12 October 2023 | Vista Alegre Museum


The 2023 edition of CICECO jornadas will embrace topics that overcome the usual boundaries of a scientific meeting, including: career development and opportunities, stress management, national and international networking, and science policies. Together with a PhD. student pitch competition, poster presentations, invited talks, and a musical performance, a very full day is planned. For the first time, CICECO jornadas will be held outside Aveiro, at the Vista Alegre Museum in Ílhavo.
We hope to see you there!

João Amaral, Mariana Oliveira and Vítor Sencadas
Jornadas CICECO 2023 Organizing Committee


Join us on October 12!

Vista Alegre Museum

Located on the grounds of the porcelain factory with the same name, the Vista Alegre Museum exhibits the history of the evolution in the production of Portuguese porcelain. Inaugurated in 1964 it showcases to the public a wide range of magnificent examples of decorative and domestic porcelain.


Thursday • October 12
Vista Alegre Museum Auditorium, Ilhavo

09:50A message from the Director Prof. João Coutinho
10:05AI tools in publishing
Pascal Coupet (Elsevier)
10:50Coffee Break & Poster Session I
11:30Round table with Associated Laboratories from University of Aveiro
12:30Lunch Break & Exhibition of CICECO ERC Proof of Concepts and Research with Industry
14:00Mental health in Academia
Brian Cahill (TIB Leibniz)
14:45Round table - Career Management: Personal Insights
15:30Designing a Digital Instrument as Gestural Controller Through Performance and Composition
João Coimbra
16:00PhD Student Pitch Competition
17:00Coffee Break & Poster Session II
17:40CICECO Awards Announcement
17:50Closing Ceremony
18:00Music Performance
JP Coimbra

Invited Speakers

Brian Cahill

Researcher at TIB Leibniz

Dr Brian Cahill works in the Learning and Skills Analytics Lab of the Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology in Hannover as Grant Manager of the COST Action CA19117 on Researcher Mental Health. He is a Member of the Governing Board of EuroScience and was Chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association from March 2016 to February 2018. In these roles, he engaged with early-career researchers on topics ranging from researcher career development, innovation, research funding, science communication, science policy, researcher pensions, research integrity, responsible research and innovation and many more.

João Coimbra


João Coimbra uses the studio as both a performance space and a sound-based compositional tool. Adding new elements to his studio setup to enrich the sound-based composition poses challenges, particularly in preserving the real-time connection between gestures and sound. João Coimbra's Ph.D. project addresses this issue by developing and mapping a digital musical instrument that generates sound through gestural control.

Pascal Coupet

Senior Director Data Science, Elsevier

Pascal manages the Smart Content for Research department, which focus on automatically structuring and enriching content to support innovation in Elsevier products for the Research market. It includes NLP, machine learning, knowledge representation and big data experts, as well as the development of the new Elsevier All Sciences Taxonomy. Pascal has had a long and productive career in text and data mining. He developed TDM products for IBM and was one of the Co-Founders of Temis, a text and data mining company. While there, he served as both the CTO and R&D Manager.

Important Dates

  • 15th September

    Art in Science Competition submission deadline

  • 22nd September

    Abstract submission deadline

  • 24rd September

    Jornadas registration deadline

  • 29th September

    Gala Dinner Registration submission deadline

  • 29th September

    Art in Science Competition Notification

  • 2nd October

    Abstract Acceptance Notification

  • 3rd October

    Gala Diner Payment Deadline

Art in Science Competition

Jornadas CICECO 2023 will hold an art exhibition devoted to the BEST and BRIGHTEST scientific photos. To participate please read the rules and submit your images in the link below until 15/9/2023.


  1. Submissions should complement the "science" component of the Jornadas CICECO 2023.
  2. Images may be obtained by any material imaging technique. They can also be the result of modeling and simulation, or can be obtained by combining multiple images into one artistic image. Because the focus is on art, the aesthetic rather than scientific quality of the image is the key element in the competition. Nevertheless, the images must have some connection to materials science.
  3. 3. All images are to be submitted in the form created for this purpose, as a high resolution .jpg file of at least 300 dpi (10MB maximum size) on or before 23:59 (Lisbon time), September 15th, 2023. Please include the submitter's last name in the title of the .jpg file. The Jury committee will select a group of finalists from these submissions and will notify all entrants of their status by September 29th. Finalists will then bring their entries to the Jornadas CICECO 2023 ready for judging and general display.
  4. Format: All submitted images must include a short description of the technique used, the object that was imaged and any special conditions. If selected as a finalist, the image and caption should be made ready for mounting at the Jornadas CICECO 2023. Detailed printing and mounting details will be sent to the finalists once selected.
  5. 5. Judging: The attendees will independently determine the People Choice Award, and by a jury. The following prizes will be available: People Choice and Jury Prize. Sponsorship of Fundação Jacqueline Dias de Sousa.

Fundação Jacqueline Dias de Sousa Awards

Jury Prize - 200€
People Choice Award - 200€

Key dates

Submission deadline: 15/9/2023


PhD Thesis Competition

We are seeking for the Brighter and Smarter PhD Candidate to demonstrate how important is your research, to a non-specialised audience, while promoting scientific culture and fostering interdisciplinary and knowledge generated at CICECO. One finalist for each of the CICECO Research Groups will have the opportunity to present during Jornadas CICECO on the 12th of October, in front of all CICECO Community.

Who should participate?

All PhD students enrolled in the 2nd or following years of their PhD studies at CICECO are eligible for this competition.

Key dates

Submission deadline: 20/6/2023
Group Pitch starts:  12/7/2023