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Leonardo da Vinci Medal awarded to Prof Diogo

The leader of InsSciDE’s WP3 - Science Diplomats Maria Paula Diogo has been awarded the Leonardo da Vinci Medal 2020 - the "highest recognition from the Society for the History of Technology (...), presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the history of technology, through research, teaching, publications, service to the Society, and other activities."

Maria Paula (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa) has pioneered the field of History of Technology in Portugal and, together with fellow InsSciDE member Ana Simões, has directed the research unit CIUHCT (Centre for the History of Science and Technology) of NOVA for around 12 years. A strong and lively community of historians of science and technology has emerged as a result, with her team member Daniel Gamito-Marques most recently leading an eye-opening module on Portuguese science diplomats during the Scramble for Africa in InsSciDE’s Warsaw Science Diplomacy School, July 2020.

Under Maria Paula’s leadership, the work package on Science Diplomats is plotting a critical and extensive map of the actions by European Science Academies and diplomatic networks in developing circulation of knowledge and construction of expertise, with case studies spanning the 19th to 21st centuries.

Maria Paula has published extensively internationally and has been an active member of the research networks STEP (Science and Technology in European Periphery) and ToE (Tensions of Europe) and has served in several major societies of history of science and technology (SHOT, ESHS, ICOHTEC). At the conferences of these societies she and her work package have frequently presented their InsSciDE case studies and other research.

In addition to InsSciDE, she has directed and participated in both national and European funded projects. Her research interests center on imperial technology and engineering, the dialogue between history of technology and the concept of Anthropocene and techno-scientific diplomacy.

Her most recent books are: Maria Paula Diogo and Dirk van Laak, Europeans Globalizing: Mapping, Exploiting, Exchanging (Making Europe book series; Palgrave, 2016) and Gardens and Human Agency in the Anthropocene (Routledge, 2019).

CIUHCT’s most recent and ambitious project - 4 volumes on the history of science, technology and medicine in Portugal (edited by Maria Paula and Ana) - will be published by the end of this year.

We congratulate Maria Paula for this well-deserved award, and take great pride in her active engagement and research in InsSciDE.


Published 28 September 2020