Life Science Innovation for Portugal’s Traditional Economic Sectors: Agriculture | Aquaculture | Energy | Food | Forestry | Textiles

Site 2 IIR 19 JuneEntrepreneurial  success  and  cutting-edge  innovation  in  the  life  sciences  are  often   associated  with  health  and  medical  technologies.  However there  is  a  range  of  other   industries  where  new  biotechnologies  have  been  making  a  very  significant  impact.  To discuss challenges and opportunities related to those areas, MIT Portugal in collaboration with Mira Municipality and the University of Aveiro, organized an International Industry Roundtable on New Technologies for Old Industries that  gathered more than 70 people at the Mira Center, near Aveiro.

In countries  such  as  Portugal,  bio-innovation  and  entrepreneurship  in sectors  that  rely  on  existing natural resources – the  Sea,  the  Forest,  certain  crops – or on long-standing industrial traditions (textiles and chemicals) are particularly  relevant.  This International  Industry  Roundtable (IIR)  brought together key  players from  the Portuguese and European  research and innovation   ecosystem  for  a  multidisciplinary  discussion  on  the  promise  and  the  challenges  faced   by  entrepreneurs,  scientists  and  innovators  in  these  fields. 

The Session allowed participants to discuss common objectives, share new technologies and ideas, and promote networking and potential collaborations between participants.  The initiative counted on the participation of speakers from companies based in Portugal such as Oceano Fresco, RAIZ, CUF, Syngenta, P-BIO, Católica University, Minho and Aveiro University, BLC 3, Gabinete de Promoção do Programa Quadro de I&DT (GPPQ), A4F, MareLife, Devan Chemicals e SilicoLife.

The International Industry Roundtables (IIR) are an ongoing initiative of the MIT Portugal Program in collaboration with multiple academic and business entities and this is the second edition dedicated to Cities, Energy and Transportation. The IIR aim is to use the neutral grounds of academia to bring together entrepreneurs, company executives, policy makers, scientists, engineers and graduate students around topics where cutting-edge technology is put at the service of sustainable economic and social development. The focus is to bridge views and find common objectives between industry and academia, as well as within industry and within academia. 

Roundtable Program

Site IIR 19 JuneMIT Portugal International Industry Roundtable on New Technologies for Old Industries