Viriato Soromenho-Marques

Philosopher | Professor | Essayist

Viriato Soromenho-Marques teaches Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Nature, and European Ideas in the Departments of Philosophy and European Studies of the University of Lisbon, where he is Full Professor. He wrote over four hundred works on Philosophy, Environment, and International Relations matters.

Since 1978 he has been engaged in the civic environmental movement in Portugal and Europe. He was the Chairman of Quercus from 1992 to 1995 and is currently a member of the National Council on Environment and Sustainable Development. He was Vice-Chair of the European Environmental and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils network from 2001 to 2006 and in 2004 he was invited to be one of the five authors of the Portuguese National Strategy for Sustainable Development.

He was a member of the High-Level Group on Energy and Climate Change by invitation of the President of the European Commission from 2007 to 2010 and the scientific coordinator of the Gulbenkian Environment Program from 2007 to -2011. He is a correspondent member of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences, Class of Humanities, since 2008, and of the Marine Academy since 2012. He is a regular contributor to some Portuguese mass media and also the Portuguese and Brazilian Sections of the BBC.

In 1997 he received from the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic the degree of «Grande Oficial da Ordem do Mérito Civil» and in 2006 the degree of «Grande Oficial da Ordem do Infante Dom Henrique».