The University of Aveiro (UA) is one of the institutions that is part of the international network IMFAHE (International Mentoring Foundation for the Advancement of Higher Education), within which several members of UA, including professors and researchers in the fields of Biomedicine and Engineering, participated in the 2021-2022 edition of this program.
In that edition, researchers Alexandra Monteiro and Vera Rodrigues (CESAM/DAO) were part of one of the winning teams of the “IMFAHE’s Nodal Award-Shark Tank 2022” with the idea “Ammonia project,” which aims to study the environmental impact of using ammonia as an alternative fuel in maritime and aerial transportation.
The objective of this collaborative IMFAHE network is to promote professional development, educational and research excellence in the university community, as well as to facilitate real-time global knowledge transfer and the creation of effective multidisciplinary collaborations, encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition to free access to three online courses organized to promote professional development, innovation-entrepreneurship-leadership, and scientific careers, there is the “IMFAHE Talent Platform,” which focuses on online communication, networking, and entrepreneurship through the “IMFAHE’s idea contest-Nodal Award-Shark Tank” or the idea accelerator “Venture Building Program.”
Now, in May 2023, and within the scope of the award won, Alexandra Monteiro and Vera Rodrigues organized the “Ammonia workshop” at the University of Waterloo (Canada), which had more than 50 participants. In addition to jointly organizing this international workshop with colleagues from the University of Waterloo, the group of researchers is preparing to submit a scientific paper to the “Journal of Cleaner Production” and preparing a research project proposal.
Text by: Alexandra Monteiro and Vera Rodrigues in collaboration with CESAM