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Science and Innovation Congress Switzerland – Portugal 2019

The fascination of discoveries – tales from two countries

It is not a novelty or recent discovery, that science is the ultimate vehicle for conducting diplomacy, launching bridges, and uniting peoples and communities.
In order to celebrate the 100 years anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations between Portugal and Switzerland, it seemed therefore quite obvious that we should also celebrate science and innovation by organizing a congress to highlight and emphasize the excellence of scientific research for the benefit of the people, carried out in the two countries.
There are numerous similarities between the two communities of scientists, in fruitful exchanges of ideas and results as well as in working environments with Portuguese researchers in Switzerland and Swiss scientists in Portugal. But they would not be scientists if they did not know how to learn from the differences as well, even with the obstacles that sometimes separate them.


During the congress on May 2nd and 3rd, at the Champalimaud Foundation, Swiss and Portuguese scientists and science policy players will discuss the institutional and administrative aspects that determine the course of research in each of the two countries on the first day. On the second day, the word will be given to the executors of meticulous and startling investigations that will tell us of new discoveries and future hopes.
We invite all interested parties to participate in the congress and we hope to count on the interest of a large audience in the discoveries of Swiss and Portuguese scientists who share a fascination with the unknown, just as the famous Portuguese physician
and professor António Egas Moniz who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology with Swiss brain researcher and cartographer Walter Rudolf Hess, exactly 70 years ago!


2 – 3  May


Patrick Aebischer
Susan Gasser


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Organizing Committee

Dr. Carlos Ribeiro

Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown


Ambassador André Regli

Swiss Embassy


Dr. Tiago Saborida

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Chief of International Cooperation Division

Prof. Elvira Fortunato

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Vice-Rector of NOVA

Prof. Rodrigo Ferrão de Paiva Martins

Uninova | CEMOP

Full Professor

“Materials for a better life”

President of European Academy of Sciences –  EurASc

Prof. José Santos-Victor

Instituto Superior Técnico | Instituto de Sistemas e Rbótica


Dr. Mónica Bettencourt Dias

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência


Maria do Rosário André, MD, PhD

Novartis Farma – Produtos Farmacêuticos S.A.

Oncology Medical Affairs Head

Dr. Luís Rocha

Novartis Farma – Produtos Farmacêuticos, S.A.

Public Affairs & Market – Access Head 

Dr. Jorge Correia

Roche Farmacêutica Química, Lda.

Institutional Relationships

Dr. Cristina Ventura

Roche Farmacêutica Química, Lda.

Market Access & External Affairs Department

Thank you

Patrick Durrer

Swiss Embassy

Kai Schultze

Swiss Embassy

Joana Pinheiro

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


Catarina Ramos



Diogo Matias

Illustrator & Designer


Gil Costa

Science Graphic Designer


The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown

Inaugurated on October 5th 2010, the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown is now a part of the important riverside area of Belém, near the magnificent Tower of Belém. This area, where the river Tejo meets the Atlantic Ocean, is of great historical significance as the great Portuguese pioneers sailed from this location to discover the “unknown” in the XV and XVI centuries.

The presence of the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown leverages this historical heritage by creating an inspirational link between the discoveries of yesteryear and the epic adventure of scientific research. Here, everything converges in the creation of a unique atmosphere for the development of the most advanced multidisciplinary and translational research in the field of biomedicine. The building’s contemporary architecture, along with its functionality, offers outstanding conditions to investigators, academics and health professionals, from Portugal and beyond, to carry out work oriented towards excellence and practical results.

The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown covers an area of 60,000m2 facing the river Tejo and comprises three large areas. The main building houses the Champalimaud Clinical Centre’s diagnostic and treatment facilities, an indoor garden, research laboratories and administrative services, all interlinked to promote discussion and collaboration between scientists, clinicians and other professionals. A tropical pergola-covered garden is at the heart of this structure.

The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown is a state-of-the-art facility for science, medicine, technology and public use.

How to get to the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown (CCU) from the Airport


The best way to get to the CCU from the airport is by taxi and it should cost between 12-18€.

Ask for “Fundação Champalimaud” (foon-DA-sow cham-PAL-ee-mow) or “Doca Pesca” (Doka Pesh-ka).


How to go from the airport to downtown Lisbon


By Taxi

10 to 15 min

With luggage, it should cost you between 10 and 15€ .


By Metro (underground)

15 to 20 min

The station at the airport, on the red line, quickly takes you to the centre of the city, reaching the final station of São Sebastião in about 20 minutes.


By AeroBus

The airport special bus runs between the airport and the city centre. A ticket may be purchased directly from the driver and currently stands at 3.50€. They run every 20 or 30 min. and stop at important points in the city, such as Marquês de Pombal, Avenida da Liberdade, Restauradores, Rossio, Praça do Comércio and Cais do Sodré.

On board, there are screens showing each stop as the bus approaches the area.

How to get to the CCU from downtown Lisbon


Ask for “Fundação Champalimaud” (foon-DA-sow cham-PAL-ee-mow) or “Doca Pesca” (Doka Pesh-ka).The ride should cost around 10€


By Train

10 min ride + 10 min walk

Take the train (direction Cascais) from Cais do Sodré station (Metro: “Cais do Sodré” green line). Exit in Algés. When exiting Algés train station, go down and then to your right, towards the river.


By Tram

45 min  to 20 min

Take the 15 tram from Praça da Figueira. Exit in Largo da Princesa. Cross the bridge to the other side of the train tracks (on the same side of “Vela Latina” Restaurant) and walk through the Belém Tower park to the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown (river will be on your left).


Taxi Apps

A taxi ride from downtown Lisbon should cost around 10€. Tell the driver to take you to “Fundação Champalimaud”, in Belém, at Av. Brasília, Doca de Pedrouços.


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