Catarina is the Science Communication Officer at INL, within the Research, Technology and Innovation Office. Catarina has an active role in supporting the INL research community to carry out research-oriented activities of relevance for communication. She also coordinates science communication initiatives that range from the organisation of scientific events to the establishment of relationships with the media, scientific experts, universities, and other research organisations.
Catarina has worked as a scientist in the past years. Catarina studied Bioengineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, and she was awarded a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Southampton, UK, where she investigated novel diagnostic imaging techniques for bone and cartilage repair. Throughout her career, Catarina has always been involved in science communication. Catarina was part of an itinerant platform designed to help researchers share their work with the general public, and she participated in many international festivals like Glastonbury, working at the Science Tent, and the Cheltenham Science Festival. Catarina also worked at the Doctoral College in the UK, and her main responsibilities included the organisation of scientific activities for researchers as well as for non-scientific audiences.