Adalberto Fernandes is a researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History (NOVA University), and a research collaborator at the Centre for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon (CFCUL). He holds two Master's Degrees in Bioethics and Science Communication. He also holds two post-graduation degrees in Adolescent Health and Pharmacy and Drug Law. He worked as a science communicator at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology of the University of Coimbra (CNC) and the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA). He has published about the relationship between science and media, health communication, biopolitics, the vegetative state and COVID-19. He is a member of the editorial commission of Kairos - Journal of Philosophy & Science, and a reviewer of the scientific journal Cogent Social Sciences.

Personal identification

Full name
Adalberto Fernandes

Citation names

  • Fernandes, Adalberto

Author identifiers

Ciência ID

Knowledge fields

  • Social Sciences - Media and Communications


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
English Upper intermediate (B2) Proficiency (C2) Upper intermediate (B2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2)
Spanish; Castilian Intermediate (B1) Upper intermediate (B2) Elementary (A2) Upper intermediate (B2)
French Beginner (A1) Elementary (A2) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1)
Portuguese (Mother tongue)
Degree Classification
2017 - 2022
Doctoral Program in Philosophy of Science, Tecnology, Art and Society (Curso de doutoramento (conclusão de unidades curriculares))
Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
2015/02/07 - 2016/04/26
Drug and Pharmacy Law (Pós-Graduação)
Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Direito, Portugal
Muito Bom
2011 - 2014
Bioethics (Mestrado)
Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Medicina, Portugal
"O Discurso Sobre o Estado Vegetativo nas Notícias Online em Portugal" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2011 - 2013
Science Communication (Mestrado)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Portugal
"Comunicação de Ciência no Observatório Astronómico de Lisboa e no Centro de Astronomia e Astrofísica da Universidade de Lisboa" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2010 - 2011
Adolescent Health (Pós-Graduação)
Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Medicina, Portugal
17 Valores
2007 - 2010
Communication Sciences (Licenciatura)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Portugal


Host institution
2022/07/01 - Current Researcher (Research) Instituto de História Contemporânea, Portugal
2017/01/01 - Current Visiting Researcher (Research) Universidade de Lisboa Centro de Filosofia das Ciências, Portugal

Other Careers

Host institution
2022/01/03 - 2022/03/30 Carreiras / Categorias Subsistentes FeedInov Colab, Portugal


Host institution
2017/09/18 - Current PhD Candidate Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal
Universidade de Lisboa Centro de Filosofia das Ciências, Portugal
2014/08/11 - 2017/08/01 Science Communication Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2012 - 2013 Science Communication Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço, Portugal
Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço, Portugal


Designation Funders
2017 - 2021 4-year PhD Scholarship
PhD Student Fellow
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


Designation Funders
2022 - Current Censorship(s):an analytic model of censorial processes
Research Fellow
Instituto de História Contemporânea, Portugal


Book chapter
  1. Fernandes, Adalberto. "Public Participation in Science (original title: Participação pública em ciência)". In Processos Criativos nas Ciências e nas Artes. A questão da participação pública. (Org.) Catarina Pombo Nabais ., edited by Catarina Pombo Nabais, 99-108. Porto, Portugal: Afrontamento, 2021.
  2. Fernandes, Adalberto. "Neuroimage of the end-of-life decision (original title: Neuroimagem da decisão em fim-de-vida)". In Responsibility Vanguards - Law, Neurosciences and Artificial Intelligence (original title: Vanguardas da responsabilidade - Direito, Neurociências e Inteligência Artificial). Portugal: Petrony, 2019.
  3. Álvares, Cláudia; Fernandes, Adalberto. "Giving Voice to the Patient in Vegetative State: Biopolitical Intersections of Discourses on Human Life and Female Body". In Cabecinhas, R. Cerqueira, C. and Magalhães, S. (eds.) Gender in Focus: (new) trends in media. LASICS Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade (CECS) Universidade do Minho, 2015.
  4. Fernandes, Adalberto. "The Vegetative State as ethical "im-possibility" (original title: O Estado Vegetativo como “im-possibilidade” ética)". In Barbosa, A. (Ed.). Pretextos Bioéticos.. Portugal: Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon / Centre of Bioethics, 2014.
Conference paper
  1. "The Biopolitics of the Other's Discourse (original title: A Biopolítica do Discurso do Outro)". Paper presented in IX Congresso SOPCOM - Comunicação e Transformações Sociais, 2015.
Conference poster
  1. "Brain Facts and Research 4everyone". Paper presented in Federation of European Neuroscience Societies Forum of Neuroscience - Denmark, 2016.
  2. "Brain: Myths, truths and research about neurosciences (original title:Cérebro: Mitos, verdades e investigação sobre neurociências)". Paper presented in Portuguese Network of Science and Technology Communication Congress, 2016.
  3. "The Neuroethics of Vegetative State in Biopolitics (original title: A Neuroética do Estado Vegetativo na Biopolítica)". Paper presented in ICONE – International Conference on Neuroethics - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2015.
  4. "A Modern Observatory with 150 Years". Paper presented in ASTRONET - Workshop on Astronomy Education and Public Outreach - Haus der Astronomie, Heidelberg, Germany, 2013.
  5. "Professional health relation with patient in rehabilitation - an ethical experience (original title: Relação profissional de saúde com doente em reabilitação – uma experiência ética)". Paper presented in Portuguese-Brazilian Encounter of Nursing and Bioethics - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2012.
Journal article
  1. Fernandes, Adalberto. "Communicating Corrected Risk Assessments and Uncertainty About COVID-19 in the Post-truth Era". Frontiers in Communication 6 (2021): http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2021.646066.
  2. Fernandes, Adalberto. "Older peoples’ sacrifice during COVID-19 pandemic". Working with Older People ahead-of-p ahead-of-p (2020): http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/wwop-07-2020-0035.
  3. Adalberto Fernandes. "Science as a virulent myth archive". Social Anthropology 28 2 (2020): 266-267. https://doi.org/10.1111/1469-8676.12846.
  4. Fernandes, Adalberto. "The biopolitics in the radical alterity of the vegetative state (original title: A Biopolítica na Alteridade Radical do Estado Vegetativo)". Estudos em Comunicação, (17), 167-190. (2014): http://www.ec.ubi.pt/ec/17/pdf/n17a08.pdf.

Artistic / Performance

Short fiction
  1. 2019. "Out-Vitro". In So Fi Zine - sociological fiction zine for arts-based research, edited by Ash Watson, 25. Frances St Press.

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2022/09/08 Ethics and Science - Between Deontology and Utilitarianism Summer with Science 2022
Centre for Innovative Biomedicine and Biotechnology
2022/04/30 Science Communication and Uncertainty Workshop for graduate students from "Viver Astronomia" project -
Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (Portugal)
2021/06/23 Uncertainty about COVID-19 in the media (original title: Incerteza sobre a COVID-19 nos media) Portuguese Network of Science and Technology Communication Congress
SciComPt (Portugal)
2019/11/22 Politics of Reason in Stengers and Fuller (original title: Políticas da Razão em Stengers e Fuller) [ Lisboa, 22/11/2019 ] Workshop - Questões sobre Bioarte - Organizado por Doutora Catarina Pombo Nabais (CFCUL)
Centro de Filosofia das Ciência da Universidade de Lisboa. (Portugal)
2017/10/12 From the Cell to the School (Original-title: Da Célula à Escola) Portuguese Network of Science and Technology Communication Congress
2017/06/16 Lingua mentis: the testimony of Vegetative State? (original title: Lingua mentis: o depoimento do Estado Vegetativo?) 2017-06-16 Seminário Internacional - Direito, Neurociências E Inteligência Artificial – Vanguardas Da Responsabilidade - Universidade de Coimbra
2016/05/26 There is no (aprioristic) rigour in science communication (original title: Não existe rigor (apriorístico) em comunicação de ciência) SciComPt Conference, Pavilion of Knowledge - Ciência Viva
2015/12/03 The double translation of Science Communication (original title: A dupla tradução da Comunicação de Ciência) Portuguese Language Congress: a Language of Future - December 2 a 4 de Dezembro, University of Coimbra, Portugal / Congresso Língua Portuguesa: uma Língua de Futuro
2015/07/18 The discursive biopolitical disqualification in Vegetative State (original title: A desqualificação biopolítica discursiva no Estado Vegetativo) II International Symposium EDiSo – Discourses and Societies in Movement. June 18-20, Coimbra, Portugal / II Simpósio Internacional EDiSo - Discursos e Sociedades em Movimento.
2015/05/28 The discursive ethics of science communication (original title: A ética discursiva da comunicação de ciência) Portuguese Network of Science and Technology Communication Congress

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2022/04/29 - Current "SubPromais" Conference (2022/04/29)
Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária Centro de Documentação e Informação, Portugal
2021 - Current FIC.A - International Science Festival (2021)
Festival (Other)
2017/10/12 - 2017/10/13 Member of the Organization Commission of the 5th Congress of Science Communication of the SciComPt Network (2017/10/12 - 2017/10/13)
Congress (Member of the Organising Committee)

Event participation

Activity description
Type of event
Event name
Institution / Organization
2022/05/19 - Current Participation in the debate "Meet the scicommers" about careers in Science Communication
Round table
Advanced Course "Connecting Researchers with the Society and Industry" of the" of PhD Programme in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2020/05/13 - Current Invited participation at the science communication event "PubHd of Lisbon"
2022/02/16 - 2022/02/16 Debate between Adalberto Fernandes, Carlos Fiolhais, Margarida Mano and Susana Aires de Sousa
Round table
Scientific Method: How, Where and When - https://ucpages.uc.pt/iii/ciclo-de-debates-interdisciplinares/eventos/o-metodo-cientifico-como-quando-e-onde/
Institute of Interdisciplinary Research - University of Coimbra, Portugal

Association member

Society Organization name Role
2015 - Current SciComPt - Portuguese Network of Science and Technology Communication
2015 - 2016 EDISO - Asociación de Estudios sobre Discurso y Sociedad

Committee member

Activity description
Institution / Organization
2019 - Current Member of the editorial commission of Kairos - Journal of Philosophy & Science.

Course / Discipline taught

Academic session Degree Subject (Type) Institution / Organization
2016/05/28 - 2016/05/28 One day Master Course Seminar of The Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Coimbra (Professor: Cláudia Cavadas) about Science Communication and the Media (Mestrado)

Journal scientific committee

Journal title (ISSN) Publisher
2014 - Current Cogent Social Sciences

Other distinction

2020 travel grant - Croatia APPLY Winter School 2020: Methods of argument analysis and evaluation in public contexts - European network for Argumentation and Public PoLicY analysis (APPLY) - COST Action CA17132: [ 15/01/2020 ]