Mariano Gago

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Mariano Gago
ComSE
Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education
Incumbent
Assumed office
March 12, 2005
Prime Minister José Sócrates
Minister for Science and Technology
In office
1999-10-25–2002-04-06
Prime Minister António Guterres
Minister for Science and Technology
In office
1995-10-28–1999-10-25
Prime Minister António Guterres
Personal details
Born 1948 (age 65–66)
Nationality Portugal Portuguese
Political party Socialist

Mariano Gago, ComSE (born in 1948), fullname José Mariano Rebelo Pires Gago, graduated as an electrical engineer by the Technical University of Lisbon's Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, and did advanced research work in Paris at the École Polytechnique as a high-energy physicist. Professor of Physics at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, he worked at CERN (European Nuclear Research Organisation) in Geneva for several years. He was a member of the CERN Council (1985–1990), the EC Joint Research Centre Board of Governors (1986–1989), President of the Portuguese National Board for Science and Technology (1986–1989), and was chair of the European EUREKA initiative from July 1997 to June 1998. Prof. Gago has been the Minister for Science and Technology of Portugal since 1995, and represents Portugal at the Council of Ministers for Research and Development of the European Union. He is also responsible for the coordination of the Portuguese policy on Information Society, and for the promotion of science education and scientific culture.

Throughout his career, Prof. Gago has emphasised the link between teaching and research, and has examined issues such as whether universities should specialise more in teaching or in research and whether there are possible divergences between teaching and research priorities, although never managing to reach acceptable educational levels within some Portuguese higher education institutions. Prof. Gago is a founder of the Ciência Viva programme (since 1996), which on behalf of the Ministry of Science and Technology, aims to promote scientific and technological culture among the Portuguese population. "My generation's legacy will be that research and technology made great progress in being more accessible and understandable to the public. The present development of technical advancement would have been unthinkable if we were unable to rely on the basic technical knowledge of the average citizen," states Prof. Gago.

He has also fostered research that is increasingly carried out in a framework of international cooperation, as a chance for Portugal to develop new products and provide new types of knowledge-intensive services.

During his tenure as Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education of the XVII Governo Constitucional, Mariano Gago's Ministry was responsible for the compulsory closing of problematic and unreliable private higher education institutions (Independente University and Moderna University).

Career as minister in the Government of Portugal[edit]

Gago signing the Portugal-ESO treaty
  • Since 2005-03-12:

Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal of the XVII Governo Constitucional (Prime Minister José Sócrates)

  • 1999-10-25 to 2002-04-06:

Minister for Science and Technology of Portugal of the XIV Governo Constitucional (Prime Minister António Guterres)

  • 1995-10-28 to 1999-10-25:

Minister for Science and Technology of Portugal of the XIII Governo Constitucional (Prime Minister António Guterres)

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