Maria João Fernández
ANI – Agência Nacional de Inovação
National Delegate and Contact Point (NCP) for Horizon 2020 – SC2
Maria João Fernandes is currently National Delegate and Contact Point (NCP) for Horizon 2020, the EU framework programme for research and innovation covering the period 2014-2020, providing support to Societal Challenge 2 (Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime research and the bioeconomy), biotechnology and the BBI JU (Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking) programmes. She has a Degree and a PhD in Agro-Industrial Engineering and a large experience dealing with EU research and innovation programmes, having worked for 4 years as a Research Programme Officer for the European Commission Directorate General for Research.
On the preparation process of the new programme Horizon Europe, Maria João Fernandes is actively involved as Portuguese representative in several committees for the thematic areas covered by Cluster 6 (“Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment”)