European Commission’s Economy Advisors visit the School of Engineering

European delegation will be received by the Dean of the School of Engineering and will learn about research and innovation projects

In the scope of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the School of Engineering of the University will receive on the 8th of June, Tuesday, the visit of a group of 40 people that integrates Economics Advisors and elements of the European Commission. The visit, coordinated by the Directorate General of Economic Activities, will take place throughout the day in the cities of Braga and Guimarães and the program aims to demonstrate the good examples of innovation in the country, providing information about concrete cases of transfer of knowledge to industry.

The visit starts at 9 a.m. at the INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory with a presentation of the scientific activity and some projects developed by the research teams of this Iberian institute. The European delegation will visit the facilities of the Iberian laboratory in what will be the only time of the visit that will be accompanied by the INL officials, the Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa, the Mayor of Braga, Ricardo Rio, and the President of the Norte Poetugal Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR-N), António M. Cunha.

At 11am the delegation will arrive at UMinho where they will be received by the Pro-Rector for Research and Projects, Filipe Vaz. At the campus of Gualtar, in Braga, will be presented the scientific activity of the Centre of Biological Engineering, as well as four other projects developed from research produced in the institution. Also on the campus of Gualtar will be a showroom that will show four spin-offs of UMinho with origin in the School of Engineering (Letra, Satisfibre, SilicoLife and Solfarcos) and the Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI), an European project based at UMinho.

In the afternoon the European delegation travels to the city of Guimarães where, at campus of Azurém of UMinho, they will be welcomed by the Dean of the School of Engineering of UMinho, Pedro Arezes, to learn about the projects developed in the UMinho/Bosch partnership and the additive manufacturing laboratory, DoneLab.

This is a visit that occurs in all Presidencies of the Council of the European Union and aims to make known the aspect of industry, technology and innovation of the country that takes the Presidency. Thus, the Directorate General for Economic Activities coordinates, together with the Permanent Representation of Portugal to the European Union, a route through the North of Portugal, in order to present good examples of innovation to the representatives of the European Commission and the 27 member states. The visit represents an emblematic moment of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.