MIT Portugal Program represented at the Ciência 2017 Conference

Ciência 2017 is a major Science Conference held annually to highlight achievement in science and technology in Portugal. This year's event was held between July 03-07 at Centro de Congressos de Lisboa and counted on the contribution of MIT Portugal Program speakers.

MIT Portugal Program was represented at the event with posters from some of our PhD students, presentations from our test bed projects and an overview on MIT Portugal impact in Sustainable Energy higher education in Portugal.

IAMAT Test-bed project was presented by Ana Póvoa at Ciência 2017. During a 10m talk, the researcher address the aims and objectives achieved so far of the project that is focused on the introduction of advanced materials technologies into new product development for the mobility industries, namely aeronautics.

Ana PóvoaAna Póvoa - IAMAT Project Presentation

Carlos Silva, MIT Portugal faculty, intervention was entitled “Shaping the energy systems of tomorrow”, an overview of the past and current contributions of the MIT Portugal Program for the Sustainable Energy Systems research domain. After the session the researcher was interviewed for the event´s youtube page about his perspective for the next 20/30 years of the energy sector in Portugal and the work done by the MPP Program in this area.


Samuel Niza, MIT Portugal researcher presentation was focused on the work developed under the Suscity project - Urban Data Driven Models for Creative and Resourceful Urban Transitions – a MIT Portugal test bed projects which addresses the development and integration of new tools and services to increase urban resource efficiency with minimum environmental impacts, mainly in buildings. Samuel Niza was also interviewed by the Ciência 2017 team about the work done under this project and its results.


During the 3 days of Ciência 2017, it was also possible to find at the e-posters session the research work by  Andreia Santos, Miguel Neto, Raquel Figueiredo, Sara Freitas, Sónia Cunha under the theme "Engineer sciences and technology” representing also their host institutions at this event.

The event also counted with the participation of Diogo Pinto. As an high school student, Diogo developed a reseach study in Sustainable Energy Systems with the MIT Portugal and Pavilhão do Conhecimento - Centro Ciência Viva under the framework of the M2CE project - Promoting Engineering at High Schools. He was also present at Ciência 2017 to share his experience woriking with our reseachers. 

This year´s meeting celebrated the 50th anniversary of the creation of JNICT (Junta Nacional de Investigação Científica e Tecnológica) and the 20th anniversary of FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia), and highlighted once more the main challenges of the Portuguese scientific community by bringing together researchers and invited participants from all sectors of society.

MIT Delegation in Portugal to discuss the future of the MIT Portugal Partnership

Representatives of the Portuguese partner universities, MIT, FCT, and the Portuguese government have had an increasing number of meetings to constructively discuss and assess ideas for a potential future phase of collaboration within the scope of the MIT Portugal Program. Last May, following previous meetings at MIT, MIT Portugal in collaboration with the Portuguese Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia and the Council of Rectors, hosted a delegation from MIT to further enhance the discussions on the vision, lines of action and affiliated initiatives that could be further developed in the future.

The MIT delegation was headed by Richard Lester, Associate Provost at MIT, where he oversees the international activities of the Institute. Richard Lester was accompanied by Dava Newman, Apollo Professor of Astronautics and Engineering; David Miller, Jerome Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics; and Douglas Hart Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

MIT Portugal would like to express its gratitude to the over 50 faculty members and companies’ representatives that have participated in this two-day event. The high level of participation of the interlocutors and the discussion that followed was highly appreciated by the delegation and a clear indicator of the relevant role that MIT Portugal has played in the academic and business communities but also the areas where this partnership actions can be more critical in the future.

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MIT Portugal hosts Skoltech Representatives at UMinho

Last June, MIT Portugal hosted a Delegation from Skoltech Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology at Braga, University of Minho, in a visit promoted by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia and Ministério para a Ciência, Tecnologia e Ensino Superior.

The Russian delegation was composed by Alexander Safonov, Vice-President for Academic Development; Lawrence Stein, Vice-President for International Affairs and Development; and Eric Achtmann, Advisor to the President for Innovation. At the University of Minho, the delegation attended a  presentation of the 10 years of the MIT Portugal and the Program Governance Structure by Pedro Arezes, MIT Portugal National director. Afterwards, Professor Eugénio Ferreira, MIT Portugal faculty member, led the Skoltech Representatives on a brief tour to the Bioengineering Research facilities. The visitors were interested in the governance model and activities of  International Partnership, such as MIT Portugal, and the management model of Portuguese Universities and research institutes.

MPP Skoltech RepresentativesMIT Portugal Program and Skoltech Representatives at University of Minho

MIT Portugal International Industry Roundtable on New Technologies for Old Industries

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

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Portuguese Entrepreneurs at MIT's International Workshop on Innovating

The MIT Portugal Program (MPP) sent more than twenty Portuguese entrepreneurs to participate in this year´s edition of the “International Workshop on Innovating – IWI 2017.” The event took place from June 12th to 16th at the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, specifically at the famous Stata Center.

June 12 webDuring this intensive week, participants, including aspiring entrepreneurs, who are either planning to start or are in the process of starting their businesses, and young entrepreneurs, who have already companies, were immersed in a residential, hands-on program planned at MIT. This workshop has been designed for participants to embrace innovation and entrepreneurship, and will be led by MIT and Portuguese faculty members, including Bruce Tidor (MIT), Christina Chase (MIT), Douglas Hart (MIT), João Bigotte (University of Coimbra), and Nuno Arantes-Oliveira (IST, University of Lisbon). The initiative is also supported by the MIT Portugal Program.

Throughout the week, instructors and participants jointly transformed the classroom into a space for innovating and for combining theory and practice through interactive lectures, in-class exercises, hands-on out-of-classroom experience, and selected guest lectures.

This edition of IWI has attracted participation of aspiring and young entrepreneurs from 8 different nations, representing more than twenty emerging companies and new start-ups. More than twenty of the participants were from Portugal and MPP, including current MPP students and alumni. MPP has been connected to the foundation of more than 25 start-ups, created by students, alumni, and faculty, a number that demonstrates the program´s continued effort to reinforce ties between academia and industry. Tiago Cunha Reis, MIT Portugal PhD alumni, is one of the founders of Mater Dynamics, a start-up dedicated to the development of sensors for monitoring the quality of food products, created by FCT-NOVA and MPP. He participated in last year´s edition of IWI, stating that “The International Workshop on Innovating provided a top-of-the-notch training towards innovation understanding and implantation, reshaping Mater Dynamics way to address and tackle our client problems.”

Luís Grossinho Dias da Silva, Bioengineering PhD Student, was also one of the participants and added that “IWI is a great opportunity to learn the way MIT understands and implements innovation. You get to feel the culture, space, ecosystem and best practices they have been optimising and consciously implementing over the years, and apply that to your individual project. Many people say things about innovation, but these guys actually know what they are talking about and they can show it, so take the opportunity!".

The “International Workshop on Innovating” is one of the many annual initiatives supported by the MIT Portugal Program to strengthen Portugal’s innovation ecosystem and jumpstart new entrepreneurial initiatives by providing participants an understanding of innovation with the strategic purpose of solving real-world problems. 

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