January 9, 2019

Manuel Heitor is Full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, IST, the engineering school of the Technical University of Lisbon, and served as Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education in the Government of Portugal from March 2005 to June 2011.

He earned a PhD at Imperial College, London, and did post-doctoral training at the University of California San Diego in the area of experimental combustion and related energy aspects, in which he has authored several scientific papers and books.

Manuel Heitor has served as Deputy-President of Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, for the period 1993-1998 and has published several technical papers in the area of science and higher education policy. His research work includes publications in the area of the management of technology and the development of science, technology and innovation policies. Since 1995, he has been Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute, Innovation, Creativity and Capital, the University of Texas at Austin. He is co-editor of the book series on “Technology Policy and Innovation”, launched through Greenwood Publishers, Connecticut and continued through Purdue University Press.

Manuel Heitor was the founding director of the IST´s “Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research”, which was awarded in 2005 by the International Association of Management of Technology, IAMOT, has one of the top 50 global centres of research on
“Management of Technology”. He was co-founder in 2002 of “Globelics – the global network for the economics of learning, innovation, and competence building systems”. In 2003 he was awarded with the Dibner Award of the Society for the History of Technology, SHOT.

While in the Government of Portugal, Manuel Heitor was successfully involved in attracting public and private investment on R&D, strengthening the research landscape of the country and in the reform and modernization of higher education. He was particularly instrumental in conceiving, implementing, and building up international consortia in research and advanced training with leading American universities, encompassing industry-science relationships and technology commercialization activities.