February 12, 2021
GraPE 2021 and PERIN
A joint collaborative effort to attract and retain talent

The Annual Forum of Portuguese Graduates Abroad, organised by the main associations representing Portuguese graduates abroad—AGRAFr, APEI Benelux, ASPPA, PAPS, PARSUK and SPOT Nordic—, took place on February 6th with an add-on event on February 9th. The main session, with the theme “Opportunities for innovation in a post-pandemic world”, was enriched by the interventions of Augusto Santos Silva (Minister of Foreign Affairs), Manuel Heitor (Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education), José Paulo Esperança (Vice-President of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology), and Carlos Moedas (Trustee, Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian). Parallel sessions were chaired by the members of the different Associations with four topics for discussion, namely “The Future of Work and Mobility”, “Foresight and Green Deal”, “Diversity and Inclusion”, and “The Future of Medicine”. The session was attended by more than 150 Portuguese researchers and innovators from all over the world.

In line with the promotion of the Portuguese participation in the European Funding Programmes and the ambition to attract and retain the brightest talents, a PERIN session lead by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology was held on February 9th. Opportunities for individuals and for institutional collaborations were presented, focusing on the European Research Council, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, and Widening. Around 60 people attended the event, which represented a landmark in the joint efforts to be developed by the National Contact Points of PERIN and the Associations representing Portuguese graduates abroad.