These activities, incorporated into the programme of the event, are organised and promoted in collaboration with EIT Manufacturing and also the project ‘INVENTHEI: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in HEIs’ (funded by the EIT Manufacturing and the EIT under the Pilot Call for Proposals – EIT HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education). 




Venue: FEUP (room A104)

15h15 – 16h30: Action Tank Session on ‘Sustainability, Resilience and Human-Centricity in Industry’    

The acceleration of the twin green and digital transitions will help to build a more sustainable and resilient society and economy. This action tank will discuss the main building blocks of the Industry 5.0 approach, lay out the main benefits for workers, as well as for industry, and main requirements to its successful implementation. Discussion will address the TOP challenges for a successful industrial revolution: Technologies for sustainable manufacturing; Organizations for resilient operations; and People need for re-skilling/up-skilling.

Moderator: Gil Gonçalves, University of Porto
Paola Fantini, EIT Manufacturing
Carlos Mesquita, Stellantis
Seán O’Reagain, European Commission (DG Research & Innovation)

Gil Gonçalves
Gil Gonçalves is an assistant Professor at FEUP and a researcher at SYSTEC, with more than 20 years of experience in systems development, specializing in systems engineering, control architectures and design of software for industrial applications. Gil coordinates the Digital and Intelligent Industry Research Lab and, he is not only an experienced academic and researcher, but also a recognised innovation and entrepreneurship expert. Principal researcher (PI) in several European and Portuguese R&D projects, Gil is also member of the Portuguese National Network of Mentors for Young entrepreneurs and co-founder of 4 technology-based start-ups.


Paola Fantini
Paola Fantini is Director of Education at EIT Manufacturing Asbl, coordinating the EIT M Master and PhD School, Professional Education and Digital Learning.  She was previously Research Coordinator at Politecnico di Milano,  investigating the transformation brought by Industry 4.0 and its impact on human roles and skills. She started in a Management Consulting firm, then she worked in an industrial company, reaching the position of Director of Operations. She has a Master Degree in Industrial Engineering and a PhD in Management Engineering. She is Vice President of the Board of Directors of EIT Manufacturing South, and Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of I-Form, Advance Manufacturing Research Centre, in Dublin.


Carlos Mesquita
With over 20 years experience in the automotive sector, Carlos leads PSA’s Lean Manufacturing program in the Mangualde’s Assembly Plant, addressing productivity aspects (Standardization, Hoshin, Kaizen, etc.) as well as development of the organization management skills (Policy Deployment, KPI dashboards, solving problems methodology, etc.). Currently responsible for the IT’s corporate infrastructure at Mangualde, Carlos is responsible for creating the bridge between the plant’s needs and technology. Always oriented to support the shopfloor performance, coordinates an internal innovation cell (PERFO4.0), that develops the digital kaizen: agile, low-cost, shopfloor oriented 4.0 solutions, and at same time sponsoring an ecosystem creation with the Portuguese academy, R&D interface centers and technological enterprises, materialized in the R&D project INDTECH4.0 that addresses areas such as Intelligent robotic systems, Advanced inspection systems, Autonomous Guided Vehicles, Cyber-physical Production Systems. Always oriented towards results, Carlos believes People are the most valuable asset a company has.

Seán O’Reagain
Sean O’Reagain is Acting Head of Unit, “Industry 5.0” at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation. In DG RTD, Mr. O’Reagain was previously responsible for policy and actions under to promote sustainable industrial innovation and for the Joint Technology Initiatives with industry and the European Technology Platforms. Prior to that, he managed the benchmarking for competitiveness and innovation programme in the Commission’s DG GROW.







Venue: FEUP (room A104)

09h00 – 11h00: Workshop on ‘Human-Centric Industry and the New European Bauhaus’  

Organised by

Target groups: EIT Manufacturing Doctoral School students and other interested participants

Keynote: Mark Birch, Principal Startup Advocate APJ at Amazon Web Services

This workshop will work as an experiment – situated at the crossroads between art, culture, social inclusion, science and technology – to shape an industrial revolution that contributes to build a future which is “sustainable, inclusive and beautiful”. It will pick up the main ideas from the Action Tank on “Sustainability, Resilience and Human-Centricity in Industry” to further explore how the future of industry might look like. It shall be organised in the format of ”world cafe” and will be an opportunity to break down silos between cultures, disciplines, genders and ages. The workshop shall be moderated by the students of EIT Manufacturing Doctoral School.