Full Professor of Ethics, she is President of the National Council of Ethics for the Life Sciences, Portugal, Vice-President of the European Group of Ethics in Science and New Technologies, and a Member of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences. She was a consultant on Ethics of Life for the President of the Portuguese Republic, and a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Bioethics. Currently, she teaches at different Universities and is a member of several Ethics Committees, while coordinating international projects, namely within Africa-EU partnership. She is an ethics expert and project evaluator by the European Commission, and also Ethics Advisor and Chair of Ethics Advisory Boards (EAC) of several European Research Projects. She authored and coordinated 37 books, including the 12-volume collection dedicated to Applied Ethics (2016-2018), the Dictionary of Global Bioethics, with Henk ten Have (2021), and hundreds of papers, having delivered over 400 conferences. She is a regular columnist in regional and national journals. She was a Member of the European Parliament (2009-2014).