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Magellan Circle Journal

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A podcast series by the Magellan Circle, a European Affairs consultancy based in Porto, Genoa and Brussels.

Topic include environment, transport, mobility and other.
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Podcast #33 - The beginning of a new era in Magellan Circle with Ana Paula Mesquita and Alexio Picco

Magellan Circle JournalJul 28, 2022

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#EURegionsWeek Talks with Eduardo Rodrigues, AMP

#EURegionsWeek Talks with Eduardo Rodrigues, AMP

In our special edition podcast episode dedicated to #EURegionsWeek taking place on 9 to 12 October 2023 in Brussels, we had an insightful conversation with Eduardo Vitor Rodrigues, President of Porto Metropolitan Area, a Portuguese region participating at the event for the first time.

During our discussion, President Rodrigues emphasized the importance of continuously addressing poverty and unemployment. However, he also stressed the need to broaden our perspective on social cohesion, saying "it extends beyond these challenges and encompasses our approach to cultural policies and tourism. We must think about how to not only draw people to the city centers of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia but also encourage them to explore and experience the entire Metropolitan area".

Sep 18, 202319:52
Episode #41 - Bridging academia and business with José Caldeira, INESC TEC

Episode #41 - Bridging academia and business with José Caldeira, INESC TEC

In this episode we speak to José Carlos Caldeira, who is a member of the Board of Directors of INESC TEC. Until recently, he was the president of ANI, the National Innovation Agency of Portugal. He was also director of INESC Porto, one of the main ICT research and technology transfer institutes in Portugal.


We ask José about the main working areas and strategies of INESC TEC and how it successfully bridges innovation between academia and business.

Aug 31, 202312:38
Episode #40 - Cities and regions at the forefront of mobility with Karen Vancluysen

Episode #40 - Cities and regions at the forefront of mobility with Karen Vancluysen

Karen Vancluysen has been the Secretary General of Brussels based POLIS Network since September, 2014. POLIS is a network of European cities and regions working together to develop innovative technologies and policies for local transport. We ask Karen about managing mobility policies at local, regional, and national level, and the role of POLIS network for cities and mobility in Europe.

Jun 27, 202315:36
Episode #39 - The Rise of Blue Economies with Ana Pinela

Episode #39 - The Rise of Blue Economies with Ana Pinela

In this episode we speak to Ana Pinela, a Senior Innovation Consultant and Project Leader at Beta-I, with a PhD in Marine Sciences and Conservation of Biodiversity. Ana coordinates and manages Blue Economy and Bluetech projects such as the Atlantic Smart Port Blue Acceleration Network (AspBAN) in which Magellan also has a management role. 
Ana provides us with the a state-of -the-art of the ever more growing Blue Economy and discusses new concepts such as blue biotechnology, aquaculture and plastic substitutes.

May 02, 202313:58
Episode #38 - Following shippers trends with Jordi Espin, Transport

Episode #38 - Following shippers trends with Jordi Espin, Transport

In this podcast we speak to Jordi Espin, who is the Secretary General of TransPrime Spanish Shippers Council and Director of Strategic Relations at the European Shippers Council. We speak to Jordi about the digitalization trends in the world of cargo, and how can EU funding and national funding programs contribute to address the shipper's needs.

Mar 29, 202313:26
Episode #37 - Fighting air pollution in Europe with Päivi Aakko-Saksa, VTT

Episode #37 - Fighting air pollution in Europe with Päivi Aakko-Saksa, VTT

Päivi Aakko-Saksa is Principal Research Scientist at VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland with a research focus on fuels, air pollution and emissions. Päivi is also the project coordinator PAREMPI which stands for Particle emission prevention and impact: from real-world emissions of traffic to secondary PM of urban air where Magellan Circle leads communication and dissemination. We talk to Päivi about air pollution, its hazardous potential on human health and the state-of-art of research and policy activities to fight it.

Feb 27, 202312:56
Episode #36 - Connected, cooperative and automated mobility with Marzena Jougounoux, CCAM

Episode #36 - Connected, cooperative and automated mobility with Marzena Jougounoux, CCAM

Marzena Jougounoux is the Head of Office at CCAM in Brussels. In this episode we ask Marzena how the CCAM association works in practice and more information about CCAM’s first 2023 call for projects under Horizon Europe which opened in January.

Jan 26, 202311:16
Episode #35 - Rethinking the textile industry with Braz Costa, CITEVE

Episode #35 - Rethinking the textile industry with Braz Costa, CITEVE

In this episode, we speak to Braz Costa, the managing director of CITEVE, Portuguese Technology Center for Textile and Clothing Industry and since this month the coordinator of ambitious €138 million BE@T project. We ask Braz about the Portuguese textile and clothing strategy and how will the new project funded by the Portuguese Resilience Plan (PRR) transform the sector and set an example for other industries. 

Oct 28, 202218:43
Episode #34 - Inland Waterways Transport with Nik Delmeire, IWT

Episode #34 - Inland Waterways Transport with Nik Delmeire, IWT

In this episode we speak to Nik Delmeire, coordinator of the Inland Waterways Transport platform as well as project coordinator of the new Horizon Europe ReNEW project.  We speak to Nik about shifting more freight transport to inland waterways and setting the sector on an irreversible path to zero-emissions and how the recent initiatives like Naiades III action plan are going to support this.

Sep 30, 202219:41
Podcast #33 - The beginning of a new era in Magellan Circle with Ana Paula Mesquita and Alexio Picco

Podcast #33 - The beginning of a new era in Magellan Circle with Ana Paula Mesquita and Alexio Picco

This podcast is special for many reasons - not only the host is Teresa Presas, Senior Consultant in Magellan Circle, but we also had the pleasure of talking with Ana Paula Mesquita and Alexio Picco, CEO and Chairman of Magellan Circle, respectively. For this unique podcast, we discussed everything there is to know about the new merger that saw Magellan and Circle Group unite into what is now Magellan Circle. Get to know our new venture, and understand better the motivations, values and vision behind Magellan Circle. 

The future looks promising - discover more by listening to our brand new episode below!

Jul 28, 202213:50
Episode #32 - Unique story of Valencia Port with Antonio Torregrosa

Episode #32 - Unique story of Valencia Port with Antonio Torregrosa

In this episode, we talked with Antonio Torregrosa Maicas, IManaging Director at Fundación Valenciaport. Fundación Valencia Port is an Applied Research, Innovation & Training centre providing services to the port and logistics cluster. During our conversation, Antonio shared his insights on how can Europe make maritime transport the most sustainable transport mode in the upcoming decades.

Jun 30, 202212:12
Episode #31 - ITS and Smart Cities with Pedro Barradas, Armis ITS

Episode #31 - ITS and Smart Cities with Pedro Barradas, Armis ITS

Pedro Barradas is Chief Strategy Officer at Armis ITS and President of the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Portugal. We talk to Pedro about smart cities, the state of ITS in Portugal and the role of ITS in the green transition.

May 30, 202219:14
Episode #30 - Transport and Logistics in EU Green Deal with Alexio Picco

Episode #30 - Transport and Logistics in EU Green Deal with Alexio Picco

The guest of this episode is Alexio Picco, Managing Director of Circle Group, an Italian company celebrating 10 years of providing software solutions as well as consultancy and EU funding services in the area of transport and logistics. We ask Alexio to comment on the strategies for the European Green Deal and the Fit-for-55 climate action plan while paying special attention to the current events.

Apr 27, 202212:49
Episode #29 - Advancing the Portuguese Textile Industry with Ana Ribeiro

Episode #29 - Advancing the Portuguese Textile Industry with Ana Ribeiro

In this episode, we talked with Ana Ribeiro, Executive Director of the Portuguese Textile Cluster: Technology and Fashion. The Textile Cluster aims to establish win-win relationships among the cluster stakeholders and beyond, with the ultimate goal of producing and sharing knowledge as a support for innovation and competitiveness.

During our conversation, Ana shares her insights on how to transition to a more circular economy while remaining competitive compared to less sustainable industries outside of Europe, as well as the impact of the two new National and European projects - Be@t & Waste2BioComp - in the textile sector. 

Mar 30, 202216:55
Episode #28 - Bauhaus of the Seas with Nuno Jardim

Episode #28 - Bauhaus of the Seas with Nuno Jardim

The Bauhaus defined the role of design in the 20th century by combining art with industry and construction. In the 21st century, the European Union proposes a new Bauhaus that will give rise to a movement towards the implementation of the Green Deal, based on sustainability and social inclusion.

Nuno Jardim is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Instituto Superior Técnico and President of the Interactive Technologies Institute (ITI). Nuno was the main proponent of the Bauhaus of the Seas vision and Manifesto for the New European Bauhaus.

During our conversation, Nuno shared his thoughts and expert knowledge regarding the new the Bauhaus of the Seas initiative, as well as the opportunities that the Blue Economy can provide to both the EU and Portugal. Tune in to discover more about built environment, coastal territories and other related topics.

Feb 25, 202220:06
Episode #27 - European Maritime Safety with Ioannis Mispinas, EMSA

Episode #27 - European Maritime Safety with Ioannis Mispinas, EMSA

Ioannis Mispinas is Head of Safety and Security Unit at the European Maritime Safety Agency which was founded exactly 20 years ago and is located at the shores of Tejo in Lisbon, Portugal. How exactly does EMSA affect the maritime policies of the EU Member States and how will maritime accident response look like in 2050? Listen to our latest podcast with Ioannis and find out.

Jan 31, 202212:21
Episode #26 - The power of communicating with Carla Rocha

Episode #26 - The power of communicating with Carla Rocha

In our last 2021 podcast, we speak with Carla Rocha, Radio Host, Communication Trainer and Keynote Speaker. For Carla, who is also the author of the books "Speak less, communicate more" and “Speak less, influence more”, stories are key to communicating with authenticity, because they create strong connections that positively influence others. 

How can we communicate better and what are some do's and don't in the world of communication. Tune in to find out! 

Dec 20, 202120:13
Episode #25 - Bioeconomy with Teresa Presas, Magellan

Episode #25 - Bioeconomy with Teresa Presas, Magellan

The special guest for this episode is our colleague Teresa, who has just returned from the World Bioeconomy Forum in Brazil, where she moderated several sessions and discussions. But what exactly is bioeconomy and how is it related to biodiversity, climate change and other related topics? Teresa tells us more about it in this podcast.

Nov 17, 202117:20
Episode #24 - Exploring Transport Research Arena 2022 with Patrick Mercier Handisyde

Episode #24 - Exploring Transport Research Arena 2022 with Patrick Mercier Handisyde

The Transport Research Arena (TRA) Conference is the largest event entirely dedicated to European research and technology on transport and mobility. Under the motto “Moving together – reimagining mobility worldwide”, TRA Lisbon 2022 take place in Lisbon, Portugal (17-21 November 2022) and is co-organised by Magellan and other Portuguese entities. In this episode we talk to Patrick Mercier Handisyde, Strategic and Project Officer of the TRAs at the European Commission about the next edition and why we can't miss it!

Oct 29, 202112:52
Episode #23 - Becoming the Port of the Future with Inge de Wolf, Port of Antwerp

Episode #23 - Becoming the Port of the Future with Inge de Wolf, Port of Antwerp

In order to align with the EU Green Deal strategy, Port of Antwerp is coordinating a new EU project called PIONEERS, where Magellan is also a partner. Inge de Wolf, Public Affairs advisor at the Port of Antwerp shares her expectations, challenges and the strengths of Port of Antwerp. Can Inge convince us that Port of Antwerp really is the Port of the Future? Find out in our latest episode.


Oct 06, 202115:32
Episode #22 - Recovery and resilience plan for Portugal and Europe with Ricardo Oliveira, PJLM

Episode #22 - Recovery and resilience plan for Portugal and Europe with Ricardo Oliveira, PJLM

Ricardo Oliveira has 25 years experience in European Law and Competition. We talk to Ricardo about how the Recovery and Resilience Plan can help the post COVID 19 crisis and what is the role of entities such as PLMJ and Magellan in facilitating such solutions.  

Aug 24, 202116:03
Episode #21 - Bridging European Union and Portuguese citizens with Sofia Colares Alves

Episode #21 - Bridging European Union and Portuguese citizens with Sofia Colares Alves

One of the greatest challenges presented to the European Union is its relationship with the citizens and communicating its role adequately. This has been the challenging task for our latest podcast guest and Head of European Commission Representation in Portugal - Sofia Colares Alves. Sofia shares the most significant outcomes of her five year mandate as well as the main takeaways from the Portugal’s Presidency of the Council which finished this June.

Jul 15, 202117:42
Episode #20 - Funding Horizon with Rita Gil Mata, Magellan

Episode #20 - Funding Horizon with Rita Gil Mata, Magellan

This time, we have the pleasure to introduce you to our new colleague Rita Gil Mata,  who took the role of Head of EU Funding in Magellan this June. With a brilliant academic and professional career in the fields of research and funding, Rita was recently elected as Ordinary Board Member of EARMA - European Association of Research Managers and Administrators. We talk about the challenges associated with Horizon Europe, in contrast with Horizon 2020, and Magellan's participation in this new programme.

Jul 01, 202113:47
Episode #19 - The new Horizon Europe with Anabela Carvalho

Episode #19 - The new Horizon Europe with Anabela Carvalho

Anabela Carvalho is responsible for the International Networks Unit at ANI – the Portuguese National Innovation Agency; and she is the Portuguese National Contact Point and Delegate to Cluster 5 "Climate, Energy and Mobility" and Cluster 6 "Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment" of Horizon Europe, within the PERIN: Portugal in Europe Research and Innovation Network. We talk to Anabela about the new Horizon Europe programme and how Portugal can double its participation in the funding programmes.

May 12, 202121:59
Episode #18 - The new European automotive industry with Joost Vantomme, ACEA

Episode #18 - The new European automotive industry with Joost Vantomme, ACEA

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) is the main lobbying and standards group of the automobile industry in the European Union. In this episode, we speak to Joost Vantomme, Smart Mobility Director at ACEA about one of the most regulated sectors in Europe and the revolution of the individual mobility. 

Apr 16, 202121:36
Episode #17 - Cyber security in Europe with Silvana Precup

Episode #17 - Cyber security in Europe with Silvana Precup

What do we know about cyber security in Europe? How can we protect our data? In our #InternationalWomensDay2021 special, cyber security expert Silvana Precup shares her insights on data privacy in our everyday lives and tell the story of what it's like to work in this challenging and often gender unequal sector. 

Mar 11, 202119:43
Episode #16 - Innovative digital technologies for Europe with Eunice Ribeiro, i2CAT Foundation

Episode #16 - Innovative digital technologies for Europe with Eunice Ribeiro, i2CAT Foundation

In this podcast we speak to Eunice Ribeiro, Director of EC R&I Strategy and Policy at I2CAT Foundation based in Barcelona. I2CAT is a leading research and innovation center in advanced digital technologies to build the digital society of the future. We talk to Eunice about 5G, blockchain and other technologies and how the European and national funding can support their development and early adoption to reap out their benefits in society and industry.

Feb 24, 202118:30
Episode #15 - Kicking off #EU2021PT with Ambassador Pedro Lourtie

Episode #15 - Kicking off #EU2021PT with Ambassador Pedro Lourtie

Just a few days after the official launch of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Ambassador Pedro Lourtie gives us an exclusive insight into the 4th Portuguese Presidency. What will the next six months bring for the European citizens, Portugal as the Member State in change and European Union as a whole? Tune in our first podcast of 2021 and find out!


Jan 18, 202122:34
Episode #14 - Post pandemic mobility with Stephanie Leonard, TomTom

Episode #14 - Post pandemic mobility with Stephanie Leonard, TomTom

What is the role of governments when it comes to shared mobility and next generation vehicles? How can we bring back the trust in the commuter in the post pandemic world? These are some of the issues we discuss with Stephanie Leonard, Head of Innovation and Policy at TomTom, location technology leader. 

Dec 07, 202016:20
Episode #13 - Roadmaps for European logistics with Fernando Liesa, ALICE

Episode #13 - Roadmaps for European logistics with Fernando Liesa, ALICE

In this podcast, we talk to Fernando Liesa, secretary general of ALICE, one of the six European Technology Platforms set up by the European Commission in 2013, focused on supply chain and logistics.  Fernando tells us more about the ALICE roadmaps for action at national and EU level.  

Nov 18, 202016:26
Episode #12 - Safer roads with Lina Konstantinopoulou, EuroRAP

Episode #12 - Safer roads with Lina Konstantinopoulou, EuroRAP

Lina Konstantinopoulou is Secretary General of The European Road Assessment Programme (EuroRAP) which has been promoting a Europe free of high-risk roads since 1999. Lina tells us how EuroRAP supports cities and road authorities in achieving safer roads through its global iRAP protocols.


Sep 29, 202015:10
Episode #11 - Waterborne transport revolution with Jaap Gebraad, SEAEUROPE

Episode #11 - Waterborne transport revolution with Jaap Gebraad, SEAEUROPE

Jaap Gebraad is Research and Development Affairs Director at SEA Europe, the voice of the maritime civil and naval industries in Europe. We talk to Jaap about the Waterborne Technology Platform, which has been set up as an industry-oriented Technology Platform to establish a continuous dialogue between all waterborne stakeholders in the quest for zero-emissions waterborne transport. 

Sep 02, 202016:27
Episode #10 - Science in Europe with Maria da Graça Carvalho, European Parliament

Episode #10 - Science in Europe with Maria da Graça Carvalho, European Parliament

Maria da Graça Carvalho has been deeply involved in the European and national politics in her home country, Portugal. With an academic background in mechanical engineering,  Graça talks us through the importance of science and innovation in Europe and how to get more women in technology jobs. 

Jul 30, 202020:02
Episode #9 - Road transport during and after the pandemic with Steve Phillips, CEDR

Episode #9 - Road transport during and after the pandemic with Steve Phillips, CEDR

Steve Phillips, Secretary General at CEDR, Conference of European Directors of Roads talks about the importance of European roads, the "Green corridors" initiative and the role of freight transport during the pandemic. 

Jul 15, 202018:16
Episode #8 - Digitalisation for ports with Phanthian Zuesongdham, Port of Hamburg

Episode #8 - Digitalisation for ports with Phanthian Zuesongdham, Port of Hamburg

In this episode we talk to Phanthian Zuesongdham - Head of Digital and Business Transformation at the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) about the digitalisation and innovation in one of the worlds biggest ports and how it has dealt with the coronavirus crisis.

Jul 07, 202019:48
Episode #7 - Public transport in the era of coronavirus with Artur Perchel, UITP

Episode #7 - Public transport in the era of coronavirus with Artur Perchel, UITP

Public transport has been hit hard by the recent and still ongoing coronavirus crisis. In this podcast, we talk to Artur Perchel, Deputy Director at UITP - International Association of Public Transport about the recovery of the sector and the shift to shared mobility. 

Jun 29, 202025:55
Episode #6 - Future trends in transport and infrastructure with Maria de Lurdes Antunes, LNEC

Episode #6 - Future trends in transport and infrastructure with Maria de Lurdes Antunes, LNEC

Maria de Lurdes Antunes is Vice President of National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC) in Portugal and President of the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL). We ask Maria de Lurdes about defining the future trends in transport and infrastructure and how will the new Horizon Europe programme go about them.



Jun 17, 202019:54
Episode #5 - EU Biodiversity Strategy with Humberto Delgado Rosa, European Commission

Episode #5 - EU Biodiversity Strategy with Humberto Delgado Rosa, European Commission

The European Commission has recently adopted the new EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, an ambitious, long-term plan for protecting nature and reversing the degradation of ecosystems. In this episode we talk to Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director at DG Environment of the European Commission about the main objectives of the strategy and how we can shift from liking nature to systematically protecting biodiversity.

Jun 11, 202019:34
Episode #4 - European industrial recovery with Paulo Vaz, AEP

Episode #4 - European industrial recovery with Paulo Vaz, AEP

"We are going to live through a very challenging moment: coronavirus pandemic will bring the worst economic crisis in a century and its outcomes are unpredictable". In this podcast we talk to Paulo Vaz, the business activities leader of “AEP – Associação Empresarial de Portugal”, the biggest and most important Entrepreneurial Association in Portugal and one of most influential business organisations in Europe. We ask Paulo how can Europe recover from the economic crisis and become a global leader?

Jun 04, 202015:22
Episode #3 - Plastics and circular economy with Pedro São Simão, Portuguese Plastics Pact

Episode #3 - Plastics and circular economy with Pedro São Simão, Portuguese Plastics Pact

Pedro São Simão has recently become the coordinator of the Portuguese Plastics Pact (PPP) which has the aim to create a plastic circular economy in Portugal where plastics never become waste.  We talk to Pedro about the ambitious targets of the PPP to completely eliminate unnecessary plastics and shift to 100% recyclable ones by 2025. 

May 27, 202021:52
Episode #2 - "The New Normal" with João Falcão e Cunha, FEUP

Episode #2 - "The New Normal" with João Falcão e Cunha, FEUP

João Falcão e Cunha is dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Porto. We asked João how his Faculty and students adapted to the new ways of studying and working and what implications will "the new normal" have our working habits in the long run.


May 20, 202015:04
Episode #1 - TRA2020 with Alina Koskela, Traficom

Episode #1 - TRA2020 with Alina Koskela, Traficom

In our first podcast we talk to Alina Koskela, Chair of the Management Committee of the Transport Research Arena 2020 conference which was supposed to take place this week in Helsinki, Finland. Just like many other events, it was canceled due to the Corona virus outbreak. What had TRA2020 prepared for you this week and why was Helsinki chosen as host city in the first place?

Apr 29, 202013:11