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Heitor Alvelos is Associate Professor at the University of Porto, where he directs the PhD Program on Design and the Unexpected Media Lab at the ID+ Research Center for Design, Media & Culture. He is currently Chairman of the Scientific Board for Humanities & Social Sciences at the Foundation for Science & Technology, Executive Board Member of the European Academy of Design, and a Member of Academia Europaea. Heitor has spoken as a conference keynote and professor at academic and business institutions around the world, and has also provided consultancy for the Portuguese Ministry of Science, the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council, and the EU Commission's New European Bauhaus (on behalf of Portugal).
Heitor curated the FuturePlaces Media Lab for Citizenship from 2008 to 2017 (with the University of Texas at Austin), and has recently completed the coordination of the FCT/H2020 project "Anti-Amnesia: Design Research as an Agent for Narrative and Material Regeneration and Reinvention of Vanishing Portuguese Manufacturing CVultures and Techniques".
As a designer/media artist, Heitor has worked with Touch (UK), Tuxedomoon (BE/USA), Radio Manobras (PT), KREV (SE), Ash international (UK), The Tapeworm (DE/UK), Visible (ES), 333 (DE/PT) and Stopestra (PT), among others.
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Anne Boddington is Professor of Design Innovation, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, Business and Innovation at Kingston University in the UK and recently appointed as the Sub Panel Chair for Art & Design: History, Practice & Theory for the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. Professor Boddington has extensive experience of the leadership, management and evaluation of art and design education and art and design research in higher education across the UK and internationally. She is an experienced chair and has held trustee and governance roles across the creative and cultural sector including as trustee of the Design Council, an independent Governor, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), an affiliate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), a member of the executive of the Council for Higher Education in Art & Design (CHEAD) and a member of the advisory board of the Arts & Humanities Research Council. She has an international reputation in creative education and research and has been a partner, a collaborator, a reviewer and evaluator for a wide range of international projects and reviews across Differemt nations in Europe, the Middle East, Southern and East Asia and North America.
Clara Gonçalves is a believer in innovation and technology, with great expertise in global knowledge networks, involving academic communities, companies and startups.
Clara Gonçalves has a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, with a specialisation in Innovation, Knowledge and Entrepreneurship from the Department of Economics, Management and Industrial Engineering of the University of Aveiro, and has started an Executive MBA at Erasmus University - Rotterdam School of Management, which has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
She is the co-founder of a Scientific Machine Learning startup, Inductiva Research Labs, in which she holds the position of Head of Strategy and Partnerships. In recent years, Clara has worked as Finance and Foresight Group Leader at the Fraunhofer Institute in Portugal, the Head of Innovation and Technology Transfer at the Health Innovation Center of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Minho, and the Executive Director of UPTEC – Science and Technology Park at the University of Porto, implementing an effective model of knowledge and technology transfer between academia and companies, supporting more than 500 technology-based start-ups and spin-offs and attracting around 30 Innovation Centers from national and international companies to the ecosystem of the University of Porto.
Clara is also a member of the Steering Committee and organiser of the “Future of Computing” Summer School, Vice President of ENSICO – Association for the Teaching of Computing and a member of the Advisory Board of Firefly Innovations, a Public Health Entrepreneurship Platform managed by the City University in New York and the IE Business School in Madrid.
She is also a member and alumnus of the US Department of State, being part of an international cohort of future leaders in the diplomacy program - International Visitor Leadership Program.
In 2018 Clara was awarded the “2018 Champion of the Year” by the Business and Innovation Network (BIN), a knowledge network between the University of Porto, the University of São Paulo and the University of Sheffield.
Manuel Heitor was born in September 1958.
He is a Full Professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, at the Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, IN+/IST, and holds a PhD from Imperial College London in Mechanical Engineering (Experimental Combustion, 1985).
He did postdoctoral studies at the University of California, San Diego, 1986, and later pursued an academic career at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, where he started his research activity in the area of energy and environment, with emphasis on Fluid Mechanics and Experimental Combustion.
He served as Deputy President of the Instituto Superior Técnico between 1993 and 1998, and since the early 1990s has been devoted to the study of science, technology and innovation policies, including higher education policies and management. In 1998 he founded the Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, IN+, of IST, which was named in 2005 as one of the Top 50 global centres of research on Management of Technology, by the International Association for the Management of Technology, IAMOT.
He has coordinated, among others, IST's PhD programmes in Engineering and Public Policy and in Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing Systems. He was Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, at the IC2 Institute, Innovation, Creativity and Capital, and during the academic year 2011/12 he was Visiting Professor at Harvard University, both in the United States of America.
He was Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education in the Government of Portugal from 2015-2022 and Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education between March 2005 and June 2011. He served for more than 12 years in the Government of Portugal.
Lynn is Professor of Design Innovation at the Glasgow School of Art and Programme Director - Research in the Innovation School. Lynn holds an AHRC funded PhD in Design from the Glasgow School of Art (2012). She is a designer with over 30 years’ experience, has held Design Director roles in the creative industries, and as a consultant has directed assignments internationally in fashion and textiles. Lynn’s place-based research interests are located within geographically distributed, and indigenous, island communities. Her cross-cultural research explores craft and textile practices as ‘cultural assets’, which connect to the landscape and culture of communities, and the role design-led innovation can play in the transformation of craft economies and socio-cultural renewal. She works extensively in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland and Southeast Asia. Lynn has considerable experience of directing UKRI funded bids, she was Principal Investigator (PI) on AHRC funded Design Innovation & Land-Assets – part of the UKRI Strategic Priorities programme on Landscape Decisions – and is currently PI for Design Innovation & Cultural Resonances an AHRC funded Knowledge Exchange programme on the theme of place. Lynn is Co-Director of the SGSAH Creative Economy Hub and sits on the Editorial Board of CoDesign Journal.
Michael Menchaca is Chair of the Department of Learning Design and Technology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. He specialises in distance education, and has designed, implemented, and coordinated online and hybrid programs for over 20 years. He serves as editor for the IAFOR Journal of Education: Technology in Education Edition. He was an IT specialist for many years in the public and private sector. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of online learning, technology integration, and social justice with technology.
Susana de Noronha, Anthropologist and PhD in Sociology, is Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra, Portugal, Secretary of CES General Assembly, and member of the Editorial Board of the CES/Almedina Book Series. Between 2020 and 01/2022, she was Co-coordinator of the Science, Economy and Society Research Group (NECES) at CES. She is also an Invited Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Minho, Portugal, and has been an Invited Professor in the Network of Post-Graduate Programs of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) since 2019. Currently, she is a team member of the International Project “Visibilizing Pain: Illness Visual Narratives and Storytelling Transmedia” (coordinated by the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya-UIC, Spain) and Ambassador for Portugal of the Association for the Study of Death and Society. She was distinguished by an international jury with the 2007 CES Award for Young Portuguese-speaking Social Scientists and winner of the 2003 Bernardino Machado Award for Anthropology by the University of Coimbra. Author of three research monographs: A Tinta, a Mariposa e a Metástase: a arte como experiência, conhecimento e acção sobre o cancro de mama (2009, Afrontamento) [Paint, Butterflies, and Metastases: art as experience, knowledge, and action on breast cancer]; Objetos Feitos de Cancro: mulheres, cultura material e doenças nas estórias da arte (2015, Almedina) [Objects Made of Cancer: material culture and illness on women’s art stories]; and Cancro Sobre Papel: Estórias de oito mulheres Portuguesas entre palavra falada, arte e ciência escrita (2019, Almedina) [Cancer on Paper: the stories of eight Portuguese women in words, art, and science]. As a writer and researcher, she is also a published lyricist and author of scientific illustrations, using photography, painting and creative ethnographic drawing.
Mirian Nogueira Tavares is an associate professor at the University of Algarve, Portugal. With an academic background in Communication Sciences, Semiotics and Cultural Studies (she received a PhD in Communication and Contemporary Cultures from the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil), she has been developing her research work and theoretical production in the areas of film and artistic aesthetics. As a professor at the University of Algarve, she participated in the development of the Visual Arts degree program, the Communication, Culture and Arts Master’s and Doctorate programs, and the Digital Media-Art Doctorate program. She is currently coordinator of the CIAC (Center for Research in Arts and Communication) and Director of the PhD in Digital Media-Art.
Jon Wozencroft started Touch in 1981/2. The intention was to extend the scope of a record label by combining music publishing with the level of curation afforded to fine art, producing a series of audiovisual productions, and the chance to collaborate with New Order, Wire, Joseph Beuys, Cabaret Voltaire, Chris Watson, Mika Vainio, and Fennesz amongst many others.
In the 80s and 90s, Wozencroft worked with Neville Brody on book and exhibition projects, leading to FUSE, one of the first magazines to critically engage with digital culture. In 2012, Taschen published a full documentation of the project, From Invention to Antimatter.
His photography and design work has appeared in publications including Fax Art, Merz to Émigré and Beyond, Shapeshifters, and Cover Art By. He was the publisher of Vagabond (magazine co–edited with Jon Savage, 1992), and the editor/designer of Joy Division's Heart and Soul box set in 1997. In 2005–2007, he co–curated the re-releases of Joy Division's back catalogue and participated in Grant Gee's documentary film on the group’s enduring impact.
Since 2007 he has been art director for Wire, whose 17th LP Mind Hive was released in 2020.
A book of his work, Touch & Fuse, was published in 1999 by the University of Porto, and in 2017, Touch Movements documented his photography and curation of Touch. Liquid Music, a collaboration with Christian Fennesz is one example of moving image work that has been showcased at the BFI, Tate Britain, Sonar, Transmediale, Avanti, and numerous other festivals.
He taught at the Royal College of Art from 1994–2019, specialising in the impact of sound and moving image on design practice. His research with Paul Devereux investigates the power of sound in prehistory with the focus on Preseli, Wales, source of the Stonehenge bluestones: www.landscape-perception.org