With over 15 years of experience in industry, Sílvia has worked mainly in technological innovation, in both public and private sectors. In recent years, she has focused on the development of ideas and their implementation through multidisciplinary R&D projects (both national and international) and establishment of strategic partnership with the National Scientific and Technological System (SCTN) to promote new technological areas.
Sílvia led the Innovation and Development Laboratory (INCMLAB) of the Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda, having actively contributed to its creation and development, and was also responsible for the launch and creation of the company’s innovation award (IN3+ Award).
She was a senior researcher at ISQ (Welding and Quality Institute), where she also held a senior technical position in industrial sustainability. At the Portuguese Environment Agency, she worked as a senior technician in industrial licensing, also having as a mission the monitoring of public policies with the European Union, namely in environmental responsibility. She began her career as a researcher first at IBET (Institute of Experimental and Technological Biology), having passed through ITQB (Institute of Chemical and Biochemical Technology-António Xavier) and FCT-UNL (Faculty of Science and Technology, New University of Lisbon).
Sílvia Garcia has a PhD in Biotechnology, a post-graduate degree in Industrial Management and a degree in Chemical Engineering from Faculdade Nova de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCTNOVA).
As a volunteer, she was the coordinator of the Artificial Intelligence task force of APDSI (Association for the Promotion and Development of the Information Society), responsible for analyzing, discussing, disseminating trends, and promoting the debate on the use of Artificial Intelligence in the public and private sectors, as well as developing reflection and strategic thinking to demystify Artificial Intelligence.