I am Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology at ISCTE-IUL and principal investigator at CIES-IUL. I'm Visiting Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (since 2014). I was Marie Curie Fellow at LSE in 2016-18 and Fulbright Scholar at Cornell University in 2015-16. Before my PhD, I worked for the European Commission (EC), at the DG Research, Infrastructures Unit, Brussels.
Ongoing research: I am Principal Investigator (PI) of the international funded projects ‘MORE-PE: Mobilising Resources for Public Engagement’ (2016-2021), and OPEN 'Organisational Public Engagement with Science and Technology' (2019-2023) (Foundation for Science and Technology, FCT). These studies have been implemented in Portugal, Italy, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, the USA, Turkey, Brazil, Japan, Taiwan and China (mainland) to study science communication within institutional environments.
I am the WP Leader for the EU funded project "POIESIS: Probing the impact of integrity and integration on societal trust in science" (€1.2m) with a focus on research integrity and public trust in science (2023-2025) (https://poiesis-project.eu/).
Education and research interests: I completed my PhD in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at University College London (UCL) (2011), where I was also Teaching Assistant (TA) for courses in Science Communication and Science Policy. I was a trainer at Esconet (European Network for Science Communication), training scientists how to communicate with publics (2009-12). My research interests lie in science communication, public understanding of science, science policy and research methods for social sciences. Current research focusses on institutional communication of science with society.
Main awards and recognitions:
- I have received a Distinguished international award from Euroscience: European Young Researcher Award' Laureate (EYRA) (2016)
- I have been honoured in the Book Ciência Viva 'Mulheres na Ciência' (2019)
I am currently Member of the International Science Council (ISC) expert advisory panel on the Public Value of Science.
I have been often invited to speak at international conferences including in China, Japan, Brazil and Europe, and as invited expert in discussions in the field (e.g. discussions at the Bellagio Centre (Como Lake, Italy) in 2018 and in 2022, as part of the Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Convening Program; and at SC discussion organised by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative in 2018, San Francisco, USA).
Recent book published by Routledge (2022): 'Public Communication of Research Universities: ‘Arms-race’ for visibility or science substance?’, Routledge