7:00 PM19:00

SCALE TRAVELS | Joanie Lemercier

SCALE TRAVELS is a collaborative program on Art and Nanotechnology between gnration and INL - International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory.

Joanie Lemercier is a French artist primarily focused on projections of light in space and its influence on our perception.
Lemercier was introduced to creating art on a computer at age five by attending classes on pattern design for fabrics taught by his mother. The threads of his early education grounded his interest in physical structures: geometry, patterns, and minimalist forms. As Lemercier’s work evolved, he began to play with these concrete structures through the physics and philosophy of how light can be used to manipulate perceived reality.

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5:01 PM17:01

Session 2: Science and Policies!

Inventions, language and culture, creative basic research and the power of thought. Just as it shapes your personal decision-making, scientific knowledge also helps inform regulatory decision-making and policy — and the results of these decisions are everywhere.

We will discuss how can we measure the ways science is influencing our lives and how official decisions are shaping the way we do science.

Chair: Rui Vieira de Castro, Rector, University of Minho, Portugal

  • Carl Schlyter, Politician, Swedish Parliament, Sweden

  • António Cunha, Member of the INL Council, Portugal

  • Helena Pilsas Ahlin, Ambassador of Sweden, Portugal

  • José Caldeira, Member of the Board of Directors at INEC Tec, Portugal


Rui  Vieira Castro is the Professor and Rector of Universidade do Minho since 2017. 

He was the President of the Portuguese Association of Linguistics, member of the Board of the Portuguese Society of Didactics of Languages and Literatures between 2004-2006 and also coordinated panels of doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships from the FCT in the field of Educational Sciences.

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Carl Schlyter is a Swedish politician who has been a member of the Swedish Riksdag for Stockholm County since 2014 and was also a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2004 to 2014.

He is a member of the Green Party, which is part of the European Greens, and sat on the European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. He is a member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

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António Cunha, President of the Collaborative Laboratory in Digital Transformation (DTx), co-chairman of the MIT Portugal Program and the Bosch-UMinho project, as well as a board member of INL - Iberian International Nanotechnology Laboratory and CEIIA Engineering and Product Development.

Was the co-founder of PIEP - Innovation in Polymer Engineering and its administrator from 2001 to 2009. He is also a member of the Engineering Academy, Gold Insignia of the University of Santiago de Compostela and Honorary Citizen and Medal of Honor of the Municipality of Guimarães.

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Helena Pilsas Ahlin is the Ambassador of Sweden to Portugal since 2017. Born in 1960 in Stockholm, Ambassador Helena Pilsas Ahlin holds a Degree in Law from the University of Stockholm (1988).

She joined the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1989 and served as Ambassador of Sweden to Bulgaria, based in Stockholm, from 2010 to 2015, and as Head of the Diplomatic Training Programme from 2015 to 2017.

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José Carlos Caldeira is currently Board Member of INESC TEC.

Member of the MANUFUTURE High Level Group and Chairman of its National and Regional Technology Platforms Group.

He is also Board member of the EFFRA – European Factories of the Future Research Association and a national expert to the NMP+B Programme Committee of the HORIZON 2020 and, since 2012, RIS3 expert of DG REGIO.

Between October 2014 and January 2018, he was the President of ANI – Agência Nacional de Inovação - the Portuguese National Innovation Agency.

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3:00 PM15:00

Session 1: Science not Fiction!

This unique panel will discuss the scientific research is addressing major societal challenges today.

Chair: Marina Villegas, Director of the Spanish State Agency for Research, Spain

  • Dava J. Newman, Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics and Harvard-MIT Health, Science, and Technology full Professor, MIT, USA

  • James Gimzewski, Professor and Director of CNSI Core Lab, UCLA, USA

  • Eicke Weber, CEO, Berkeley Education Alliance for Research, Singapore and Vice-President of ISES - International Solar Energy Society


Dr. Marina Villegas holds a Ph. Degree in Chemistry. She got tenured as a Scientific Researcher at the Spanish National Research Council and impulsed several research lines, mainly devoted to Materials Science, particularly in the field of chemical synthesis of ceramic materials. She accumulates expertise on dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric (lead based and non-lead based) ceramic materials, as well as in traditional ceramics.

Her main achievements have been related to the surface modification of ceramic particles and nanoparticles and the study of microstructure…

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Dava J. Newman, Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics andHarvard-MIT Health, Science, and Technology full Professor, has served as director for MIT’s Technology and Policy Program and led the MIT Portugal Program, an alliance between Portuguese public and private organisations.

Most recently she served as NASA's Deputy Administrator...

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James Gimzewski is a distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Nano/Pico Characterization Lab Director of the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI).
Prior to joining the UCLA faculty in 2001, he was a group leader at IBM's corporate research laboratory in Zürich...

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Professor Eicke R. Weber serves as Vice President of the International Solar Energy Society ISES since 2015. He has been Director/CEO of the Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore from 2017 to 2018.

Between 2006 and 2016, he served as Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany and previous to that Prof. Weber was on the Faculty of the Department of Materials Science of UC Berkeley and Faculty Investigator of Lawrence Berkeley National Labs.

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2:30 PM14:30

Opening Ceremony

  • Lars Montelius, Director-General, INL, Portugal

  • Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Commission, Belgium (message)

  • Ricardo Rio, Mayor of Braga, Portugal

  • João Martinho Moura | Artistic Performance

Since Sept 1st, 2014, Lars Montelius is the Director-General of INL - International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory in Braga, Portugal.

He is a full professor in Nanotechnology at Lund University, Sweden...

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Carlos Moedas became Member of the European Commission, as Commissioner in charge of Research, Science and Innovation, in 2014.

He was born in Beja (Portugal), graduated in Civil Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute (IST) and completed the final year of studies at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris (France). He worked in engineering for the Suez-Lyonnaise des Eaux group in France until 1998.

He obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School (USA) in 2000, after which he returned to Europe to work in mergers and acquisitions at investment bank Goldman Sachs in London (UK).

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Ricardo Rio is, since 2013, the Mayor of Braga. He currently chairs the cross-border association of municipalities designated as “Eixo Atlântico do Noroeste Peninsular”, he is the Chairman of the Executive Board of Cavado’s Inter-municipal Community and presides over the Board of Directors of the following Municipal Companies: Theatro Circo and “AGERE”. 

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  • Artistic Performance | João Martinho Moura

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9:00 AM09:00

Directors Forum | INL

*by invitation only.

The INL Directors’ Forum will provide a platform for invited directors and eminent scientists, from the world’s leading Research Technology Organizations and Institutes, to discuss their perspectives on the strategic development of Science & Technology and its deployment to Society. 

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