ISQ signs innovative protocol to promote research in Europe based on Euroregions

CCDR N IACOBUS 54 ISQ today signed an innovative Protocol in the field of Cultural, Scientific and Pedagogical Cooperation between Universities and Higher Education Institutions of the Galician Euroregion – Northern Portugal. This unprecedented protocol, which brings together 26 entities, is concluded under the IACOBUS Programme, which is a pioneering programme in Europe with the aim of promoting cooperation and exchange between the human resources of higher education centres and technology centres in different countries and regions, facilitating the sharing of training activities, research and development and innovation. "The Euroregion 'Galicia and Northern Portugal ́ becomes a key role in Europe as a shared territory in the field of research and innovation and ISQ will make its contribution as advanced research and human resources training have been part of our DNA since forever," says Pedro Matias, president of the ISQ Group. "In recent years ISQ has participated in more than 400 international R&DT and innovation projects bringing together more than 1,200 partners, including some of the world's best universities and companies, and this is a huge wealth that can now be put at the service of this group of entities that decided to come together to promote the economy and competitiveness in a framework of sustainable development", complements Pedro Matias. The protocol signed today was attended by the Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education, the President of CCDR Norte, the Vice-President of the Galician Board and representatives of dozens of entities and technological centers of the Euroregion, among which is the ISQ Group. Under this protocol, the development of graduate and postgraduate higher education, scientific and technological research will be promoted, fostering learning, training of students and teachers as well as the dissemination of culture in the Euroregion. Technology centres will play a structuring role in this cooperation, with shared actions through exchanges – information and people – as well as training, research and dissemination activities. In April 2014, the "Protocol for Cultural, Scientific and Pedagogical Cooperation between the Universities of Higher Education and the Higher Education Institutions of the Galicia – Northern Portuguese Euroregion" had been signed, which brought together the Galicia – Northern Portugal Working Community, the Galicia-Northern Regional Studies Centre Foundation, the Universities of Coruña, Santiago de Compostela, Vigo, Minho, Porto, Alto Douro and Trás-os-Montes, Portuguese Catholic and the Polytechnics of Viana do Castelo, Porto, Bragança and Câvado and Ave. With today's signature, 26 more entities join this Protocol, namely:

  • Xunta of Galicia
  • Commission for Coordination and Regional Development of Northern Portugal
  • Foundation Centre for Studies Euro Regional Galicia – Northern Portugal
  • Northern Polytechnics Association (APNOR)
  • AIMEN Technology Center
  • EnergyLab, Technological Center of Efficiency and Energy Sostenibilidad
  • Gradiant, Technological Center of Telecommunications of Galicia,
  • Technological Institute Of Galicia Foundation
  • CETAQUA, Centro Tecnológico del Agua
  • CETIM – Multisectoral Research Technology Center
  • Technological Center of Supercomputación de Galicia
  • Del Mar Technology Center – CETMAR
  • CIS Wood
  • CIS Galicia
  • Meat Technology Center
  • CTAG – Technological Center of Automoción de Galicia
  • CATIM – Center for Technological Support to the Metalluive Industry
  • CEIIA – Center for Engineering and Innovation for the Automotive Industry
  • CTCOR – Cork Technology Centre
  • CVR – Centre for Waste Recovery
  • INEGI – Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering
  • INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory
  • PIEP – Polymer Engineering Innovation Pole Association
  • INESC TEC – Institute of Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science
  • ISQ – Welding and Quality Institute
  • CTCP – Technological Center of Footwear of Portugal

It should be recalled that the Ministry of Economy chose the ISQ Group at the beginning of the year to present the results of the Interface programme, thus recognizing the importance and contribution of ISQ to competitiveness and business innovation. The Interface program has already recognized 28 Interface Centers that currently represent about 17,000 customers and a volume of 128 million euros in services provided to companies. The Interface Centers promote the approximation between science, technology and the economy, thus contributing to national innovation, supporting companies in the dissemination and transfer of technology, reinforcing their qualification and internationalization.


ISQ is a private, independent entity that delivers value through integrated and innovative engineering, inspection, testing, testing and training services solutions.

Present in 14 countries and with 7 offices in Portugal, ISQ supports its customers in reducing risk, improving operational performance and increasing competitiveness. multidisciplinary teams that help clients to align their business objectives with applicable regulations and standards and in meeting their goals in the areas of quality, safety, asset management and environmental and social responsibility.

Industry, Technology and Innovation are the premises that guide the work developed by ISQ, which already has more than 500 international Innovation projects and more than 17,000 professional training courses.

ISQ supports industry development and innovation on a global scale, with service solutions for the Oil & Gas, Energy, Aeronautics and Aerospace, Process Industry, Health, Mobility and Smart Cities, Transport and Infrastructure and Agribusiness sectors.


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