The title of Professor Emeritus is granted by Universidade NOVA de Lisboa in an exceptional way to full professors, or retired professors whose contribution to the activity of its organic unit is recognized as having an especially relevant merit.
On September 17, 2021, NOVA's Rector, Professor João Sàágua, decided to grant the title of Professor Emeritus to Professors Adriano Duarte Rodrigues, Salwa Castelo-Branco and Luís Moniz Pereira.
The three Professors will be awarded the title of Professor Emeritus at the NOVA Day ceremony on November 10, 2021.
About Adriano Duarte Rodrigues, the founder of the first Communication course in the country, the Rector highlights the «extraordinary capacities of scientific and pedagogical foundation, as well as the creation and coordination of teams, leaving his mark of excellence until today». Adriano Duarte Rodrigues «was for many years coordinator of the Department that he conceived and founded, inaugurated in Portugal the university education he called the New Communication Paradigm. He was also Director, President of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, and Vice-Rector of NOVA. He left us the priceless legacy of the obligation and pleasure of researching continually. He has published numerous articles in Portugal and abroad. He is a member of the Editorial Committee of several national and international journals. Visiting Professor at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and at several Universities in Belgium and Brazil. After his retirement, he continues to teach and supervise theses in the Department of Communication Sciences».
Salwa Castelo Branco «promoted what has become the modern Ethnomusicology in Portugal. She developed a scientific model of ethnomusicology that was innovative in all respects and gave rise to a true school that was constituted through research, with the creation of the Institute of Ethnomusicology, a research center of excellence». Professor João Sàágua adds that «Professor Salwa El-Shawan Castelo Branco's intervention is remarkable within several institutions, like the Society for Ethnomusicology and above all the International Council for Traditional Music, a worldwide institution with consultative relations with the UNESCO, in which she carries out her mandate as President. The relationship with NOVA has always been one of enormous dedication, from the coordination of the Department of Musical Sciences through to participation in the Scientific Council and Faculty Council of NOVA FCSH and finally as Vice-Rector».
Read the interview given by Professor Salwa Castelo Branco to the Communications Department of NOVA in 2018, "Music is also a privileged prism to look to cross-cutting issues to human experience"
Luís Moniz Pereira is, according to the Rector, «a reference in Portugal in the field of Information Technology and in particular in Artificial Intelligence, having been the main responsible for the launch of scientific research in this area in our country. Awarded with the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Dresden, his works are of great notoriety and his interest in AI from an early age led him to become interested in Mathematical Logic, which he promoted as an essential tool for the computational automation of reasoning. He contributed to the implementation of the Prolog language, having established himself as one of its founding fathers worldwide, recognized internationally with awards and distinctions».
The Rector also highlights that «in addition to his intense academic activity, Professor Moniz Pereira was the founder of the Portuguese Association of Artificial Intelligence and, taking into account the growing number of Artificial Intelligence applications, he has developed an innovative interdisciplinary work in computational modeling contributing for its national and international reference status».