Doctoral Congress in Engineering boosts research made in FEUP

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Filipa Brito

Two years after the last event, the Doctoral Congress is back from 28 to 29 June, in a virtual format. The event is organised by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP).

This scientific conference is targeted at researchers, doctoral students, and master finalists of all Higher Institutions, national and international. The goal is to set the stage for emerging researchers to present and debate their research projects within the industry, with peers and professors.

The two-day congress features the presentation of circa 400 works – poster or oral presentation – by over 1160 authors from 38 countries. Abstracts have been assessed by scientific commissions and focus on the umbrella area of engineering, namely mobility, transports, sustainable energy systems, safety and labour health and safety.

In addition, Physics Engineering will be represented in this congress, as it is an area that is taught both by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (FCUP) and the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). The focus will be research regarding the latest concepts of optics, the materials for building deformation sensors, neutrons and plasma physics.

In turn, Environmental Engineering will present topics regarding the world agenda for sustainable development: clean water (emerging pollutants, monitoring and treatment), the quality of the air (emissions, assessment and health security, as well as sustainability and circular economy (energy, residues and innovation).

Also, the Materials Engineering will debate innovation and progress as regards manufacturing and process technologies, and metallic materials modelling. This debate includes the session “I have a PhD, and now what?” between students and alumni of the doctoral programme on the perks of obtaining this academic level.

This year’s programme includes the participation of Rik Van de Walle, president of CESAER and Rector of the Ghent University, in Belgium.

The programme also includes the participation of representatives of such companies as Advanced Cyclone Systems (FEUP PRIME Partner), VESTAS, EFACEC, AAPICO Águeda and CITNM (Centre for Innovation and Technology).

Graça Carvalho, MEP and former Minister for Science and Higher Education will deliver the closing address, moderated by João Falcão e Cunha, director of the FEUP. The Rector of the University of Porto, António Sousa Pereira, will deliver the official close of the event.

The Doctoral Congress registered over 500 applications already, although, this year, the event takes to the online format. Previous in-person editions of this event were attended by over 1170 participants from different national and foreign Higher Education institutions in the engineering and technologies sector.