President of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology
Maria Madalena Alves is a Full Professor with a PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering by the University of Minho (UMinho). She was the head of the Centre of Biological Engineering from January 2020 until July 1 2022, when she took office as President of the FCT. She holds a degree in Chemical Engineering by the University of Porto and a master’s degree in Biochemical Engineering by the Instituto Superior Técnico. She held academic and scientific management and coordination positions at UMinho, namely as course director and member of the School Council and the of the Scientific Council of the School of Engineering. Her research focuses on Environmental Biotechnology, having supervised several PhD candidates and researchers in said area and related fields. She was the coordinator, co-coordinator or member of several projects funded by national and European programmes. Maria Alves collaborates with a network of international researchers and welcomed to UMInho a researcher who would later win an ERC AdvG, shared with her research group – scientifically and financially. She’s been participating in several assessment committees by international agencies, i.e., Helmholtz association (Germany) and the Irish and Swiss Foundations for Science. She received multiple awards, namely the Lettinga award (2004), funded by international companies, BES Inovação (2005) and the National Award of Environment Innovation (2006). In September 2009, she’s awarded an honorary PhD by the Technical University of Iasi (Romania). In January 2016, she received the honorary title of Merit Citizen by Viana do Castelo municipality, her birthplace.