MIT Portugal Researchers Present at Ciência 2009

Saturday, 01 August 2009

MIT Program faculty and researchers offered numerous presentations at Ciência 2009, an annual event that highlights achievements in science and technology in Portugal.

Ciência 2009, which was held July 29–30 at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, and which was organized by the Council of Associate Laboratories with the support of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), gathered researchers from across the Portuguese scientific community, including many who work at Associate Laboratories.

Several of the scientific panels were organized in collaboration with MIT Portugal – those on Stem Cells, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine; Electric Vehicles and New Forms of Mobility; New Materials for New Products; and Sustainable Energy and Transportation Systems.

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New Engineering Systems Consortium to Formalize MIT Portugal R&D Collaborations

Friday, 31 July 2009

An agreement was signed in Lisbon on July 30, 2009 to form an Engineering Systems Consortium comprised of the 27 educational and research institutions that partner with the MIT Portugal Program.

The consortium formalizes these institutions’ collaborations with the Program on advanced R&D projects designed to make significant contributions to Portugal’s economic development, and will help further the goal of fostering collaborative higher education in Portugal.

Prof. António Cruz Serra, President of IST, and Prof. Carlos Costa, President of FEUP, signing the consortium agreement at Ciência 2009.About the consortium, Prof. Carlos Costa, President of the Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto said, "The Engineering Systems Consortium represents an important step for FEUP, as we move ahead with our peer institutions and laboratories to institutionalize the successes to date of the MIT-Portugal Program and work toward future programs of research, industry engagement, and academic innovation in order to benefit Portugal's economy."

The consortium agreement, which was signed at the Gulbenkian Foundation at the closing session of Ciência 2009, an annual event that highlights achievements in science and technology in Portugal, acknowledges MIT Portugal’s successes since its launching in October 2006, as well as approval of the Program’s reexamined strategy, which was presented in Lisbon on July 7, 2009 at the 1st Annual Conference, “Engineering for Better Jobs.”

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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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