Its objective is to promote synergies between the business fabric and the scientific community of Galicia and northern Portugal to create new job and business opportunities

More than fifty people have already registered for the B2B meetings

Those interested in participating in the event can register for free in the form available on the Sherpa do Mar website

Sherpa do Mar will hold from September 28 to 30 and online, the II University-Industry Meeting, which will bring together leading experts from Galicia and Northern Portugal in fishing, aquaculture and climate change, as well as Business to Business (B2B) meetings open to companies, the research community and individuals.

The objective of the conference is to create a meeting point between the research community and the business world, in which the transfer of knowledge is promoted as a source of improving competitiveness in the marine-maritime sector of the Euroregion Galicia-North of Portugal . Also to promote the detection of new opportunities, markets and business or collaboration channels, in addition to bringing the business world and society closer to the scientific community.

In this sense and during the B2B meetings, in which more than fifty people have already registered, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with managers of the knowledge and technology transfer offices of the three Galician universities, the University of Porto and the CIIMAR research center. They will be able to make inquiries about trends in science and technology and research results applicable to the market.

The main day of the event will take place on Wednesday 29 and will address issues such as environmental, energy and productive sustainability of the sector, with entrepreneurship and innovation as its central axis.

The vice-rector of the University of Porto for Planning, Entrepreneurship and Knowledge Transfer, Joana Resende, will be in charge of opening the event, in which speakers such as Isabel Sousa Pinto, professor of the Department of Biology at the University of Porto, which will influence "Aquaculture and restoration of marine ecosystems to combat climate change"; Rosa Chapela, coordinator of the Fisheries Socioeconomics Area of ​​the Technological Center of the Sea —CETMAR—, which will focus on the participation of the fishing sector in European projects; Carlos Pereira, director of the USC Aquaculture Institute, who will provide the keys to effective university-industry interaction; Francisco Arenas, principal investigator of the CIIMAR Benthic Ecology team, who will talk about “The last marine forests,” and CIIMAR researcher Cláudia Serra, who will delve into tailor-made solutions for aquaculture. The program will be completed by João Tasso de Sousa, professor of the ECE department and head of the Underwater Systems and Technologies Laboratory (LSTS) - FEUP, who will talk about marine robotics, Samuel Méndez, general director of Vigo Activo, who will explain the characteristics of venture capital as an investment instrument and Pablo Fernández Piñeiro, who will close the interventions with the success story of Frigoríficos Mar da Pobra, a company of which he is the founder and managing director.

The day will end with the pitch of some of the projects that are being accelerated in the Sherpa Journeys program of accompaniment to the Sherpa do Mar venture, such as Blue Bioprana, Fish & Food Technology and MytUniSex.

All those interested in participating in the event can register for free by filling out the form available on the Sherpa do Mar website.


About Sherpa do Mar

Sherpa do Mar is a project integrated in the INTERREG VA Spain-Portugal Cross-Border Cooperation Program (POCTEP) 2014-2020, co-financed 75% by ERDF funds, whose purpose is to launch a cross-border network of entrepreneurship in the marine-maritime field and blue economy, through the Sherpa Journeys program, which favors job creation and increased business competitiveness through the promotion of technology-based companies.

The project is led by the University of Vigo, through the REDE research group, Campus do Mar and the R&D Office, and has the participation of the Vigo Free Zone Consortium, the Galician Innovation Agency (GAIN) and the universities of Santiago and A Coruña. On the part of Portugal it has the participation of the Asprela Technology Transfer Association (UPTEC), UPorto-Innovação of the University of Porto (UPIN), the Interdisciplinary Center for Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR) and the Fórum Oceano-Associação da Economia do Mar.