The EDAM-UMinho marked the start of the semester for the MIT Portugal Program Doctoral Program in Leaders for Technical Industries with an Inaugural Lecture, September 20th, 2017, in Campus of Azurém, Guimarães on the same date as the Opening Lecture of the SES Doctoral Program at the University of Coimbra.
The inaugural lecture at UMinho had as keynote speaker, Engr. José Manuel Fernandes, chairman of FREZITE, a national cutting tool engineering company. With the title “What do Companies Expect of a Leader for Technical Industries?”, José Manuel Fernandes shared his vision on how industry is changing in Portugal and how knowledge and leadership skills are critical for its evolution. With an emotional and enthusiastic talk, many were the questions raised by the grad and under-grad students in the audience. The EDAM-UMinho coordination offered to the participants two copies of the book “Caminhos do Exportador- Estratégias de Internacionalização” authored by the invited speaker.
The second part of the inaugural lecture was dedicated to storytelling. LTI students and UMinho faculty that had done visiting periods at MIT under the MIT Portugal Program shared their experience in the US institution. They told stories about their time at MIT, specially focusing on their experience in doing research, interacting with other faculty and students, and living at MIT and Boston area. Moreover, the storytellers were also asked about what they brought back to UMinho from their experience at MIT, and how it changed them. The different stories served as motivators for prospective students.
Overall, this was an event with a great feedback, which the EDAM-UMinho coordination intends to repeat at the start of each semester.
Opening Lecture at Room B1.12 of the Azurém Campus, University of Minho
The Opening Lecture – EfS 2016/2017 at the University of Coimbra entitled "The Circular Economy and the Built Environment was given by Professor Roland Clift, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Technology and founding Director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Surrey, UK.
The event was focused on the idea of the “Circular Economy”, currently much discussed in connection with environmental policy, has been familiar for decades in the field of industrial ecology. The circular economy aspires to improve resource efficiency by focussing on “closing loops” for material flows through the economy, to reduce dissipative losses. This approach is potentially valuable for material products with short service lives, such as packaging and some IT devices. However, for products (such as buildings and vehicles) with long service lives, the focus needs to be on maximising the utility obtained from products and materials in use; i.e. the focus should be on stock in use rather than flows through the economy. This lecture will explore the implications of focussing on stocks rather than flows, and how the ideas embodied in the “Circular Economy” must be adapted for the construction sector and the built environment.
Opening Lecture at the Auditorium of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Coimbra