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About the Event

International event, organized by ANI in collaboration with the European Association of Research&Technology Organisations (EARTO), which is to take place under the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and will count on the participation of the Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor.

The initiative aims to debate the green and digital transition in the context of the recovery plans, with a focus on the role of technology and innovation in the development and regional, national and European tech capabilities.

The conference will feature three pannels dedicated to the theme. The first panel will highlight RTOs (Research&Technology Organisations) as synergy generators under the recovery instruments; the second panel will be dedicated to the Green & Digital transition towards the development of regional and national tech capabilities and the last board of orators will debate key technologies for this transition.


Manuel Heitor
Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education
Antti Vasara
President, EARTO
José Manuel Mendonça
President of the Portuguese Council for Science,Technology and Innovation
Iñaki San Sebastian
Juan Farré
President, DTI
Lars Montelius
General Director, INL
Pia Sandvik
Nuno Vasco Lopes
IT Director & Leading researcher, DTx
Gonçalo Amorim
Board of Directors, Food4Sustainability
João Claro
Mathias Rauch
Director, Research Policy and Strategy, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Cátia Pinto
Secretary General, Smart Farm CoLAB
Artur Costa
CTO, +Atlantic
João Moutinho
Business Director, BUILT CoLAB
António Bob Santos
Member of the Board, ANI


Muriel Attané
Secretary General, EARTO
Anne Van den Bosch
Director Public R&D Policies and Programs at IMEC

Manuel Heitor, Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal

Manuel Heitor is Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education 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 full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, IST, the engineering school of the University of Lisbon and was founder and director of the IST´s “Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research”, as well as director of the IST´s doctoral Programs in “Engineering and Public Policy, EPP” and in “Engineering Design”. In 2011-12 he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard. He earned a PhD at Imperial College, London, in 1985 in combustion research and did post-doctoral training at the University of California San Diego. Then he pursued an academic career at IST, in Lisbon, where he served as Deputy-President for the period 1993-1998. Since 1995, he has been Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founding member of the S&T Council of the “International Risk Governance Council”, IRGC. He was a co-founder of the European network “science, technology, education and policy for Europe, step4EU”.

Antti Vasara, President & CEO, VTT and President, EARTO

Dr. Antti Vasara is the President & CEO of Technical Research Center of Finland VTT Ltd since 2015 and EARTO President since March 2019. Mr Vasara is a Member of the Board of Directors at Elisa Oyj (the largest telecommunications operator in Finland) and Jane and Aatos Erkko. He is a member of the European Commission’s High-Level Group Industrial Forum since January 2021 and of the Finnish Research and Innovation Council since 2016. Prior to joining VTT, he has been at Nokia, Tieto, SmartTrust and McKinsey & Company. Earlier in his career, Mr Vasara was a researcher in the field of optical communications with 20+ peer reviewed articles and one international patent. Dr. Vasara holds a Doctor of Science (Technology) degree from Aalto University in Finland.

José Manuel Mendonça, President of the Portuguese Council for Science, Technology and Innovation

José Manuel Mendonça is currently the President of the President of the Portuguese Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, a Full Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, University of Porto, and Chairman of the Board of INESC TEC. Graduated in Electrical Engineering at the School of Engineering, University of Porto, he obtained his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London. Presently he is a Fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas, Austin, and member of the High-Level Group of the European Technological Platform Manufuture. He was Vice-President of the Innovation Agency, CEO of the Ilídio Pinho Foundation and Chairman of the Board of three technology-based companies: Tech M5 SGPS, Fibersensing SA e Kinematix SA.

In addition, he was Scientific Director of the University Technology Enterprise Network (UTEN), in the UTAustin Portugal Program, National Delegate to the Program Committee in various EC R&D Programs – Innovation and SME’s (FP5), Growth (FP5), NMP (FP6) and ICT (FP7) – and Coordinator and Evaluator of several european projects within the scope of the ESPRIT Program (FP4 and FP5).

Iñaki San Sebastian, CEO, TECNALIA

Iñaki San Sebastian (1965, Spain) is CEO of Tecnalia Research & Innovation (ES). He obtained his master degree in Industrial Engineer from the University of Navarra in 1989. In 2007 he received a Master Degree in Business Management (MBA‐Executive) at the University of Deusto and in 2015 a Master Senior Management Program (PADE) by IESE Business School. After working for 16 years for Fatronik, in 2008 he was appointed Managing Director. Simultaneously, from 2008 to 2010, he holds the position of Technology and Market Manager of Tecnalia Corporation. In 2011, he was appointed Deputy Managing Director of TECNALIA, result of the merging of 8 Technological Centers. In March 2016, he was appointed CEO of TECNALIA. His professional career has always been linked to the field of the research and the business world. He has belonged to several relevant national and international committees related to the design and strategy of Science and Technology Systems, such as the High-Level Strategy Group on Industrial Technologies. He is currently Vicechairman of EARTO (European Association of Research and Technology Organisations). He is member of the Board of Directors of several spin‐offs and participates in several clusters and business associations as member of the executive boards.

Juan Farré, President, DTI

Juan’s passion is technology-based business development for the benefit of society. Building a robust society through technology-based businesses and ecosystems. Juan holds an M.Sc. Telecommunications from UPC Barcelona, a Ph.D. Optical Fibre Systems from DTU Denmark and a Post-Doc. in Soliton-based Submarine Systems from NEC in Japan. He has led start-ups, mergers, spin-offs, and Research Technology Organisations in the fields of Telecom, Energy, Traffic, Materials, and Environmental Sciences for over 25 years and negotiated deals in over 40 countries. He holds board positions in Danish Industry Confederation, Danish Academy of Technical Sciences as well as several businesses and University Councils. Juan joined the Danish Technological Institute as President and CEO in October 2020 and is the Chairman of the Danish RTO Association.

Lars Montelius, General Director, INL

Lars Montelius is the Director–General of the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory since the 1st September 2014. Professor in Nanotechnology at Lund University, Sweden, Lars Montelius is the founder of several Swedish companies working with nanotechnology. Lars Montelius is also the President of the IUVSTA: The International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications with more than 150 000 members from 32 countries, member of the EC Executive High Level Group (HLG) at DG NMPB, and board member and Working Group Chair of the two European Technology Platforms NANOFutures: The European initiative for sustainable development by Nanotechnologies and EuMat: The European Technology Platform for Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies. Between 2003 and 2009, Lars Montelius was Dean of the Physics Department, Science and Engineering Faculties at Lund University and between 2009 and 2011, he was director for Øresund University & Øresund Science Region, a cross-border cooperation between eleven universities and three regional authorities of two countries in the Øresund Region. Lars Montelius was also Chair of the Swedish Technical Standardization Committee on Nanotechnology from 2007 to 2014. Prof, Dr, Dr h c Lars Montelius, with H-index 34: 298 publications, 4.091 citations, last 5 years ≈250 citations/year. Data from ISI Web of Knowledge 2016-06-19. More than 70 personally invited talks. 24 patent applications.

Pia Sandvik, CEO, RISE

Former CEO at Länsförsäkringar Jämtland, President at Luleå University of Technology. MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Linköping University, PhD and associate professor in Quality Control Technology and a member of the IVA division XI Education and Research Policy. Other engagements: Board Chairman of KTH and board member of Almi Företagspartner AB.

Nuno Vasco Lopes, IT Director & Leading researcher, DTx

Nuno Lopes is the IT Director and the Leading Researcher of the Collaborative Lab on Digital Transformation in Portugal and professor at the University of Minho. He has two Postdoctoral courses, one on Computer Science at the University of Coimbra and another on Electronic Governance at the United Nations University. Previously, he worked at the United Nations University, where he founded and coordinated the research line on Smart Cities. During his working life, he has been involved in several national, European and international projects, such as Electronic Governance for Context-Specific Public Service Delivery, Knowledge Society Policy Handbook, Policy Monitoring on Digital Technology for Inclusive Education, Intelligent Computing for Internet and Services, Internet of Things for Disabled People, Smart Defense and Smart Cities for Sustainable Development. Editor of the Springer Book on “Smart Governance for Cities: Perspectives and Experiences”, Editor of the IGI Global Book on “Developing Knowledge Societies for Distinct Country Contexts”, co-author of the United Nations Report on Smart Sustainable Cities for Developing Countries and of the UNESCO Handbook on Knowledge Societies.

Gonçalo Amorim, CEO, Food4Sustainability

Gonçalo started off his career in England back in 1997 designing scientific experiments at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire (UK), joining in 2000 Hewlett Packard Semiconductor division (UK), where he filed a dozen of international patents (US, Europe & Japan).
He took his studies in Belgium, Portugal and in the UK, where he gained a BEng (1st class Honours) in Mechanical Engineering by University of Brighton (2000), and later an MSc in Engineering Management by University of Bristol (2005). He holds a number of Awards and accolades for Best student by several Institutions, including IMechE UK. He has taught technology-based innovation, tech transfer, entrepreneurship and corporate venturing in several countries (Canada, Portugal, Romania, Germany). Gonçalo has served as an Independent expert, SME instrument & Fast track to Innovation at the European Commission and in several EIT KICs (Digital, Climate, Health and Food). He is an advisor board member in several emerging technology-intense start-ups, having mentored over 200 tech-based founders, entrepreneurial teams and technology start-ups & spinoffs. Over the years, he gained significant managerial experience in some of the most dynamic and successful Portuguese multinationals listed in the Portuguese Stock exchange, PSI20. An expert in IP matters, having filed a dozen of international patents (US, Europe & Japan) at the Hewlett Packard Semiconductor division (UK).
Through his personal investment vehicle, Terra Fima – Consultoria Unipessoal lda, since 2016 Gonçalo Amorim makes several investments in differentiated and sustainable projects (real estate and venture capital).

João Claro, CEO, INESC TEC

João Claro is the CEO of INESC TEC and Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering & Management at FEUP. He is also Director of the PhD in Engineering & Public Policy at FEUP and Vice-President of the Academic Council and Head of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Porto Business School. His area of focus is Technology Management & Policy. He holds a PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering from FEUP.

Mathias Rauch, Director, Research Policy and Strategy, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Mathias Rauch studied Economics, Political Science and Law at the University of Leipzig and holds an MA degree in International Studies from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He has been working for Fraunhofer in various management positions for 15 years. As Director of Research Strategy and Policy and a member of the Management Circle of Fraunhofer headquarters in Munich, he is responsible for preparing the scientific and corporate strategy decisions of the Management Board as well as for the accompanying political communication. In addition, Mathias serves as chairman of the Supervisory Board of Fraunhofer Austria. From 2012 to 2014, he worked as a Seconded National Expert with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation. Since 2009, Mathias has been a permanent member of UNECE’s Expert Group on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies. In 2005, he held a Jean Monnet Visiting Professorship for European Integration in Vancouver, Canada.

Cátia Pinto, Secretary General, Smart Farm CoLAB

Cátia Pinto is the Executive Secretary at SFCOLAB, focusing on Digital Innovations for Agriculture. Holds a double PhD in Biology and Molecular Genetics (2017) by a European network cotutelle from University of Aveiro (Portugal), Université de Reims Champagne Ardenne – URCA (France) and Biocant. Previously Cátia Pinto was the Head of Science of an AgTech startup based in Sacramento (2018-2020), specialized in the Microbial Intelligence for Sustainable Intensity in Agriculture. She is author of the firsts worldwide pioneer results concerning the grapevine-microbial interaction. With more than 9 years’ experience in R&D of the Vine&Wine, she has been developing research over soil/plant associated microbiome and their potential as biosensors of crop health, crop protection and crop tracking.

Artur Costa, CTO, +Atlantic

Artur Costa (57 y.o.) is currently Chief Technology Officer at Colab +Atlantic (a Collaborative Laboratory for the Atlantic based in Lisbon) and responsible for Business Development Ocean & Space at CEIIA (engineering and product development center based in Oporto, Portugal). Previously, Artur worked for INTELI, a Portuguese think thank which aims to assist policy makers in the definition and implementation of public policies and innovation programmes envisaging Portuguese technological, economic and social development. Before, Artur worked as General Manager of the Portuguese subsidiary of Wärtsilä, a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. Artur has started his professional career as shipmanager at Lisnave Shipyards in Lisbon in the early 90s. Artur holds a degree in naval architecture (1992) and post-graduation in Technology and Innovation by Instituto Superior Técnico (1997), Lisbon. He also concluded an advanced programme on project management at the Portuguese Catholic University (2004).

João Moutinho, Business Director, BUILT CoLAB

João Moutinho is the Business and Internationalization Director of BUILT CoLAB. In the past he was Coordinator of the Mobile and Urban Computing Department and Co-Director of the Center for Computer Graphics (CCG) of the University of Minho, Associate Researcher of INESC TEC, Researcher, Assistant Professor, Researcher and FCT PhD Fellow in INESC TEC in the Department of Electrotechnical Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Sub-Coordinator of Work at Cabeza & Sastre and Maintenance Engineer of the rolling stock of the Metro do Porto at Transdev SA. He holds a Bachelor’s, a Master’s and Ph.D. with Cum Laude distinction in Electrotechnical Engineering by the University of Porto, Portugal. He is the author of several papers in journals, conferences and periodical publications and co-inventor of two patents. He is a local expert on the European Commission’s Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC) European Commission initiative. He also is the PTPC’s coordinator for Energy Efficient Buildings (E2B) and the representant in the committee for it in the European Construction technological Platform (ECTP). His research interests include Digital Transformation in the Construction Sector, IoT and Cyber-physical systems, Energy Efficient Buildings, Industry 4.0, Smart Cities, Communication and Information Technologies, Mobility, Mobile Platforms, Sensor Monitoring and Conditioning, Digital Signal Processing, Indoor Location Systems, Electroacoustic Systems, Building Acoustics, Intelligent Transport Systems, Autonomous Vehicles, Psychoacoustics and Accessibility for People with Vision Disabilities.

António Bob Santos, Member of the Board, ANI

Specialist in Innovation Policy and in Open Innovation, António Bob Santos is a Bord Member of ANI since July of 2018, having initially served as Innovation Policy Advisor at the same institution (2017/2018). He has, since 2001, collaborated with several government structures in the field of Innovation Policy and has been involved in the design, management and monitoring of PROINOV (Innovation Support Programme/Prime-Minister Cabinet, 2001), of the Technological Plan, of the Digital Agenda, of Lisbon’s Strategy, of the National Reform Plan and of the National Programme for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (+E+I). António Bob Santos was also a project manager at UMIC (Knowledge Society Agency) and was responsible for the design of initiatives such as NEOTEC, OTIC, Centres of Excellence and the B-on (On-line Knowledge Library). António also worked at CEiiA in Smart Cities projects. He has a PhD in Economics, awarded by ISCTE-IUL (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa), the institution at which he completed his Master’s degree (2002) and also his Degree in Economics (1998). António Bob Santos was also a Master’s Degree invited Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém (2008-2012) and ISCTE-IUL (2017/2018). António has published several academic papers, also writing opinion articles in media on innovation and technology. António is also member of the Social and Economic Council.

Muriel Attané, Secretary General, EARTO

Muriel Attané is EARTO Secretary General since July 2013. Before joining EARTO, she worked as EU affairs manager for more than 10 years for TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), the largest Dutch RTO. There, she gained extensive hands-on experience on EU Research & Innovation Policies & Funding Programmes. In parallel, she was Secretary General of EARPA, the European association of automotive R&D organisations for 7 years. Currently, Muriel is also member of the European Commission DG REGIO Structured Dialogue Platform with Stakeholders.

Anne Van den Bosch, Director Public R&D Policies and Programs, IMEC


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