João Nunes

President and CEO of BLC3 Association –Centre of Technology and Innovation, Portugal

João Nunes is Founder and President of the Association BLC3 of the Campus of Technology and Innovation. He is also Founder and President of the All – Portuguese Association for Bioeconomy and Circular Economy.

Related with the policy advising activity, João Nunes is Member of the Working Group and Monitoring of the Societal Challenge 2: Societal Challenge 2 – Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy. He takes part in the working group on the definition of intelligent specialization strategies for the Central Region (Portugal) as Member of RIS3.

He also holds the following membeships:
– Member of the Consultative Committee of the Integrated Master in Innovation in Culinary Arts of the Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies.
– Member of the advisory board, through the context of the Portuguese member state, of the SCREEN project: Synergic Circular Economy Across European Regions.
– Co- coordinator of Innovation of the Agenda of I & I for the Circular Economy 2030 of the FCT.
– Member of the evaluation team of the Participatory Budget Portugal in Science.
From 2010 to 2017 he has coordinated 26 R & D projects, in the amount of over 12 million Euros in the areas of Biorefinery, Energy Systems, Industrial Biotechnology, Agrofood, Bioeconomics and Circular Economy, Automation, Renewable Energies, Entrepreneurship and Educational Innovation.
He was Researcher from 2004 to 2016 in 4 research centres in projects related to Life Cycle Assessment, Biofuels, Biomass, Environment, Rational Use of Energy, Forest Fires, Electric Mobility, Aquarium Technology and Biotechnology.
From the point of view of teaching and pedagogical activity: it can be highlighted that he was teacher in Management of Bio-industries course, from 2016 to 2018. From 2007 to 2010, he was involved in Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering courses of the FCTUC in Solid Waste, Industrial Ecology and Environmental Management and Energy Management areas. From 2011 to 2016 in Master’s Degree in Biodiversity and Plant Biotechnology in the field of entrepreneurship, and more recently in the Degree in Management of Bioindustries of Bio-resources scope, Energy and Environment, Bioeconomics and Bioprocess Technologies and lecturer since 2010 at ISEC in “Alternative Energies”.

Since 2015, he has been Scientific Advisor in Business context of 6 Doctoral Thesis in Industrial Biotechnology. Since 2015, he advised 6 Master Thesis in Biorefinery, Mycology, Life Cycle Assessment and Energy and Agrofood Systems. From 2007 to 2010, he took responsibilities of co-orientation of research projects of the Integrated Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering of the Sciences and Technologies Faculty of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC): 2nd Generation Biofuels; Waste Management and Management; Life Cycle Assessment; Industrial Ecology; and Integrated Technology Optimization.
He has been published more than 20 technical-scientific articles and more than 50 oral presentations and posters in the areas of Bio-refineries, Energy, Industrial Biotechnology, Biofuels, Bioeconomics, Circular Economy, Life Cycle Assessment, Biofuels, Biomass, Environment, Rational Energy Use, Forest Fires. He received 3 awards for recognition of technical-scientific work and 1 of regional work merit. He is also responsible for: 1 National Patent; in evaluation, 1 National Patent and 1 European and 1 international; 5 brands.

João Nunes holds a PhD in Biosciences (ecology and value chains of Biorefinery) and master’s degree and bachelor before Bologna Declaration in Mechanical Engineering: Energy and Environment.