JORNADAS CICECO 2018living science together

11-12th June, at the auditorium of DECA (University of Aveiro)


It is our pleasure to invite you to the 2018 edition of Jornadas CICECO, 11-12th June 2018, at the Department of Communication and Art (DeCA) new auditorium, at the University of Aveiro.
This year, we highlight CICECO's multiple roles in science. Our continued success depends on our collaborations, communication, and ambition - living science together.

We hope to see you there!
The organizing committee,
Anabela Valente
João Amaral
Paula Ferreira

Deadlines Abstract submission - 28th of May
Acceptance notification - 1st of June
Registration - 4th of June

  • Year in Review

    Prof. João Rocha presents his overview on CICECO's path, and challenges for the future. The recent associated laboratory evaluation submission was not an easy task, and our place in national and international materials research depends on our vision and strategy.

    New Infrastructures

    What´s new?: An overview on CICECO's facilities and infrastructure, focusing on recent updates and new techniques.


    A presentation by Eduarda Maio, from Antena 1, giving her side of the story on interviewing scientists. How should a scientist prepare for his first contact with national TV/radio media?

  • Rising Science Communicators

    Presenting materials research in a clear and attractive way is part of our mission. These short sessions are an opportunity to PhD. students to present their work, aimed at the general audience - giving a short answer to the question "what is your research, and why is it important?" is harder than it seems!

    Stories about Projects

    CICECO project PIs give a personal view on the process of how their idea turned into a big, successful project proposal, followed by a round table discussion with a reference senior consultant for Research Funding, and a presentation by an ERC project winner outside CICECO.

    Our Science

    The recent highlights of CICECO's scientific work will be presented by each research group, together with the poster session, with awards for best poster presentation.

  • Materials Science Beyond Our Day-to-day

    Sean Riley, a young violinist that created a 3D printed 6-string electric violin with the assistance of a Rainwater innovation grant and a collaboration with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Texas, will tell us the story behind his work and, later in the day, perform a short concert.

  • Monday (11/06)

     Chair: João Rocha
    14:00Opening Session
    Rector of UA & Director of CICECO
    14:30A word from the Director
    14:45Infrastructures: What´s new?
    Round Table with
    Augusto Lopes, Rosário Soares, Andrei Kholkin, Vítor Amaral, Paula Vilarinho, Luís Mafra, Vitor Gaspar, José R. Gomes
    15:45Journalism in Science:
    Eduarda Maio (Antena 1)
    16:35Rising Sci. Communicators (4x)
    16:55Coffee Break and Posters
    17:15Cláudia Pinto
    (Presidência do Conselho de Ministros – Knowledge protection)
    17:45Beer and Posters

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  • Tuesday morning (12/06)

     Chair: Paula Vilarinho
    9:30Sean Riley - Merging music and science
    10:20Rising Sci. Communicators (4x)
    10:40Helena Nogueira (G1/CICECO)
    10:50Vitor Amaral (G2/CICECO)
    11:00Coffee Break
    11:20Filipe Figueiredo (G3/CICECO)
    11:30Armando Silvestre (G4/CICECO)
    11.40Mara G. Freire (G5/CICECO)
    11:50José R. Gomes (G6/CICECO)
    12:00Rising Sci. Communicators (4x)

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  • Tuesday afternoon (12/06)

     Chair: Paula Pais
    14:30Geert-Jan Arends (Consultant for research funding, University of Groningen)
     Stories about projects and how it all started
    15:10Mara G. Freire
    15:25J. Martinho Oliveira
    15:40Susana Olhero
    15:55Luís Carlos
    16:10Coffee Break / Poster Session
    17:00Cecília Roque (FCT-UNL)
    17:25Round Table with all afternoon speakers
    17:55Prizes, Closing Session
    20:00Dinner (Meliá Hotel, Aveiro)

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Invited Speakers

  • Team

    Sean Riley

    Violinist Sean Riley maintains a career throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a performer, entrepreneur and educator. As a solo artist he was given the honor to perform for Charles, the Prince of Wales at his 65th birthday celebration and the Sultan of Oman in a special evening performance in London. Sean's interest in innovative methods of communication and entrepreneurialism has led him to creating performance training programs with social media at the Royal College of Music, utilizing Critical Response Process to teach communication and leadership as a professor at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, and winning an innovation grant to 3D print a 6 string electric violin to play John Adam’s concerto The Dharma at Big Sur. He has degrees from the Juilliard School of Music and the Royal College of Music.


    Eduarda Maio

    Eduarda Maio is journalist for Antena 1, which is one of the three national radio channels produced by the Portuguese public broadcasting entity Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. She belongs to the board of Antena 1, and she was a former sub-director of the radio station. Presently, she is responsible for the radio production of “Ponto de Partida”, which broadcasts weakly (Tuesday, 19:00), where research work developed in Portugal in various scientific fields is highlighted in connection to Society


    Cecília Roque

    Cecília Roque is an Associate Professor with Habilitation at Departamento de Química, and head of the Biomolecular Engineering Lab at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She holds a degree in Chemical Engineering (Major in Biotechnology) and a PhD in Biotechnology from Instituto Superior Técnico. Cecília has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge and at the Catholic University of America, a Post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Biotechnology (University of Cambridge) and at INESC-MN (Lisbon, Portugal). Cecília´s group is dedicated to the design and discovery of peptidomimetics with biological or synthetic backbones, and to the development of functional materials, which together find applications in Bioseparation, Biocatalysis, Sensing & Diagnostics, and Nanomedicine.Cecília has been the recipient of several national and international awards and has been recently awarded with a Starting Grant from the European Research Council.

  • Team

    Geert-Jan ARENDS

    Drs. Geert-Jan ARENDS (1963) studied Solid State Chemistry at the University of Groningen. After 8 years in industry (multinational and SME) he came back to the University of Groningen in 1995. First as Liaison Officer, connecting the university with regional companies, later as senior consultant Research Funding, giving advise to researchers and management
    He has more than 20 years of experience with the European Framework Programmes but also with ERDF, Interreg, COST and various national programmes.
    He helped set up a Public Private Partnership with 10 universities and 25 companies on Carbohydrates and was part of the management team for several years