Motivating Pre-University Students for STEM


All over the world, the demand for ICT and Electronics professionals far exceeds the supply. The case is not different in Aveiro region, where technological companies faced recurrent recruitment difficulties and skills shortages. This webinar will discuss some of the actions that Inova-Ria, an network of Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies companies, developed to narrow this skill gap. In association with the Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics of the University of Aveiro and its students' associations, Inova-Ria started an action program under two major umbrellas: SchoolDay@Company and Tech@School, that aims at motivating pre-university students for STEM, encouraging youngsters to take a degree in ICT and Electronics.

  Date and Time




  • Aveiro, Centro
  • Portugal

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Carlos Alves
Carlos Alves of Inova-Ria


Carlos Alves is an Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer from the University of Aveiro, specialized in Quality Engineering from the New University of Lisbon and from ISQ. He started his professional career in 1986, in Águeda, and he now divides his time between several companies of which he is an administrator. With more than 30 years of experience in electronics, he has been involved in numerous technological projects, first as a developer and later as a top manager. During this period, he gained experience and evolved in areas such as innovation, management and interpersonal relationships, which strongly contribute to the success of projects in which he has been involved, whether they are simple or complex. Currently, he is a member of the board of Inova-Ria, an association of companies in the area of ICT and Electronics. He is an associate member and President of Light Living Lab - Association. He is a member of the Council of the Águeda School of Technology and Management (ESTGA of the University of Aveiro). He is a UN Ambassador for the SDGs - UN Sustainability Goals.

Rui Lopes
Rui Lopes of Inova-Ria


Rui Lopes started his professional activity in the area of Information Systems in 1990, with the collaboration in the Minerva Project. With a degree in Computer Science from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, he took over the Technical Direction of Autor-Tecnologias Multimédia in 1994. With the foundation of the company Criativa, in 1995, he began an entrepreneurship track in the technological area, being founder of the companies UEBE, Ponto.C, Look Concepts (Walk), Skillware, ContinueToGrow, Bikeemotion and Digitalwind. He assumes a profile characterized by a strong connection to people, performing functions in the areas of continuous improvement, business continuity, skills and knowledge management, interface with Science and Technology organizations, partnership management, project management, product design and promotion of R&D results. He was a member of the first Board of Inova-Ria, in 2003, having since then assumed an active position in the life of this association, either belonging to governing bodies (as a Member or Chairman of the Board), or informally, promoting inter-company cooperation. He is an active citizen who participates, individually or collectively, in initiatives that aim to promote a greater approximation of ICT and Electronics to the real needs of people and communities. He is currently a Master's student in Regional and Urban Planning at the University of Aveiro.