Local Organisers

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Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN)

Created in 1991 through a University of Coimbra initiative, IPN is a private non-profit organisation which promotes innovation and the transfer of technology, establishing the connection between the scientific and technological environment and the production sector. IPN's mission is to leverage a strong university-enterprise relationship for the promotion of innovation, rigour, quality and entrepreneurship in private and public sector organisations. It does this by acting in three complementary areas:

  • Research and technological development
  • Consultancy and specialised services, incubation and acceleration of businesses and ideas
  • Highly specialised training and promotion of science and technology

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Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT)

FCT supports the scientific community in Portugal through a range of funding schemes, tailored for individual scientists, research teams and R&D centres. Through its funding schemes, FCT supports graduate education, research and development, establishment and access to research infrastructures, networking and international collaborations, conferences and meetings, science communication and interactions with industry.

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Centro Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDRC)

The Centro Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDRC) is the arm of the Government in the Centro Region, with the responsibility of implementing environmental, land use and urban planning policies as well as regional development policies. The Regional Commission has also the mission of making the network, by promoting the coordinated action of decentralized regional services (Health, tourism, culture, education,…). The CCDRC provides technical assistance to local authorities (100 municipalities) and their associations and is also responsible for running the Regional Operational Program 2014-2020

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Câmara Municipal de Coimbra (CMC)

CMC is the municipal council of the municipality of Coimbra. Its mission is to define and implement policies in order to defend the interests and meet the needs of local people. It promotes the development of the municipality in all areas of life, such as health, education, housing and social action, environment and sanitation, land use planning and urban planning, transport and communications, public supply, sport and culture, consumer protection and civil protection.

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University of Coimbra

Founded in 1290, the University of Coimbra is a classical university with eight faculties, 23.000 students, 1.800 faculty members and researchers, more than 150 R&D units.

University of Coimbra (UC) is a reference in higher education and R&D. The offer in technological research makes UC an undeniable reference in R&D in Portugal and Europe, which highlights the excellence of its research. UC offers advanced entrepreneurship education trainings programs in different areas that bind to technology, where it is considered by EU as one of the 20 most inspiring cases in Europe. UC stands out also on technology transfer being involved in the promotion of several successful initiatives.