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Discover with the most influential speakers of research areas, business innovation and policy advisors, the impact of research in the society and how research will solve complex challenges

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A Collaborative multi-actor initiative to address regional challenges through Research&Innovation

Mission 10.000 is a collaborative multi-actor initiative to increase the impact of research in issues of social relevance, involving all the relevant actors to solve complex challenges.

Humanity faces many challenges that justify the opportunity of the Mission 10,000 Conference on Bioeconomy:

  • A sustainable supply of healthy and safe food to feed a growing population.

  • Climate change, global warming and its effects on biological systems, agriculture, forestry, farming, fisheries and aquaculture.

  • Sustainable management and exploitation of natural resources, water and energy.

  • The reduction of dependence on fossil fuels.


The conference will explore the “Mission-Oriented Research and Innovation” approach to boost smart growth and to address complex challenges through science and innovation.

Who attends?

Mission 10.000 is a must for innovators, political leaders, researchers and scientists, responsible for technology and innovation, executives, SMEs and big companies, entrepreneurs and start-ups, venture capital investors, scientific and technological media, civil society and the general public.

What can you expect?

  • Scientific Programme. Scientific sessions with relevant keynote speakers, talks and poster sessions from the open call  (check the call for abstracts), covering a wide spectrum of issues relevant to Bioeconomy;

  • CrossCutting programme. Sessions with high-quality talks, presentations and discussions involving society, business and political leaders;

  • Workshops and parallel sessions;

  • A wide range of networking activities and engagement opportunities: customized agenda (one to one meetings), technology and business brokerage and other networking activities during and after the conference;

  • Free exhibition area for academia and professionals to showcase their projects, technologies and innovations, through presentations, demos or exhibitions (check the call for Presentation / Exhibition / Demo);

  • Pitches at coffee breaks by participants and exhibitors (check thecall for Presentation / Exhibition / Demo);

When & Where?

Mission 10.000 will be held on 17th October 2018 at FORUM BRAGA (Av. Dr. Francisco Pires Gonçalves, 4711-909 Braga).

As a city, Braga has a creative & vibrant atmosphere, which perfectly reflects the spirit of the Conference, offering many opportunities for networking or socializing outside the conference.

Find out how to get there, accommodation options, and all the info you need to join the Mission 10.000 Challenge.

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Cross-cutting Programme NOTE: This is a tentative schedule designed to give conference delegates an idea of what to expect at Mission 10000. Times listed are subject to change. A more detailed final conference program will be published in September. Check back often for updates or register to our newsletter at the bottom of the page to get last news and updates about the Mission 10000 conference and Nanogateway project.

9h00 | Registration



“Key Enabling Technologies (KET) for bioeconomy”

Pr. Orlando J. Rojas, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology, Chair, Aalto’s Materials Platform, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, School of Chemical Engineering and,
Centre of Excellence in “Molecular Engineering of Bio-synthetic Hybrid Materials” (HYBER).


10h30 | Coffee break


11h00 | SESSION 1

AGRO/FORESTRY MISSION: Growing our common future

“Advanced sensing for precision agriculture”

Dr. Tekla Tammelin, Principal Investigator in Nanocellulosic Materials; Docent in Bioproduct Technology at Alto University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.




Building the bioeconomy

“Open Innovation Hubs and Digital Innovation Hubs for the market uptake of KETs”

“Platforms and Thematic Partnerships to foster interregional cooperation”

12h30 | Lunch


13h30 – 14h30

Poster Session

14h30 – 16h00 | SESSION 2

FOOD INDUSTRY MISSION: Feeding our common future

“Traditional and artisanal food industry technological challenges”

Dr. Ashok R. Patel, Associate Professor. Biotechnology & Food. Engineering, Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology.


16h00 – 16h30 | Coffee break

16h30 – 18h00 | SESSION 3

WATER & AQUACULTURE MISSION: Irrigating our common future

“Developments of autonomous biosensors for seawater monitoring”

Dr. Marinella Farré, IDAEA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain.



14h30 – 16h00 | PARALLEL SESSION 2

Powering bioeconomy through talent and R&I

“Talent, Research and Innovation for Bioeconomy”

“Funding Opportunities for Research, Innovation and the Bioeconomy”

16h00 – 16h30 | Coffee break

16h30 – 17h30 | PARALLEL SESSION 3 | Side Activities

Enganging with society

“Best practises and project presentations”

Exhibition Area

Networking ( one-to-one meetings) | Please click at the following link for the registration in the Matchmaking and Networking meetings: https://mission10000.b2match.io/register

17h30 – 18h30 | PARALLEL SESSION 4

Building strong startup ecosystems

“Financing models and partnerships for startups”

“Best practices and regional initiatives presentations”

18h30 – 19h00

Aimed to make visible the R & I carried out in the POCTEP area and to reward the research effort in the field of nanotechnology and the companies effort in innovation.

  1. Best Nanotech Abstract/Poster (1 award)
  2. Best Innovative Nanotech Application in companies: SME, Large (2 awards)
  • Participation of a broad audience: students/researchers, RTO´s, TTO´s companies, Institutions, policymakers (National, regional, local level)

19h00 | Closing Party

Scientific Committee

Professor Lorenzo Pastrana, INL – Chair
Professor Adelino Canario, University of Algarve
Professor Albano Cavaleiro, University of Coimbra
Professor Celestino Santos, University of Salamanca
Professor Félix Carvalho, University of Porto
Professor José Mª Franco Gómez, University of Huelva
Professor José Rivas, University of Santiago de Compostela
Professor Manuel Collares, University of Évora
Professor Manuel Serradilla, Centro de Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas de Extremadura

Cross-cutting Committee

Carmen Sillero Illanes, Head of Division for Strategy and Programmes, IDEA Andalucia Innovation Agency
Judit Anda, Andalusian Government Technical Adviser
Luisa Boquete, Head of Programs, GAIN Galician Innovation Agency
Jesús Alonso, Secretario General de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación, Gobierno de Extremadura. Director’s Service Area, Head of Services, GAIN Galician Innovation Agency
Beatriz Casado, Directora Emprendimiento e Innovación, ICE Castilla y Leon

Managing Committee

Lars Montelius, Chair, DG INL
Catarina Cruz, CCDR-Algarve
Rosa Onofre, CCDR-Alentejo
Luís Caetano, CCDR-Centro
Pedro Figuereido, CCDR-Norte
Beatriz Casado Sáenz, Agencia de Innovación y Desarrollo de Andalucía IDEA-Junta de Andalucía
Carmen Sillero Llanes, Instituto para la Competitividad Empresarial (ICE)-Junta de Castilla y León,
Patricia da Costa Félix Bermejo, FUNDECYT Junta de Extremadura
Luisa Boquete Pumar, Agencia Galega de Innovación (GAIN) Galicia

Organizing Committee

Sonia Pazos Álvarez, Chair, Business and Strategic Relations, INL
Cristina Padhila, Site Management and Conference Office, INL
Filipa Bernardo, Site Management and Conference Office, INL
Carolina Gallardo Gilabert, Site Management and Conference Office, INL
Monike Rocha, Business and Strategic Relations, INL
Jorge Fiens, Corporate Communication & Marketing, INL
Sandra Maya, Corporate Communication & Marketing, INL
Adelino Correia, Site Management, INL

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