The event took place at the official residence of the Embassy of Portugal in Washington D.C. and was hosted by Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital, who highlighted the fact that this was the first event of the “Month of Portugal” in the U.S., an initiative from the Embassy which will include dozens of celebrational and culturally relevant events around the country during the month of June.

Debora Guido-O’Grady, Branch Chief for Europe of the Office of Academic Exchange from the Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau represented the U.S. Department of State and joined Otília Macedo Reis, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in offering welcome remarks.

The Forum featured a key-note presentation by the guest of honor, Prof. Maria Fernanda Rollo, Deputy Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, about the Study & Research in Portugal program, strongly emphasizing the reasons why Portugal is the right place to learn and do science, and is particularly attractive to American students and researchers.

The Forum also brought together a delegation of 14 institutions of Portuguese higher education and research institutions, represented by over 30 officers, with representatives from higher education institutions and agencies, researchers and Fulbright alumni from the United States. Representatives from the Fulbright Commission, EducationUSA Portugal, Directorate-General for Higher Education, APESP and Camões I.P. were also present at the event.

Both the formal presentations delivered and the networking contacts established will hopefully contribute to increase exchange and foster new partnerships in higher education and research between the two countries.

See below a few images from the event and in the download section of this page the information shared by Prof. Maria Fernanda Rollo, Deputy Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education.