The Scientific Councils provide the FCT Board with strategic advice and
recommendations on developing, implementing and modifying science and
technology support programmes.
Each Scientific Council is composed of 7 members and meets on a regular basis
(usually every two months).
It is the Scientific Councils’ remit to …
- Advise on FCT’s strategic plans for research, training and knowledge
exchange, in order to increase Portugal’s scientific competitiveness;
- Advise FCT on building a multidisciplinary research community and
supporting internationally competitive science in Portugal;
- Provide an appropriate environment for testing new ideas.
Members of the Scientific Councils should have ...
- A recognised record of scientific achievement;
- A well-established record of working at senior level and/or experience in
managing departments or organisations either in academia or in a
- A background in one of the four scientific domains.
- A specific interest in the work of the Scientific Councils.
Members of the Scientific Councils are expected to ...
- Convey the perspective of Portuguese key stakeholder groups including
academia, business, government and society;
- Act as a “generous generalists” rather than supporters of a particular
discipline or sector;
- Work collectively to address difficult issues from a number of
perspectives that may have competing priorities;
- Have knowledge of the national scientific system and a broad
international perspective, with a specific focus on societal challenges and
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