Partner 6        University of Lisbon (UL)



History and Philosophy of Science is a “new” field in Portugal. The University of Lisbon(I. Chagas, R. Lopes Coelho P. Sousa Dias) created a Museum of Science in the eighties. It offers permanent and non-permanent exhibitions like a laboratory for chemistry from the nineteenth century to the public. It did sent four Assistants abroad in order to enrol in a PhD Programme in History and Philosophy of Science. In the nineties. The Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) supported research abroad in history of biology, history of health sciences, and history of classical physics. The Lisbon group brings together researchers in history and philosophy of science and in science education. Our Institution provides expertise in history of evolution in connection with religion and the cultural environment as well as studies on students’ alternative conceptions about evolution and related concepts and history of scientific concepts (energy, force or mass). Studies have been carried out concerning the use of history of science in biology and physics teaching including computer-based materials. We will also provide the semantic WIKI for the history of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. Nuno Guimarães, member of the “Large-Scale Informatics Systems Laboratory” ( and currently Director of the Faculty of Science will contribute advice to the project .


Ricardo Lopes Coelho has been a Professor auxiliar for History and Philosophy of Science at the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon, since 1997, and a Privatdozent at the Technical University of Berlin, since 2001. He studied Philosophy and Physics (Portuguese Catholic University, Faculty of Science of Lisbon), did his PhD with a dissertation on Hertz’s Principles of Mechanics (1994, Technical University of Berlin), and his Habilitation in History and Philosophy of exact Sciences (1999, also TU Berlin) with a work on the concept of force in Mechanics.


Isabel Chagas provides expertise on Science Education issues concerning the project, namely in the development of History of Science founded materials for Biology and Geology teaching and learning. Her work covers information and communication technologies in education, problem-based-learning and nonformal education (museums, science centres, virtual science centres).


José Pedro Sousa Dias is Associate Professor at Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade de Lisboa. He got is Bs (1981) and Ph.D. (1991) in Pharmacy and History of Pharmacy. As a professor of Universidade de Lisboa, he has dedicated his academic career to the history of health sciences. He is a member of the Secção de História e Filosofia das Ciências do Instituto de Investigação Científica Bento da Rocha Cabral, having as main present research interests the contemporary history of Portuguese biomedical sciences, the scientific and social aspects of the history of medication between 1600 and 1799, and the history of medicine and pharmacy in the Portuguese colonial expansion of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. He is presently pro-rector of the Universidade de Lisboa ( He will be leading in the development of the web-based wiki knowledge system and has done some preliminary work on its development:



The Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (Clara Pinto-Correia, subcontracted to the Lisbon group) is with 15.000 students at the Lisbon campus and extensions in Brazil, Guiné-Bissau, Cape Verde and Mozambique, the largest private university in Portugal. It was created in 1998 by a non-profit cooperative of scholars and financers, and carries as trademark a strong center of studies of science of religions, unique in the country and extremely active. It is also the sole private university in Portugal to offer science programs with 1st and 2nd cycles, including biology, marine sciences, biotechnology and environmental engineering, veterinary and health sciences. These teams have a visible publication record in sound international journals, and presently a sizeable part of the research projects is already carried on at the University's own labs, with many students strongly involved.


Clara Pinto-Correia is a Developmental Biologist Ph.D (SUNY at Buffalo) with a 3-year post-doc in mammalian clonning (Umass at Amherst) and a 3-year research scholarship in history of biology with Stephen Jay Gould (Department of the History of Sciences, Harvard, Cambridge). She has published several history of science books in Portugal and a total of 44 other books ranging from novel to science communication. She is a Full Professor at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias in Lisbon and has developed several cultural and scientific projects for TV, the radio, and the press. She is a member of the Secção de História e Filosofia das Ciências do Instituto de Investigação Científica Bento da Rocha Cabral.