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Newsletter N.º 16, January 2023

Hi! Please check the January's agenda in review!

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Dean's Open Innovation Challenge’ 24: Time to Reconnect

Introducing the inaugural Dean's Open Innovation Challenge at NOVA IMS! This competition invites participants to pioneer solutions that drive significant societal change. For this first edition, under the theme, "Time to reconnect", we challenge the NOVA IMS community to collaborate and devise innovative solutions that harness technology and data to tackle the pressing issues of radicalization and polarization in society. Join us in this challenge to pioneer fresh ideas and foster connections for a more cohesive tomorrow.

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Join us for a Tree-Planting initiative

NOVA IMS, in partnership with the Oeiras City Council, organizes a tree-planting activity open to the entire university community, including students, faculty, staff, and researchers. Join us for this event on February 24th, from 10:00 to 12:00 at Serra de Carnaxide, as we come together to make a meaningful environmental contribution. Transportation will be provided by NOVA IMS, departing from the Campolide Campus at 09:15. Upon return, a recovery lunch will be served. Let's make a positive impact together and contribute to a greener future!

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NOVAe: A student-led initiative to foster entrepreneurship

NOVA IMS is proud to announce the launch of NOVAe, a new student-led initiative aimed at supporting entrepreneurship within our university community. NOVAe's mission is to empower students by providing support for idea generation, fostering a culture of innovation, and offering opportunities for skill development. The initiative includes formation activities, idea support, and challenges, providing students with a comprehensive framework to explore and develop their entrepreneurial ideas. Led by students, for students, NOVAe represents an exciting step forward in promoting entrepreneurship at NOVA IMS.

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Applications Now Open for NOVA's Postgraduate and Master's Programs

The application period for NOVA IMS’s postgraduate and master's programs for the 2024/2025 academic year is now open. If you or someone you know is interested in furthering their education, now is the time to explore the opportunities available at NOVA IMS. Visit our website to learn more about the programs offered and how to apply. Applications will be accepted until February 29th. Don't miss out on this chance to take the next step in your academic journey with NOVA IMS!

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Study and Traineeship Mobility Programs Opening Soon

Starting February 23rd, students will have the chance to apply for the Study Mobility and Traineeship Mobility programs, including Erasmus+ and Swiss European Mobility. These programs offer students the opportunity to broaden their horizons and gain international experience. Participants can immerse themselves in new cultures, develop essential skills, and build valuable connections. Stay tuned for application details to enrich your academic and professional journey!

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NOVA IMS joins european effort to decarbonize construction

NOVA IMS is proud to contribute to the DECO2 project, funded by the Horizon Europe program, with a goal to diminish the construction industry's impact on energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The project, led by the Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP), involves experts from eight countries focusing on location-specific, user-centric materials, and renovation systems. Under Professor Tiago Oliveira's leadership, NOVA IMS will analyze social aspects of decarbonization and circular business models, considering user behavior and attitudes. DECO2 aims for a substantial impact, targeting a 30% reduction in building energy consumption, introducing a circular economy in construction, and enhancing overall built environment sustainability.

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Is more transparency needed in algorithmic decision-making processes?

In an article titled "Societal Implications of Recommendation Systems: A Technical Perspective", Flávio Pinheiro, Assistant Professor in Data Science at NOVA IMS, explores the societal impacts of recommendation systems, particularly in the realm of AI and machine learning. Pinheiro emphasizes the importance of education regarding limitations and biases, advocates for diversity within coding teams, and underscores the need for data auditing and debiasing. The article also highlights the necessity for transparency in algorithmic decision-making processes and discusses potential negative repercussions on society. Pinheiro proposes strategies to enhance the transparency and accountability of AI algorithms.

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Save the dates for our upcoming events


  • Feb 15th Welcome Day

NOVA IMS warmly welcomes students embarking on their academic journey this month, including Erasmus students. Our Dean, program coordinators, faculty members, and peers will share valuable insights for the academic journey ahead.


  • Feb 20th Master Talks

Master Talks, featuring insights and success tips from master’s students and alumni, will take place in the Noble Hall at NOVA IMS. Participate in discussions and networking sessions with peers, industry experts, and faculty members.


  • Feb 22th Round Table Data Leaders

This event, hosted by NOVA IMS Alumni, is a dynamic forum that connects data science professionals with students to inspire and engage. Gain insights from experienced leaders shaping impactful decision-making. Register here!


  • Feb 22th Information Systems Seminars

NOVA IMS will host a series of seminars on Information Systems, featuring prominent IT companies from the current landscape. The primary objective of these seminars is to provide students with direct engagement opportunities with leading IT enterprises.


  • Feb 23th Erasmus Outgoing – Information Session

An Information Session on the Erasmus+ Program at NOVA IMS will provide insights into the program and clarify your questions about your application or mobility aspects. Register here by February 21st.