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Photo by Luís Pinto, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Respect. (from the lat. respectu) n. 1. respect; 2. consideration; high regard; 3. deference; compliance; veneration; 4. honour; worship; 5. relation; refererence...

We believe that everyone should be respected for their work, for their attitudes, opinions and options.

Photo by Mila Teshaieva, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Rigor. (from the lat. rigore) n. 1. harshness; strength; 2.fig., severity; punctuality; accuracy.

There is no "more or less levelled", "more or less upright”, "more or less clean" or "more or less safe", but rather “levelled”, "upright”, "clean” and “safe". The rigour is reflected in our procedures, in time and in the rules to follow. In the light of moral and principles, being severe means being rigorous.

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Passion. (from the lat. passione) n. 1. intense and usually violent feeling (affection, joy, hate, etc.) which hinders the exercise of impartial logic; 2. derived from a feeling; 3. great predilection; 4. partiality; 5. great grief; immense suffering...

Under the sign of passion – a text of the Portuguese poet Regina Guimarães – is our icon. Passion is to reveal great enthusiasm for something, favourable encouragement or opposite to something.
It is the sensibility transmitted by an architect or engineer through work.
Passion is the dedication to a project. Passion is a state of warm soul.

Photo by Jakub Karwowski, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2012.

Loyalty. (from the lat. legalitate) n. the quality of being loyal; fidelity; sincerity.

Respect for the principles and rules that guide the honour and probity. Faithfulness to commitments and agreements undertaken, staunch character.
To remain loyal to the business partners because we depend on them and they depend on us.
Being trustworthy for being loyal.

Photo by Ian Lieske, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Solidarity. (from the lat. solidare) n. 1. the quality of being solidary; 2. reciprocal responsibility among the members of a group, namely social, professional, etc.; 3. sense of sharing another’s suffering.

Being solidary is being a friend, offering our hand with genuine generosity and bringing joy and human warmth to those who, somehow, are marginalized. Being solidary is being more human. A solidary company is recognized as a fair and non-selfish company. A solidary company is a preferred choice in business. It is a more competitive company. Volunteering is a vehicle to solidarity. It is modern, fair, cultured, friend, it is a noble gesture of moral elevation.

Photo by Clarence Gorton, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2012.

Courage. (from the lat. coraticum) n. 1. bravery facing danger; intrepidity; to have audacity; 2. moral force before a suffering or setback; 3. [fig.] to input energy when performing a difficult task; perseverance...

Courage is essential in our life. Courage to face less pleasant situations when complex issues come up, not expecting random resolutions.
It is a value that we must highlight as opposed to the fearful, cowardly and laziness.
The courage to react to criticism not with an attitude of demotivation or sadness, but rather to search for the means and the action to overcome its own reason. This kind of courage, which is also an intellectual courage, is highly recommended.

Photo by Filipa Alves, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Ambition. (from the lat. ambitione) n. 1. vehement desire of wealth, honours or glories; 2. expectation about the future; aspiration; 3. lust; greed…

Vehement desire to achieve a particular goal. Ambition not to resign ourselves. Ambition to take the best potential from ourselves. Ambition to deserve ourselves. Ambition to be athletes in our top-level competitive jobs. Ambition to beat our brands. Ambition to get the best deals with the maximum value, due to the high levels of proficiency and efficiency.

Photo by Scarlett Coten, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Good Taste. (from the lat. gustu) n. 1. ability to appreciate aesthetic value or standards of something; 2. elegance, refinement, aesthetic sense; 5. particular touch given by an artist to his works.

We decided to build the company's economic foundations under a cultured, cosmopolitan and cool image. Because it is a charming state of being. Good taste because we are sustainable and we respect the planet. Good taste because we are sensitive. Good taste just because.

Photo by Karl Erik Brondbo, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Responsibility. (from the lat respondere) n. the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct; a form of trustworthiness.

We must be certain that, before a choice, we chose what is best for both of us and not just the best for each one. Each employee is responsible for his negotiated activity and co-responsible if the co-worker does not fulfil his own task, thus preventing the common goal. A team is a set of individuals - is a whole. In the business game, as in social or family contexts, everyone must comply with their own relative position and we shall not permit that one of ours fails to be in our team.

New tenure deepens IB-S’s connection with the corporate sector

The Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability has one year of activity, but dozens of projects. Yesterday, it signed a protocol with a new chair for the telecommunications area.

After only one year of existence, the Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability (IB-S) of the University of Minho (UMinho) already has 32 ongoing projects, and has raised ten million euros in funding. Yesterday, in the celebration of its first anniversary, it took another step closer to the corporate sector, with the signing of a protocol for the creation of a second tenure with partner companies.

The Proef-DSTele-com/IB-S tenure is geared towards sustainable telecommunication networks for the digital society of the future, and its main objective is to facilitate teaching and research projects in this area, as explained yesterday by the IB-S Executive Officer, Tiago Miranda.

The tenure, that joins the companies Proef, DSTelecom and IB-S, represents a direct investment of 400 thousand euros in the next four years and constitutes “another step towards the narrowing, not only necessary but vital, between the academy and the corporate sector” Tiago Miranda said, highlighting “the innovative tenure module in the relationship it proposes with partner companies”.

The research to be developed in "close collaboration with the companies" will have "national and international impact", said the Executive Officer of IB-S, who announced being in negotiations with companies to create two additional tenures, which he believes can be closed during the next year.

The idea is to create a tenure network that works not only for them, but among them01, said Tiago Miranda.

A strategic project for UMinho

The Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability (IB-S) é assumed by the Rector of the University of Minho, Rui Vieira de Castro, as a "particularly relevant project for the University, for the region, and for the country".


The Rector highlights the aggregation to other University units that are at the root of its creation, which contributes to its multidisciplinary nature, but also the coordination with external entities.

As for its multidisciplinary nature, Rui Vieira de Castro also highlights "UMinho's great tradition in the development of projects that seek to overcome boundaries between the various scientific areas".


The Rector also recalled the impending threats on the planet and mankind, which demand answers. "We must think about the paths that must be pursued in order to face the diagnoses made, and the IB-S is a University projects that wants to be a part of this path towards a more sustainable world."


Rui Vieira de Castro reaffirmed the rectory's commitment to this project, but underlined that the IB-S "will be so much more successful as it is able to captivate and articulate other wills", as a witness in the new tenure formalized yesterday.


To the Rector of the UMinho, company tenures are an "excellent example of a path to follow upon".