Júlia Seixas is Pro-Rector of NOVA University Lisbon, coordinating the area of sustainability and the NOVA 4 The Globe Platform since November 2021.
She is Associate Professor with Habilitation at NOVA School of Science and Technology, where she has been served as president of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering since 2017. She was a member of the scientific council of FCT NOVA (2014-2020) and is a member of the ethics committee at FCT NOVA. She is a Fellow of the Portuguese Engineering Academy since 2018.
She coordinated (2008-2021) the Energy & Climate group at CENSE research center, dedicated to R&DI on climate neutrality and energy systems’ resilience. She has circa 80 ISI published papers, and coordinated and/or participated in more than 20 projects from open competition, national and European. She uses to be invited to coordinate studies to support the Portuguese public policies, resulting in more than a dozen of legislative pieces and two vision documents, including the Long-Term Strategy for carbon neutrality of the Portuguese economy by 2050, submitted to UNFCCC.
Since 2016, she coordinates the Climate-KIC Hub Portugal and leads the education programs, including the Journey Summer School, the Pioneers into Practice and the Climate Innovation Leadership program. Julia Seixas is a member of the scientific committee of the University of Lisbon-NOVA Joint PhD Program on Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies since 2009; the MPP Lead Faculty of Climate Science & Climate Change at MIT Portugal program; the president of the jury of the Portuguese Association of Renewables Prize since 2019; a member of the scientific commission of the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian scholarship Program New Scientific Talents for Environmental Sustainability since 2021; independent expert of the Portuguese Government's National Commission for Monitoring the Recovery and Resilience Program, since 2021.
Julia Seixas co-founded a consulting company on carbon economy (2004-2012). As a contributing scientist to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), she received recognition under the Nobel Peace Prize from The Nobel Foundation in 2007. She is passionate about mentoring young people towards climate and sustainability action.