President of INESC TEC takes on central roles at European level

José Manuel Mendonça, Chairman of the Board of Directors of INESC TEC, and Full Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management of the Faculty of Engineering (University of Porto), was recently elected representative of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education at the European Forum for Digital Transition.

The Forum for Digital Transition aims to support Member States in exploring synergies between centralised management programmes and those of the EU Cohesion Policy, thus strengthening the relationships and the exchange of knowledge between authorities working on the integration of the digital dimension, as is the case of Digital Europe, Horizon Europe, CEF2 Digital, Creative Europe, INVEST EU and NGEU, and the Recovery and Resilience Facility.

José Manuel Mendonça was also appointed representative of Portugal at the ERA Forum for Transition, a committee created in January 2021, whose main activities will be to advise and support the implementation of the European Research Area – ERA roadmap, as well as its new governance model. The work priorities to be developed include the Pact for Research and Innovation, the ERA Policy Agenda and the pilot-actions identified by the European Council. Among the main objectives, the research careers and the new annual indicators scoreboard to monitor ERA progress are particularly relevant to Portugal.

“The European Research Area was created in 2000, under the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, and within the framework of the Lisbon Agenda, in order to create a single market, without borders, for research, innovation and technology in the EU. The revitalisation of the ERA aims to increase the mobility of researchers and the flow of knowledge, while encouraging investment in R&D&I, promoting gender equality and diversity in science and increasing cooperation between universities, companies and other R&I actors”, said José Manuel Mendonça.

The INESC TEC researcher mentioned in this news piece is associated with UP-FEUP.

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