Maria de Sousa receives the University of Lisbon Award 2017
Maria de Sousa, "one of the first Portuguese women to be recognized internationally for her scientific discoveries", Immunologist, Retired Professor of the Abel Salazar Biomedical Sciences Institute, University of Porto, and former student of our Faculty, on 13 November received the University of Lisbon Award 2017.
This Award aims to distinguish an individual for his or her notable contribution to the advance of science or culture and for emphasizing the stance of Portugal in the world.
The Professor started her speech evoking Bernardino Machado "To be educated is to be free. If, due to the prestige of the name it has inherited, a nation without originality that creates, invents and discovers nothing and only lives on material or spiritual loans, still retains its autonomy, it is not far from losing it".
She concluded her speech affirming that "any moderately intelligent Portuguese will be ashamed" to lose the country’s scientists.