The Técnico professors Ana Bela Cruzeiro (Department of Mathematics – DM) and Mário Figueiredo (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering – DEEC), were elected corresponding members of Lisbon Academy of Sciences, on 30th of January. The two Técnico professors will join the class of Sciences – mathematics section.
“It is a honour to be elected corresponding member of Lisbon Academy of Sciences: it is a recognition of the current members of the Academy, who are people of great prestige and value”, says professor Mário Figueiredo. The DEEC professor hopes to “contribute to the dissemination of knowledge and wisdom, as stated in Lisbon Academy Science’s mission statement”.
Professor Ana Bela Cruzeiro also shares her happiness: “I was elected together with many colleagues who I greatly admire and respect”. The DM professor recalls the happy coincidence of being elected corresponding member under professor Carlos Salema’ s presidency. “I believe that I have been very fortunate to enter the Academy at a (very expected) moment of change and dynamism”, stresses professor Ana Bela Cruzeiro.
The corresponding members of each class are nominated by the effective members of their class, anytime there is a vacancy. The nominees are then presented to the suffrage. In order to be elected, it is necessary an absolute majority of effective members.
Some duties of a corresponding member are: attendance at plenary sessions and class sessions to which they belong; participation in the works of the Academy, performing the functions to which they have been designated or elected by deliberation of the Academy or the class to which they belong; and the presentation of communications, reports, proposals, projects and work suggestions.
Professor Ana Bela Cruzeiro and professor Mário Figueiredo join the several Técnico professors who are already corresponding members of the class of Sciences: Luís Oliveira e Silva (Physics), João Pedro Conde (Physics), Adélia Sequeira (Mathematics), Afzal Suleman (Earth and Space Sciences), Isabel Sá Correia (Biological Sciences), Joaquim Sampaio Cabral (Biological Sciences), Hélder Rodrigues (Engineering and Applied Sciences), Maria da Graça Carvalho (Engineering and Applied Sciences) and António Reis (Engineering and Applied Sciences). As full members of Lisbon Academy of Sciences – class of Sciences, Técnico has 5 representatives: professors Paulo Peixeiro de Freitas (Physics), Armando Pombeiro (Chemistry), Jorge Calado (Chemistry), Carlos Salema (Engineering and Applied Sciences) and Luís Aires Barros (Engineering and Applied Sciences). Professor Bernardo Herold is part of the class of Letters and he is full member of the section “Sociology and other Social and Human Sciences”.