"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."
Isaac Newton

Joana Gonçalves Sá

Joana Gonçalves-Sá has been working as an independent researcher at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC). She has a degree in Physical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico where she first got interested in the interface between mathematics, physics and biology. In 2003 she enrolled in the Gulbenkian PhD Programme in Biomedicine and moved to Boston, where she did her PhD thesis work, at Harvard University.

At the IGC she works on the role(s) that Science and Technology can play in society and particularly on how the scientific method can be used to improve the decision-making process. Her long term goal is to understand how one can build a more critical and engaged society.

Patrícia Beldade

Patrícia Beldade is the new scientific coordinator of the PGCD. She is responsible for organising, coordinating, and monitoring of the different phases of the PGCD. Patrícia had her Bachelor degree in Biology from the University of Lisbon, Portugal and bagged her PhD in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. She is an alumnus of the doctoral program of the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia (IGC).

After her post-doc at the University of California at Irvine, USA, Patricia returned to the University of Leiden where she taught for 6 years before returning to Portugal to head her research group at IGC. Her group uses multidisciplinary (evolution, development, ecology and genetics) approaches to investigate the mechanisms involved in in ter-individual differences within and between species. Patricia have been associated with the University of Toulouse, France since 2016 and will be moving her research group to the University in the near future.

Carla Semedo

Carla Semedo was born in Cabo Verde and she is very interested in understanding how policies and cooperation can help developing countries, particularly policies related with Science and Technology.

Carla Semedo obtained her bachelor degree in International Relations by the Faculty of Economy of the Universidade de Coimbra in 2007 and concluded her master studies in International Cooperation and Development by the Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão de Lisboa. In 2012 Carla started to work at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência as an assistent to the PGCD  and since 2014 she moved to Cabo Verde to locally coordinate PGCD classes and activities.

Inês Maciel

Inês Maciel has been working as an administrative assistant for the PGCD since 2015, at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras. She has a bachelor degree in languages from the University of Porto and a master degree in International Relations from Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, Universidade de Lisboa, where she developed her interest in areas such as Diplomacy and International Cooperation.