Sílvia Daniela Passos Soares

Sílvia Soares is a Design Strategist, passionate about the development of innovative projects combining design and engineering, to promote human and environmental health. She has started with her Ph.D. degree in the area of Design, at the University of Porto (UP), Fine Arts Faculty (FBAUP) (2015), finishing with distinction and honor. She has wone seven innovation awards from different international and national institutes including European Commission, Vodafone, EIT-Climate-Kic and IAPMEI, with the Pavnext company, where she’s co-founder.

Sílvia leads a research project at University of Aveiro - Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture [ID+] in collaboration with Creative Science Park (PCI), where she is developing a new concept of food packaging (circular, healthier, eco-efficiency, eco-sustainable and smart), either for packaged food or for bulk food, with a new concept of universal food labeling.

Project alignment with United Nations 2030 Agenda goals

Goal 2: this research will increase food security and promote an improved food literacy and nutrition for the population. Also, it will promote more sustainable measures and techniques at the food production level, as this information will be passed on to consumers through the developed labelling solution.

Goal 3: contribution to eliminate the negative effects of plastic on health; reduction in the risk of health problems and an increase in the food literacy, through an appropriate identification of key information of food, contributing to a change towards healthier eating habits.

Goal 13: significant contribution to the reduction of plastic in the food sector and, consequently, to reduce pollution of the environment, with plastic being one of the main pollutants of oceans worldwide.

Sílvia is a professor at university level in the design area for 18 years.

Research areas: Strategic Design; Design for Health and Well-being; Food and nutrition security; Food literacy; Sustainability and Environment; Circular Economy

 

Current positions

  • Investigadora Universidade de Aveiro

Publications

Book chapters
  • Soares, S., Mendonça, R., Duarte, F. & Garganta, R. (2015). Design e Bem Estar. Contributo de uma estratégia na alteração do estado mudança de comportamento em relação à atividade física dos jovens. In Paiva, F. e Moura, C. (Orgs.). Designa 2015: Identidade/ Identity, (Book) pp. 363-376. Covilhã: Serviços Gráficos da Universidade da Beira Interior [ISBN 978-989-654-263-4]
  • Soares, S., Mendonça, R.; Duarte, F. & Garganta, R. (2015). Estratégia de Design. Contributo na alteração do comportamento sedentário e combate à obesidade dos jovens. In Alvelos, H. et al. (2015). Proceedings of UD15: Periphery and Promise 4th PhD in Design Forum. University of Porto 19 + 20 OCT 2015 (Book), pp.169-182. Oporto: University of Porto [ISBN 978-989-98284-3-8].
  • Soares, S.,Mendonça, R., Duarte, F. & Garganta, R. (2015). Proposta de uma Estratégia de Design em associação às Tecnologias Digitais Interativas e Gamification, para promover um Estilo de Vida Ativo e combater a Obesidade dos Jovens. In Bastos, P. (Org.). 14th International Meeting of Art and Technology: #14.ART: ART AND HUMAN ENHANCEMENT (Book), pp. 84-88. Aveiro: UA Editora [ISBN 978-972-789-458-1].
International journals
  • Sílvia Soares, Rui Garganta, Francisco Duarte, Nuno Corte-Real, Rui Mendonça (2014) – Contributo de uma Campanha Stand-Alone Mass Media e de um Programa de Intervenção na alteração do comportamento sedentário de jovens. Revista Portuguesa de Ciências do Desporto 2014/3. Revista indexada com circulação internacional e com revisão por pares.
  • Soares, Sílvia; Pereira, Madalena; Trindade, Isabel; Mendonça, Rui, “The Smart Fashion Design as a Means of Interpersonal Communication/Socialization in Real Space”, Design Principles and Practices. A International Journal, ISSN: 1833-1874 (no prelo) (Indexed to Scopus 2012).
National journals
  • Sílvia Soares, Rui Garganta, Francisco Duarte, Nuno Corte-Real, Rui Mendonça (2014) – Contributo de uma Campanha Stand-Alone Mass Media e de um Programa de Intervenção na alteração do comportamento sedentário de jovens. Revista Portuguesa de Ciências do Desporto 2014/3. Revista indexada com circulação internacional e com revisão por pares.
International conferences
  • Soares, S., Mendonça, R.; Duarte, F. e Garganta, R. (2016). Design and Wellness: A Srategy to Increase Physical Activity and Fight Obesity among Adolescents. Proceedings of 10th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices. Design Principles and Practices an International Journal [ISSN 1833-1874].
  • Soares, S., Mendonça, R., Duarte, F. and Garganta, R. (2015). Uma Estratégia para a promoção de um Estilo de Vida Ativo e combate à Obesidade dos Jovens. Panel 3: Research about spaces, design and contemporary culture, Part II — Design. Communication in the First Event of the Nucleus of Art and Design, 22 April 2015, Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal.
  • Soares, S.; Mendonça, R.; Duarte, F. & Garganta, R. (2015). Design e Bem Estar. Contributo para a mudança de comportamento em relação à atividade física dos jovens. Proceedings of the International Conference on Research in Design, Designa 2015: Identity, Covilhã: Serviços Gráficos da Universidade da Beira Interior, pp. 363-376. [ISBN 978-989-654-262-7].
  • Soares, S.; Mendonça, R.; Duarte, F. & Garganta, R. (2015). Estratégia de Design. Contributo na alteração do comportamento sedentário e combate à obesidade dos jovens. Proceedings of the 4th PhD Design Research Forum. Porto: Universidade do Porto, pp.169-182. [ISBN:978-989-98284-3-8]
  • Soares, S.; Mendonça, R.; Duarte, F. & Garganta, R. (2015). Proposta de uma Estratégia de Design em associação às Tecnologias Digitais Interativas e Gamification, para promover um Estilo de Vida Ativo e combater a Obesidade dos Jovens. Proceedings of the conference 14th International Meeting of Art and Technology: #14.ART: ART AND HUMAN ENHANCEMENT, pp. 84-88. Aveiro: UA Editora. [ISBN 978-972-789-458-1].
Other publications
  • Soares, S., Mendonça, R., Duarte, F. and Garganta, R. (2016). Design and Wellness: A Srategy to Increase Physical Activity and Fight Obesity among Adolescents. Communication in the 10th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, 25-27 February 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Soares, S.; Mendonça, R.; Duarte, F. & Garganta, R. (2015). O design estratégico como agente sistémico na sociedade contemporânea. Design I-Con — International Congress Design, Design Contents, p. 61-65. Porto: AND — Associação Nacional de Designers. [Número Inaugural com o Alto Patrocínio de sua Excelência O Presidente da República].
  • Soares, S.; Mendonça, R.; Duarte, F. & Garganta, R. (2015). O design estratégico como agente sistémico na sociedade contemporânea. Presentation on Design I-Con — International Congress Design, Design Contents, 19-26 September 2015, Casa Museu Teixeira Lopes, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.

Scientific, artistic and cultural production

Patents
  • Soares, S. (2017). National trademark registration nº 581593 — PAVNEXT
  • Soares, S. (2017). National trademark registration n.º 589373 — Design Loves Cork