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POLYTECHNIC FÓRUM is promoted by CCISP, the coordinating committee for public polytechnics, in close cooperation with the Program for modernization and valorization of polytechnic higher education, promoted by MCTES, the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education in order to potentiate and strengthen the initiative Cities and regions with knowledge.

This 8th edition of POLYTECHNIC FÓRUM is organized with the Polytechnic of Beja and ACOS, the promoter of 34th edition of Ovibeja (www.ovibeja.pt) and also with INIAV (www.iniav.pt), the national research institute for agrarian and vet research (Ministry of Agriculture) and the portuguese network of polytechnic agrarian schools. This edition of the POLYTECHNIC FÓRUM is integrated in the opening activities of 34th Ovibeja.

PROGRAM (draft)

DAY 1, Thursday, 27th April 2017


14:00 I Concentration in the parking lot of IP Beja.

Bus will be available towards meeting room in ACOS Associação de Agricultores do Sul, next to Ovibeja.

14:15 | Check in

14:30 | Opening

  • Vito Carioca | President of Instituto Politécnico de Beja

  • Nuno Mangas | President of CCISP

  • Jorge Justino | President of Agrarian Commission (CCISP)

  • José Carlos Caldeira | President of Agência Nacional de Inovação |

  • Nuno Canada | President of INIAV Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária


Session 1: Fostering the potential of the experimental farms network

Moderator: Eduardo Beira

15:00| Presentation #1:

The potential of the network - introduction to cases of product development by the national network of experimental farms

Nuno Canada (INIAV)

15:10 | Presentation #2:

“Bread with cereals, from Alentejo”

Ondina Afonso (Clube de Produtores CONTINENTE)

15:20 | Presentation #3:

New portugueses varieties of rice

António Madaleno (Cotarroz)

15:30 ! Comment #1: Polytechnic of Beja

15:40 | Presentation #4:

Improved forages and pastures

João Paulo Crespo (Fertiprado)

15:50 | Presentation #5

Circular economy: insect production for feed

Daniel Murta (Entovalor)

16:05 ! Comment #2: Polytechnic of Portalegre

16:15 | Coffee break

16:30 ! Book launch: Bio-regiões, valorização agro-industrial e produção animal with materials and contents of FÓRUM POLITÉCNICO #1 (33rd Ovibeja)

Eduardo Beira, Programa de Modernização e Valorização do Ensino Politécnico

Maria Margarida Pereira, Escola Superior Agrária do Instituto Politécnico de Beja


Session 2: Green and circular economy: new challenges to agrarian schools

Moderator: Eduardo Beira

16:45 | Presentation #6:

Meaningful higher agricultural education: the triple challenge

Wil Bekkering (Aeres Hogeschool, Netherlands)

16:55 I Comment #3: Polytechnic of Bragança

17:05 | Presentation #7:

Institute of Bioeconomy as a business generator

Markku Paananen (Institute of Bioeconomy, JAMK, Finland)

17:15 I Comment #4: Polytechnic of Viana do Castelo

17:25 |Presentation #8:

Title to be defined

Lucas Luisoni, (HES-SO – Hepia, Haute écoles du paysage, d’ingénierie et d’architecture de Genève)

17:35 | Discussion

18:00 | Closing session

Maria Fernanda Rollo | Secretary of State of Science, Technology and Higher Education,

18:15 End of day 1


DAY 2, Friday, 28th April 2017


Session 3: International cooperation

10:00 | Opening

Rui Garrido | President of ACOS (5 min)

Vito Carioca | President of Instituto Politécnico de Beja (5 min)

10:10 |
The challenges and opportunities for the new polytechnic newtork of experimental farms

Ana Paula Vale, vice president of CCISP agrarian commission (10 min)

10:20 |
PRIMA, Research and innovation in the Mediterranian area: introduction to a new EU initiative

Angelo Riccaboni, coordinator of PRIMA initiative (15 min)

(https://ec.europa.eu/research/environment/index.cfm?pg=prima; http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-16-3472_en.htm )

10:35 |
Carlos Moedas | European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation

Capoula Santos | Ministry of Agriculture

Manuel Heitor | Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education

11:00 | Coffe break


Session 4: R&D cooperation around Mediterranean

11:15 | João Lima (INIAV) (moderator)

Projects and Partnerships around Mediterranean Sea

11:25 |

Wareth Gamal, Brucelosis in the Mediterranean basin

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Benha University, Egipt

11:35 I Comment #5: Polytechnic of Castelo Branco

11:45 |

Adaptation to the climate changes in the mediterranean area

Stephane Jezequel, ARVALIS, Institut du végétal (Paris, France)

11:55 | Comment #6: Polytechnic of Santarém

12:05 |

Author and title to be defined

RTA Investigation y Tecnologia Agroalimentarias (Barcelona)

12:15 | Comment #7: Polytechnic of Viseu

12:25 |

Title to be defined

Ksouri Riadh, Biotechnology Center of Borj cédria (CBBC) (Tunisia)

12:35 I Comment #8: Polytechnic of Coimbra

12:45 I Discussion

13:15 | Closing


13:30 | Lunch (courtesy of ACOS, Ovibeja and Polytechnic of Beja)


15:00 I Visit to 34th Ovibeja, including joint fields of essays by ACOS and IPBeja


POLYTECHNIC FÓRUM #8 is again about all the value chain of agro industry, forests and animal production, including services to companies and the development of public policies designed to stimulate them. Its objective is to present ongoing or recent specific R&D project to develop a network of higher education schools and agro oriented properties with local and/or international relevance and to move to more integrated network of farms with experimental stations for R&D activities related to their territories.

Ovibeja and Instituto Politécnico de Beja

27th and 28th April 2017

Valorization of agro industry:
Research farms for R&D
and internationalization


A dynamic space for informed discussion of ideas and projects between relevant societal actors and stakeholders from the social and economic environment, public or private, with researchers, faculty and students of polytechnics to discuss issues of common interest related to the territories and to operationalize future practice and experience based R&D initiatives together with education and training to qualify the work force.

Each POLYTECHNIC FÓRUM must contribute to identify actions contributions for sectorial public policies and to answer specific needs of the regions as well as to contribute for the modernization and valorization of polytechnic institutions, including new education offers and partnerships for the knowledge based on experience and practice.