Elvira Fortunato, scientist and Vice-Rector of NOVA University Lisbon, is one of the faces of #EUwomen4future. The European campaign aims to promote gender equality as the basis for a prosperous and just society. For this, it distinguishes women whose work stands out in the areas of research, innovation, education, culture, and sport. The aim is to encourage other women to achieve their ambitions.
«Never give up. Nothing is impossible until it happens» is the message of Elvira Fortunato. «I was very happy to be one of the faces of this campaign and, deep down, to be able to be with other women who had and have a crucial role in the development of science and technology worldwide» says the scientist. And she adds: «This recognition also strengthens the commitment that NOVA University has had in this area, such as the European project SPEAR, which aims to promote gender equality in the Academy and Research and of which we are a part».
Pioneer in research on paper electronics, Elvira Fortunato has several national and international awards and distinctions. Holder of two grants from the European Research Council, one of which is the largest ever awarded to a Portuguese researcher, the Vice-Rector of NOVA University Lisbon is also the only Portuguese member of the European Commission's high-level group of scientific advisers.