Madalena Alves, professor at the School of Engineering of the University of Minho and director of CEB – Centre of Biological Engineering, is one of the two new representatives of the Portuguese State on the Board of INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory.
Elvira Fortunato, full professor at FCT NOVA, was also appointed along with the professor at EEUM.
The Minister for Science stressed the strengthening of the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), based in Braga, with “two major Portuguese scientists”, to ensure that that institution “is at the best level of what is done in Europe”.
In the presentation of Elvira Fortunato and Madalena Alves as the new representatives of the Portuguese State on the INL Council, which took place on January 7, Manuel Heitor also said that the Portuguese scientific strategy “has always been to compete with the best”.
We have decided to strengthen the INL Council with two major Portuguese scientists in order to ensure that in the coming years INL is at the best level of what is done in Europe, so that it can compete with the major European institutions”, he said.
For the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, the aim is also to strengthen the role of INL in Portugal-Spain relations and the role of Iberia in Europe.
The Portuguese scientific strategy has always been to compete with the best, the INL has to compete with the best all over Europe”, he stressed.
Madalena Alves, from the School of Engineering of the University of Minho, highlighted the “enormous potential for innovation and technology transfer to industry” existing in INL. This will be the obvious path to the future”, she said.
The School of Engineering congratulates Professor Madalena Alves for her appointment!