It was during the Innovation Roadmap that the Government announced last Friday the installation of a Fraunhofer center in Vila Real, in partnership with the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) and the Fraunhofer IKTS Center in Dresden . The announcement was made on the visit of the Prime Minister to UTAD, on the occasion of the launch of the Collaborative Laboratory of Vine and Wine.

This agreement with Fraunhofer is included in a set of partnerships signed last Thursday in Porto, with reference institutions such as the Carnegie Mellon, the University of Texas, Austin and Massachusetts and the Institute of Technology (MIT).

The new center to be installed in Regia-Douro Park provides for a program of strategic cooperation with Fraunhofer in the field of precision agriculture, particularly in the areas of wine and vineyards. This cooperation will focus on services and applications, using the latest information and communication technologies and materials science.

The location of this center was considered by the Minister of Science and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, as a strategic one for Portugal, and also emphasized the importance of this center for “the international affirmation of UTAD”, emphasizing that this is “a decisive step in the territory, creating jobs with knowledge “.

The director of UTAD believes that this bet will strengthen the densification of the region in qualified employment and promote the development of technologies for precision agriculture. It can also be a unique accelerator in the areas of modeling and adaptation to climate change, water efficiency, intelligent viticulture, among other fields, contributing to a more sustainable territory.

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the largest applied research organization in Europe. It has a staff of about 25,000 people in more than 80 research centers worldwide, including 69 Institutes in Germany. It is the most prestigious applied research institution in Germany, whose activity is focused on the application of systems and technologies to the various domains of economics.