Roundtable: The future of Automotive - Challenges and Opportunities in Design and Technology


Roundtable: The future of Automotive - Challenges and Opportunities in Design and Technology
Mon, 15. May 2017
Rómulo - Centro Ciência Viva Da Universidade De Co - Coimbra,


Date: May 15, 2017.

Location: Rómulo - Centro Ciência Viva Da Universidade De Coimbra at the Physics Department of the University of Coimbra (Pole I, Rua Larga, between D. Dinis Square and Porta Férrea).

The automotive industry is nowadays one of the most exciting industries to work on – grand societal challenges claim for groundbreaking solutions, emerging technologies spur the development of disruptive products, services and business models, and new industrial players are leading to an increase in the pace of innovation.

All stakeholders must innovate constantly. In fact, the auto industry is of the largest industrial R&D investors in the world. Typically, the annual investment in R&D surpasses 30 billion in Europe only.

The automotive industry is also one of the most important industries in Portugal, being a top contributor for value creation and generation of jobs. It represents around 8% of the country’s GDP, 11% of the country exports and more than 30.000 direct jobs.

The first major steps were given in the 60s and since then the country has acquired and built important competences across the automotive value chain, from molding and components to car manufacturing.

The MIT-Portugal Program has been deeply concerned with these matters as well. Several PhD thesis have addressed challenges in this industry and many collaborations in R&D projects have resulted in important outcomes for the industrial players.

This round table will bring together a group of industry leaders, entrepreneurs, expert researchers and graduate students to look ahead to the next 5-10 years and discuss major challenges and opportunities. 

The main goals of the round table are to identify common objectives, new technologies and innovative ideas that are of particular interest for the participating stakeholders, bridge the views between academia and industry, promote networking and facilitate eventual collaborations.

It will be a day-long event and will be organized around five roundtable sessions, each one addressing a major industry issue. The audience is invited to present their own ideas, challenge the speakers’ views and propose ways forward, in particular for the growth of the technological field in discussion.

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