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Helena Vieira

Helena Vieira

Coordinator Researcher and ERA CHAIR Holder

  • Author Name : Vieira H

  • Researcher ID: GWC-5973-2022
  • ORCID: 0000-0002-3663-289X
  • Ciencia ID: BD11-072C-4E2A
  • Department: Department of Environment and Planning
  • Research Group: Socio-Ecological Systems Analysis, Management & Planning (SES)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: M-1623-2017

Research interests

Bioproducts Development and Market
Sustainability strategy and Business models
Biological Resources Management
Blue Economy
Ocean Affairs
Ocean Policy
Science Policy
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in science
Technology Transfer
From lab to market

Academic degrees

2011 - Executive Post Graduation in Leardership and Strategy in Pharma & Biotech Industries, Harvard Business School USA
2003- PhD in Molecular BioSciences (Biomedical), Imperial College on London, UK
2001- MPhil in Molecular Biology, Imperial College of London, UK
1999 - 5 year Degree (Licenciatura) in Biology - Microbiology and Genetics Branch with final grade of 17,3 (in 20) Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon

Scientific activities

Author of 19 WOS papers, 15 opinion articles, 9 Books & Books chapters, 4 international patent families, several published national legislation and decree-law pieces as well as national and European official strategies and over 100 conference abstracts and/or procceeding publications.

2022-... - Appointed Member of the Board to EU Mission Restore our Oceans and Waters, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
2021-... - Elected Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Circular BioEconomy Joint Union (CBE-JU), European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
2022-... - Guest Co-Editor for Frontiers in Environmental Economics, Frontiers Journals (ISSN 2296-665X)
2020-2022 - Director General of Maritime Policy, Ministry of the Sea, XXII Government of Portugal
2020-...- Appopinted Member of the Advisory Board of BlueBio Co-Fund,European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
2009-2022 - Associate Professor on Innovation and Enttrepreunership in Science and Engineering at Faculty of Sciences of University of Lisbon, PT
2009-2022 - Principal Researcher at Marine Biotechnology in BioISI RU, Faculty of Sciences of University of Lisbon, PT
2017-2021 - Appointed Member of the Scientific Committee of the BioBased Industry Joint Union (BBI-JU), European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
2014-2017 - Appointed Member of the Advisory Board of ERA-NET MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
2014-2016 - Appointed Expert to the European Marine Board - Deep Sea Expert Group, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
2014-2018- Founder and Executive Director of BLUEBIO ALLIANCE, the Portuguese network for blue bioeconomy stakeholders, with over 100 associates, Cascais, PT
2014-2016 - Invited Professor at Faculty of Sciences University Agostinho Neto, Luanda, Angola.
Coordinator of the Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer discipline for MsC
2011-2015 - Invited lecturer and speaker at MIT-PORTUGAL Bioengineering PhD Course
2002-2013 - Co-Founder and CEO of BIOALVO SA, a marine biotech startup developing technology and novel bioactives for Health, Food & Feed and Household applications, Lisbon, PT
2004-2006 - Assistant Professor and Chief Coordinator of the Degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Clinical Engineering at Engineering Faculty of Portuguese Catholic University, PT.
2000-2003 - PhD Student (Funded by FCT) at Imperial College of London, Medical school, at Cheryl Gregory-Evans Group performing research in Developmental Eye Disorders, UK
1998-2000 - Trainee and Young reseacher (Funded by PRODEP) at Faculty of Sciences and Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, performing research in Hereditary Deafness and its genetics, PT


2020-22 Manager and Director of the Blue Growth Programme under the EEA GRANTS financial Mechanism, dedicated to funding Business innovation, Research and Education projects in Blue Economy in Portugal, Norway and Iceland, Ministry of the Sea, Portugal.
2020-22 President of the Board and Director of Fundo Azul, Ministry of the Sea National autonomous fund for the Blue Economy, Portugal
2017-... Co-Founder of UAU HOMES, Lda, PT
2014-2017 - Co-Founder and leader of MY.SKINMIX Lda, PT
2016-... Peer Reviewer for Trends in Biotechnology Journal, Marine Drugs, Frontiers in Biotechnology and Frontiers in Marine Sciences
2019-20 Co-Organizer and Trainer at BLUEBIO VALUE ACCELERATOR in Business Model Canvas & Lean Startup methodologies applied to Biobased businesses, Lisbon, Portugal
2018-... Member of the European Innovation Council Jury, Brussels, Belgium.
2018-21 Invited EVALUATOR for H2020/EASME/CINEA – European Maritime Fisheries Fund calls.
2018 Invited EVALUATOR for Research Council Norway – International collaborative projects calls.
2017-18 Invited Mentor and lecturer at Z-CUBE OPEN ACCELERATOR, by Pharmaceutical company ZAMBON, Milan, Italy
2014-16 Invited Mentor, co-organizer and Jury of Start@UL, StartHealth@ULisboa, Universidade de Lisboa
2013-19 Invited Mentor of National Mentorship Network and Entrepreneur’s Passport program, Portugal
2012 -14 Invited FP7 Expert Evaluator for Innovation 2 calls and BGI-2014-1, Brussels, EU
2012 Invited mentor of BETA-START from Beta-i and Lisbon Start-up, Portugal


RESTORE4C - Modelling RESTORation of wEtlands for Carbon pathways, Climate Change mitigation and adaptation, ecosystem services, and biodiversity, Co-benefits See more

A-AAGORA - Blueprint for Atlantic-Arctic Agora on cross-sectoral cooperation for restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems and increased climate resilience through transformative innovation See more

BESIDE - Institutional, BEhavioural, critical and adaptive economics towards SustaInable Development, management of natural capital and circular Economy See more

Scientific Supervision

Young researcher grantee (Co-supervisor): Gonçalo Lestre (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Joana Costa (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Gabriela Simões (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Maria Gonçalves (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Catarina Seita (not a CESAM member)

Estágio Profissional IEFP (Main Supervisor): Pedro Miguel Ramos (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Jasne Collins (not a CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Catarina Baptista (not a CESAM member)

CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020


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