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Prof. Crato works currently as a senior research scientist at the Competence Center of Micro Econometrics of the European Union Joint Research Center. His current work focuses on statistical and data-based evaluation of policy measures. On leave from the University of Lisbon where he is full professor of Mathematics and Statistics, his academic research focus on stochastic models, time series, and applications on financial, social, computational, and biological problems. From 2011 to 2015, he was the Education and Science Minister of Portugal. During his tenure, the dropout rate was reduced from c. 25% to 13.7%, retention rates improved and Portuguese students achieved the best results ever in international surveys. A prolific science writer and educational essayist, some of his books have been translated in various languages and published internationally, as his Figuring It Out (Springer 2010). He has received prizes from the European Mathematical Society and from the European Union.