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Portugal’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Augusto Santos Silva, to Visit Freie Universität Berlin on April 27, 2016

№ 124/2016 from Apr 25, 2016

"Europe – from Culture to Economy" is the title of a lecture to be given (in English) by the Portuguese Foreign Minister His Excellency Augusto Santos Silva on April 27, 2016, at Freie Universität. He will address the relationship between culture and foreign policy and cooperation with Portuguese-speaking countries outside Europe. Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, the president of Freie Universität, will welcome the Minister. The Ambassador of Portugal in Germany, João Mira Gomes, will give an introductory address. Following the lecture, Augusto Santos Silva will be available to answer questions. The presentations and discussions will be in English. The event is public, and admission is free.

Augusto Santos Silva, who was born in 1956, studied history at the University of Porto. He earned a doctorate in culture and communication sociology in 1992 in Lisbon. Since 1981 he has been teaching at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Porto. From 1996 to 1999 he was a member of the National Board of Education, and from 1997 to 1999 the Portuguese representative in the civic education project of the European Council. From 1998 to 1999 he served as Vice-Rector of the University of Porto, where he is a member of the Academic Board.

As a member of the Portuguese Socialist Party (PS), he served in the second Cabinet of António Guterres as the Secretary of State in Education Administration (1999-2000), the Minister of Education (2000-2001), and the Minister of Culture (2001-2002). In 2005 he was appointed Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, and in 2009 Minister of Defense. Since October 2015 he has held the office of Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Further Information

Time and Location                                                                                 

  • Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 6 p.m.
  • Academic Senate Assembly Hall, Henry Ford Building, Freie Universität Berlin, Garystraße 35, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Thielplatz (U3)


Prof. Dr. Susanne Zepp, Department of Philosophy and Humanities, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-52038, Email: