Prof. João Malva’s Bio-Team Wins Biocant Ventures Prize

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Further Development of the Project Could Lead to Drugs to Treat Brain Injuries and Neurodegenerative Diseases

The Second MIT Portugal Program Bio-Teams Competition finals were held on July 15 at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon. After a semester working with biotechnologies developed at Portuguese research centers, seven teams presented their final projects to an audience composed mainly of guests from venture capital firms, biotechnology companies, academia and technology licensing groups.

A panel of experts was invited to evaluate the technologies and the work conducted by the Bio-Teams. The project with most promising commercial application – Functional identification of new neurons and oligodendrocytes differentiating from neural stem cells – was awarded the 5,000€ Biocant Ventures Prize. The prize goes toward commercial development of the winning project – market research geared toward the launching of a company, for example.

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Data Provision Agreement Signed with Transport Operators and Communication Companies

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Major Portuguese transport operators, the City of Porto and communications companies signed an agreement on July 7, 2009 with the MIT Portugal Program to provide access to real-time data as part of the CityMotion research project.

The agreement, signed at the MIT Portugal Program’s 1st Annual Conference in Lisbon, “Engineering for Better Jobs,” will allow researchers to develop the Data Fusion process that is central to the CityMotion research agenda, aimed at providing integrated information on the state of mobility flows in urban areas.


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Student Recounts Rolls-Royce Internship Experience to 1st Annual Conference

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Leaders for Technical Industries doctoral student Carla Pepe, the first speaker at the MIT Portugal Program’s 1st Annual Conference on July 7, 2009, “Engineering for Better Jobs,” told the audience of several hundred – including leaders from Portugal’s industrial and scientific communities – that her decision to join MIT Portugal had been fully validated by the quality of her coursework, her collaborations with faculty and students in Portugal and at MIT, and her research internship at Rolls-Royce plc in England.

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MIT Portugal and Critical Move Launch “Critical Challenge” in Autonomous Vehicle Design

Friday, 24 July 2009

The Portuguese mobility company Critical Move, S.A., will partner with the MIT Portugal Program to launch an international design competition for autonomous vehicles in urban contexts. The agreement for the competition, to be called “Critical Challenge,” was signed at the 1st Annual MIT-Portugal Program Conference, “Engineering for Better Jobs,” at the Centro Cultural de Belêm in Lisbon on July 7, 2009.

Diamantino Costa, CriticalSoftware Vice President, speaking at the 1st Annual Conference The competition will be open to teams to develop an autonomous electric vehicle able to transport up to nine passengers. Prototypes developed during the competition must complete two journeys in an urban setting of at least 2km each, one in daylight and another in darkness, using as little energy as possible and at their maximum speed.

The Challange is sponsored by Critical Move and the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia).

For details about the competition, visit


MIT Portugal Program Announces 2009 -- 2010 PhD and MSc Admissions Results

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Applications for the MIT Portugal Program’s academic year 2009/10 were open until February 28, 2009 for PhD courses and March 31, 2009 for MSc courses. During the admissions process, the Program received 310 applications from 60 different countries around the world. A total of 112 candidates were admitted, of which 47 were awarded an FCT MIT Portugal scholarship (PhD) and 11 were awarded a corporate scholarship (MSc).

The admissions selection process was conducted by juries composed of professors from each participating university in Portugal and from Program faculty at MIT. The juries were as follows:

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