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Open Sessions

These sessions are a space of debate, ideas' exchange or source of information.


They are composed at least by one speaker and are open to everyone interested in the theme. The audience is strongly encouraged to participate with questions and comments which will enhance the debate.




Venue: FEUP | Grand Auditorium



08h30 – 08h45 | Welcome Speech from FEUP's DEAN
João Falcão e Cunha


08h45 – 09h15 | Innovation Regions - What's behind them?

Places like Stockholm, Berlin, London and Estonia always scores high on innovation rankings especially when we look at new emerging technologies. But what is behind the figures? Are there things a region or a city can do in order to attract the right people, boost innovation and create a good start up climate. Micael Gustafsson will tell about his experience from the Mobilise Europe study, where emerging regions in Europe were analysed in order to find out why some regions are more innovative compared to others.


Keynote Speaker:

Micael Gustafsson Micael Gustafsson

Serial entrepreneur, innovator, business developer and mentor. Micael is co-owner and acting VP Business Development at L2S in Malmo, a start up within mobile health solutions. He is also the the Managing Director at Clusterland Sweden, an independent network organisation for start ups and SME's in mainly ICT, Media and Creative sector helping them with internationalization and funding. Previous positions include being the Managing Director for Cluster 55 (Europe's most successful cluster organisation), Sales Director at Teknik i Media, Managing Director for Knowledge Partner, Regional Manager for WM-data (now CGI) and Marketing Manager for Iveco Trucks in Sweden and Norway. He is also a board member of Elite Education in Sweden (training company), Brewhouse Finn (microbrewery), MINC (Malmo Incubator)and is the Senior Advisor for TGY Sarl, a Luxembourg based start up. He sits in the advisory board of several start ups, such as Incentive and PinMeTo and is involved on an operational basis with the start up LinkLib. On a consultancy basis he works with development projects in Dublin, Luxembourg and Bulgaria and is also frequently used as an expert for the European Commission regarding mobile technology and ICT. In 2012 Micael was awarded European Cluster Manager of the Year at the European Cluster Conference.


09h15 - 09h45 | Speech by the European Commissioner for Transport

Violeta Bulc bulc

Violeta Bulc is the EU Commissioner for transport, having been appointed to the office in November 2014. Ms Bulc brings a diverse set of expertise and professional experiences to the role. As Commissioner, Ms Bulc has alreadt placed priority on digitalisation and innovation in transport. A noted academic, author, systems architect and entrepreneur, Ms Bulc has long had a high profile in her homeland of Slovenia. In the corporate sphere, she held various positions in the telecoms industry, including Telekom Slovenia and Telemach. She has also been the owner and CEO of Vibacom, engaged in work on sustainable and innovative business solutions. Immediately prior to her appointment to the European Commission, she was the Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia, with ministerial responsibility for development, strategic projects and cohesion.


09h45 - 10h15 | Triple Helix Interactions as a tool for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Keynote Speaker: 

Panagiotis Ketikidis Panos Ketikidis

Professor Ketikidis is the VP for R&I & External Relations of CITY College – An International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, Chairman of the Management Committee & Academic Director of the Doctoral Programme at the South East European Research Centre (SEERC) and member of the Senate and of the Research and Innovation Committee at the University of Sheffield-UK. Prof. Ketikidis has expertise in computer science, supply chain management, entrepreneurship, regional development, innovation, health informatics and strategic management of technology innovation. He has over 25 years of experience in management, education, research, and competitive research funding with various networks established as a result of this experience. He has over 90 publications in the forms of journal papers, books, edited books, edited proceedings, edited special issues, book chapters, conference papers, technical papers and reports. He is Chief Editor of the International Journal of Innovation & Regional Development (IJIRD), Associate Editor of the International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation (IJLEG) and a member of organizing and scientific committees in various national /international conferences and workshops. Prof. Ketikidis is also the President for the Greek Computer Society of Northern Greece (EPY), President of the Triple Helix Association- Chapter of Greece and Emeritus President of the International Society of Logistics – Chapter Thessaloniki, and Member of the Board "Alexandria Zone of Innovation" S.A. (2013-current), Member of the Board "Technopolis Thessaloniki S.A." (2011-current), Honorary Member of the Exporters' Association of Northern Greece Management Board (SEVE: 2006-present); Member of the Administration Board –Centre for the support of female employment and entrepreneurship ERGANI (2006-present).



10h15 – 10h45 | Entrepreneurship environment in Istanbul
Keynote Speakers:

Önder Mutlu Yilmaz onder

Önder Yilmaz (M), Founder Director of the Technology Transfer Office at İstanbul Şehir University for the last 5 years. With a background in both industrial research & business development for various global companies like BOEING Co, Ford Motor Co. and also state research centers such as The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK). He has plenty of experience in working in innovation environments and developing cutting-edge R&D projects. His specialty areas are simulation, simulators, system engineering, radar and avionic systems. Yilmaz received his M.Sc degree from Joseph Fourrier Polytechnic School of Grenoble in France in simulation area and B.Sc degree in mechanical engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul. He is a great enthusiast of TRIZ (Theory of inventive problem solving) and a Level 2 certificate holder.


Mehmet Alpatli mehmet

Mehmet Alpatli is currently the manager of the incubation centre at Istanbul Sehir University, "incuba.city". Being an entrepreneur himself, he has a track record in start-ups, entrepreneurship and fundraising for SMEs and start-ups, as well as local and international business development. Being a finance and technology transfer professional, certified from UT at Austin, he is also a contracted expert of the EC Research Executive Agency on evaluation of proposals relating to main topics of the EU SME Instrument calls. He is a certified Lean LaunchPad educator and, as the primary mentor and instructor, he uses Lean LaunchPad methodology in our acceleration programs. He is a mentor in InvestHorizon programme (www.investhorizon.eu), funded with support from the EC and designed to increase investments made in Innovative European SMEs. He is proficient in preparing technical due diligence reports required for commercialisation of technology such as QuickLook and RapidCase, as well as financial forecasts and financial due diligence reports. Before, he was the managing director for a boutique consultancy company in London, raising funds for Turkish SMEs through private placements and IPOs in London market. He followed accounts on renewable energy, ICT, reinsurance and mining. Earlier, he was the CEO of a Turkish SME, a daughter company of an apparel producing group of companies of ca.100 million US$ annual turnover, where I reengineered the company and practiced management and production techniques like lean management and Hoshin. He was also the Vice President in insurance and reinsurance companies in Turkey, and research fellow at Bogazici University. He holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in civil engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul, where he continued my studies and research for PhD. Also MBA from Istanbul Bilgi University.Lean LaunchPad certification from Steve Blank & his team at Venturewell.Technology Transfer Certification from University of Texas at Austin IC2 Institute. 


10h45 – 11h15 | Innovation acceleration by design: lean management, experimentation and agile learning
Keynote Speaker: 

Cristóbal García Cristobal Garcia

Cristobal Garcia is Director of the Innovation Lab (iLabUC) and Professor of Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship at the P. Universidad Catolica of Chile (PUC). Cristobal is International Director of PUC's Innovation Master Program where he teaches Systems, Environments and Networks for Innovation. In addition, he is External Faculty at Columbia's Center on Organizational Innovation (COI) and co-founder of both Jump Chile and Innovacien.org. Cristobal is a frequent international speaker on: interdisciplinary electronic networks, workplaces for innovation, innovation acceleration, lean management and design thinking.


Coffee break @ BIN Lounge


11h30 – 12h00 | Challenges and Opportunities in Engineering and Technology for the Sustainable Exploitation of the Atlantic
Keynote Speaker:

Karl Strømsem Karl Stromsem

Dr. Karl Christian Strømsem holds a MSc and a Doctor of Engineering from the Norwegian Technical University (NTNU) in Trondheim Norway/Institute Francais du Petrole (IFP) in Paris, within marine hydrodynamics and marine structures. Specialist on dynamic design of moorings, risers and slender structures in an offshore environment. Present position is as Head of Operations in Global Maritime AS Norway with P&L responsibility for 90 + persons. Previous position was as Head of Energy- and Environmental technology in Innovation Norway, which is the Norwegian governments body for innovation and export. Worked for more than 25 years with marine related design in the international offshore oil and gas industry with last held position before Global Maritime was as Projects Director Europe for Noble Denton Consultants in London. Since 2003 have worked with renewable industry with wind and ocean related projects and served 3 years director in the European Ocean Energy Association in Brussels.Experience from project management of several small and large projects including complex R&D projects within FP6/FP7 and Horizon 2020. Worked 10 years with the Scandinavian power industry delivering advanced forecast analysis and services for companies trading at the Scandinavian power exchange NordPool. Have funded several companies with or without external investors.


12h00 – 12h30 | Valuing Knowledge and Innovation
Keynote Speaker:

José Paulo Raínho Rainho

José Paulo Rainho (JPR) holds a Degree in Physics Engineering, a PHD in Physics (University of Aveiro) and a Post Graduation in Industrial Property from Faculty Law of University of Lisbon. JPR is the Director of the Technology Transfer Office of the University of Aveiro as well as Principal Investigator and Professor at the Department of Economics, Management and Industrial Engineering of the University of Aveiro, where he teaches Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship. JPR has a broad experience (more than 10 years) in Technology Transfer, namely, in Intellectual Property Rights registration, management and prosecution; in managing Innovation projects with companies at National and European level; in Valorization of R&D results, analyzing the IP and it commercial potential performing market studies and negotiating with potential licensees at national and international levels. JPR is responsible for the coordination of TT management, licensing, university-industry liaison and entrepreneurship at the University of Aveiro, where he currently supervises the participation of UATEC in 6 national, Iberian, and European projects. JPR has over 50 national and international presentations in Technology Transfer. JPR is also responsible for the coordination of Innovation and Knowledge Program of Aveiro Region Science Park. JPR is also an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in the management of companies as CEO and CTO.


12h30 – 13h00Can we today speak on the innovation process as such?

Nowadays, innovation often is a result of various, separate, non-continuous processes like open innovation, crowd- sourcing, crowd-funding, out-sourcing, knowledge transfer, etc. that take place in a various time and in various points of the world.


Keynote Speaker:

Andrzej Jasinski Jasinski photo

Professor Andrzej H Jasinski, Phd, DD is head of Unit for Innovation and Logistics, School of Management, University of Warsaw, Poland. He has been a Visiting Fellow to Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK and a Visiting Professor to Palumbo School of Business Administration, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA. He is a member of: The Triple Helix Association (THA), The European Association of the Study on Science and Technology (EASST), The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) and The Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Network. He has been an editor and co-author of Innovation in Transition: The Case of Poland (2002), Transition Economies in The European Research and Innovation Area: New Challenges for Their Science and Technology (2004) and Innovation in the Polish Economy: Selected Economic and Managerial Issues, (2010). Also, he is an author of several articles in Science and Public Policy.



Lunch Break @ BIN Lounge


14h00 – 15h30 | Debate: Visions on responsible Research & Innovation


"Responsible Research and Innovation means that societal actors work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes, with the values, needs and expectations of European society. RRI is an ambitious challenge for the creation of a Research and Innovation policy driven by the needs of society and engaging all societal actors via inclusive participatory approaches"

© European Union, 2012


Laurinda Alves Laurinda Alves

Laurinda Alves, journalist, columnist in Publico newspaper during 12 years, daily columnist in "i" newspaper, and more recently daily interviewer in Observador newspaper, online. Interviewer, TV host, blogger, radio analyst, author of 6 chronicle and short-story books published in the last 10 years, Curator and Manager of Dialogue Cafe, a United Nations/Civilizations Alliance - Cisco - Fundação Gulbenkian project till June 2014. She created XIS Magazine and was it's director during 8 years. Speaker and conferencist since 1990, she teaches how to communicate in schools, universities and enterprises. She was a non-elected candidate to the European Parliament in the last elections of June, 2009. She has been a volunteer in a palliative care unit since September, 2007 and is co.founder of Academia do Johnson. She is member of a social entrepreneur net.


Introduction talk by

Richard Jones Richard Jones

Professor Richard Jones is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Innovation at the University of Sheffield. He is an experimental polymer physicist who specialises in elucidating the nanoscale structure and properties of polymers and biological macromolecules at interfaces. He has a first degree and PhD in Physics from Cambridge University, and following post-doctoral work at Cornell University, USA, he was a lecturer at the University of Cambridge´s Cavendish Laboratory, before he moved to Sheffield in 1997. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, and in 2009 was awarded the Institute of Physics Tabor Prize for his contributions to nanoscience. He is the author of more than 150 research papers, and three books, the most recent of which is Soft Machines: nanotechnology and life, published by Oxford University Press in 2004. He was the Senior Strategic Advisor for Nanotechnology for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) from 2007 to 2009, and in 2013 he was appointed to the Council of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).



Vanderlei Salvador Bagnato Vanderlei Bagnato

Professor Bagnato is PhD from MIT (1987). Double major in Material Science Engineering (Universidade Federal de São Carlos - Brasil - 1981) and Physics (USP - Brasil - 1981). Livre - Docent by USP (1989) and Full Professor by USP (1993). Has his activities based on two pillars: laser cooling and trapping of neutral atoms and applications of optics and laser in dentistry and medicine. Has a pioneering work in the field of atomic and molecular physics with word wide recognition. Recently his laboratory has achieved Bose-Einstein Condensation and start a pioneering work with quantum gas and generation quantum turbulence. Responsible for the construction and evaluation of the first atomic clock developed in Latin America and the first pilot plant for the production of high precision microscopes. Recently his research group has implemented in Brazil the first clinical use of Photo-Dynamic-Therapy for the treatment and diagnostic of cancer and a full range of scientific activities in this topic. Prof Bagnato has been responsible for a strong relation between basic research and industry, ending with the implementation of high technology industries in the field of optics around São Carlos. Has published over 450 papers in international journals with over 5000 citations. Has supervised more than 75 graduate students. Maintain close international relation with many institutions around the world. He has been part of the editorial board of several international journals. Has received many prizes on science and teaching, including the National Order of the Scientific Merit. Is presently Titular member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican, Brazilian Academy of Science, TWAS-Academic of Science, Vatican Academy of Science and the National Academy of Science (USA). Presently is Coordinator for the USP-Agency for Innovation.


Costas Soutis costas soutis

Professor Soutis, is a graduate of the University of London (Queen Mary College and Imperial College London, Aeronautics) and Cambridge University (Department of Engineering, PhD). He has taught and performed research in the areas of mechanics of aerospace composite materials and structures at the University of Cambridge (1986-1991), University of Leicester (1991-1994), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States of America (2000-2001 as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics), Imperial College London (1994-2002), where he held a personal chair in composite structures in the department of Aeronautics. Professor Soutis was the first Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Sheffield where he served as Head of Aerospace and Head of the Composite Systems Innovation Centre (Founding Director) until September 2012. In October 2012, he was appointed at the University of Manchester as Chair of Aerospace Engineering, Director of the Aerospace Research Institute and Director of the Northwest Composites Centre. 


Ana Sofia Carvalho Ana Sofia Carvalho

Ana Sofia Carvalho is the Director of the Institute of Bioethics of the Portuguese Catholic University (IB-UCP). She graduated in Biotechnology at the Superior School of Biotechnology of the Portuguese Catholic University. She is currently an associate professor at the same university and is the Coordinator of the Research Centre of Bioethics and of the PhD Program in Bioethics (IB-UCP). Additionally, she is the co-coordinator of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and an expert of the European Commission in the area of Ethics, Science and Society. 


Michael Tadros Michael Tadros

Michael Tadros has vested interest in technology transfer & innovation, R&D, investment and commercialization of biomedical and biotechnology research-based products. Since 2008 Michael is Senior Manager at Botin Foundation.
Previous to the Botin Foundation, Michael assumed various roles within venture capital firms, and administered technology transfer, innovation and industry/international liaison functions at the Ministry of Health's National Cancer Research Centre. Michael holds a Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology from the National Biotechnology Centre (Ministry of Science and Technology), a B.Sc. degree Specialization in Cellular and Molecular Biology and an Economic and Business Clusters from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), and diplomas from the Lycee Francais Jean-Renoir (Munich) and JFK Institute (Berlin).




Venue: UPTEC TECH - Open Space


17h30 – 18h30 | Motivation to Innovate
Keynote Speaker:

Jorge Sequeira Jorge Sequeira TeamBuilding

Jorge Sequeira is one of the greatest portuguese motivational speakers. He participated in the behavioral development of more than one hundred enterprises, such as Carrefour, Toyota, Fujitsu, UEFA, Siemens, Zurich and Pepsi. Works mainly on Emotional Intelligence, Resilience, Talent Management, Leadership, Commitment and Team Work. He's a College Professor, Ph. D. in Mental Skills Training, the author of several chronicles and scientific articles, TV commentator and lecturer. Founded the company Team Building and, in the field of high performance sports, was involved in the management of a portuguese top football team and taught, among others, famous football coach José Mourinho.





Venue: FEUP | Room B002


14h00 – 15h30 | Digital Disruption

Keynote Speakers:

André Fonseca Ferreira, Head of Deloitte's Centre for Disruption in Portugal. Leads and activates innovation in financial services industry

Pedro Gomes, Sonae


Venue: FEUP | Grand Auditorium

15h30 – 17h00 | Closing Session

  • Wrap-up of the Inclusive Design Challenge - Playful Wearables | Julia Cassim, Kyoto Institute of Technology
  • Signature Session for new Associate Partners
  • Handover to BIN@BRAZIL 2016 | Vanderley Bagnato, University of São Paulo

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