Maria Manuela Oliveira

Maria Manuela Oliveira Prize

The recognition of excellence in technological innovation and scientific research in the area of Materials is part of the mission of the Portuguese Materials Society (SPM).

In this context, in May 2019, the SPM Board established the Maria Manuela Oliveira Prize, with the purpose of highlighting the crucial role that women play in research, development, innovation and teaching activities in the area of Materials in Portugal. Maria Manuela Oliveira Prize also intends to promote gender equality in these activities.

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MATERIAIS 2019 and the SPM 

The MATERIAIS meetings are the most important event of SPM, since it is meant to be the “place” where every 2 years the national and international community involved in research and development in the area of Materials meet. It is intended to be a forum for sharing ideas, to nucleate new projects and collaborations, to educate and, above all, to disseminate to the national and international community the most recent developments in the area. 

MATERIAIS directly contributes to the accomplishment of one of the most noble missions of the SPM, which is to be the VOICE of Materials in Portugal.

Allow me to make a brief historical review of MATERIAIS, which has always been under the patrimony of theSPM.

MATERIAIS 2019 is following 18 previous MATERIAIS conferences.

The first MATERIAIS, MATERIAIS '83 (the 1st SPM Congress), took place at LNEC in Lisbon. After this initial event, every 2 years without interruption, a MATERIAIS was held, always in a different place in the country and with a different organisation.

Throughout these years and events, it is worth highlighting that in 2001, with MATERIAIS 2001 that took place in Coimbra, what was initially a national event became an international congress, which has continued up to today.

More recently, and within the process of the internationalisation of the SPM, the first Iberian meeting of the Portuguese and Spanish Societies of Materials took place in Salamanca in 2018.

By agreement between the two societies, the Iberian event will occur every 3 years, alternately in Portugal and Spain, and the second of these Iberian events will take place in 2021 in Lisbon, during MATERIAIS 2021.

Under the theme MATERIALS FOR A BETTER LIFE, MATERIAIS 2019 features a wide range of prominent speakers who will address the latest developments in materials, which will undoubtedly contribute to the achievement of the 17 GOALS of The Sustainable Development Agenda, ensuring the promotion of prosperity for all while protecting the planet.

The SPM is very grateful to have another successful MATERIAIS congress this year, and thanks the organisers, chairs and committees for their dedication to this event, hard work and enthusiasm, which insures a great success.

The SPM expresses gratitude to the Sponsors; their contribution and presence are essential to make MATERIAIS happen.

Finally, the SPM thanks all the speakers and delegates for their presence, and for making MATERIAIS 2019 a success 


The president of the SPM

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The Materiais2019 organizing committee invites all interested individuals to submit scientific abstracts (in English) through the submissions system:
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World Materials Day was celebrated on the 7 of November, in Portugal in an event organized by the SPM – Portugal Materials Society.

This year, the chosen place to hold this celebration was the Faculty of Engineering of Porto University (FEUP).
During the morning session we had the presentation of the thesis competing for Best Master Thesis in Materials Engineering award.
In the afternoon we had the presence of materials experts from two companies, that delivered talks on the following topics:

“It's all about materials, process and people” by... Read more

"The Digital Microfluidics Platform for Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification of DNA" by Beatriz Coelho, was the winning thesis of the FEMS Masters Thesis Awards competition recently held in Budapest

"The Digital Microfluidics Platform for Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification of DNA" by Beatriz Coelho, was awarded 1st prize of the FEMS Master’s Thesis Awards competition held recently in Budapest.

How was the experience of participating in Junior EUROMAT in Budapest and representing Portugal and SPM in this contest for the best European thesis?

It was a unique experience in many ways. First, it is always an immense responsibility to represent my Faculty, especially my Country, as we are such a small country within... Read more

"A digital Microfluidics Platform for Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification of DNA" was the winning thesis of the FEMS Masters Thesis Awards competition recently held in Budapest.

Beatriz Coelho from DCM - Department of Materials Science FCT / UNL, winner of the 2017 edition, Best Masters Thesis Award, awarded by the Portuguese Society of Materials during World Materials Day 2017, presented this year her master's thesis to the competition during the FEMS Junior Euromat 2018.


For further information about the FEMS Masters Thesis awards click... Read more