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Isabel Ferreira

Secretary of State for the Development of Inland Regions

Period in office: 2019-10-26 until the current date


Isabel Ferreira was Full Professor, Vice-President at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (Portugal), Director of the Mountain Research Centre (CIMO) and Mentor of the Collaborative Laboratory MORE- Mountains of Research. 

She was the President of the Scientific Council of Natural and Environmental Sciences of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Portugal and member of the Steering Committee "Strategic Basic Research" of Foundation Flanders (FWO). Isabel Ferreira was the Coordinator of the National and Iberian Mountain Research Networks and has integrated the Experts Commission for the European Programs H2020 and Horizon Europe.

She obtained her Degree in Biochemistry (1996) at the University of Porto (Portugal); Master in Sciences (1999), PhD in Sciences- Chemistry (2003), and "Aggregation" in Sciences- Chemistry (2011) at the University of Minho (Portugal). 

She was awarded by different institutions such as Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2001), Food I&DT and ISPROF (2013) for the achievements in helping the Portuguese Science to progress, COTNH (2014) for international cooperation, Women in Science (2016) by Ciência Viva, merit medal of Bragança (2017), IACOBUS publication (2018) and European Union (2019) in the Social Innovation Competition.

She has been the Associate Editor of Food & Function, Editor-in-Chief of Antioxidants, Guest Editor of the topical collection "Bioactive compounds" in Molecules, and serves in the editorial board of Food and Chemical Toxicology, Industrial Crops and Products and the book series Advances in Food and Nutrition Research. 

Her scientific work includes the edition of 4 international books and the publication of 60 international book chapters, over 600 papers in refereed journals and national and European patents, most of them resulting from the technology transfer to the industry, and being in the basis of the creation of spin-offs of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança. She is a highly cited scientist (top 1%) awarded by Clarivate Analytics in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, one of the most important indicators of the research quality. 

She has been also the principal investigator of several national and international funded research projects and has supervised several post-doc, PhD and master students. She has been evaluating international research projects (e.g., H2020, Eurostars, ERA-NET ARIMNet 2 and LEAP-Agri from EU and for National Science Foundations of Austria, South Africa, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Argentine).