José M P Sánchez finished his architectural studies (Bachelor + Master) in 2011, both at Lisbon’s Technical University, been awarded with the Top 20 Master students price from this institution. During his studies he spent an erasmus year in the IUAV in Venice, where he first studied the issue of relation between ports and cities. After Portugal he worked three years as an architect in Frankfurt am Main in Germany, for the office schneider+schumacher. During this stage he was responsible for competitions from different scales and participated in complex refurbishment projects. In 2014 José started the PhD in Urban Planning at Hamburg’s Hafencity University, with a research titled : "city and port ? City or port ? The coexistence between City and Port, the Lisbon Case". During his research he has published several articles and presented his work in many congresses. He is responsible for the blog theportandthecity.wordpress.com, where he explains his research experiences, and recently has joined the AIVP team for the development of a guide of practice focused in the Port Center concept
After a Bachelor in spatial planning at the French Institute of Geoarchitecture (Brest) and a Master degree in Urban Studies at University from Quebec in Montreal, Greta Marini joined the AIVP Worldwide Network of Port Cities in 2002. Greta contributes to the development of the network and especially to the exchanges with port cities on the topic of education, soft values and social integration of port city and citizens. She deals also with the issues of environmental impacts linked to the port and the impact of the cruise activity on the port city relationship. Greta took part in several European projects and was responsible for the thematic implementation of many international workshops and conferences.
Today, Greta Marini is leading the thematic group “Port Center Network”, an initiative relating to the social integration of the ports, launched in 2009 within the AIVP. On this topic, Greta provides expertise and participates as a speaker in conferences and benchmark missions.