The University of Algarve (UAlg) will celebrate its 37th anniversary on Wednesday, December 14th, with a public session, at 16:30 pm, in the Grand Auditorium of Campus of Gambelas, in which the doctorate will be awarded. Honoris Causa to professor Mário Ruivo, president of the National Council for the Environment and Sustainable Development and pioneering researcher in the defense of the oceans.
«One of the highlights of the ceremony will include a Laudatio delivered by João Guerreiro, former dean of UAlg and godfather of the honoree, followed by the imposition of the doctoral insignia and the speech of the new Doctor», says the University of Algarve.
The ceremony will feature several interventions, such as the president of the General Council of UAlg Luís Magalhães, Valentina Purificação, representative of non-teaching staff, the president of the Academic Association of UAlg Rodrigo Teixeira or Pedro Castelo, representative of teachers.
During the ceremony, the University's medals will be awarded to employees who have completed 25 years of service, diplomas to new doctors and, with the support of Caixa Geral de Depósitos, the University of the Algarve Prize will also be awarded to graduates with merit in the academic year of 2014/2015.
On the same day, but at 15 pm, Professor Mário Ruivo will present the book «A Europa eo Mar: Innovation and Scientific Research in Portugal», in the conference room of the Library of Campus of Gambelas.
This book is the result of a debate on the theme «Europe and the Sea», promoted by the European Parliament Office, in partnership with the University of Algarve and with the Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR) of the Algarve.
The book, explains UAlg, is «a compilation of interventions presented at the event and others related to its object, aiming to gather a collection that contributes to the reflection on the theme, with capital economic, social and environmental importance, not only for the Algarve, but also for the country».
Mário Ruivo, who was born in 1927, is recognized as one of the fathers of the new Ocean regime and its integration into the goals of sustainable development. He was dedicated to research, teaching, promoting cooperation in matters of the sea and sensitizing governments and public opinion to responsible governance of the ocean.
Biologist by training at the University of Lisbon since 1950, he specialized in Biological Oceanography and Management of Living Marine Resources at the University of Paris – Sorbonne, Laboratoire Arago (1951-54). It's also a Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of the Azores.
He held leading positions in the United Nations system, such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, from 1961 to 1974, and in the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, of which he was secretary from 1980 to 1989. He was also Scientific Advisor at EXPO'98 and member/coordinator of the Independent World Commission for the Oceans.
He participated in the process concerning the establishment, in Lisbon, of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), in 2002, and was the promoter and president of the European Center for Information on Marine Science and Technology, from 2002 to 2008. He is the representative of the Foundation for Science and Technology in the European Marine Board.
He was awarded national and foreign honorary orders and other distinctions and prizes, and is finally the author of several publications on Oceanography and Governance and Cooperation in Ocean Affairs.