Within the scope of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Polytechnic of Viseu was invited by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education to organize an international meeting on Digital Transition. The initiative, entitled “In April, 1000 digitail!”, will discuss the role that Higher Education Institutions can play for the European leadership of the digital economy, considering three pillars: Citizenship, Knowledge and Employment. To participate in the sessions were invited representatives from official entities, from the industrial sector, from European Higher Education Institutions and from research organizations, who will present the best foreign practices in each of these areas. All sessions will have a space for debate and Q&A.


29th April 2021 / Viseu / Portugal


11:30 (CET)
Opening Session

João Monney Paiva Polytechnic of Viseu

Jorge Sousa TICE.PT

Manuel Heitor Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education

Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva Director for Innovation, Digital Education and International Cooperation / European Commission

11:45 (CET)
Contributions of the Polytechnic of Viseu to the digital transformation

José Bastos Polytechnic of Viseu

12:00 – 13:15 (CET)

Denis Hameau Dijon Métropole / France

Henrique Domingos Viseu City Council

Lino Santos Centro Nacional de Cibersegurança

Luísa Ribeiro Lopes INCoDe2030

Filipe Caldeira* CISED


Celebrating The International Dance Day



Alvaro Herrero Cosio Universidad de Burgos / Spain

João Nuno Ferreira PERIN 

Vasco Lagarto CONNECT5

Vincent Trenchant ESEO / France

Nuno Rodrigues* Polytechnic of Leiria

16:45 (CET) Faith

Celebrating the International Dance Day

17:00-18:15 (CET) 

Bernardo Sousa Portugal Digital

Eunice Ribeiro i2CAT / DIH4CAT / Spain

Helena Martins Google Portugal

Recep Varcin Ankara Üniversitesi / Turkey 

Diogo Santos Deloitte Portugal

Nuno Serra* DIH Food4Sustainability

18:15-18:30 (CET) Digital coffee break

18:30 (CET) 
Closing Session

Dulcineia Wessel Polytechnic of Viseu

* Moderator

by Dulcineia Wessel

It is my great pleasure, on behalf of Polytechnic Institute of Viseu to give our warm thanks to the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, for giving the opportunity to organize the event In April, Thousand Digital! within the scope of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Many thanks to the speakers and moderators for the excellent presentations and discussions. We thank the colleagues of Polytechnic Institute of Viseu and TICE that help organizing the event.

The main challenge for Portugal, in this area, is to qualify the population for digital skills, which will have an effect on the dimensions of an economic, political, cultural and social nature. The Government has established a set of goals that cover factors as diverse as social inclusion and digital literacy; physical and cognitive access for all to digital services; the analytical capacity in the context of “Big Data”; the production and dissemination of information, the intensive use of ICT [Information and Knowledge Technologies], not only with young people from all education cycles, but also in the inevitable process of education throughout their lives; the bet on R&D [Research & Development] that allows the production of new knowledge and the application of advanced forms of scientific computing – but without forgetting the problems raised around the security and privacy of citizens in view of all potentialities of this new world.

The goal of INCoDe.2030 [National Digital Competence Initiative 2030], launched by the government in 2017, is to place Portugal among the leading European countries in this challenge of modernity, responding to major axes, of which we privilege three:


Guarantee broader digital literacy and generalize equitable access and use of different equipment and technologies to the entire population. For the full exercise of citizenship, it is necessary to promote inclusion in an increasingly dematerialized society – in which a large part of the information obtained, the various forms of communication and even social interaction already occur on the Internet – and in which everyone’s daily life is , increasingly, mediated by electronic devices that should be known and mastered.

Social inclusion / Cybersecurity / equality / Citizens engagement / Smart cities


Create conditions to ensure a strong, active and permanent participation in international R&D networks and programs, but also to guarantee the conditions for european research and promote specialization in the local production of new knowledge, technologies and applications in this field, which will mark the future.

Digital education / Qualification in advanced digital skills / Innovation Cases


In order to stimulate better employability, training and specialization in digital technologies and applications is essential. Only in this way can an effective response be made to a growing market in which this knowledge is essential, promoting the qualification of employment (from different forms of work to new professions) and, through more effective practices and innovative products, structuring an economy european system with the highest added value.

Responding to the challenges of the digital economy / Modernization of the industrial sector

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