Kickoff Meeting in Lisbon for FCT Research Grants

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Following an open call for proposals, fourteen grants were awarded in January 2009 to research institutions and MIT Portugal Program industry partners by Portugal’s Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). icon (See the list of awards)

On April 1, 2009, João Sentierio, President of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), led an informative ‘kick-off’ meeting in Lisbon, at which Principal Investigators for all 14 of the MIT Portugal research projects made presentations about their work to the program’s Portuguese focus area leads.

The projects cut across all four MIT Portugal focus areas. They range from an effort to develop technologies for “smart” cardiovascular medical devices, a project on business models for airport development and management, and a study of a ‘Net Zero Energy’ School and how it might influence community attitudes and behaviors regarding green energy technologies and practices, to research on ‘lean, agile, resilient and green’ supply chain management. 

Kickoff Meeting in Lisbon for FCT Research Grants

MIT Portugal Signs Agreements with SGC Energia, EdA and the University of the Azores

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

At Second Transatlantic Energy Conference in Terceira, Azores, Government and Industry Show Support for ‘Green Islands’

Two MIT Portugal Students Share Best Poster Award

The MIT Portugal Program and SGC Energia SGPS, S.A. (SGC), a renewable energy company based in Alhandra, Portugal, signed a five-year, €1 million affiliation agreement at the 2nd Transatlantic Conference on Renewable Energies on April 3, 2009, on the Azorean island of Terceira.

With its €1 million contribution over five years, SGC—an energy company whose wide-ranging activities range from electricity production to the development of biofuels from algae—becomes a Research Affiliate of the MIT Portugal Program. Of the total contribution, €400,000 will support a professorship, the SGC Energia Invited Research Chair in Sustainable Energy Systems, as well as help several MIT Portugal Ph.D. students to pursue leading-edge research in areas of interest to the company. The remaining €600,000 is earmarked for MIT Portugal research; SGC will propose research projects in cooperation with a new SGC Invited Research Chair and MIT Portugal.

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Entrepreneurship Experts Gather in Lisbon to Discuss Academia-Industry Partnerships

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Entrepreneurship Experts Gather in Lisbon to Discuss Technology Transfer, Commercialization, and Academia-Industry Partnerships

Workshop Focuses on Success of MIT’s “Entrepreneurship Ecosystem”

 Leaders of MIT’s “entrepreneurship ecosystem”—the programs, policies and social networks that foster successful relationships between MIT researchers and companies that convert academic research into marketable products—played a key role in a Lisbon workshop held March 29-31, 2009, aimed at homing in on the factors that help academia and industry to develop fruitful partnerships.

Left to right: Prof. Carlos Matos Ferreira (President, IST), Tony Knopp (MIT/ILP), Prof. Manuel Heitor (Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Education), Dan Roos (Director of MIT Portugal at MIT), Charles Buchanan (Board Member, FLAD), and Prof. José Manuel Mendonça (Director, UTEN).

The workshop, “Experiencing Technology Transfer & Commercialization: Fostering a New Dialogue with MIT,” was organized by the University Technology Enterprise Network (UTEN) with the support of the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) and the cooperation of the MIT Portugal Program. The event was held at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Lisbon.

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Promising Technologies Highlighted at the Second Annual IdeaSpring Conference

Monday, 16 March 2009

International companies such as GlaxoSmithKline—and other leading participants in the Portuguese innovation ecosystem—joined MIT Portugal students and researchers at the second annual IdeaSpring conference to celebrate outstanding potential technologies.

IdeaspringThe conference, held on March 2, 2009 at the Biocant biotechnology innovation center in Cantanhede, Portugal, was organized by the MIT Portugal Program’s Bioengineering Systems focus area. The annual event spotlights its student “Bio-Teams” and their go-to-market innovation projects. Each BioTeam collaborates with a Portuguese research lab on a selected technology; a key student challenge is to devise a strategy for launching the technology in the marketplace.

This year, more than 100 people attended the conference. They represented venture capital firms, companies, technology licensing offices, and students and faculty from the MIT Portugal Program and other programs.

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MIT Portugal Program Faculty to Contribute to MIT Transportation Initiative

Thursday, 12 March 2009

MIT Portugal Program faculty will contribute to—and, in one case, lead the development of—a major new initiative announced on March 4, 2009 by MIT designed to tackle large-scale, global transportation challenges.

Called Transportation@MIT, the initiative, according to its website, is “a coordinated effort to address one of civilization’s most pressing challenges: the environmental impact of the world’s ever-increasing demand for transportation.” It will begin as a two-year pilot program, and plans exist for the formation of two labs, one in Cambridge and one located outside the United States.

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