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Report | The Chief of Staff of the Navy, Admiral Gouveia e Melo, gave a lecture at ISEG on Innovation in the Navy

ISEG hosted the Chief of Staff of the Navy, Admiral Gouveia e Melo, on the 21st November, who gave a lecture on “Blue Innovation: Strategies of the Portuguese Navy”.

In an era of technological hyper-competition and geo-economic readjustment, there is an emerging opportunity for new institutional vehicles for scientific and technological development to play a relevant role.

Gouveia e Melo stressed the importance of innovation and urgency in an era of technological hyper-competition and geo-economic readjustment, providing as an illustration how the process of buying a ship is far too long: “Nowadays, when we buy a ship, we are talking about the planning of the ship taking 3 or 4 years, […], with another 3 or 4 years to manufacture it. 15 years later we are delivered a ship equipped with the technology of 15 years ago. Thus we start operating a new ship that is already obsolete. “Accordingly, it becomes necessary to incorporate “new ideas, new technologies, and new processes” into the organisation, defends the Admiral.

The lecture, which was organised in the format of an “open lecture”, as part of the “Science and Economics” course unit of the Masters in Science, Technology and Innovation Economics and Management (EGCTI), brought together at ISEG specialists in the area of defence policy, industrial research strategy, and the promotion of investment and international trade.  Other participants apart from Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo included Commander Gonçalves Simões (Chief of the Network and Information Systems Division of the Navy), and Master’s student Miguel Pinto (Director of idD – Portugal Defence and an alumnus of our Masters). The lecture also counted with the participation of Professor José Veríssimo, a Vice-Dean of ISEG, Professor Manuel Mira Godinho, Coordinator of the EGCTI Masters, and Professor Sandro Mendonça, an ISEG alumnus, who is responsible for the “Science and Economics” course unit and acted as the moderator.

Photographic repor here.