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This year the World Cultural Council will grant special acknowledgements to young researchers and scholars from the University of Coimbra who have performed outstandingly in the fields of science, education or arts.

SCIENCE

As a biologist at Coimbra University’s Marine and Environmental Research Centre, Filipa Bessa researches and combats plastic pollution in coastal and marine ecosystems. She coordinates national projects to develop innovative tools to detect and mitigate marine litter. Her publication on microplastics in gentoo penguins from Antarctica ranked in the Top 100 Earth Science Reports papers in 2019. She has been involved in over 200 projects to promote citizen engagement in environmental issues and has been active in bringing more women and girls to STEM disciplines.
Filipa Bessa
Special Recognition - Science
Neurobiologist Joana Ferreira has been outstanding in pushing back the boundaries of neuroscience, conducting seminal work to describe neuronal structures related to learning and memory. In acknowledgement of her many high-impact publications, she received a Young Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation in 2021. Her work sheds light not only on how the brain works, but also on the mechanisms of brain disorders. Joana has extensive experience in mentoring PhD and Masters students and has formed a collaborative network of high-profile researchers.
Joana Ferreira
Special Recognition - Science
João Peça is a neurobiologist and Assistant Professor at the Department of Life Sciences. His research has led to the understanding of how mutations in synaptic proteins trigger brain disorders. João’s cutting-edge publications have garnered several awards and attracted the funds needed to grow his research team at the University of Coimbra. He has also developed a platform for mouse molecular genetics, stem cell manipulation, and supported the creation of an electrophysiology training program for PhD students and postdocs. In 2019 João won the Pfizer Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in biomedical science in Portugal.
João Peça
Special Recognition - Science
Described as an energetic leader by students and peers, Paulo Rocha’s unconventional approaches towards bioenergy and bioelectricity have led him to make ground-breaking discoveries. His research, particularly into biosensors, has contributed to fields such as: affordable, scalable clean energy; the prevention of major environmental problems such as Harmful Algal Blooms; the timely prediction of pandemic peaks; and more personalized pharmacological treatments. Paulo is currently Associate Professor in Bioelectronics at Coimbra. All his past supervisees have found employment as successful scientists or engineers in key industries and universities.
Paulo Rocha
Special Recognition - Science
Sérgio Domingos completed his training in physics engineering at Coimbra in 2008. His PhD research on vibrational spectroscopy, conducted in the Netherlands, was widely applauded. As a postdoc in Germany, he elucidated novel ways of interpreting chirality in the gas phase, writing several key papers. Sérgio collaborates with a vast network of scientists worldwide on topics like the chiral recognition problem, molecular astrophysics and molecular nanotechnology. Recently awarded a grant by the European Research Council, he now plans to create a new laboratory at his alma mater, Coimbra University.
Sérgio Domingos
Special Recognition - Science

EDUCATION

Ana Dias Fonseca is a post-doctoral researcher at Coimbra’s Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, and Integrated member of the Center for Research in Neuropsychology and Cognitive-Behaviour Intervention. Her work as a Clinical Psychologist and certified expert in Clinical and Health Psychology has focused on women’s mental health (particularly perinatal), e-mental health and cognitive-behavioural therapies. She has an outstanding publication record for a young researcher and assistant professor. Ana is particularly commended for the complete cycle she has established between top-level research, pedagogy and knowledge transfer.
Ana Dias Fonseca
Special Recognition - Education
Hugo Gonçalo Oliveira is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Informatics Engineering of the University of Coimbra, and a senior researcher of the Centre of Informatics and Systems of the same University, with a PhD in Information Science and Technology. His main research areas are Computational Creativity and Natural Language Processing, where he has worked on the development of several computational tools and resources for Portuguese, this way highlighting the importance of this language and culture. Hugo has developed and coordinated several Masters courses, and supervised several students in Informatics Engineering and Design and Multimedia, while participating in widespread outreach activities. He is the co-author of more than 150 scientific papers in journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings, and has participated in several funded research projects.
Hugo Gonçalo Oliveira
Special Recognition - Education
Rui Cardoso Martins is Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Coimbra University. With a Scopus h-index of 27, indicating his scientific productivity, Rui has published five book chapters and 125 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. Involved in 22 funded projects (five as coordinator), he is also co-founder of two spin-off companies connecting the university’s research with society. In 2021 and 2022, he was ranked best teacher by the Student Group of his department. He additionally disseminates Chemical Engineering in the community, organizing training and workshops and sharing research results.
Rui Cardoso Martins
Special Recognition - Education

ARTS

Edicleison Freitas is a PhD student at Coimbra University, specializing in Visual Arts with an emphasis on education. His work, often with marginalized populations, has interwoven theatre, performance and dance, and reflects a deep concern for the environment. His research includes painting, photography, costume, scenography and artistic make-up, showing the richness of his skills as an artist. Constantly revealing an empathic relationship to the complexity of the world, his sophistication makes him one of the most interesting young artists of Brazil.
Edicleison Freitas
Special Recognition - Arts
Joana Antunes, PhD in Art History, has been teaching and researching at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Coimbra since 2010, where she became Assistant Professor in 2018. In particular, she has focused on the visible and invisible heritage and iconology of the Medieval and Renaissance eras. Her research production includes the edition of 5 books, 19 published articles and 26 communications in four countries. She has also been involved in the preparation of 8 research projects and funding applications in national and international competitions.
Joana Antunes
Special Recognition - Arts
The commitment and passion that architect Carlos da Luz Vicente Azevedo has for Architecture are revealed in the relevance of his work developed over the years, especially within the scope of the collective depA Architects, which he shares with João Crisóstomo and Luís Sobral. The work of depA Architects has always focused on the recovery and enhancement of a comfortable and humanized design of space that conforms to the challenges facing the world today. Multiple prizes, communications, exhibitions and publications reflect the relevance of depA Architects in modern-day Portugal and abroad. Such recognition is expressed in the ability to rehabilitate and enhance the built heritage, the construction of new buildings, collaboration with artists, and curatorial projects.
Carlos Azevedo
Special Recognition - Arts
The commitment and passion that architect João Filipe Miraldo Crisóstomo has for Architecture are revealed in the relevance of his work developed over the years, especially within the scope of the collective depA Architects, which he shares with Carlos Azevedo and Luís Sobral. The work of depA Architects has always focused on the recovery and enhancement of a comfortable and humanized design of space that conforms to the challenges facing the world today. Multiple prizes, communications, exhibitions and publications reflect the relevance of depA Architects in modern-day Portugal and abroad. Such recognition is expressed in the ability to rehabilitate and enhance the built heritage, the construction of new buildings, collaboration with artists, and curatorial projects.
João Crisóstomo
Special Recognition - Arts
The commitment and passion that architect Luís Pedro Pires Sobral has for Architecture are revealed in the relevance of his work developed over the years, especially within the scope of the collective depA Architects, which he shares with Carlos Azevedo and João Crisóstomo. The work of depA Architects has always focused on the recovery and enhancement of a comfortable and humanized design of space that conforms to the challenges facing the world today. Multiple prizes, communications, exhibitions and publications reflect the relevance of depA Architects in modern-day Portugal and abroad. Such recognition is expressed in the ability to rehabilitate and enhance the built heritage, the construction of new buildings, collaboration with artists, and curatorial projects.
Luís Sobral
Special Recognition - Arts

37th World Cultural Council Award Ceremony

The University of Coimbra (UC) and the World Cultural Council (WCC) are extremely pleased to announce that the 37th World Cultural Council Award Ceremony will be held at UC on November 29-30, 2022. Special lectures, including those by the laureates, will be given on November 29 and the award ceremony will take place on November 30.

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