SisMAR, with the app Routinav, coordinated by Jorge Ferraz de Abreu (DigiMedia member) and Navesafety – Emerging remote sensing technologies for real-time support of navigation safety in harbour areas, coordinated by Telmo Silva (DigiMedia member), were the DigiMedia projects that integrated the program of the Sea Technology Exhibition, which was hosted by the University of Aveiro, on November 29th.

This initiative is part of the activities of InovC+ Intelligent Innovation Ecosystem of the Central Region, a project that promotes technology transfer in the Center of Portugal and strengthens the development of R&D+I, and is co-financed by Centro 2020, Portugal 2020, and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.

The Sea Technology Exhibition aimed to present technologies, products and services developed in the research centers of the partner entities, to encourage the sharing of best practices between researchers and the regional business fabric and to encourage the establishment of new partnerships.

In the scope of this event, and in addition to the exhibition space for projects and technologies from partners and startups, there were also lectures and round tables dedicated to the theme of the sea and the challenges that Portugal faces in this area.

During the day, ideas were exchanged between companies and researchers, promoting technologies, innovative products and services in the area of the sea, and seeking to support the creation of new strategic partnerships that offer solutions to the region.

The event, held at the Rectorate building of UAveiro, started at 10am. After the opening session, the first round table was held under the theme “Opportunities and Challenges of the Economy of the Sea”, which was attended by representatives of Forum Oceano, Regional Directorate of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Center of Portugal and IAPMEI, followed by a visit to the exhibition and a networking moment.

In the afternoon, the round-table “Economy of the Sea in the Central Region” took place, with talks by Port of Aveiro, Riasearch, CSWind and Ecomare, after which the participants could visit the exhibition again and interact with researchers from the different partner entities. The closing session was held by the Rector of UAveiro and the Vice-Rector of the University of Coimbra, the consortium’s lead entity.