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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Working Group

Chair: Giulia Licini

Giulia Licini is professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Padova (Italy). She got her PhD in Chemical Sciences at the University of Padova. After one-year postdoc at the Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA, she moved back to the University of Padova where she is now full professor.  At the University of Padova she has been part of several committees related to student tutoring, PhD studies, internationalization and teaching assessment. She is also active in the frame of the Italian Chemical Society activities. She has been chair/co-chair of international conferences and schools.

Her main research activities are related to homogeneous catalysis and molecular recognition for biomimetic processes and sustainable biomass valorization. She has been/is supervisor of PhD and master students, also in cotutelle. She is co-author of more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has been invited as speaker at national and international conferences and schools. She has been involved in several national/European projects also with industrial partners.

Vice-Chair: Marino Gran

Marino Gran is a mathematician, full professor at the Université catholique de Louvain.
After completing his PhD at the Université catholique de Louvain, he had a post-doctoral position at the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, that also allowed him to do research at the University of Coimbra for an extended period. For a few years he worked as maître de conférences at the Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale in Calais, where he obtained his Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches in 2007. He moved to the Université catholique de Louvain in 2008, where he has coordinated the activities of a research group in mathematics. He served as Head of the International Relations Committee of the Faculty of Sciences from 2012 to 2015, and then as president of the Institut de Recherche en Mathématique et Physique from 2015 to 2018. His main research interests concern algebra and category theory.

Focus of Working Group

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (in this established acronym-friendly order) have benefited, over the centuries and still today, from fundamental contributions of scholars from universities which are now members of the Coimbra Group. STEM remains a major factor of modernization and progress for society at large. As research-intensive universities, the members of the Coimbra Group are firmly committed to and constantly develop and expand their research and education in STEM, also including societal outreach related to these fields.

The STEM Working Group promotes and supports the cooperation among Coimbra Group universities in STEM related fields in order to coordinate or set up highly competitive study programmes and research, in particular in the framework of Horizon 2020/Horizon Europe and Erasmus+/SEMP, to contribute to high-level policy seminars, schools, and joint events, to disseminate STEM research among wider audiences, to share good practices, especially for attracting young people and in particular girls, to STEM fields, to promote interdisciplinary research, etc.

The members of the STEM Working Group have experience in positions of responsibility within educational and research programmes in STEM as well as significant expertise in STEM research, education, dissemination and outreach.

Recent highlights

  • STEM WG meetings, on-line meetings: December 16th, 2020; January 21st, 2021.

Current/forthcoming activities

  • Collection of good practices in attracting young people to STEM fields
  • Coimbra Group – STEM WG – Survey: Teaching in STEM during the Covid-19 Crisis
  • Promotion of academic cooperation in STEM programmes
  • Women in STEM: Student/young researcher perception of women in STEM
  • STEM WG meeting and seminar, On the scientific heritage of the Coimbra Group Universities, Louvain-la-Neuve, (Belgium), October 22nd – 23rd 2021

Contact person at the CG Office: Magdalena Kozula (kozula@coimbra-group.eu)