Manuel Heitor is Full Professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico, IST, the engineering school of the Technical University of Lisbon, and served as Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education in the Government of Portugal from March 2005 to June 2011.
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. Then he pursued an academic career at IST, in Lisbon, where he served as Deputy-President for the period 1993-1998. Since 1995, he has been Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute, Innovation, Creativity and Capital, the University of Texas at Austin. His research work includes publications in the area of higher education policy, management of technology and the development of science, technology and innovation policies. He is co-editor of the book series on “Technology Policy and Innovation”, launched through Greenwood Publishers, Connecticut and continued through Purdue University Press.
He was the founding director of the IST´s “Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research”, which was awarded in 2005 by the International Association of Management of Technology, IAMOT, has one of the top 50 global centres of research on “Management of Technology”. In 2003 he was awarded with the Dibner Award of the Society for the History of Technology, SHOT. He was co-founder in 2002 of “Globelics – the global network for the economics of learning, innovation, and competence building systems”. He is a founding member of the Science and Technology Council of the “International Risk Governance Council”, IRGC.
While in the Government of Portugal, Manuel Heitor was successfully involved in attracting public and private investment on R&D, strengthening the research landscape of the country and in the reform and modernization of higher education. He was particularly instrumental in conceiving, implementing, and building up international consortia in research and advanced training with leading American universities, encompassing industry-science relationships and technology commercialization activities.
Alastair Blyth is a design strategist and researcher focusing on learning environments.
Working with governments, designers and educational professionals Alastair has been involved in a wide range of education projects from pre-school to higher education providing broad policy advice, envisioning, briefing, strategic design and communication.
He is also a visiting fellow at the University of Westminster in one of the UK’s leading architectural schools.
Formerly an analyst at the Centre for Effective Learning Environments in the Directorate for Education at the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development he was responsible for policy advice on higher education learning environments, including the role of innovative design and effective management of the physical environment. He ran a successful international conference series: “Higher Education Spaces: for Learning, Innovation and Knowledge exchange” held in Helsinki, Riga and Seoul.
While at the OECD, he also contributed to the OECD project “Higher Education in Regional and City Development”. He has also led country policy reviews on school building programmes in Portugal and Mexico. Alastair led the survey and report “Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011”. He also chaired the Education Outlook 2009 conference in Australia and contributed to the “Beyond the Dawn of Innovation” conference at the University of Laurea (2010).
While on secondment at the International Energy Agency, Alastair worked in the Sustainable Building Centre on a policy review of energy efficiency codes and regulations across OECD member governments. He also developed a database on building policies and economic incentives for energy efficiency.
Alastair trained as an architect and joined the OECD in August 2007 from the University of Westminster, London where he was a senior lecturer and senior research fellow. At Westminster he ran a research project on facilities performance evaluation for higher education buildings. He also taught in the School of Architecture on architectural technology and construction law. As a consultant Alastair specialised in project briefing and worked on higher and further education projects as well as on schools. He co-authored a book Managing the Brief for Better Design, published in 2001, and he has written on a range of technical subjects for the UK architectural, property and construction press. He was also teaching fellow at the University of Dundee and part time lecturer at University College London.
Teresa Heitor is the chair and Professor of Architecture at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon. She also serves as the Director of the Msc and PhD Programs in Architecture at IST.
She teaches courses in social and cultural processes in architecture and urban design, including research methods. She leads a research team specializing in Space-Use Analysis and Post Occupancy Evaluation with a prime focus on educational facilities and innovative learning environments. She is author of a number of publications and articles.
From March 2007 up to March 2012, Teresa Heitor was Deputy Director of Parque Escolar EPE, a special purpose state owned, company created in 2007 with specific responsibility for planning and delivery the School Building School Modernization Programme (SMP). She was in charge of the definition of strategies for modernising school buildings (the capital planning process) including the coordination of the pre-design (briefing) and design phases and post-occupancy evaluation process.
Teresa has been involved with the Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE-OECD) activities in the filed of school building performance since 2005 collaborating with the Group of National Experts on Evaluation of Education Facilities (GNEEEF). She has coordinated the Portuguese participation in the International Pilot Study on the Evaluation of Quality in Educational Spaces (EQES-CELE Pilot Study). In 2011 she was appointed as the Portuguese Delegate to CELE.
Teresa is a registered Architect in Portugal with practice experience.