The President of ISMS 2022, Commodore João Paulo Ramalho Marreiros, Military University Institute of Portugal


Commodore João Paulo Ramalho Marreiros was born in Lisboa, in 1966. He joined the Navy in 1984 and graduated from the Portuguese Naval Academy in 1989. He attended the Junior Officer Course at the Naval War College Course in 1998/99 and the General Officer Course at the Military University Institute in 2016/17. He holds a Master of Engineering in Geodesy and Geomatics at the University of New Brunswick, Canada, in 1997, and a Phd in Surveing Engineering at University of Porto, Portugal, in 2013.

After graduation, as junior officer, he served on the frigate N.R.P. “Captain Sacadura Cabral” in 1989/91. He specialized in Hydrography in 1991/92 and was sencond-in-charge of the Hydrographic Brigade until 1994. In 1994/95 he served on board the Hydrographic Ship N.R.P. “Almeida Carvalho” and in the Hydrography Division of the Hydrographic Institute, 1997/98.

In October 1999, after being promoted Lieutenant Commander, he became Officer in Charge of the Hydrographic Brigade for two years. In 2001 he was the Officer in Charge for the Hydrographic Equipments, Systems and Methods Department at Hydrographic Division of the Navy Hydrographic Institute for one year. During this period, he was also instructor of the Specialization Course in Hydrography 

In January 2003 he was appointed Commander of the Hydrographic Ship N.R.P. “D. Carlos I” for almost three years. In November 2005, he returned to the Navy Hydrographic Institute as an assistant of the Technical Director and, in January 2006, he was appointed commander of the Hydrographic Ships Group, until July 2009, when he was appointed as Director of the School of Hydrography, until July 2013. \

He was the Portuguese Naval Academy Academic Dean since September 2014 until October 2017. Since October 2018 he served at the Military University Institute as coordinator of the Military Behaviour, Leadership, Logistics, Economics and Management education department, until September 2019. Since July 2019 he is in charge of the Research and Development Centre and Scientific Coordinator of the PhD in Military Sciences and the General Officer Staff Course.

Commodore Ramalho Marreiros has published technical articles in the subject of hydrography, navigation and military sciences.  He has received several commendations and has been awarded with one Exemplar Behaviour Medal (gold), one Naval Cross (1st class) one Military Merit Medal (2nd class) and four Distinguished Services Medals (silver).

Contact information (current president)

Military University Institute of Portugal,  
Rua de Pedrouços
1449-027 Lisboa 
Tlf: +351 210 102 700

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For continuity, the Secretary will normally  include the past and future presidents on any significant correspondence. The transition between presidencies occurs at the conclusion of the annual conference. 

Past Presidencies and Presidents

2021-2022: Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston - Dr. H.J.(Harry) Kowal

2019-2020: Finnish National Defence University, Helsinki - Professor Hannu Kari

2018-2019: Austrian National Defence College, Vienna - Brigader General Dr. Wolfgang Peischel

2017-2018:  War Studies University, Warsaw - Professor Ryszard Szpyra

2016-2017: Norwegian Defence University College, Norway - LtCol. Dr. Anders McD Sookermany

2015-2016: War Studies University, Poland - Professor Ryszard Szpyra

2014-2015: Finnish National Defence University, Finland - Professor Dr. Hannu H. Kari

2013-2014: Austrian National Defence College, Vienna - Brigader General Dr. Walter Feichtinger

2012-2013: Royal Danish Defence College, Copenhagen - Dr. Niels Bo Poulsen

2011-2012: Royal Military College of Canada Kingston, Ontario -  Professor Houchang Hassan-Yari

2010-2011: Baltic Defence College - Professor James Corum

2009-2010: Swedish National Defence College - Professor Dr. Maja Kirilova-Eriksson

2008-2009: Netherlands Defence Academy - Professor Alexander Bon 

Future Presidencies

2021-2022: Military University Institute, Portugal