Encontro Ciência 2023: “FCT International Partnerships: Building bridges across the Atlantic”

On July 5th, the CMU Portugal Program will host, along with the MIT Portugal Program and UT Austin Portugal, the “FCT International Partnerships: Building bridges across the Atlantic” Session at the 2023 Encontro Ciência Summit. This year’s edition will take place at 2:30 pm, Sala de Actos, Universidade de Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago.

The discussion will focus on the impact of the FCT GO Portugal International partnerships with the US institutions of Carnegie Mellon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Texas at Austin.

The session aims to discuss and showcase the existing collaborations and bridges formed through these partnerships to promote the internationalization of Portuguese scientific and higher education institutions, boost the competitiveness of Portuguese companies, and facilitate the mobility and development of highly skilled individuals. The session will begin with an open discussion involving stakeholders from the three programs. Following that, a showcase of three flagship projects will exemplify the outcomes and achievements resulting from these partnerships.

To attend the event, registration is required, and it can be done for free through the Encontro Ciência website.


2.30pm: Opening remarks and Overview Video – “Two decades ago, three bridges rose over the Atlantic, connecting Portugal and the United States of America: the story of FCT’s International Partnerships.”

2.45pm: Roundtable – “Bridges connect places, shorten distances, break down barriers and bring people closer together: how was my experience as a beneficiary of FCT’s International partnerships?”

With the participation of:

  • Nuno Nunes, Co-Director of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Progra
  • Pedro Arezes, Co-Director of MIT Portugal Program
  • José Manuel Mendonça, National Director of the UT Austin Portugal Program
  • Petia Georgieva, University of Aveiro
  • Eunice Costa, Hovione 
  • Jorge Sá Silva, University of Coimbra

3.10pm: Q&A

3.20pm: Project Presentations – “These bridges offered various but unique pathways for talented and bold people, disruptive ideas and scientific knowledge to circulate and mature: what are the outcomes of our collaborative work?”

With the participation of:

  • Carlos Viegas, University of Coimbra, SAFEFOREST Project 
  • Inês Lynce,  Co-Director of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program
  • Eduardo Pereira, University of Minho, K2D Project
  • Doug Hart, co-Director of the MIT Portugal Program at MIT
  • Tiago Hormigo – Spin.Works S.A – uPGRADE Project
  • José Manuel Mendonça, National Director of the UT Austin Portugal Program

3.50 pm: Q&A
4pm: Closing remarks

About Encontro Ciência:
“Encontro Ciência” is the major Science Conference organized by the Portuguese Government through the Ministry of Science Technology and Higher Education (MCTES) and Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia(FCT). It is held annually to highlight Portugal’s main achievements in science and technology.

Start date

Jul. 5, 2023

2:30 pm

End Date

Jul. 5, 2023

4:00 pm