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UT Austin Portugal Program Conference – Create Knowledge. Foster Change: Towards a New Decade of Joint Achievements

September 20, 2019

The 2019 edition of the UT Austin Portugal Program Conference will give participants a stage to showcase their research work and a unique opportunity to attend Masterclasses led by first-class experts in research areas of the Program!


Registration is now closed.



Masterclasses are at the heart of this year’s edition of our Annual Conference. Masterclasses are highly-specialized sessions, where participants can learn and engage with top-notch experts from Portugal and UT Austin.

This year, the Conference accommodates two parallel Masterclasses, with a duration of 4 hours each and focused on state-of-the-art topics related to Quantum Computing and Nanomaterials.


Visit the pages below for detailed information on each session: 

Masterclass I: Quantum Computing
Masterclass II: Wearables and Advanced Textiles


Keynote Speaker

Robert A. Peterson, the renowned UT Austin Professor whose name was given to Portugal’s first supercomputer “Bob”, will be our Keynote Speaker at the Conference’s Opening Session, in the morning. Invited by the Area of Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the former Principal Investigator of the UT Austin Portugal Program, will bring to the fore key issues related to technology commercialization and entrepreneurship.


Poster Exhibition

Prospective authors will be invited to help shape this Conference by presenting their research work, relevant to the areas of the UT Austin Portugal Program, in a Poster Session. During 90 minutes, participants will be encouraged to network with peers, experts and potential partners and give or receive constructive feedback on planned, ongoing or concluded R&D projects highlighted in a number of posters.

The Call for Poster Proposals is now closed.

UPDATE: You can find here a list of the exhibited posters at the 2019 Annual Conference, approved for online publication by the authors.



10:00 – 10:30 | Check-in | Welcome Coffee

Location: School of Economics and Management, Atrium, University of Minho


10:30 – 11:00 | Opening Video & Welcome Remarks

Location: School of Economics and Management, Auditorium 0.03, University of Minho


  • Rector of the University of Minho, Rui Vieira de Castro
  • National Director of the UT Austin Portugal Program, José Manuel Mendonça
  • Principal Investigator of the UT Austin Portugal Program at Austin, John Ekerdt
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation, Nuno Feixa Rodrigues
  • Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor


11:00 – 12:00 | Keynote Speech by Robert A. Peterson
“Ruminations on Innovation Commercialization”

Tribute to Robert A. Peterson


Location: School of Economics and Management, Auditorium 0.03, University of Minho


12:00 – 13:30 | Poster Exhibition & Networking Lunch

Location: Panorâmico Restaurant, University of Minho


13:30 – 17:30 | Masterclass I: Quantum Computing and Masterclass II: Wearables and Advanced Textiles

Location: IB-S Building, University of Minho


See the map below to easily find all locations: 

Key Dates

Registration: June 19 – September 15

Call for Poster Proposals: June 19 – July 29

Selection of Posters: July 30 – August 2

Notification of Proposers: August 5 – August 6

Deadline for submission of final version of Posters (.pdf): September 10

Conference: September 20


About Braga

The Annual Conference will be held at University of Minho, Braga. We have prepared a document for you about the city, accommodation and other relevant information to make your time in Braga even more enjoyable. Download the document here.



For additional queries and information, contact us at events@utaustinportugal.org 


September 20, 2019
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UT Austin Portugal


University of Minho
Campus de Gualtar, Rua da Universidade
Braga, 4710-057 Portugal
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