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Portuguese funding agency appoints president

Maria Arménia Carrondo, a chemical engineer at the New University of Lisbon, is to take over as president of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) following the resignation of Miguel Seabra.

The Portuguese ministry for education and science announced its decision in a statement on 16 April. Carrondo, a 67-year old chemist specialising in crystallography, has previously been an advisor to the managing council of the foundation.

A graduate in chemical engineering from the University of Porto in 1971, Carrondo holds a PhD from Imperial College, London. Between 1998 and 2002, she represented Portugal on the council of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France. Five years later, she became vice-rector of the New University of Lisbon, a position she kept until 2013. 

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