The Postgraduate Studies Seminar consists of a varied group of research activities which are a vital part of the institutional life of the ICS as an active community of researchers. Research papers are presented by researchers from the ICS and by invited guests from other Portuguese and foreign universities. Seminar sessions run for two hours, divided into a first period for the presentation and a second period for discussion, in which all are invited to take part.

There is no evaluation in the Postgraduate Studies Seminar. Students are required to attend on a regular but not permanent basis, thus giving them a degree of choice in terms of subject-matter and disciplinary options. Each student is required to attend two-thirds of the sessions in his specialist subject and one-third in other seminars of his or her choice. Each student is required to draft a summary report (about 1,000 words) of attendance and participation in the Postgraduate Studies Seminar sessions, to be handed in to their doctoral studies supervisor at the end of each term.

In the 2012/2013 academic year, there will be 4 seminar sessions each month, one for each of the major research fields in Postgraduate Studies – Anthropology, Political Science, History, Social Psychology and Sociology.

The seminar programme is annual. A timetable is drawn up and published for each term.


The seminar co-ordinators for 2012/2013 are:


Co-ordinator: Dr. Cristiana Bastos


Co-ordinator: Dr. Anne Cova and Dr. Filipa Vicente

Political Science

Co-ordinator: Dr. Ana Maria Evans

Social Psychology

Co-ordinator: Dr. Rui Lopes


Co-ordinator: Dr. Mónica Truninger