Portugal’s science minister Manuel Heitor wants his country’s EU presidency to help researchers cross borders
Manuel Heitor, Portugal’s science minister, knows a fair bit about career mobility. He has held research roles in England and the United States, and he has twice left academia for government jobs. This itinerancy is not over yet: he still holds an engineering professorship at the University of Lisbon and intends to return to academia after his latest stint in power.
Heitor hopes to use his country’s January-to-June presidency of the Council of the EU to convince the bloc to facilitate such movement to bolster researchers’ careers.