Information Search in the Era of Artificial Intelligence

From 09:30 to 11:00 Instructor(s): Cristina Lopes & Teresa Ramos Location: C601 (Library) @ FEUP Limit: 18 people

Researching scientific and technical information is a necessity of the utmost importance in academic or professional contexts. In today's complex informational environment, where Artificial Intelligence sets the agenda and underpins multiple emerging information systems, it becomes more essential than ever to know the tools that provide access to reliable and secure scientific information, ensuring the quality of scientific works such as reports, dissertations, or articles. In this workshop, renowned scientific databases are explored, contrasting them with other AI-supported systems through practical research exercises. The goal is to help participants understand the safest paths that will enable them to research more efficiently and locate secure and quality information.

To start a startup - the baby steps on bioengineering innovation

From 10:30 to 12:30 Instructor(s): José Coelho Rodrigues Location: B018 @ FEUP Limit: 23 people

Presentation about the basic tools for creating start-ups: the customer development process that serves to validate the business idea; and the business model canvas that helps to structure and organize hypotheses about how the business associated with that idea might work. These learnings will be illustrated through the development of the business model for an idea proposed by the participants and how to validate it.

Requirements: Business idea on the Bioengineering field
Materials: Pen/Pencil and paper

Productivity and Project Management

From 14:30 to 16:00 Instructor(s): OERN Location: B020 @ FEUP Limit: 18 people

This workshop about productivity and project management will adress topics like: the work, costs and risks of a project; the skills that a project manager should have; how to take productivity as a way of life; analysis of a case study to frame these concepts.

FEUP through the lenses - photography workshop, by Daniel Santos

From 16:00 to 18:00 Instructor(s): Daniel Santos Location: Garden @ FEUP Limit: 13 people

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn the basic concepts of photography, in a practical and didactic way, which will help them to considerably improve their images. Several important concepts, such as composition and the use of different types of light, will be covered with real and practical examples, as we explore the outdoor space of FEUP looking for interesting subjects to photograph.

Materials: Smartphone or Camera

Pastel de Nata Workshop - Cooking Class in FEUP

From 16:00 to 18:30 Instructor(s): Domus Arte Location: B318 @ FEUP Limit: 16 people

Get ready to explore the heart of Portuguese culture with our fun and tasty Pastel de Nata cooking class. These sweet delights have a special place in Portugal's food tradition. In a cozy and interactive setting, you'll uncover the secrets behind these pastries. With this Domus Arte workshop you'll get hands-on instruction, learning all the tricks from preparing the delicate dough to the custard filling. After baking, treat yourself to the freshly baked Pastéis de Nata, perfectly complemented by the world-famous Porto wine.


A dinamic hub of technology: the world of INESC TEC

From 09:30 to 12:00 Instructor(s): INESC TEC Location: INESC TEC - R. Dr. Roberto Frias, Porto Limit: 23 people

Take this opportunity to visit the facilities of INESC TEC, a bridge between academia, industry, and society that transforms research findings into practical solutions, driving tangible impact through value creation and societal relevance. With a focus on scientific exploration and technological advancement, INESC TEC serves as a dynamic hub for research, technology transfer, and consulting.

Investigation and innovation in health: the wonders of i3S

From 09:30 to 10:30 Instructor(s): i3S Location: i3S - R. Alfredo Allen 208, 4200-135 Porto Limit: 28 people

A visit to i3S is an opportunity to see how the largest biomedical research institute in Portugal runs. Visitors will get a chance to understand the reasoning behind the building design, as well as walk through common, reserved and clinical areas, namely laboratories and scientific platforms. The institute comprises 72 research groups, 14 core facilities, and houses well over 1000 people, whose research is organized into three programs addressing current, pressing societal and health challenges: cancer, infectious diseases, neurologic disorders, and regenerative medicine. Our approach spans fundamental questions regarding living systems, mechanisms underlying disease, and the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.

A day at the office: Visit to LTP

From 10:00 to 13:00 Instructor(s): LTP Labs Location: LTPlabs - Avenida da Senhora da Hora, nº 459, 4460-422 Senhora da Hora Limit: 23 people

Meet us at LTP's office for an insightful event delving into the cutting-edge realm of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) as we analyze and predict the next country to legalize cannabis. In an era where data-driven decision-making is paramount, we're leveraging the power of AI and ML algorithms to uncover patterns, trends, and potential indicators that could shed light on the future landscape of cannabis legalization globally. LTPlabs is a boutique management consulting firm that connects AI & Advanced Analytics and businesses.

Requirements: Previous knowledge in programming
Materials: Personal Computer

Biological Engineering

From Nature to Innovation: Biopolymers and Bioplastics

From 09:00 to 11:00 Instructor(s): Idalina Gonçalves Location: B344 @ FEUP Limit: 13 people

Join us for an engaging workshop delving into the realm of biopolymers and bioplastics, where nature's principles meet innovation. Discover the sustainable potential of these materials, their applications across various industries, and the latest advancements shaping a greener future. Through insightful discussions and hands-on activities, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how biopolymers and bioplastics are revolutionizing the way to create, consume, and dispose of materials, paving the way for a more environmentally friendly tomorrow.

Materials: Lab coat

Microbial Fuel Cells: Powering a Sustainable Future

From 09:30 to 11:00 Instructor(s): Joana Vilas Boas Location: B020 @ FEUP Limit: 13 people

Explore the potential of Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) in this workshop. MFCs are bioelectrochemical devices that share similarities with both a biological reactor, where microorganisms oxidize organic matter, and chemical fuel cells, which produce energy. The workshop delves into the principles of MFCs, their various applications, technological advancements and challenges. Attendees can engage hands-on in lab activities, experiencing the operation process firsthand. Join the workshop to discover how MFCs harness the power of microorganisms to address environmental challenges and pave the way for sustainable solutions.

Materials: Lab coat

Introduction to Metabolic Model Reconstruction with merlin

From 11:00 to 13:00 Instructor(s): Óscar Dias & Emanuel Rodrigues Cunha Location: B020 @ FEUP Limit: 18 people

This workshop introduces participants to merlin, a user-friendly tool for reconstructing genome-scale metabolic models (GSMMs). GSMMs represent the complete set of metabolic reactions within an organism and play a crucial role in understanding cellular processes.
The workshop will cover the following:
1 - Fundamentals of metabolic modeling and its applications
2 - Introduction to the merlin interface and its capabilities
3 - Hands-on exercises for constructing a basic metabolic model
No prior coding experience is required. This workshop is suitable for researchers, students, and anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of cellular metabolism and its computational analysis

Requirements: Follow the merlin and java software installation instructions
Materials: Personal Computer

Facing the Challenges of Marine Biofouling

From 11:30 to 13:00 Instructor(s): Rita Teixeira Santos, Maria João Romeu & Marta Lima Location: B021 @ FEUP Limit: 10 people

Marine biofouling is an undesirable natural process in which submerged marine structures, such as ship hulls and oil production platforms, are colonized by different marine organisms. It poses one of the major challenges to the marine industry, with severe economic and environmental implications worldwide. In this theoretical-practical workshop, the negative consequences of marine biofouling will be addressed, and several laboratory approaches will be presented to enhance the understanding of its development. Additionally, novel strategies for controlling marine biofouling will be presented and discussed.

Materials: Lab coat

Molecular Gastronomy

From 13:30 to 15:30 Instructor(s): Prof. Inês Gomes Location: E-103 @ FEUP Limit: 13 people

Molecular gastronomy uses the knowledge of physics and chemistry to study the processes that occur while cooking. This knowledge enables the creation of new and innovative recipes. Jellification and spherification are both well-known and appealing procedures from molecular gastronomy recipes. And, agar and sodium alginate are usually applied to accomplish the desired texture/ effect in these innovative recipes. However, jellifying agents are also crucial to ensure adequate textures and appearance in common food products. During this workshop, the role of the main jellification and thickener ingredients will be explored. The participants will also have the opportunity to apply some jellification and spherifcation techniques in the lab.

Materials: Lab coat

Entrepreneurial Mindset in Pharma: Strategies to Take a Scientific Idea from the Bench to the Market

From 15:30 to 17:30 Instructor(s): Bárbara Gomes (AccelBio) Location: B008 @ FEUP Limit: 18 people

The workshop "Entrepreneurial Mindset in Pharma: Strategies to Take a Scientific Idea from the Bench to the Market" aims to explore the crucial process of translating scientific breakthroughs into marketable pharmaceutical products. The workshop will delve into the entrepreneurial mindset required for success in this industry, emphasizing the journey from initial scientific discovery to commercialization. A practical session will involve analysing a scientific paper to identify potential inventions and assess their marketability. This exercise will provide participants with a hands-on opportunity to apply the concepts discussed during the workshop.

Materials: Personal Computer

Biomedical Engineering

New Frontiers in Healthcare: The Integration of Nuclear Medicine and Biomedical Engineering

From 11:00 to 12:00 Instructor(s): Domingos Vieira Location: B014 @ FEUP Limit: 28 people

Explore the tools and applications of Biomedical Engineering and witness the seamless integration of these tools into the vast potential of Nuclear Medicine, a field utilizing ionizing radiation for functional and molecular diagnostics, as well as therapeutic purposes. In this wokshop, the audience will uncover the synergies between Biomedical Engineering and Nuclear Medicine, paving the way for advancements in innovative therapeutic approaches in healthcare.

Materials: Personal Computer

Paving the Way for Personalized Medicine: Data Science Challenges in Healthcare

From 11:00 to 12:30 Instructor(s): Maria Loureiro (iLOF) Location: B008 @ FEUP Limit: 28 people

With the launch of yet another artificial intelligence tool, ChatGPT, it's inevitable to recognize the impact these algorithms will have on our future. As a Bioengineer, have you ever wondered why this boom hasn't had such a significant impact on clinical practice yet? In this workshop, you'll attempt to answer this question based on the practical case of iLoF, a Portuguese biotechnology company seeking to develop an Artificial Intelligence platform to accelerate the future of personalized drug discovery and development.

Medical Image Analysis with Deep Learning: A Case Study on Histopathology

From 13:30 to 15:00 Instructor(s): João Fernandes Location: B008 @ FEUP Limit: 28 people

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Computer Vision (CV), leveraged by Deep Learning algorithms (DL), are poised to automate many clinical tasks. This could reduce costs, increase productivity, and even enable more precise diagnosis, thus contributing to more assertive medical decisions that improve patient health. In this workshop, we will delve into the realm of DL and CV for medical applications. We will consider Computational Pathology (CPath) as a use case to navigate the most relevant aspects of developing DL-driven computer assisted diagnosis (CAD) systems. In particular, this workshop will cover topics such as image segmentation and classification, model optimization and generalization, generative vs discriminative models, and annotation-effective learning paradigms like self-supervised, and weakly supervised learning.

The Human Upgrade: Navigating the Pros and Cons of Exoskeleton Technology

From 15:00 to 16:00 Instructor(s): Nuada Location: B016 @ FEUP Limit: 28 people

Uncover how these wearable robotic devices enhance human capabilities, offering increased strength and endurance, exploring the fascinating realm of exoskeletons in this upcoming workshop, delving into their advantages and drawbacks. Join us for an insightful discussion that navigates the intricate balance between the benefits and limitations of exoskeleton technology. It is an unique opportunity to gain valuable insights into the future of human augmentation.

Python - The Power of the Snake on the Keyboard

From 16:00 to 17:30 Instructor(s): Tiago Gonçalves Location: B020 @ FEUP Limit: 28 people

Knowing how to automate repetitive tasks or solve complex optimisation problems using programming languages is a crucial skill for this millennium. In this workshop, the audience will take their first steps into guiding computers in doing tasks for them. Hopefully, everyone will see that programming in Python can be fun while holding the power to impact society.

Materials: Personal Computer

Molecular Bioengineering

Nanotechnology: The remastering of drug delivery

From 09:30 to 11:30 Instructor(s): Cláudia Nunes Location: ICBAS Limit: 13 people

The applications of nanoparticles span from medicine to materials science, permeating various fileds. Learn hands-on synthesis and characterization techniques invaluable for future research. It is the perfect workshop for those eager to explore nanotechnology's intricacies and its potential on society!

Materials: Lab coat

Explore the world of Cell Culture

From 11:30 to 13:00 Instructor(s): Raquel Gonçalves Location: ICBAS Limit: 10 people

Curious about the fundamental principles of cell culture? Want to gain hands-on experience in this invaluable tool for bioengineers? Join our workshop!

Materials: Lab coat

Biomaterials as a weapon against infection: spotlight on GOcap ®

From 14:00 to 15:30 Instructor(s): Patrícia Henriques Location: i3S Limit: 8 people

How many people do you know with a biomaterial in their body? Perhaps more than you think! In this workshop, we will dive into the world of biomaterials and the growing concern of associated infections in clinical settings. We will uncover the role of biomedical research in the development of clinically-driven solutions, spotlighting our GOcap®, a graphene-based light-activated catheter cap that prevents hemodialysis catheter-associated infections. We will move along bench-to-bedside, exploring the concept behind the product, testing hands-on its antibacterial performance, while discussing what it takes to place a medical device into the market.

Materials: Lab coat

Introduction to genomic editing with CRISPR/Cas9

From 14:00 to 16:00 Instructor(s): Fábio Ferreira Location: i3S Limit: 7 people

Join us and explore the potential of CRISPR/Cas9 genomic editing and in vitro DNA manipulation!

Materials: Lab coat

Colours of FIJI: Image Processing 101

From 14:00 to 16:00 Instructor(s): Mariana Osswald Location: B018 @ FEUP Limit: 28 people

Dive into this engaging workshop focusing on image analysis and processing with Fiji, a robust open-source software tailored for biological image analysis. Whether you're a novice in image analysis or aiming to refine your skills, this workshop presents an invaluable chance to elevate your expertise and expedite your research endeavors.

Materials: Personal computer with FIJI/ImageJ installed

Healing Hearts: The Power of Biomaterials

From 15:45 to 17:00 Instructor(s): Andreia Pereira Location: i3S Limit: 8 people

Biomaterials are, quite literally, lifesavers! It’s no news they have a key role in the treatment of patients with cardiovascular diseases. Countless people have survived due to vascular grafts, stents, prosthetic heart valves or pacemakers. What may surprise you, however, is how many of these devices still fail due to thrombus formation. In this workshop, you will learn about new biomaterials for antithrombogenic devices, dive into the world of biofabrication and learn how a vascular graft can be produced. Put on your “biomedical researcher” thinking hat, bring your lab coat and come learn about the development of cardiovascular devices.

Materials: Lab coat