Oct
15
11:00 AM11:00

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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Oct
15
1:01 PM13:01

Opening Ceremony

Confirmed:

  • Lars Montelius, Director-General, INL, Portugal
  • Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science and Technology and Higher Education, Portugal
  • Ricardo Rio, President of the Braga City Hall, Portugal

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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Manuel Heitor is Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education in the Government of Portugal since November 2015. From March 2005 to June 2011 he served as Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education. 

Manuel Heitor is a full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico - IST...

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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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Oct
15
3:00 PM15:00

Session 1: Science not Fiction!

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

Confirmed:

  • Marina Villegas Gracia, Director of the Spanish State Agency for Research, Spain
  • Rui Vieira de Castro, Rector, University of Minho, Portugal
  • 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
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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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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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Oct
15
5:00 PM17:00

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.

Confirmed:

  • Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science and Technology and Higher Education, Portugal
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Manuel Heitor is Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education in the Government of Portugal since November 2015. From March 2005 to June 2011 he served as Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education. 

Manuel Heitor is a full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico - IST...

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