MAPIS Seminar

Presentation of the “Mapping health science research in the PALOPs” study

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This Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation study was produced by the Centre of Social Studies – University of Coimbra

The “Mapping health science research in the PALOPs (MAPIS): a study of the scientific production and financing networks between 2008 and 2020” seminar seeks to, in accordance with the study’s results, present the panorama of health science research produced in the PALOPs and the respective sources of financing. 

This also seeks to foster a joint reflection on the future challenges and to this end involving a set of actors of great relevance to this process across the national and international levels.

For the period between 2008 and 2020, this study analyses the trends in the international scientific outputs in the health sciences in these countries alongside the international collaborative networks that leverage this production and the key sources of financing.

The study unveils strong growth in the level of scientific production over this period, its interlinkage with issues of importance to local health systems and the differentiated profiles of collaboration and financing among these countries.



09:30 / Welcome Session

Maria Hermínia Cabral – Director of the Gulbenkian Partnerships for Development Program, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

09:40 / Study presentation

Tiago Santos Pereira – Study coordinator, Centre of Social Studies – University of Coimbra, Portugal

10:00 / Comments

Michael Kahn – Stellenbosch University, South Africa

10:15 / 1st Panel: Health science research in the PALOPs – Institutional development and internationalisation

Francisco Saúte – Director of the Manhiça Health Research Centre, Mozambique
Baltazar Cá – Researcher at the Bandim Research Centre, Guinea Bissau
Pamela Borges – Researcher at the Agostinho Neto University Hospital, Cape Verde
Paula Paixão – Assistant Director of the National Health Research Institute, Angola

Moderator: João Rosário – RTP África


11:30 / 2nd Panel: Financing strategies to leveraged the impacts of health research in the PALOPs

Opening comments: “A perspective on research and financing policies in Africa” with Joanna Chataway – Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policies, University College London. (Livestream)

Michael Makanga – Director of European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership(EDCTP)
Lídia Brito – Regional Director of UNESCO for Southern Africa. (Livestream)
Sandra Almeida – Director of Knowledge and Partnership, Aga Khan Foundation
HRH La Infanta Doña Cristina – Director of International Affairs, “la Caixa” Foundation
Eurídice Furtado Monteiro – Secretary of State of Higher Education, Cape Verde
António Cruz Serra – Trustee of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Moderator: João Rosário – RTP África

13:00 / Closing Session

Amélia Apolónia – Member of the Board of Directors, the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology
António Feijó – President of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation


Executive trustee of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation since 12 May 2022.

Tenured Professor of Electronics in the Department of Electro-technical Engineering and Computing at the Higher Technical Institute of the University of Lisbon, where he has lectured since 1978.

He served as Rector of the University of Lisbon (2013-2021), Rector of the Technical University of Lisbon (2012-2013), President of the Higher Technical Institute (2009-2012), Assistant President for Administrative Affairs of the Higher Technical Institute (2002-2008), member of the Fusion for Energy Executive Committee (2007-2009), President of IMEKO – International Measurement Confederation (2009-2012), President of the Board of Directors of Taguspark SA (2010-2014), and President of Cluster – Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research (2010-2012).

He was a researcher in Biomechanics at the Gulbenkian Institute of Science (1979-1981), researcher at the Centre of Electro-technology at the Technical University of Lisbon/INIC (1982-1994) and researcher at the Institute of Telecommunications (since 1994).

He has served on panels evaluating scientific research projects in the field of Electronic Instrumentation, financing proposals submitted under different European Union support programs for government entities in Portugal, the Czech Republic, Italy and Poland.

He holds a Doctoral Degree (1992) and a Master's Degree (1985) in Electro-technical Engineering and Computing from the Higher Technical Institute of the University of Lisbon and an Undergraduate Degree in Electro-technical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Oporto (1978).

He is the author of over two hundred scientific publications.

A post-doctoral researcher at the National Institute of Public Health of Guinea Bissau (INASA) and the Bandim Health Project, where he coordinates the MAFTBProgress research project, financed by EDTCP. The focus of his research involves grasping the impact of the genetic diversity of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in the progression and severity of tuberculosis cases.

A specialist in tropical diseases, he holds experience in coordinating multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research and development projects, having contributed to three international projects.

He also serves as the Guinea Bissau Ambassador for the Next Einstein Forum, a sub-regional organisation with the core objective of promoting STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – Education.

Secretary of State for Higher Education in Cape Verde. Holding a Doctoral Degree in Sociology from the University of Coimbra, she attended an advanced program in Public Administration at Bridgewater State University and an executive Leadership Program at Harvard Kennedy School, in the United States. A university professor, she was a member of the Independent Council for Radio and Television in Cape Verde, the National Human Rights Commission and a member of the General Council of the National Cape Verde Commission to UNESCO.

General Director of the Manhiça Health Research Centre in Mozambique, where he served as scientific director for five years in addition to over 26 years of experience working in the field of transmissible diseases, especially malaria and HIV/AIDS, ranging from research to program management and/or leadership.

He graduated in Medicine from Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique, gained his Master's Degree in Epidemiology of Transmissible Diseases from the University of London and his Doctoral Degree in Epidemiology of Malaria from the University of Barcelona. He was Director of the National Malaria Control Program and Resident Adviser to USAID in Angola and Rwanda for the American Presidential Initiative on Malaria.

Director of the International Department of the "la Caixa" Foundation, she studied Political Science at the Complutense University, Madrid and International Relations at the University of New York. Currently living in Geneva, she manages and coordinates the programs of the "la Caixa" Foundation with various UN agencies headquartered in the Swiss city. Furthermore, as coordinator of the Interagency Programs of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, she is responsible for the collaboration programs ongoing among the cultural and social foundations in the Aga Khan Development Network. Her Royal Highness is also President of the Management Board of the Institute of Barcelona for Global Health - ISGlobal, Honorary President of the Spanish UNESCO Commission and a member of the Management Board of the Dali Foundation. 

Director of STEaPP – the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policies, in the Faculty of Engineering Science at University College London. She was formerly sub-director and professor of Science and Technology Policies in SPRU at the University of Sussex. She also led the research group on Innovation, Health and Science at RAND Europe and was Professor of Biotechnology and Development and co-director of the ESRC INNOGEN Research Centre of the Open University.

Her work has gained widespread recognition in the science and innovation policies field of study and, with her colleagues at STEaPP, has been leading new integrated approaches to researching and teaching science policies and issuing scientific advice. She has broad experience in the fields deploying interdisciplinary analysis for the co-production of policies, methodologies and approaches to evaluation, interweaving the public and private sectors, international development, health research policies and innovation, empowerment, equality and innovation more generally. She is especially interested in successfully navigating the inherent tensions between the demand for and the requirements of research in public policies and academic standards. She is currently a member of the Oversight Board of the Areas of Research Interest initiative, and coordinates the Advisory Committee for a major NIHR project. She collaborates with evaluating and advising Research Boards in South Africa and Kenya, among others.

A forestry engineer with Master's and Doctoral Degrees in Forestry and Wood Sciences from the State University of Colorado - USA, she was born in Mozambique and joined the teaching staff at the Eduardo Mondlane University following her graduation in Forestry Engineering in 1981. She has held senior positions in Mozambique, including Head of the Forestry Department at the Faculty of Agronomy (1997-1998), Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs at the Eduardo Mondlane University (1998-2000), Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology (2000-2005) and Adviser to the President of Maputo Municipal Council on Strategic Planning and External Relations (2005-2008).

She joined UNESCO in November 2009 as Director for Science Policies and Sustainable Development in the Natural Sciences sector in Paris and, in 2014, was nominated UNESCO Regional Director for the Sciences in the Latin America and Caribbean region (UNESCO representative in Montevideo). Since 2022, she has led the UNESCO team in Harare as the Regional Director for Southern Africa.

Her specialist fields range from silviculture and the sustainable management of natural resources to higher education, science and technology policies and programs and within the framework of public policies for sustainable development. She has presided over various commissions and working groups, especially those focused on higher education and the ICTs for sustainable development. She co-chaired the Conference of Organising Scientific Committee for the Planet under Pressure in London, an important event in preparing for Rio+20, and has been a member of various international councils, such as the Council of the African Forests Forum, the CHET Council, the Countries of the Environmental Institute of Stockholm, the Council of Biodiversity, among others. Between 2018 and 2021, she chaired the regional organising committee for the Open Science Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean, a regional space crucial for debates and exchanges within the scope of nurturing sustainable and transversal policies for science, technology and innovation.

A social entrepreneur and public policy evaluator while working with every facet of the chain of innovation. He has maintained a personal commitment throughout his life – the people, the systems and the individual. To achieve this goal, he has served as an adviser to ministers of education, science and technology, the Director of the Provincial Government of Gauteng, an analyst at the Education Policy Development Centre, a Professor of Teaching Science in Botswana and South Africa, Executive Director of the Human Sciences Research Council and is currently a Senior Researcher at the Research Centre of Evaluation, Science and Technology at Stellenbosch University. He is a Guest Professor at Western Cape University and Professor of Practice at the University of Johannesburg.

He is a specialist in the analysis of public policies, strategic planning, indicators, monitoring and evaluation, prospecting and facilitating. He holds an educational background based on engineering, physics and education policies, including a PhD in Theoretical Physics, an MA in Education Policies, Planning and Management and a BSc (Honours). He is a consultant to different governments, multilateral agencies and the donor community. One of his most recent reports was "Mapping Research and Innovation in the Republic of Mozambique”, produced for the UNESCO 'Country Profiles in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy’ series.

Executive director of EDCTP (European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership).

A doctor and scientist, he has over 25 years of professional experience in the health field and especially with diseases related to poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, with 21 years of his work consisting of developing medical products and regulating clinical activities. He has a Master’s Degree from Makerere University, Uganda, an MSc from the University of Liverpool and a PhD from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom. He is also a member of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, Scotland.

He was the Director of the Centre of Clinical and Outpatient Trials at the Kenya Medical Research Institute – Wellcome Trust Collaborative Centre, in Kilifi, Kenya, which is a member of the tropical collaboration program with the Universities of Liverpool and Oxford.

In 2004, he joined EDCTP where he has held various different management positions. He was nominated Director of South-South Cooperation and Head of the EDCTP Africa Office in Cape Town, South Africa in 2008.

Integrated Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering specialising in Medical Imaging and Radiation from the Faculty of Science and Technology, the University of Coimbra, on a merit grant awarded by the Camões Institute. In 2014, she was accepted onto the PGCD (Post-Graduate Science for Development) program financed by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

She took her doctoral degree in molecular bioscience at the telomers and genomic stability laboratory in the Gulbenkian Science Institute, including a one-year internship at the Rockefeller University, New York.

In 2019, she completed her doctoral degree and returned to Cape Verde and, following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, began implementing diagnostic techniques there. She began post-doctoral study at the IPO, in Oporto through the Involve Science PALOP program run by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, which studies the characteristics of breast cancer in Cape Verdean women. She has recently achieved the first financing to set up a laboratory in Cape Verde for the study of breast cancer and is currently the lead researcher at an initial phase in her scientific career.

Graduating in Pharmaceutical Science and Clinical Analysis from the Privada University of Angola, she completed her Master's Degree in Field and Laboratory Epidemiology at the Faculty of Medicine of the Agostinho Neto University in 2013 and is studying for her doctoral degree in Biomedical Science at IHMT, the Nova University of Lisbon.

She has served as a member of the Ethics Committee of the Ministry of Health since 2019 and Assistant Director for the Scientific-Technical field at INIS – the National Institute for Health Research of Angola since 2021.

Since 2021, Paula Paixão has been President of the INIS Scientific Council and a researcher at GIMI – INIS (Microbiology and Immunology Research Group) since 2021.

Graduating in Clinical Psychology from ISPA, she is a director of the Department of Knowledge and Partnership at the Aga Khan Portugal Foundation, which she joined in 2009, having performed management functions on the Urban Community Development Program K’CIDADE (read as Capacity in Portuguese). She undertook technical and coordination functions in the management entities running the EQUAL Community Initiative Programs between 2001 and 2008 and the Employ & Adapt Program between 1997 and 2001.

Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (CES), where he is Co-Director of the Doctoral Program ‘Governance, Knowledge and Innovation’, and he is Coordinating Researcher at CoLABOR – Collaborative Laboratory on Work, Employment and Social Protection, where he leads the research group on Work, Employment and Technology. With a DPhil in Science and Technology Policy Studies, from SPRU, Univ. Sussex, his research analyses policies and governance of science, technology and innovation, the intermediation of knowledge between academia, business firms, public decision-making and society and participatory technology assessment. His work draws on the fields of science and technology studies (STS), innovation studies, and research and innovation policy studies. He has also collaborated with different organisations in the area of science and technology policy, having been Vice-Chair of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP) and Head of the Studies and Strategy Office of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), between 2015-2018. He is currently a member of the National Council on Science, Technology and Innovation (CNCTI).

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