• Start: 25th October 2023
    End: 25th October 2023
  • Start: 9:00am
    End: 1:00pm
  • Av. Fabril do Norte 425, ,

Ocean Conference

Start Date:

9:00am, 25th October 2023

End Date:

1:00pm, 25th October 2023


Porto Business School, EDP Auditorium, Av. Fabril do Norte 425, , 4460-314 Sra. da Hora,


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In the first regional conference of the IPBN to take place in Porto Wednesday October 25 at the EDP Auditorium of the Porto Business School, we showed the advances and the lead the Port City of Matosinhos is taking in the Maritime world and the synergies and potential of greater partnerships that exist with Ireland.

We highlighted the latest development of knowledge and innovation related to the Ocean and Marine sciences with the CiiMAR, an interdisciplinary centre for marine & environmental research, based in Matosinhos.

We showed the synergies which exist between Portugal and Ireland in enabling the successful harnessing of offshore wind energy and how we can develop partnerships between the two countries, which we, the IPBN, will be pushing for.

We highlighted the position and aspiration of the Ports of Leixões, Viana do Castelo and the Douro Navigable Route in the overall Maritime Transportation industry in Portugal and in the EU and Global competition.

Thank you again to all our Guest Speakers and Partners who made the conference possible: CM de Matosinhos, the Porto Business School, CiiMAR and all our Executive partners PwC Portugal, Ardanis, Skanstec Engeneering, Konceptness, Brookes Property Group, The Portugal News and the Vellozo Ferreira law firm.

Programme (Subject to changes)

0830      Registration and Welcome coffee

0900      Welcome message

  • Geoffrey Graham – Chair of the Ireland Portugal Business Network (IPBN)
  • Jose Esteves, Dean of the Porto Business School

0920      Opening statement 

  • Marta Pontes , City Councillor, CM de Matosinhos about “Could it be that the world’s largest port cities could become environmentally sustainable?”

0940      A conversation with CiiMAR about their latest science and research papers – Knowledge and Innovation 

  • Vitor Vasconcelos, Professor at University of Porto and President of the Board at CiiMAR – an interdisciplinary centre based in Matosinhos for marine & environmental research and leader in the development of knowledge and innovation related to the Ocean and marine sciences with more than 500 scientific articles published in a single year from more than 180 PHDs
  • ​Fernando Seabra Santos – Professor at the University of Coimbra about Whale4 – Submarine concept for research and tourism 
  • Moderated by John Paul Prior, Chair of the IPBN Porto

1025      A conversation about enabling the successful harnessing of offshore wind energy & developing partnerships between Ireland and Portugal. 

  • Tiago Morais, Portugal Floating Wind Development Manager for Iber Blue Wind – IPBN and Enterprise Ireland Member - IberBlue Wind is a joint venture specialized in the design, development and management of floating offshore wind farms that will operate in the Iberian market.
  • Gavin McBride, Managing Director at Enerview Solutions  - IPBN member A leading renewable energy company that provides a robust and bespoke service offering to their clients, specialised in the areas of onshore and offshore wind, solar and Electric Vehicle sectors.
  • Moderated by Susan Cabeceiras, IPBN Board Member

1110     Coffee Break

1130      A conversation with the Port of Leixoes about the place of Matosinhos in the maritime transport industry :

  • Luís Monteiro, Head of the Environment and Energy Efficiency Division - APDL, responsible for managing the Ports of Leixões, Viana do Castelo and the Douro Navigable Route
  • Isabel Vellozo Ferreira - Partner at Vellozo Ferreira e Associados 
  • Moderated by Pedro Castro Henriques, IPBN member and CEO of Strongstep 

1215      Networking

1300      End

Booking Closed

**Anyone purchasing IPBN Member Tickets must have valid IPBN Membership on the day of the event. If you would like to purchase IPBN membership please go to https://www.ireland-portugal.com/join/. To check your membership status please contact arnold.delville@ireland-portugal.com.