the event

The new economy powered by nanotechnology has arrived.

The rapid advance of new technology has moved beyond our ability to accurately forecast with precision the impact on economics, business and society. We need to approach this challenge with new predictive models that are designed for the real-time complex changes that emerging technologies are influencing.

With the advances on Nanotechnology, you could have affordable microchips and you can apply them to self updatable airplane tickets and food labels.
— Elvira Fortunato, Creator of the Paper Transistor
We are in the midst of a paradigm shift. Nanotechnology and it produtcs will affect us all.
— Robert Westervelt, Director of the NSF Science and Technology
Nanotechnology’s impact on society is going to be similar to the invention of electricity
— Lars Montelius, Head of Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory

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OCTOBER 18-19, 2017



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This is but the beginning of a new wave of technologies, such as nanotechnology, that will redefine, reshape and eventually transform economies and societies on a global scale. Nanotechnology is a continuation of the next chapter in the acceleration of advanced technology and, perhaps more importantly, it may point towards the transformation of the future global economy.


Welcome by Prof. Lars Montelius, Director-General of INL 

Prof. Carmen Vela, Secretary of State of Investigation, Development and Innovation, Spain

Prof. Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal


Session1: Science not Fiction!

Prof. Edwin Thomas, Rice University

Prof. Elvira Fortunato, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Prof. Bob Westerfelt, Harvard University

Prof. Paulo Ferreira, University of Texas at Austin

Prof. Paulo Ferrão, President of FCT, Portugal


Session 2: Nanotechnology and the 4th Industrial Revolution

Dr. Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner Research, Science and Innovation

Prof. Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum

Thomas Friedman, New York Times Columnist


Session 3: Turning Nanotechnology into Business

Prof. Francisco Veloso, London School of Economics

Dr. Ruth Brain, Intel Corporation

Neal Stephenson, Chief Futurist, Magic Leaps

Dr. Paul Emerenko, CTO, Airbus Group

Prof Mark Welland, Director for the NanoScience Institute, Univ of Cambridge



Session 4: Nanotechnology, Arts, Design and Education

Luís Miguel Girão, ArtShare

Sylvia Leydecker, Architect, Germany

Saulo Baretto, Director IPTI, Brazil

Honor Harger, Executive Director Museum of ArtScience in Singapore

Kyu-Hwang Yeon, Vice President of Creative Strategy, CCEI in Daegu, Korea


Session 5: The Economic Environment (Roundtable)

Prof. José Tavares, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Prof. Joel Mokyr, Northwestern University

Prof. Manuel Caldeira Cabral, Minister of Economy, Portugal

Closing, Prof. Lars Montelius, Director-General, INL



The INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory where this event will be held was established to foster interdisciplinary research in Nanotechnology and Nanoscience. INL is an Intergovernmental Institution (IGO) aiming to attract some of the world’s best scientists and engineers.


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4715-330 Braga






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