MIL OSI-C. Mediterranean Region: Portugal
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) inaugurates its first facilities in Portugal, on June 26th, starting at 10am, at GNRation, in Braga, with the presence of Ministers of Economy, Pedro Siza Vieira, Planning, Nelson de Souza, and Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor.
The EIT installation in Portugal is a result of increased national participation in European Programs, including within the various EIT networks, and will be implemented at this stage through the “Digital EIT” division / community through the installation of the “Digital EIT Braga Satellite “. The objective is to stimulate Portugal’s growing integration into the vast ecosystem of European innovation, focusing on processes of digital transformation.
The EIT aims to foster growth and competitiveness at European level through the creation of Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), which function as collaborative partnerships operating on a number of topics, including the issue of digital transformation through the Digital EIT. These communities operate with several “Co-Location Centers” and regional centers, distributed throughout Europe in which mobility between them is encouraged.
The EIT Digital Braga Satellite will be the first of these centers in Portugal and will be based in the “DTx Collaborative Laboratory – Digital Transformation”, based at the University of Minho campus and will be oriented to stimulate new activities of innovation and economic development through collaboration between institutions higher education and industry in the areas of Digital Cities, Digital Finance, Digital Industry, Digital Technology and Digital Well-being.
Underpinning this initiative is the national strategy to double Portugal’s participation in European programs and initiatives aimed at digital transformation in terms of industry, economy and society, which is underway through the PERIN- Portugal network in Europe Research and Innovation Network, in courses by FCt and ANI.
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