On the last July 14, IT in Lisbon received a visit from the illustrious Naledi Pandor, the South African Minister of Science and Technology. One of the infrastructures of SKA (Square Kilometer Array) will be built in South-Africa. In this sense, Manuel Heitor, the Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, promoted a presentation about the IT participation in SKA for Minister Naledi Pandor. The main goal was to bilateralise Portuguese and South-African interests and to confirm Portugal´s adhesion to SKA.
Following brief presentations of IST by Dr. Rui Mendes and IT by Professor Carlos Fernandes, Domingos Barbosa, IT researcher and the coordinator of project Engage SKA, gave a presentation regarding the “Capacitation and Sustainability of Portuguese participation in SKA”. “We were told that The Minister (Naledi Pandor) was very pleased with the degree of involvement with SKA, which is higher than expected, and with the level of Research and Innovation she observed from the presentations”, said Domingos Barbosa.
Together with Minister Naledi Pandor, the South African delegation that visited IT also included Anna Maraba, the Minister´s Assistant, Thomas Auf der Heyde, the Deputy Director-General: Research Development and Support, Vinny Pillay, the Minister’s Counsellor at S&T Department: South African Mission to the European Union and Hugo Lambrechts, the Political Counsellor of the Republic of South Africa´s Embassy in Portugal.