XI Annual Portuguese American Post-Graduate Society (PAPS) Forum 2010

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The XI Annual Portuguese American Post-Graduate Society (PAPS) Forum 2010 will be held on April 10 2010, at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. The main goal of this event is “to bring together a group of people with similar interests (post-graduate students in North America) to discuss topics of interest to this community. This is achieved through getting interesting people to share their experiences with us, and through their talks organize social and networking events,” explained Carla Costa, Ph.D. Student in the Program in Technological Change and Entrepreneurship under the Carnegie Mellon | Portugal program.

The main topics in discussion will be Science, Technology, and their impact in other fields, such as art, society, industry. “We will also have an American historian of Portuguese history talking on how Portuguese history is perceived in academia abroad,” said Costa adding “we want to have a wide range of themes to cater to the diverse interests of the participants, while binding them together. Being interested in science and technology, but also in how they impact the rest of the world is also a distinctive trait of Carnegie Mellon University's culture, which informs our reasoning.”

The XI Annual Portuguese American Post-Graduate Society (PAPS) Forum 2010 talks are open to the public. Post-graduate students in North America, either Portuguese or with a connection to Portugal (like belonging to Carnegie Mellon Portugal, MIT Portugal, or UT Austin Portugal or similar Programs) just need to register on the website http://www.papsonline.org/ as a member.

More information available at: http://www.papsonline.org/

XI PAPS Forum Preliminary Program

Saturday, April 10th, 2010 

Place: Rachid Auditorium, Gates Center for Computer Science (CMU)

8:30 Registration / Breakfast

9:00 Welcoming Remarks
    Anabela Maia - President PAPS
    Prof. José Moura - Director of CMU-Portugal Program at CMU

9:30 Session I – Key note address
Prof. José Mariano Gago, Science, Technology and Higher Education Portuguese Minister 
    Prof. Manuel Heitor, Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Session II - Science, Technology and Society
    Prof. Douglas L. Wheeler, University of New Hampshire, History

12:00 Lunch at the Asian Students Association Conference Room (GHC 6115)

1:30 Session III - Science and Technology in Industry and Academia - round table 
Luís Meireles - Biodevices 
    Vasco Calais Pedro - Bueda 
    Cláudia Ferreira - Hovione

2:30 Session IV - Science and Technology
Prof. Manuela Veloso, Carnegie Mellon University, Computer Science

3:30 Coffee Break

4:00 Session V - Science, Technology and Art
Artist Joana Ricou

5:30 Closing Remarks
    Luis Pedro Coelho – Local Executive Committee

[Place: Pittsburgh Athletic Association, 4215 5th Avenue]

7:00 Cocktail / Dinner
Keynote Speaker: Maria do Céu da Conceição, Founder of the Dhaka Project, Woman of the Year in the United Arab Emirates in 2009, European Union award for people “Exceptionally Creative and Innovative”