The summer break is right around the corner, and we can't wait to take some time to rest and recharge. Nonetheless, before we set our out-of-office messages, we want to reflect on the Program's activity in the past months. We provided our community with opportunities to learn, engage, connect, research, innovate, and grow. We never know what tomorrow may bring, but we can say that we are ready to model the future - always creating knowledge; always fostering change.
As Mark Walport said, ``Science is not finished until it’s communicated``. This year, the last one of the Program's third phase, is the perfect opportunity to look back and see the results that emerged from our community's perseverance and effort. Such results are able to shape the future, solve critical societal problems and give rise to new ideas and, therefore, deserve to be shared with everyone. This way, we focused this issue of our Newsletter on communicating the science beyond the past and present achievements of our community.
We headed into 2022, glad to be celebrating 15 years of outstanding achievements with our community: the seeds we had planted were bearing fruits. As we wrap the year up, we picked this edition to show our readers how we celebrated the Program’s legacy at the Annual Conference and how we are preparing the ground for the Program to continue feeding science-based knowledge into society and helping our projects progress. We also share inspiring stories from some of our community members and how small decisions or apparently unimportant events in the past can be game-changing.
Today, more than ever, all nations should be united to face the societal challenges our generation faces. International collaboration and cooperation can be important pieces to accelerate efforts and present solutions. For this issue of our Newsletter, we have invited Ana Pires, Scientific Coordinator of the SOE’22 Workshop, the Program’s latest in-person event, to write about how international cooperation in space exploration is helping us address some of our planet’s most critical challenges.
The 15 years of the UT Austin Portugal Program lead us to reflect on our past achievements and future challenges. In this edition, read the stories of Marie-Paule Pileni (The Program's External Review Committee member on Nanotechnologies) and Maria Oliveira (UPTEC's Business Director), inspiring women that crossed paths with the Program, the 2021 annual report with our community's greatest achievements, and the upcoming training courses. Fancy lasers? Then also check our latest podcast episode.
This edition of the UT Austin Portugal newsletter sets the tone on climate change and the need to have a voice through research and innovation. Therefore, check out exclusive interviews with Carla Silva (Area Director for Nanotechnologies in Portugal) and Miguel Belló Mora (AIR Centre's CEO), as well as the projects that have been developing solutions in that area. Also, stay tunned to the new podcast and find all about the upcoming training courses.
The second 2021 newsletter from the UT Austin Portugal Program includes our Conference's brand new website, the second edition of Cross Talks and exclusive interviews with Brian Korgel (Area Director of Nanotechnologies at UT Austin), Mário Rui (CO-CEO and Business Developer) and João Barbosa (Research Engineer at Minho Advanced Computing Center).
The first 2021 newsletter from the UT Austin Portugal Program includes the 2020 Annual Report, our new podcast series (Cross Talks) and exclusive interviews with Pedro Camanho (Area Director of Space-Earth Interactions in Portugal), Ricardo Mendes (CEO of Tekever) and 4 participants of the Advanced Computing Training Program initiative.
2020 will definitely be a year to remember – we grew stronger, became more resilient and quicker in our feet. A new year is now approaching. And we are optimistic that the world itself will leverage on the challenges it has endured. We will certainly carry this lesson with us in the years to come.
For many of us, 2020 is likely to become one of, if not the most, challenging and toughest years of our lives. We have had to learn to live and adapt to a reality that is closer to a sci-fi movie plot. But human nature is not used to lower its guard in the face of adversity and tends to come out stronger and better equipped to tackle new challenges.
In this first edition of 2020, the UT Austin Portugal Program newsletter highlights the 2019 Annual Report, where we uncover the cumulative work of the last 12 months. Take a look at our teaser video below! You can also read about our most recent news and events, including a brand new style of content - an exclusive vlog from a Portuguese researcher who spent the Fall of 2019 at TACC, within the scope of our Advanced Computing Training Program.
It's the most wonderful time of the year. And what a year it has been! As we are about to bid farewell to another year, we can’t help but contemplate the last 12 months and realise what they meant for the UT Austin Portugal Program, what value we were able to create with the support of our ever-growing enthusiastic community and committed stakeholders.
Newsletter #70 - A New Season
And here we are. Without even noticing, the Fall semester has begun, Autumn has arrived and the UT Austin Portugal Program is in full speed, once again. In this latest edition, we want to share some exciting stories and moments from the last few months and tell you more of what is to come.
Newsletter #69 - Welcome, Summer!
In this edition, we want to have a look back at the last few months, share with you our latest success stories and unveil some exciting news. One of them being that UT Austin Professor Robert Peterson, after whom Portugal's first supercomputer 'Bob' was named, will be the keynote speaker at our Annual Conference! We would also like to remind you about our current open Call for Poster Proposals, now extended until July 29.
The UT Austin Portugal Program has developed a new digital page, capable of housing the versatility of its strategic areas and instruments, as well as the ambitious agenda for the third phase of the Program. We believe in change and that change is a good thing. Celebrating over ten years of joint collaboration, the UT Austin Portugal Program is evolving and growing on new and exciting challenges and opportunities and we want that message to come across in our communication platforms.
Newsletter #67 - Strengthening Opportunities
As the year starts to unfold, the UT Austin Portugal Program is bringing the pieces together, setting in motion new opportunities, with an ongoing sense of collaboration between academia and industry and, a solid research agenda. In this edition, you will learn more about our recent call for Expressions of Interest, the ambitious goal of another Exploratory Research Project, our leadership's visit to UT Austin, and some of our industrial affiliates' activities.
Newsletter #66 - Entering 2019 'with an even bigger ambition'
'With the start of a new year, the biggest challenge in this new phase of the UT Austin Portugal Program is to grow on past experience. When assessing the Program’s impact on research in Portugal and in the US in the last 10 years, we find that the greatest impact was on people: students, faculty, company executives, among others.'
Newsletter #65 – Create Knowledge. Foster change.
Celebrating ten years of joint collaboration, The University of Texas at Austin and the Portuguese universities build on past experience to jointly develop a new research agenda in strategic areas of knowledge. Facing these new challenges, a new logo and motto have been developed, creating a brand-new identity capable of translating the specific strategy of the UT Austin Portugal Program.