Adalberto Fernandes, (PhD in Philosophy, MA in Communication, MA in Bio-Ethics, BA in Communication) is a researcher at CinTurs - Research Center for Tourism Sustainability and Well-being (University of Algarve) and collaborator at the Institute of Contemporary History (NOVA University Lisbon). He has authored articles, chapters and presentations on communication, media, participation, festivals, events, trust, risk, science and health communication, political communication, censorship, biopolitics, bioethics, critical discourse analysis, and Michel Foucault. He serves as a member of the editorial commission for Kairos - Journal of Philosophy & Science.

Personal identification

Full name
Adalberto Fernandes

Citation names

  • Fernandes, Adalberto

Author identifiers

Ciência ID

Email addresses

  • adalberto.castro.fernandes@gmail.com (Professional)

Knowledge fields

  • Social Sciences - Media and Communications
  • Humanities - Philosophy, Ethics and Religion - History and Philisophy of Science and Technology


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 - 2023
Doctoral Program in Philosophy of Science, Tecnology, Art and Society (Doutoramento)
Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
"Biopolitics, Life Sciences and Discourse in Foucault" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
Summa Cum Laude
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
2024 - Current Postdoc (Research) Universidade do Algarve Centro de Investigação em Turismo Sustentabilidade e Bem-Estar, Portugal
2022/07/01 - Current Researcher (Research) Instituto de História Contemporânea, Portugal

Other Careers

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


Host institution
2017/01/01 - Current Integrated Researcher Universidade de Lisboa Centro de Filosofia das Ciências, Portugal
2017/09/18 - 2023 PhD Student 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
2022/06/01 - Current Censorship(s):an analytic model of censorial processes
Research Fellow
Instituto de História Contemporânea, Portugal


Book chapter
  1. Hugo Almeida; Fernandes, Adalberto. "Bombarding the Meme - On the Atomization of Society and Meaning". In Critical Meme Reader III: Breaking the Meme (Eds.) Arkenbout, C. and Galip, I.. Amesterdam, Netherlands: Institute of Network Cultures, 2024.
  2. Fernandes, Adalberto. "[Accepted] Immunity". In Wiley Handbook of Social and Political Conflict Communication. (Eds.) Samoilenko, S. and Simmons, S. New Jersey: Willey-Blackwell. 2024.
  3. Fernandes, Adalberto. "Science Communication and Radical Trust". In Science Communication and Trust (Eds.) Antoinette Fage-Butler, Loni Ledderer & Kristian Hvidtfelt Nielsen. Palgrave Macmillan. 2024.
    Under revision
  4. Fernandes, Adalberto. "The Medium is the Environment – COP26 Memes as Hypocritical Resistance". In Climate Catastrophe. (Ed) Daniel Binns. Palgrave Macmillan. 2024.
  5. Fernandes, Adalberto. "Foucault's Other to Power". In The Process of Becoming Other in the Classical and Contemporary World. Edited by: Lind, A; Pinto, A. & Lambert, D. Springer. 2024.
    Under revision
  6. Hugo Almeida; Fernandes, Adalberto. "Environment as its own movie director: anti-representationalism as more-than-human-cinema". In The Wild: Image, Industry, and Technology (Eds.) Moscato, D. & Duncan, P. Lexington Books. 2024.
  7. Fernandes, Adalberto. "What Does It Mean To Be Eternally Alone in the Multiverse?". In Entering the Multiverse: Perspectives on Alternate Universes and Parallel Worlds (Ed. Paul Booth). Routledge, 2024.
    In press
  8. Fernandes, Adalberto. "Science Communication as Soft Power". In The Routledge Handbook of Soft Power - 2nd Edition edited by Naren Chitty, Lilian Ji & Gary Rawnsley. Routledge, 2023.
  9. Fernandes, Adalberto. "Learning (with) Negative Emotions: The Future of Science Festivals". In Festivals and Edutainment (Routledge) - Editeb by Giulia Rossetti, Brianna Wyatt, Jane Ali-Knight. Routledge, 2023.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 abstract
  1. Fernandes, Adalberto. "Science Communication produces knowledge". Paper presented in Reinventing Science Communication? Challenges for the post-truth era - University of Ljubljana, 13/10/2022 – 14/10/2022, 2022.
  2. Fernandes, Adalberto. "Corrigir informação sobre risco na pandemia da COVID-19". Paper presented in IV CONFERÊNCIA INTERNACIONAL COMUNICAR CIÊNCIA - Universidade da Beira Interior, 2022.
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. "Not In My (Media) Backyard: Climate Justice and Global Media Political Economy". Journalim Practice (2024):
    Under revision
  2. Luís, Rita; Fernandes, Adalberto. "Has the concept of censorship gone astray? How to operationalize muddy waters? Half a century of censorship in Portugal.". Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies (2024):
    Published • https://doi.org/10.1080/14701847.2024.2320544
  3. Fernandes, Adalberto. "The Drivers of Academic Novelty in Digital Capitalism: Job Insecurity, Mental Illness and Time Poverty". Emancipations - A Journal of Critical Social Analysis 3 1 (2024): https://scholarsjunction.msstate.edu/emancipations/vol3/iss1/4/.
    Open access • Published
  4. Fernandes, Adalberto. "Designing (the) Politics of Participation in Science". Journal of Science Communication 22(03)(2023)Y01 (2023): https://jcom.sissa.it/article/pubid/JCOM_2203_2023_Y01/.
  5. Fernandes, Adalberto. "The Appeal of Far Right Pandemic Politics: A Southern Europe Case". Javnost - The Public (2023): https://doi.org/10.1080/13183222.2023.2162296.
  6. Fernandes, Adalberto. "The Problematic Scientificity of Psychology in the Media: How Mental Illness Coverage Could Lead to Criminality Prejudice". Tripodos 52 (2022): 71-90. http://dx.doi.org/10.51698/tripodos.2022.52p71-90.
    Open access • Published • 10.51698/tripodos.2022.52p71-90
  7. 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.
  8. Fernandes, Adalberto. "Older peoples' sacrifice during COVID-19 pandemic". Working with Older People (2020): http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/wwop-07-2020-0035.
  9. Adalberto Fernandes. "Science as a virulent myth archive". Social Anthropology 28 2 (2020): 266-267. https://doi.org/10.1111/1469-8676.12846.
  10. 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)
2024/05/21 The Singularity of Science Communication's Power Knowledge – Between Discursive Construction and Cultural Contextualization
International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany (Gießen, Germany)
2023/11/21 Book launch and workshop on Science Communication as Soft Power Book presentation: The Routledge Handbook of Soft Power 2nd edition book launch and workshop
Macquarie University (Australia)
2022/10/28 A negação dos fatos científicos não é suficiente para explicar a hesitação vacinal: o caso dos rappers anti-vacinas IBERCOM – Ibero-American Congress of Communication
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto (Porto, Portugal)
2022/09/28 Trusting that science will fail SECAT – Scientific Expertise, Communication and Trust 2022 conference, 27/09/2022 – 28/09/2022 ]
Aarhus University
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)
2022 The Politics of Citizen Science IAMCR - International Association for Media and Communication Research Conference 2022
2022 Foucault and the Public VII Congresso Internacional de Comunicação Jornalismo e Espaço Público - Universidade de Coimbra, 13/07/2022 – 15/07/2022
Universidade de Coimbra
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)
2019/05/09 Poder, saber e acontecimento em Foucault Jornadas de Doutoramento - PDFCTAS - FCUL
FCUL (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
2023/09/07 - 2033/09/08 Conferência Internacional - Decifrando censuras. Da regulação à produção de inexistências, do arquivo à internet: uma abordagem interdisciplinar - Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal (2023/09/07 - 2033/09/08)
Conference (Co-organisor)
Instituto de História Contemporânea, Portugal
2022/04/29 - 2022/04/29 "SubPromais" Conference (2022/04/29 - 2022/04/29)
Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária Centro de Documentação e Informação, Portugal
2021 - 2021 FIC.A - International Science Festival (2021 - 2021)
Festival (Other)
Camara Municipal Oeiras, Portugal
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
2024 - Current DiscourseNet Association
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
2023/12/18 - Current Introduction to ethics for the sciences (Coordinator: Professor Ramiro Almeida) - Department of Medical Sciences Institute of Biomedicine - iBiMED, University of Aveiro, Portugal (Mestrado) Universidade de Aveiro Instituto de Biomedicina, Portugal
2023/11/23 - Current Art and Science (coordinated by Professor Cristina Tavares) - Doctoral Program on Philosophy of Science, Technology, Art and Society of the University of Lisbon Doctoral Program on Philosophy of Science, Technology, Art and Society of the University of Lisbon (Doutoramento) Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências, Portugal
2022/12/07 - Current Scientific Publishing Ethics Connecting Researchers with the Society and Industry - PhD Programme in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine - Advanced Courses 2022/2023 - University of Coimbra (Doutoramento) Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2016/05/28 - Current Master Course Seminar about Science Communication and the Media(Professor Coordinator: Cláudia Cavadas) - Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Coimbra (Mestrado) Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Farmácia, Portugal

Journal scientific committee

Journal title (ISSN) Publisher
2024 - Current Journal of Bioethical Inquiry Springer
2023 - Current Communication and the Public Sage
2023 - Current Journalism Sage
2014 - Current Cogent Social Sciences Taylor & Francis

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 ]