José Mariano Gago to lecture at Brown

March 26, 2014

On Wednesday, April 9th José Mariano Gago will be speaking at the Science Center on the third floor on the Sciences Library at 201 Thayer Street. 

The subject of his talk will be "The Social Constituencies for Scientific Development  and the Problem of the Values of Science and  Democracy in the Developing World."

Professor José Mariano Gago is an experimental high energy physicist and a Professor at IST (Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon).  He graduated  from IST and obtained a PhD in Physics at École Polytechnique and Université Pierre et Marie Curie, in Paris. He worked as a researcher at the European Organisation for Nuclear Physics (CERN), Geneva, and in Portugal’s Laboratory for Particle Physics (LIP) that he created and currently chairs.

Former Portuguese Minister of Science and Technology, Information Society and Higher Education (1995-2002 and 2005-2011), he launched the Ciência Viva movement to promote science & technological culture and science & technology in society. As Portuguese EU presidency (2000), he worked with the European Commission to develop the Lisbon Strategy for the European Research Area and for the Information Society in Europe.  Professor Gago has also worked with UNESCO to create Ciência Global, a new initiative for the advanced training of scientists from developing countries.

Prof. Gago is an international science policy advisor and was the first President of the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC) in Geneva and is a member of IRGC Board. He is a member of the Board of INSERM (France), a policy advisor to the European Cancer Organisation (ECCO), a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cyprus Institute, and a member of the Governing Board of Euroscience. He is special advisor to the European Space Agency (ESA) Director-General and a member of the Academia Europaea. In 2014, he was elected as Invited Thinker by the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts (KVAB).

This event is sponsored by the Program in Science and Technology Studies, The Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, and The Luso-American Foundation, Lisbon.