Silvia Castro

General Info

Role in INESC-IDResearcher

Main Interests

I'm the Executive Director at Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program - a strategic partnership from Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) between Portuguese Universities and the Carnegie Mellon University. At CMU Portugal, I'm mostly interested in promoting networks for Research & Higher Education in Portugal & the US. I ensure the implementation of the international partnership Program's strategic objectives through close interaction with the various stakeholders- including industrial, governmental, and academic partners. I have more than nine years of work experience in international collaborations between Universities, particularly with the North American market. Previously, I was the Executive director of the MIT Portugal Program, a partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I graduated in Biochemistry at the University of Porto (2001). I enrolled at the Graduate Program in Areas of Basic and Applied Biology (GABBA) in the same year to pursue a Ph. D. in Developmental Neurosciences at University College London. While in London, I developed a particular interest in Science communication and returned to Portugal in 2008 as a post-doc fellow in science communication at the biomedical research institute - Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC). In 2011, I started working in the context of international partnerships at the MIT Portugal Program, where I as act Communications and Graduate Programs Director before being appointed Executive Director in 2015. Besides my Project Manager interests, I continue to develop and oversea Science Communication activities. In this field, I'm interested in studying how science is portrayed in the media and on the use of web-based platforms for communication and citizen participation in science and innovation. I'm an invited lecturer at science communications courses and workshops nationwide, an external review for the Royal Academy of Engineering outreach projects and one of the co-founders and former Vice-President of the Portuguese Science Communication Association "Rede ScicomPT."


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