And that’s a wrap for the INL SUMMIT 2022. The INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory aimed that this event would be an open and inclusive forum of exchange that enabled the needed transitions through a unique and inspiring panel of multidisciplinary experts sharing the latest findings on new materials for sustainable solutions, disruptive computation, healthcare innovation, and other nanotech advances transforming our lives.
The INL Summit was opened by the Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education – Elvira Fortunato, Ricardo Rio, Mayor of Braga, António Cunha, President of CCDR-N and Professor Lars Montelius, Director-General INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory.
Elvira Fortunato highlighted INL and the work developed and stressed the scientific cooperation between Portugal and Spain through the implementation of a new Iberian Research Center focused on Energy Storage, which will be born in the city of Cáceres and should start operating at the end of 2023 with 150 technicians and researchers. The Minister also mentioned that the Portuguese Government will support the creation of this new laboratory which is so important for all of Europe in the sense of a greener and more sustainable future.
Ricardo Rio, Mayor of Braga, insisted on the need to commit to science in the face of humanity’s new challenges, such as the green transition or the circular economy. He also referred to the importance of providing a solution to “sustainable mobility” in large cities and the importance of “finding new solutions to store the energy” that is produced, which is why the city of Braga participates in the “Batteries 2030” research to find new formulas for energy production and distribution.
Researchers, policy-makers, industry partners, and venture capital investors came together in a program that included lectures, round tables and networking opportunities, with the participation of Peter Dröll, Director for Prosperity, Directorate-General Research and Innovation – European Commission, Fabio Taucer, Policy Officer, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission, José Mendes, Executive President of Fundação Mestre Casais and a Full Professor at the University of Minho, António Amorim, President and CEO Corticeira Amorim among others.
With a multidisciplinary group of 30 experts and + 300 participants this INL Summit 2022 was in a hybrid format and participants could attend either online or in-person at the International Iberian Institute of Nanotechnology (INL), in Braga, Portugal.