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Dr Antonio Portas

Senior Research Fellow

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering


Antonio oversees the secondary partner schools initiatives of NUSTEM, with an emphasis on careers contextualisation in the classroom and curriculum-led outreach activities. His role is part-funded by the Ogden Trust, which aims to support physics and science teachers to enthuse students about physics. Antonio also teaches Applications of Physics on the Mathematics and Physics Foundation Year Programme.

Prior to this appointment Antonio worked for the widening participation team at Leeds Beckett University, where he also taught applied pedagogy to Physics PGCE teacher trainees. Other roles have included Science Outreach Facilitator at the University of Reading (part funded by SEPnet), and work for the Bradford Robotic Telescope at Bradford University, delivering science workshops for pupils and teachers around the usage of robotic telescopes in the classroom.

Antonio was awarded his PhD in Astrophysics in 2010 by University of Hertfordshire. His passion for science communication began when he was a presenter of live planetarium shows in his home town of Oporto.

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Ellison Building, E305
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

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  • Exploring the Spatial Distribution of Air Pollution and Its Association with Socioeconomic Status Indicators in Mexico City, García-Burgos, J., Miquelajauregui, Y., Vega, E., Namdeo, A., Ruíz-Olivares, A., Mejía-Arangure, J., Resendiz-Martinez, C., Hayes, L., Bramwell, L., Jaimes-Palomera, M., Entwistle, J., Núñez-Enríquez, J., Portas, A., McNally, R. 18 Nov 2022, In: Sustainability
  • GC Insights: Space sector careers resources in the UK need a greater diversity of roles, Archer, M., Waters, C., Dewan, S., Foster, S., Portas, A. 29 Apr 2022, In: Geoscience Communication
  • A Theory of Change for improving children's perceptions, aspirations and uptake of STEM careers, Davenport, C., Dele-Ajayi, O., Emembolu, I., Morton, R., Padwick, A., Portas, A., Sanderson, J., Shimwell, J., Stonehouse, J., Strachan, R., Wake, L., Wells, G., Woodward, J. 1 Aug 2021, In: Research in Science Education
  • Changes in air quality in Mexico City, London and Delhi in response to various stages and levels of lockdowns and easing of restrictions during COVID-19 pandemic, Vega, E., Namdeo, A., Bramwell, L., Miquelajauregui, Y., Resendiz-martinez, C., Jaimes-Palomera, M., Luna-Falfan, F., Terrazas-Ahumada, A., Maji, K., Entwistle, J., Núñez Enríquez, J., Mejia, J., Portas, A., Hayes, L., Mcnally, R. 15 Sep 2021, In: Environmental Pollution
  • HI in the outskirts of Nearby Spirals, Brinks, E., Portas, A. 1 Mar 2016, In: Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
  • The National Eclipse Weather Experiment: use and evaluation of a citizen science tool for schools outreach, Portas, A., Barnard, L., Scott, C., Harrison, R. 28 Sep 2016, In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences

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