’s Degree, and researcher at the Centre for Research, Development and Innovation in Tourism (CITUR). Between 1996 and 2001, she was a Guide Interpreter of the Côa Valley. She has published several articles in specialised scientific journals in the area of heritage valuation and cultural tourism. 

Scientific organisation

Led by Maria Paula Diogo, chair of the Scientific Committee, professor at the NOVA School of Science and Technology and researcher at the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT). Her recent research interests intersect history of colonial technology and engineering, globalization and the Anthropocene. In this context, she co-authored the book Europeans Globalizing. Mapping, Exploiting, Exchanging, co-edited with Gardens and Human Agency in the Anthropocene and co-authored Inventing a European Nation. Engineers for Portugal from baroque to fascism. She is co-editor with Ana Simões of the 4-volume set Science, technology and medicine in the building of Portugal. She participates in national and international research projects and networks, has published extensively and served in numerous boards of scientific societies and journals. She was awarded the Leonardo da Vinci Medal 2020, the highest recognition from the reputed Society for the History of Technology (SHOT).

Scientific Committee

  • Ana Matilde Sousa (CIEBA, FBAUL)
  • Ana Noronha (Ciência VIVA)
  • Ana Simões (CIUHCT, FCUL)
  • André Pereira (CIUHCT, FCT NOVA)
  • Davide Scarso (CIUHCT, FCT NOVA)
  • Hugo Almeida (CIUHCT, FCT NOVA)
  • Hugo Soares (CIUHCT, FCT NOVA)
  • Graça Martinho (MARE, FCT NOVA)
  • Ivo Louro (CIUHCT, FCT NOVA)
  • Jaume Valentines-Álvarez (CIUHCT, FCT NOVA)
  • João Machado (CIUHCT, FCT NOVA)
  • Manuel Santonja Gómez (CENIEH)
  • Rui Dias (Ciência VIVA)
  • Thierry Aubry (UNIARQ; Fundação Côa Parque)