Manuel Heitor at MIT to discuss the 3rd phase of the MIT Portugal Program partnership

The Portuguese Minister for Science, Technology and High Education, Prof. Manuel Heitor, has visited the MIT on February 27th with the aim of defining the final terms of the agreement signed between the Portuguese Government and MIT. This new contract aims at extending the MIT Portugal Programa to a third phase, until 2030. 

During this visit, Prof. Manuel Heitor was received by the MIT Vice President for Research, Prof. Maria Zuber (see photo), as well as by Prof. Richard Lester, the current MIT responsible for all the institute major international efforts.

The meeting held during the day included also a meeting principal investigators of the some of the MPP seed projects, recently announced by MIT, and  a work lunch with more nearly 20 PhD students from the MIT Portugal Program that are currently doing a research stay at MIT.

Among other decisions, it was established that there will be two kickoff events for this new phase, one to be held in Portugal, in mid-April, and another one in Boston, in early June.

In the Media: Diário de Notícias, Jornal Económico, Tek sapo online, Notícias ao Minuto.

Manuel Heitor at MIT 3rd phase br(from right) Prof. Maria Zuber (MIT Vice President for Research), Prof. Richard Lester (MIT Associate Provost for international activities); Prof. Manuel Heitor (Portuguese Minister for Science, Technology and High Education); Prof. Dava Newman (MIT Portugal Program Director at MIT); Prof. António Cunha (Member of the MIT Portugal Program Governing Board); Prof. Pedro Arezes (MIT Portugal Program National Director).

Interdisciplinary Research Methods in Technology, Innovation & Policy Studies

The 2nd edition of Summer School on Research Methods in Technology, Innovation & Policy Studies is going to take place on the 16 and 17 of June, in the EDAM room at IST Lisbon, with the support of the MIT Portugal Program. 

This two days Summer School is open to the MPP Students that whish to take this opportunity to be more proficient in dealing with  the interdisciplinary research methods required in the context of modern engineering.

The course aims to assist post-grad students in the study of technological change, innovation patterns and related policy research through in-depth discussion and practical validation of interdisciplinary research methods. An “Innovation Policy Laboratory” will be established by groups of students working in critical issues of technological innovation across various emerging areas.

The summer school offers a space for interdisciplinary conversations about contemporary issues in Technology and Policy, including the emerging context of uncertainty in urban studies and industrial development at a global level. Emphasis is given to the development of skills for emerging challenges faced by contemporary societies to deal with modern engineering.

Target Audience: Post-grad students working in engineering design, technological change and policy, as well as those in the humanities, natural sciences, architecture and business who have serious interest in exploring these areas together with engineers.

A joint organization of:

  • Doctoral Program in Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing, EDAM, at IST Lisbon, University of Porto and University of Minho, with the support of the MIT Portugal Program.
  • IN+, Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, at IST Lisbon LARSyS, Robotics and Engineering Systems Laboratory
  • IDMEC, Institute of Mechanical Engineering, at IST Lisbon, LAETA, Associated Laboratory for Energy, Transports and Aeronautics

Duration of technical meetings: two days, June 16-17

Venue: Room EDAM; IST, Mech Eng. II, level -1.

Schedule: Workshops, seminars and other sessions to be defined individually – details to be defined

Preparatory work: Prior to the meeting in June 16-17, each student must conduct a series of one to three interviews with actors of cases of innovation and/or policy making and to analyze them in terms of a relevant technical issue to be discussed and solved. A brief 2-page report, with the transcripts of the interviews attached, should be submitted by June 15 for discussion in the Workshops to be included in the Summer School. Terms of reference are enclosed.

Coordination: Elsa Henriques, Associate Professor, IST (Mechanical Engineering Dept., IDMEC)


  • Anne McCAnts, Professor of History, Massachusetts Instit. of Technology, USA 
  • Giorgio Sirilli, IRCrES, Research Institute on Sustainable Economic Growth of National Research Council, CNR, Italy 
  • Eduardo Beira, Senior Research Fellow; LARSyS, Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, IN+; 
  • Nuno Arantes e Oliveira, Full Professor, IST (Architecture) 
  • Nuno Arantes e Oliveira, MIT Portugal Invited Assistant Professor, IST

Assignment (to be submitted by June 15)

"Interview: tales from the field, anatomy of cases of discovery and innovation"

Each student is expected to contribute with an interview about technical change, innovation and/or technology policy, especially in an industry or public policy environment. Please avoid, for this exercise, interviews with experts in academy. Rather, the goal is to attempt working on the “anatomy” of a technological innovation case in a social and economic environment.

The written interviews will be additions to a process of oral collection about technical change and innovation. An oral collection is an important resource for innovation studies research (see, for example, the work of Pierre Latour).

In this context, participants in the Summer School should identify a specific case for research and carefully look for the actors (people, institutions, devices) and materials (facts, stories, pictures) that may contribute for the narrative of the case. Avoid speculations and speeches/personal opinions about innovation theories: the focus should be on the anatomy of the innovation process, focusing on the people and their circumstances (social, historical, other) as well as the facts involved and the social and economic circumstances of the developments along a time line.

Each interview should be a deep semi structured interview with duration around 60 minutes.

Personal stories and career paths of people involved / actors are to be covered. Look also for antecedents and post-events. How did the important ideas appeared? What about technology, business and people relationships? What about money? What about the environment? What is the path dependency? Which were the barriers and the obstacles? Competition and rivalry? What are the networks involved? How did past technological facts, past experiences of the actors and “tradition” influenced the case?

Remember: time is the "glue" of any narrative or story. Things happen along time.

The Case to be selected can be anywhere in the world. If needed, use video interview by Google Talk or Skype and record the interview (there are software tools available for that; easier with audio only, but also feasible with video). But mail / chat interviews based on text will not be accepted.

Final edited interviews should be made available in English language (additional original language versions are optional, for archive). Each participant should also deliver the tape/file record in digital format, for archive, eventually after some basic "cleaning" editing (if needed, but this is always optional).

The interviews should be presented during the Summer School as well as a short analysis grounded on it. Faculty of the summer school will comment and discuss them. Please consider the following details:

  • Try to follow the actors and events as they pop up along the interview.
  • Use tripod or have the camera/smartphone well stable over something to avoid “shaking”. Although you will be not producing documentaries, consider recording the conversations for future use and easier transcription.
  • Transcript: convert from oral discourse to written one, keeping the meaning and richness of the original discourse. But “exact” transcripts of each word or gesture are not our objective.

Each participant must deliver, by June 14, to Elsa Henriques (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 1. A short statement with the justification of the case selected (up to a single page, 500 characters).

  1. A discussion paper, up to 3 pages long (about 6000 characters, with spaces)
  2. An edited transcription of each interview (word file)
  3. A file with the video recording of the interview (to be sent by dropbox, ...), if available.


Day 1, Thursday - June 16

9:00-10:00: Workshop - 1: Student introduction and brief presentation of interviews/work conducted

10:30-11:30: Lecture 1 - Anne McCAnts
Title: “Introduction to interdisciplinary research methods in technology, innovation and policy studies” 

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-12:45 : Lecture 2 – Giorgio Sirilli
Title: “Statistical indicators: their relevance, limitations and use in innovation studies and policy making” (to be confirmed)

13:00-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:00: Lecture 3 – Bob Schwartz
Title: "Big Data in Texts: Essential Aspects of Text Mining using Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis"

15:00-15:45 Lecture 4 –  to be defined
Title: “Research design, research questions and research methods?” 

15:45-16:00 Break

16:00-17:00: Lecture 5 - Eduardo Beira
Title: “Simulation technologies as a research method: economy and public policy in mid 20th century – reflections on Unemployment and money. The principles involved by Michael Polanyi (1941)” 

17:00-19:00 h: Workshop - 2: Studio work with students and faculty

Day 2, Friday - June 17

9:00-10:00: Workshop - 3: Discussion with brief presentations by Students

10:00-11:00: Lecture 6 - Giorgio Sirilli and Eduardo Beira
Title: “Public speaking and presentations” and "Rhetorics in technology and R&D"

11:00-11:30 Break

11:30:13:00 Workshop - 3: Studio work with students and faculty

13:00-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:00 Lecture 7 – Teresa Heitor
Title: “Building a narrative in urban studies: case studies in innovation studies in architecture” 

15:00-15:30 Break

15:30-16:30: Lecture 6 - Eduardo Beira
Title: “Visual analysis, non-linearities and complexity: from Neurath to modern visualization” 

16h30-17:30: Lecture 7 - Anne McCAnts
Title: “Research Ethics and Other Lessons learned from technology, innovation and policy studies”

17:30-17:45 Break

17:45-Lecture 7 - Bob Schwartz
Title: “Geography Matters: Discovering Spatial Patterns and Relationships using GIS"

18h00-19h30: Workshop - 4: Final discussion with students

20h30: dinner and party in old Lisbon (to be confirmed)

Innovation Teams - Final Presentations

  • Innovation Teams - Final Presentations
  • September 24h 2015, 14:00
  • Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento, Rua Sacramento à Lapa, 21, Lisboa

Screen Shot 2015 09 22 at 11.42.04MIT Portugal Program invites you to the  Innovation Teams - Final Presentations, an event organized by the MIT Portugal Program Bioengineering and Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing (EDAM) Doctoral Programs, both Doctoral Programs are funded through FCT PhD Programs (PD-F).

For the second year the MIT Portugal PhD candidates from different Doctoral Programs (Bioengineering and EDAM/LTI) worked side-by-side on the development of a go-to-market strategy for breakthrough technologies emerging from a broad spectrum of portuguese research labs at the University level such as FCTUC, FCT-UNL, I3N/IPC-UM, FMVUL, IMM,  FCM-UNL and UMinho.

The final event, recognized as a vital enrichment for Portuguese engineering formal education at the Graduate level, will take place on September 24th, at Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento.


  • Isabel Rocha- Dep. Engenharia Biológica - Universidade do Minho
  • Lígia Rodrigues - Dep. Engenharia Biológica - Universidade do Minho
  • Alexandre Ferreira da Silva - Universidade do Minho
  • Duarte Miguel Prazeres - Dep. Bioengenharia - Instituto Superior Técnico
  • Frederico Ferreira - Dep. Bioengenharia - Instituto Superior Técnico
  • Fernanda Llussá - Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia - Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  • João Nuno Moreira - Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular -Universidade de Coimbra


Program  (14:00 - 18:30 pm)

Co-organized by MIT-Portugal and Fundação Luso-Americana (FLAD)


Opening –  Lígia Rodrigues (UMinho)


  • Business Experiences – Chair – Frederico Ferreira (IST)
  • João Simões (Vice-President) – Science4you
  • Gonçalo Andrade – Hovione Capital

15:00-16:00 i-teams presentations

Moderator – Alexandre Ferreira da Silva (UM)

  1. Smart Polymers
  2. PIs: Artur Cavaco-Paulo, Ana Almeida, Eugénia Nogueira, Andreia Gomes (UM)
  3. I-Team: Biagio Di Lorenzo, Cláudia Amorim, Cláudia Fernandes, Luís G. da Silva
  •  A synthetic genetic transcriptional-program sensor system for accessing,monitoring and intervening with any cell type and/or cell state in living
  • organisms
  • PI: Alisson Gontijo (FCM-UNL)
  • I-Team: Cátia Bandeiras, Matilde Melo, Mário Carvalho
  • Infect-Detect
  • PIs: Sandra Aguiar (Fac Medicina Veterinária, UL), João Cota (Fac Medicina Veterinária, UL), Ana Pena (IMM)
  • I-Team: Andreia dos Santos, Daniel Pais, Nicole Vieira, Jorge Santos

16:00-16:20 Coffee-Break

16:20-17:20 I-teams presentations

Moderator – Fernanda Llussá, FCT-UNL

  • i-touch: Interactive Touching Solutions
  • PI: Júlio Viana (I3N/IPC-UM)
  • I-Team: Beatriz Gonçalves, João Faria, Tiago Costa
  • Bioclics
  • PIs: Cecília Roque, Ana Margarida Dias (FCT-UNL)
  • I-Team: Ana Carina Manjua, Inês Prata Machado, Vanessa Susana Cunha
  • Stable metal organic near infrared light emitting chlorins for bio- imaging,sensing and optoelectronics
  • PIs: Hugh Burrows, Teresa Pinho e Melo, Arménio Serra, Nelson Pereira, Liliana Martelo (FCTUC)
  • Team: Cátia Barbosa, Catarina Marques, Daniel Braga

17:20-17:30 Closing Remarks – Miguel Prazeres (IST)

1st Joint Conference and Exhibition - Fostering Science & Innovation Ecosystems: Portugal-US Partnerships

On May 28-29, 2015, the International Partnerships (CMU Portugal, MIT Portugal and UT Austin Portugal), funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, will hold the 1st Joint Conference and Exhibition on Fostering Science & Innovation Ecosystems: Portugal-USA Partnerships. The events will take place at Palácio Foz, in Lisbon.

The purpose of these events is to showcase the activities and outcomes of the partnerships to Portugal, the commitment of the US universities, and the strength of the relationships that have been created regarding Education, Research and Innovation (a preliminary agenda and additional information will be provided in the coming weeks).

We would be very honored to count with your participation in helping to build this environment for discussion and collaborative growth.

The Organizing Committee of the 1st Joint Conference of the International Partnerships:

  • Bruce Tidor, MIT Portugal Program
  • Fernando Santana, UT Austin Portugal Program
  • João Claro, CMU Portugal Program
  • José M. F. Moura, CMU Portugal Program
  • José M. Mendonça, UTEN Portugal Program
  • Marco Bravo, UT Austin Portugal Program
  • Paulo Ferrão, MIT Portugal Program



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Innovation Studies 2015

Innovation Studies 2015 course is part of the “Technological Change and Innovation Initiative -­ i2”, to be established in close international cooperation under the MIT Portugal Program and in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Society. It aims to develop a research and learning platform/network to foster technological and industrial innovation. The ultimate goal is to assist students in the development of entrepreneurial skills and to promote capabilities for technological change and industrial innovation in Portugal. An “Industrial Innovation Laboratory -­ i2Lab” will be established in the form of a network of academic groups, technology centers and small, medium and large firms involved in technological innovation across various emerging areas.

The course considers the realization of an innovation project to be developed by groups of students. Each project main goal is to identify routes for benefiting from the development and accumulation of academic, scientific and technological capabilities to foster sustainable economic development through the industrialization of regions, and creation of employment, new enterprises and resilient industries. It involves writing-­up a strategy paper and a research brief. It should be developed under the context of “innovation and prospective studies” at an international level. Student project work will be developed together with several research seminars, in the form of “Roundtables”.

Session 1: 24 March, Tuesday, 2-­5 pm (Room EDAM; IST, Mech Eng. II, level -­1) Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research Methods and Innovation Studies

Session2: 9-­12 June, Tuesday-­‐Friday, 10am-­5 pm (Room EDAM; IST, Mech Eng. II, level -­1) Summer School: Interdisciplinary Research Methods for Technology and Policy

Session 3: 20 -­21 October, Tuesday/Wednesday, 2-­5 pm (to be confirmed) Discussion of progress of work: presentation by students, followed by discussion

Session 4 (final): 19-­20 January 2016, Tuesday/Wednesday, 2-­5 pm (to be confirmed) Final workshop: presentation by students, followed by discussion


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  • Manuel Heitor, Full Professor, IST (Mechanical Engineering Dept.); LARSyS, Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, IN+
  • Tbd, MIT Portugal Professorship
  • Anne McCAnts, Professor of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Georg Rosenfeld, Invited Associate Professor, IST-­‐DEM; Research Director, Fraunhofer Society, Germany
  • Eduardo Beira, Senior Research Fellow; LARSyS, Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, IN+


One academic year; 1st year of doctoral training


Workshops, seminars and additional sessions to be defined individually

Student Evaluation (group)

Student evaluation will be based on the preparation, presentation and discussion of a report and a research brief. Assessment should have as reference “innovation and prospective studies” at an international level.