Governing Bodies


Director since the foundation of the Centre, Boaventura de Sousa Santos is responsible for coordinating all the research activities and for the external representation.

Scientific Board



The Scientific Board functions in plenary sessions comprising all PhD associates, one non-PhD research team representative, one postdoctoral research team representative and one junior research team representative, in standing committee. The Standing Committee of the Scientific Board is composed of 25 PhD associates, including ex-officio and peer-elected members, a non-PhD research team representative, a postdoctoral research team representative and a junior research team representative. The Scientific Board is currently presided by Adriana Bebiano, being Jorge Figueira, Maria Paula Meneses and Vítor Neves at the vice-presidency. The Scientific Board deliberates on all issues related to the research activities of CES, including the definition of criteria and priorities to hire researchers.

Executive Board


Executive Director

The Executive Board is composed of three full members appointed by the General Assembly, for a three-year term. Currently, it consists of the following full members: António Sousa Ribeiro (Coordinator), Madalena Duarte and Licínia Simão. João Paulo Dias was appointed Executive Director. The Executive Board is responsible for the implementation of the broad guidelines issued by the General Assembly and the Scientific Board; for the coordination and supervision of the various administrative and technical research support services (logistics, maintenance, accounting, administrative work, etc.) and for the submission of annual reports to the General Assembly.

General Assembly


João Gabriel



The Researchers General Assembly is composed of all researchers and decides on the Centre’s major activities guidelines, annually discusses and approves the budget, assesses the financial and activities reports presented by the Executive Board and decides on the admission of new members. It is presided ex-officio by the Rector of the University of Coimbra, João Gabriel Silva, being Cláudia Pato de Carvalho the vice-president and Susana Costa the secretary.

Audit Committee



The Audit Committee is composed of three CES associates, President - Catarina Frade, Member - Ana Maria Seixas, Member - Sara Araújo. It monitors the budget implementation, gives feedback on management tools, examines the accounts and issues opinions on the annual financial report.