Minister Manuel Heitor

Manuel Heitor has been Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education in Portugal since 2015. From 2005 to 2011 he served as Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education. 

Manuel is full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), the engineering school of the University of Lisbon, and was founder and director of the IST´s Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, which was named in 2005 as one of the “Top 50 Global Centres of Research on Management of Technology”. He coordinated, among others, the IST´s doctoral programs in Engineering and Public Policy and in Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing. In 2011-12 he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard.  

He earned a PhD at Imperial College, London, in 1985 in combustion research and did post-doctoral training at the University of California San Diego, followed by an academic career at IST, where he pursued an initial research and teaching career in the area of energy and environment. Manuel Heitor served as Deputy-President of IST from 1993 until 1998 and since 1995, has been Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin. He was a founding member of the S&T Council of the International Risk Governance Council