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Nigerian Delegation visits INESC TEC

The Minister of Science and Technology of Nigeria, Ogbonnaya Onu, who was accompanied by the Ambassador and 32 scientists and figures related to research institutions and governmental bodies from Nigeria, visited INESC TEC on 4 December.

03rd January 2019

This delegation was accompanied by the Secretary of State of Science, Technology and Higher Education (MCTES), João Sobrinho Teixeira and by the MCTES Adviser, Susana Catita.

Therefore, the delegation chaired a workshop about INESC TEC – Energy, Health, Sea and Agrofood, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which gave the Nigerian delegation the opportunity to interact with the Portuguese scientific community in their research and work environment, stimulating the development of potential collaborative projects.

After the welcoming session made by Luís Seca, Member of INESC TEC’s Board, the presentation of the institution was made by Vladimiro Miranda, Associate Director, in a session that addressed the TEC4 initiatives in the areas mentioned above, as well as the main activities of the technological developments and preincubation of companies. “The dialogue established was very interesting and also consisted of INESC TEC’s successful model in the management of science and technology transfer”, declared Vladimiro Miranda.

The current six Nigerian researchers of INESC TEC were also presented to the visitors. According to the Board, this was one of the most successful moments of the event in which the high level and good reception of the institution became evident.

Then, the delegation visited the Lab of the Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CRAS), where Eduardo Silva, Coordinator, presented the most recent robotic solutions for operation in complex environments, including several operations such as intervention, surveillance, mapping, inspection and data collection.

For the INESC TEC members that were present, the overall reaction of the visitors was very positive. There were several declarations of interest in a future deeper relationship between INESC TEC, the Government, companies and science institutions from Nigeria.

This initiative results from the Cooperation Protocol between MCTES of Portugal and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Nigeria, which was signed in Abuja on 22 November 2017. It includes the implementation of annual visits to several research institutions and meetings between Nigerian and Portuguese researchers, alternatively in a country and the other.

In addition to INESC TEC, this delegation from Nigeria visited other labs over three days, namely CENIMAT - Materials Research Centre of the University of Lisbon; CETEMARES – R&D Centre and CDRSP - Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria; CIMO - Mountain Research Center from the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança; and CEiiA – Centre of Engineering and Product Development.

The researchers mentioned in this news piece are associated with INESC TEC, UP-FEUP and P.Porto-ISEP.