Maria da Graca Carvalho


Kingdom of Belgium

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Maria da Graça Carvalho is a former member of the European Parliament in the PPE group (member of the ITRE-Industry, Research and Energy Committee, substitute member of the Budgets Committee, and member of the ACP-UE Joint Parliamentary Assembly). She is Principal Advisor at the European Commission. She was elected co-President of the Economic Development, Finance, and Trade Committee of ACP-UE Joint Parliamentary Assembly. She has been Principal Adviser to President Barroso in the areas of Science, Higher Education, Innovation, Research Policy, Energy, Environment, and Climate Change from 2006 to 2009. She is a Full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (Technical University of Lisbon) and has 30 years of research experience in the areas of energy, environment, and climate change. She was the founder of a research group of 50 people at Instituto Superior Técnico in the Energy, Environment and Climate Change fields. She has been Minister of Science and Higher Education of the XV Constitutional Government of Portugal and Minister of Science, Innovation and Higher Education of the XVI Constitutional Government, Director-General of GRICES-Office for International Relations in Science and Higher Education, and Deputy President of the Portuguese Association of Engineers. She has been a member of the Board of Directors and President of the Scientific Board of Instituto Superior Técnico. She is a member of 22 national and international scientific associations and a fellow of AIAA-American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, of AAAS-American Association for the Advancement of Science, of the Portuguese Academy of Science. Maria has published 115 articles in international scientific journals and more than 300 articles in international books and proceedings of conferences. She has authored 2 books and is the editor of 14 books and special editions of international scientific journals.