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On the Tour of Portugal with Science

Throughout ten stages, starting in Oliveira de Azeméis and ending in Lisbon, this will be a journey of knowledge and learning about the territory, the landscapes, the people, its culture and its traditions.

Territory, Heritage, Health, Innovation, Literature, History, Music, Sports, Gastronomy, and Arts and Crafts are the themes that fill the Stages of Knowledge, revealing the presence of science along the way: in history and heritage, in the technology it develops, in the equipment and also in the environment, in the local cultures, and in the organization of the territory.

Inserted in the strategy of Portugal's commitment to training, science, culture and knowledge, the initiative, promoted by the MCTES - Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, aims to promote knowledge of the Portuguese territory and its cultural, natural, scientific and technological heritage; to publicize the technological innovations that link higher education institutions to companies and the regions where they are located; to raise awareness for the responsible use of natural resources; to stimulate social, scientific, economic and cultural innovation.

The Cycling Tour of Portugal is a unique sporting event because of the shared emotions it generates, the proximity it maintains with local populations and the festival of itinerant entertainment during the stages. By associating science and knowledge to the main event of national cycling, the development and valorization of the national identity will be stimulated.

The initiative Volta ao Conhecimento. Because the Tour has Science was presented on Friday, July 22, at the Thalia Theater by the Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Maria Fernanda Rollo. The Secretary of State for Energy, Jorge Seguro Sanches, the President of RTP, Gonçalo Reis, the President of the Portuguese Cycling Federation, Delmiro Pereira, the Director of the Tour of Portugal, Joaquim Gomes, the Representative of the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities, Manuel Assunção, and the President of the Higher Council of Polytechnic Institutes, Joaquim Mourato were also present.

During the press conference, an exhibition was held with some equipment from well-known figures in Portuguese cycling, such as Joaquim Agostinho's yellow jersey and the bicycle used by Alves Barbosa in the Tour. Also on site was a 3D printer that designed and produced a bicycle, as an example of the innovation and technology developed in the research units of higher education institutions.

On the website the route and themes of the Knowledge Stages can be seen. The initiative will also be on the social networks Facebook and Twitter.

Tour of Portugal | Tour of Knowledge. 

Because the Tour has Science.