Opening Ceremony


Bioinformatics: Reading through data

Combining computer science, statistics, mathematics and engineering to the so-called big data sciences, Bioinformatics includes biological studies that use computer programming as part of their methodology and is particularly used in the field of genomics. Due to the fast pace of our current society, there’s a demand for both faster and more accurate treatments and results at a clinical level. It is with this intention in mind that scientists have been developing new therapeutics and cutting-edge technology, as to improve people’s quality of life. In this lecture you’d will learn more about the research which is being developed on this field. On the 16th of March, meet us and discover how bioinformatics approaches are used to understand the function of genes, the regulation of cells, drug target selection, drug design, and disease!


Profª Susana Vinga


Dr. Daniel Sobral

Dra. Ana Catarina Gomes

Dr. Luís Paulo Reis


Navigating through cells: The search for solutions

The world keeps developing and we need to keep up with it. Diseases like cancer become more and more reoccurring nowadays and we need to know how to answer to this problem. For an instance, understanding how cells sense their microenvironment to organize into specific structures can help us do that. On the other hand it is standard procedure to preserve a patients’ gametes before starting invasive treatments such as chemotherapy. How can we maintain a gametes viability and quality, without harming the DNA? By discovering new ways to fight bacteria we can surpass the evergrowing problem of bacterial resistance and treat conditions such as bone and skin infections, respiratory diseases and hospital infections. Join us on the 16th of March to learn more about fage therapy, medically assisted reproduction and 3D cell maping using engeneering and lab procedures.


Profª Margarida Diogo


Dra. Cristina Barrias

Dra. Joana Azeredo

Dr. Marco Alves



Seminar - Facing the challenges of downstream process of virus-based biotherapeutics

The last few decades have witnessed a huge development in the design of new virus based biopharmaceuticals. They have been used for cancer treatment, neurodegenerative and genetic diseases, as well as in immunotherapies. However, their purification still present challenges related to the high dosages and high purity required. New insights on how the additive manufacturing and new affinity matrices improve the global recoveries are presented and discussed. Join us on the 16th of March to learn more about this topic!


Dra. Cristina Peixoto


Quantity and Qualiy: Producing food for so many

Currently, the population is as big as it ever been, climate change is a big concern and the Earth has a finite number of resources so there is a need to explore it most sustainably. With all those challenges in mind the Food System must develop to provide nourishment to the biggest population that the world has ever seen. But in which direction? With so many rising diseases of this century, how big of a role nutrition plays? On the one hand, there is a big demand, so quantity and efficiency in production become the priority, on the other hand food quality must be guaranteed.  Is the manner that we are feeding ourselves is making us unhealthy? Is there a way to improve the quality of our nourishment keeping the mandatory quantity? How to do it? What to change? Come meet us on the 17 th of March to see how experts handle these kinds of questions and how the future can look like in these areas.


Profª Marília Mateus


Dr. António Vicente

Dra. Suzana Ferreira-Dias


Sustanability: The path to a greener future

Everyday we are faced with new environmental problems. Be them, the quality and quantity of available drinking water, the changes in climate, our linear economy and consumerism engrained in our culture, the disbelieve in the seriousness of these issues and the unwillingness to change. The first step in allowing us to take action is education. In this lecture you can learn more about the concept of zero waste, waste management and water treatment using nanotechnology. Come join us on the 17th of March and participate in this discussion about sustainability and the overall future of our environment.


Profª Helena Pinheiro


Dra. Begoña Espiña

Anna Maciello

Eng. João Letras


Phamaceuticals and cosmetics: Through the looking glass

Both the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries are in constant change for they need to evolve alongside the health requirements of the population as well as trying to respect the environment. From research to safety trials it takes a lot of work to get these products to the shelves as we know them. What challenges do cosmetic companies endure to keep up with the changing demands of the consumer? How do different pharmaceuticals impact public health? What does the future hold for these industries? You’ll get the answer to these questions and more in this lecture.


Prof. João Almeida Lopes


Dr. António Teixeira Rodrigues

Mariana Teixeira Almeida, MSc

Prof. Aquiles Barros


Biological Engineering Alumni

In this session, former IST students from the Masters in Biological Engineering will share their careers and professional path in the hope of enlightening those who may still have some questions regarding the future prospects in these scientific areas.


Eng. José Silva

Dra. Maria João Jacinto

Diana Fernandes, MSc


Bio-based Solutions: The Products of Tomorrow

Our society is growing ever more conscient about how the products we consume impact our world. Bio-based products are now emerging as low impact solutions to a variety of problems in our modern world. Join us and learn about some of the most recent advances at the forefront of this trend.


Lígia Martins

Pedro Fernandes

Alejandro Garrido-Maestu


How to Grow Your Cells? - In Vitro Cultures

Different types of cells have different types of needs. Learn how to grow your cells in vitro and what culture systems they like the most. In this lecture we’ll have a panel of experts in different cell types discussing their culture systems and how they are developing valuable biological products.


Cláudia Lobato


Inês Farinha

Paula M. Alves

Joana P. Miranda


Nanotechnology: Lots of Room at the Bottom

Nanotechnology is going to be a major part of our part of our future and that future is closer than you might thing. Once you go to the nano-scale there is plenty of room for development and the exploration of this technology is a growing field. Join us in this lecture if you are interested in learning about nanoparticles, microfluidics and much more.


João Conde


Diogo Caetano

Pedro Batista


Open Session with Andrew Lee "Advanced Biomanufacturing of the Human Heart"

Open session from 15:45 to 16:30 with 30 min talk and 15 for Q&A. Afterwards there’s a Coffee Break of 30 min. From 17:00 to 17h30 there’s a close session which requires registration.


Andrew Lee


Biotechnology and Microbiology Alumni

In this session, former IST students from the Master’s in Biotechnology and Microbiology will talk about their education and professional careers. We aim to let students peek behind the curtain and see how the current market is doing, what are some of the possible paths they may follow and hopefully inspire them.


Arsénio Fialho

Isabel Sá-Correia


Jorge Sampaio

Pedro Silva



Intro to AI - Classifying handwritten digits

In this workshop you will learn more about Machine Learning and understand how Neural Networks work. You will also be able to try one Neural Network algorithm in Python.


Miguel Joaquim, MSc


Machine Learning in healthcare

Nowadays, technology has a massive impact in the healthcare sector. Machine learning, especially, is becoming crucial in various fields such as mapping and treating infectious diseases, personalizing medical treatments and helping to streamline administrative processes in hospitals. In order to clarify how it can improve efficiency in health systems, we proudly present three speakers, Susana Brás, Nickolas Papanikolaou and Catarina Barata, who have been focusing their work in machine learning and its applications in this field.


Rita Nunes


Dra. Susana Brás

Dr. João Santinha

Prof. Dra. Catarina Barata


Health Technology Assessment

Have you ever wondered how health technologies impact our society? Assessing the introduction of new technology in the healthcare sector has a crucial importance by predicting their cost effectiveness as well as preventing introduction of technologies of doubtful value. In that process, a variety of social, economic or ethical factors are taken into consideration…. Curious on figuring out how to allocate limited resources to health technologies? Don’t miss this panel to find out this and much more!



Mónica Oliveira


Prof. Dra. Margarida Eiras

Prof. Dr. Francisco Batel Marques

Prof. Dra. Helena Monteiro



Molecular Mechanisms of Drug Resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis


Prof. Dr. João Perdigão


Sports and Biomechanics

Sports and Biomechanics’ role in science has been increasingly more important as technology continues to provide new and more complete methods for the study of movement, especially as far as athletes are concerned. If you want to find out more about the physics behind each movement, the methods to bring out the best of each athlete and also how to prevent and treat injuries don’t miss this panel!


Carlos Quental


Eng. Hugo Silva

Joana Barreto

Prof. Dr. João R. Vaz


Health Technology Assessment

The breakthrough of Technology has led to enormous developments in Medicine. Nowadays it is possible to access and see the interior of a living person’s body without actually opening it , the surgeries can be painless; one’s heart can beat again with some outside help, and even if you lose a leg, you can walk again. Biomedical Engineers allied Engineering and Technology with Medicine to make all that possible so don’t miss this panel to find out the world of possibilities opened by them!


Dr. João Lourenço

Isabel Fragata, MD, PhD

Dra. Maria Vasconcelos


Biomedical Engineering Alumni

In this session, former IST students from Biomedical Engineering will share their careers and professional path in the hope of enlightening those who may still have some questions regarding the future prospects in these scientific areas.


Rita Cardoso

Catarina Botelho

Miguel Pereira, MSc

Eng. Ana Raquel Silva

Joana Pinho


Closing Ceremony