Organising committee

PLACARD – Coordination and communication

Mário Pulquério

Mário Pulquério (Conference Chair)

University of Lisbon

Mário Pulquério is a researcher working at University of Lisbon, he has participated in a range of national and European projects on climate change adaptation for the biodiversity and water sectors and on the development of regional climate change scenarios. Currently, he is the coordinator of Horizon 2020 project PLACARD.

Tiago Capela Lourenço

Tiago Capela Lourenço

University of Lisbon

Tiago Capela Lourenço coordinates the Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Modelling (CCIAM) research group at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon (FCUL). He specialises in working across sectors, scales and disciplines, and integrating multiple areas of knowledge related to climate adaptation services and decision-making. He was responsible for the Portuguese participation in CIRCLE CA and coordinated the CIRCLE-2 ERA-Net. He was involved in the BASE and IMPRESSIONS projects, and is currently working on the PLACARD interchange project. He is a member of the European Topic Centre on Climate Change Adaptation (ETC-CCA) and has been contributing to the development of multiple aspects of Portuguese and European climate and research policies over the past decade.

Julia Bentz

Julia Bentz

University of Lisbon

Julia Bentz is a postdoc researcher and integrated member of the Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Modelling (CCIAM) research group at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon (FCUL). Her background in interdisciplinary social sciences (MPhil. Development Studies, PhD Economics) and personal interests have directed her research towards the interactions between social and ecological systems in a variety of research fields, including marine spatial planning, marine wildlife tourism, protected areas, sustainable mobility, climate change adaptation and transformation. Within her current project, Art for adaptation, she aims to develop new understandings of how artistic and creative practices can contribute to successful climate change adaptation.

Ana de Jesus

Ana de Jesus

University of Lisbon

Ana de Jesus is a social researcher, with a multidisciplinary background encompassing areas such as economy, innovation, globalisation and sustainability. She holds a MSc in Economics and International Integration from ISCTE-IUL Business School and is now finishing her PHD on Global Studies (CENSE – NOVA University Lisbon) focusing on the role of innovation in fostering a socio-techno-economic change towards more sustainable models, namely within the circular economy approach. Currently she is working on the PLACARD interchange at the Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Modelling (CCIAM) research group at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon (FCUL).

Susana Marreiros

Susana Marreiros

University of Lisbon

Susana Marreiros is a researcher at the Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Modelling (CCIAM) research group at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon (FCUL). She holds a degree in Bioengineering and is currently doing her Master’s degree in Ecology and Environmental Management. She has worked with IMPRESSIONS, PLACARD and ClimAdaPT.Local, and one of her main interests is how climate change adaptation works at the local level.

BINGO – Coordination and communication

Rafaela Matos

Rafaela Matos

Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC), Portugal

Rafaela Matos is a Civil Engineer in hydraulics, a specialist in LNEC and has been a Principal Researcher since 2000. She is Board Member of the Portuguese Water Partnership (PWP), responsible for the R&I portfolio, as well as a Member of the Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) of the JPI Urban Europe and the Task-Force of the European Innovation Partnership on Water, EIP on Water. Rafaela leads H2020 BINGO and is a team member of H2020 RESCCUE and LIS-Water. She has coordinated more than 50 R&I projects in urban water management, performance assessment and benchmarking of water services. She was awarded 3 Prizes for its R&I activities. She is author of 6 books and more than 350 publications, including journal articles, communications & papers, reports and book chapters.

Ana Estela Barbosa

Ana Estela Barbosa

Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC), Portugal

Ana Estela Barbosa is an Environmental Engineer (UNL-FCT, 1991). She holds a PhD and European Doctorate Degree in Biotechnology and Environmental Engineering from Aalborg University (Denmark, 1999). She is currently a researcher at the Hydraulics and Environment Department of LNEC, where her main fields of expertise are: integrated water resources management; Environmental Impact Assessment; water resources management and social preparedness under climate change scenarios; water quality and pollution control; monitoring road runoff drainage, quality and impacts; and natural based systems for pollution control. She is presently the co-coordinator of H2020 BINGO and team member of the PROPER project. Ana Estela has contributed to more than 170 publications including reports, national guidelines, communications in technical and scientific meetings, journal articles, books and book chapters.

Rita Andrade

Rita Andrade

Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI), Portugal

Rita Andrade is a consultant with a background in communication and international relations, with experience in both private and in public sectors, and in diverse areas such as law, sustainable tourism, European and Asian politics, water, climate change and nanotechnology. Rita has a double Master’s degree (MSc and ML) in Development/China and International Relations from Aalborg University in Denmark and University of International Relations in China. In SPI, Rita has been involved mainly in H2020 projects, both in writing proposals and project implementation, as well as developing the communication and dissemination areas. She is currently involved in the H2020 project LIS-Water and is the co-leader of the Communication and Dissemination Work-Package of H2020 BINGO project.

RESCCUE – Coordination and communication

Pere Malgrat

Pere Malgrat

Aquatec Urban Drainage & Resilience

Pere Malgrat (MSc in Civil Engineering), is the Director of Aquatec Urban Drainage & Resilience with over 30 years of experience in managing urban sewer networks, involving: the planning, project, works, exploitation and maintenance of urban drainage systems, including new smart technologies. He has worked on plans and projects in Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Oran, and Santiago de Chile. He is president of urban drainage commission of AEAS (Spanish Association of Water companies) and coordinator of urban drainage issues in EUREAU (European Association of drinking water and waste water service operators). Since 2016 he also has the role of coordinating the H2020-RESCCUE Project.

Marc Velasco

Marc Velasco

Aquatec

Marc Velasco (MSc in Civil Engineering) has almost 10 years of experience in water-related projects, particularly modelling floods, sewer networks and water resources. He has been involved in several FP7 projects related to climate change and water and has experience on climate change impact studies, statistical analysis of climate modelling data and implementation of adaptation and mitigation measures. He has specific experience with projects related to the telemetering of water distribution networks, linking the commercial, asset management and metering systems of the SUEZ group companies. He is project manager of H2020-RESCCUE, a multi-sectoral approach to urban resilience that is coordinated by Aquatec.

Aira Buskute

Aira Buskute

Cetaqua, Water Technology Center

Communication and PR specialist with a linguistic background. Currently, Aira works at Cetaqua, Water Technology Center, where she leads communication and dissemination of different European research projects. During the past few years, she has been involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of climate change, water reuse and circular economy campaigns, continuously balancing between creativity and science.

European Commission – Coordination

Diogo de Gusmão-Sørensen

Diogo de Gusmão-Sørensen

DG RTD, European Commission

After graduating in Environment Sciences at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) Diogo joined the Environment Agency for England and Wales, where he managed flood risk. He was bestowed the Climate Hero award by the Environment Agency for mapping inundation due to sea-level rise for the first time in England. In 2008 he moved to the Met Office Hadley Centre in Exeter (England) where his scientific career focused mainly on sea-level rise, climate adaptation and impacts. In 2013 he launched Scientinel in Denmark, and mapped coastal inundation for the entire planet. Having sold his startup, in 2015 he joined the European Commission where he currently heads Climate Services within the Climate Action and Earth Observation unit in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation.