Pedro Raposo de Almeida is the new director of MARE

Pedro Raposo de Almeida

Pedro Raposo de Almeida, researcher at MARE and Professor at the Biology Department of the University of Évora, has been elected the national director of MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, for the 2022-2025 triennium.

"It's time to contribute to the strengthening of MARE in the Marine Sciences domain", says the researcher. After two years of COVID pandemic, he feels like chance is crucial. The new director aims to restructure the brand and scientific organization of MARE through new communication and image policies. Never forgetting that it is necessary to establish the Centre's researcher body. "MARE are the people that form it. For that reason, one of my main priorities will be to grant some contractual stability to those young PhD researchers that are part of MARE's ranks".

In the financial arena, Raposo de Almeida hopes the available budget to be progressively diversified with national and international funds. "Everything suggests that there will be very interesting funding opportunities through the QCA 2020-2030, the Recovery and Resilience Plan and, not less importantly, through consultancy and services rendered to the private sector, in the various specialty areas of MARE." Raposo de Almeida wants to work closely with government stakeholders such as the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, the Ministry of Economy and the Sea, the Ministry for Agriculture and Food and the Ministry for the Environment and Climate Action.

The new director aims to unify the more than 500 researchers that compose MARE. "Only an informed and knowledgeable group of researchers, that understand what the MARE Universe represents, will feel invested in contributing significantly to the collective, benefiting MARE as a whole. A Master's student should feel that their work is important to MARE, a full professor should put their experience at the service of MARE", he reflects.

Pedro Raposo de Almeida, has more than 20 years in higher education teaching, he develops his scientific activities in the domain of ichthyology, focusing on the management and conservation of migrating diadromous fish. He has coordinated more than 50 scientific projects, including numerous rendered services. He has published more than 100 scientific papers in international journals, as well as 5 books, one of which has recently been published: Guia dos peixes de água doce e migradores de Portugal Continental.