My name is Cristina Veiga Pires. I’m several people in one. I’ve graduated in Geology from Université Paris-XI Orsay, France and did my PhD in Environmental methodologies at UQAM – Université du Québec in Montreal, Canada. I’m a researcher and a geology professor at the University of Algarve and since 5 years ago, I’m also the director of the Centro Ciência Viva do Algarve. Also, recently I’ve been accepted to be the Scientific Director of the Loulé-Silves-Albufeira Algarvensis Aspiring Geoparque. This is a big and important project that is aspiring to join the official network of UNESCO Geoparks.
Oh, this is a tough one. Well, honestly, I don’t think I had a dream career in mind when I was little. I always liked to travel and to be outside. So I think I managed somehow to do that. Because, as a geologist I have to go out, and as a scientist I do a lot of collaborations and travel the world. Also, as a science director I see a lot of people and different ideas. So I kind of get to see the world through their eyes too.
When I think about Faro, I think about Ria Formosa and a nice way of living.
That would be a really complex soundtrack because I like music from French old songs all the way to rock and classic music. I like Zaz, a French singer. She has really nice songs. I also like Muse, Trainspotting, Sinatra, Shaka Ponk, Vinicius de Morais, Miles Davis and the list goes on. And then, I enjoy listening to some jazz and Brasilian music as well.
Probably would be this place, Centro Ciência Viva do Algarve. Especially the LAB terrace haha! If I have a busy day at work, I can just come here for a bit, have a break and enjoy the view of Ria Formosa, which technically is the other part of the work I do. Some days I also have meetings here and other days I have drinks with my friends. It’s a very versatile place for me, that combines both the work and relaxation.