8.2.2017

Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS has been developing several Scientific and Technological Knowledge Transfer initiatives, known as Collective Transfer FhP. These actions promote the results of applied research projects and the contribution of these researches to the development of society. The latest session of knowledge transfer occurred on January 9th in Maputo, capital of Mozambique, where the concept and technology related to the Sustainable Villages for Development (SV4D) project were presented.

The Collective Transfer FhP initiative (CTFhP) combines a set of actions to disseminate, exhibit and transfer scientific knowledge and technologies, which are the result of the applied research projects developed by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS since its foundation in 2008. By doing so, it aims to make a remarkable contribution to overcome circumstantial difficulties and to be able also to demonstrate a model of good practice in technology transfer to other entities of the Research and Innovation R&I system, either in Portugal or abroad.

This initiative is focused on two types of actions. First, promotes interaction and scientific knowledge transfer, with a view to economic recovery, which include network activities and national and international promotion. The contest of ideas “Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge” and the “Fraunhofer Collective Transfer Day” are two examples of these actions. The “Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge” motivates and rewards research of practical utility, through the attribution of a scientific prize to MSc and PhD students and researchers from Portuguese Universities in the areas of ICT, Multimedia and other related sciences.  On the other hand, the “Fraunhofer Collective Transfer Day” aims to bring together in an organized platform decision makers of some of the most prominent international technological companies, developing ties between the institutions and highlighting some of the most significant initiatives and activities they have been working.

Second, the project stimulates dissemination actions of new knowledge and technology generated within the R&D activities develop by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS, for the national and international business community. These initiatives involve sectoral actions to experiment and construct projects pilot demonstrators in the areas of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) and of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL). These initiatives will occur in developing countries and in territories or even to sectors directly related to active aging.

In the scope of the CTFhP initiative, a team from Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS went to Mozambique to explain the operation that is currently being implemented within the Sustainable Villages for Development (SV4D) project. The SV4D-MZ (Mozambique) project has been working on the first pilot of sustainable villages for development with broadband Internet access, in partnership with Association of Communications and Telecommunications Regulators of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (ARCTEL-CPLP) and National Communications Institute of Mozambique (INCM). In this context, the workshop highlighted the concept of sustainable villages for development and included a brainstorming session, allowing participants to express their opinions about the work developed, discuss on the reality of the locals and raise questions about specific topics covered in the project roadmap. The workshop was prepared in partnership with Centro de Informática da Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (CIUEM).