Viriato Soromenho-Marque - Short Bio


Viriato Soromenho-Marques is a full Professor of philosophy at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon (UL), where he teaches students from the Philosophy, and European Studies degrees. He is also a member of the Philosophy Centre of UL. Moreover, he is a correspondent member of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences and of the Naval Academy. Since 2013, he is a member of the General Council of the University of Madeira. He was a member of the Press Council (1985-1987); National President of Quercus ANCN (1992-1995); took part in the Economic and Social Council (1992-1996). Between 2001 and 2006, he held the Vice-Presidency of the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils. Additionally, he is a member of the National Council on Environment and Sustainable Development (CNADS); was scientific coordinator for the Programa Gulbenkian Ambiente (2007-2011); was a member of the European Comission President’s High Level Group on Energy and Climate Change. He is a juror of Prémio Pessoa since 2012. In 1997 Viriato was awarded the Oficial da Ordem de Mérito Civil, and in 2006 the Grande Oficial da Ordem do Infante D. Henrique by the President of the Portuguese Republic. He received the Prémio Personalidade of 2014, awarded by the Fundação Portuguesa do Pulmão. Author of over four hundred works (twenty of those were books) on philosophy, the environment and strategy. He spoke at, or coordinated over one thousand conferences, seminars, and taught in over 23 countries. Viriato regularly writes for newspapers and magazines, and comments on television. Regarding academia, he introduced in the University of Lisbon the area of investigation and post-graduate studies on Philosophy of Nature and Environment (1995), in which is included the study of ethics, education, and environmental policies. In 2009, Viriato was one of the proponents of the Doctoral Programme on Climate Changes and Sustainable Development, which joined the UL, UTL and UNL. Throughout the last three decades, he’s been investigating the contributions of the American constitutional federalism, and the European construction to the models of world governance in the era of global environmental crisis.