Manuel Heitor has been the Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal since November 2015. From March 2005 to June 2011, he served as Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education.
Manuel Heitor is full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, IST, in Lisbon, and was the founder and director of the IST´s “Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research”, and director of the IST´s doctoral Programs in “Engineering and Public Policy, EPP” and in “Engineering Design”. In 2011-12 he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard and since 1995, a Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin.
He earned a PhD at Imperial College, London, in 1985 in combustion research and did post-doctoral training at the University of California San Diego.
He is a founding member of the S&T Council of the “International Risk Governance Council”, IRGC and a co-founder of the European network “science, technology, education and policy for Europe, step4EU”.