19 to 20. NOVEMBER.2020 - ONLINE



The School of Technology and Management (ESTG) of the Polytechnic of Leiria, organizes the 2nd International Conference on Quality Innovation and Sustainability – ICQIS2020 – in Leiria, Portugal.

The conference will take place online, on 19th and 20th November 2020.

The ICQIS Conferences have been a meeting forum for researchers and interested professionals on the Quality and Innovation, with special focus on Sustainability.

The main aim of the ICQIS2020 is the dissemination of knowledge and the exchange of good practices among researchers and professionals in these domains.


Mário Pereira

Polytechnic of Leiria

Fábio Simões

Polytechnic of Leiria

Irene Ferreira

Polytechnic of Leiria

Pedro Martinho

Polytechnic of Leiria

Carlos Sá

Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto


Mário Pereira

Polytechnic of Leiria / CDRSP

Pedro Martinho

Polytechnic of Leiria / CDRSP

José Carlos Sá

Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto

Nuno Alves

Polytechnic of Leiria / CDRSP

Pat Donnellan

National University of Ireland – Galway

Irene Ferreira

Polytechnic of Leiria / CEMMPRE

Cristina Barros

Polytechnic of Leiria

Luís Barreto

Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo

Otavio Oliveira

Faculdade de Engenharia de Guaratinguetá – Universidade Estadual Paulista 

Miguel Corticeiro Neves

Instituto Superior Miguel Torga / Força Aérea Portuguesa

Fábio Simões

Polytechnic of Leiria / CDRSP

Henrique Carvalho

Polytechnic of Leiria

Gilberto Santos

Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave

Paulo Ávila
Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto
Cristovão Silva 

University of Coimbra – CEMMPRE

João Matias

University of Aveiro  

Carina Pimentel

University of Aveiro 

Tiago Pinho

Escola Superior de Ciências Empresariais | Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal 

Goran Putnik

UMinho-DPS / Centro Algoritmi

Manuel Pereira Lopes

Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto | Politécnico do Porto

Teresa Morgado

UNIDEMI, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Luís Pinto Ferreira

Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto | Politécnico do Porto

Tânia Lima

Universidade da Beira Interior

Volnei Tita

University of São Paulo – USP / São Carlos School of Engineering

Fernando Antunes

University of Coimbra / CEMMPRE

Gabriela Fernandes

University of Coimbra

Maria Teresa Pereira

Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto | Politécnico do Porto




Quality Management Systems

Problem Solving Methodologies and Improvement

Lean and Six Sigma

Information systems for quality management

Leadership and engagement of people

Supply Chain Management



Data Management and Industry 4.0

Innovative Solutions for Quality Challenges

Risk Management

The strategies and integration of quality and innovation

Advanced Materials and Processes



Environmental quality policies and standards

Circular Economy and Life cycle costing

Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare in Manufacturing

Strategies and management of resources

Waste Management and disposal

NEW: PROGRAMME now Available

The conference will be held online using the Zoom platformSessions will be divided as follows: 

Plenary sessions – live or pre-recorded presentations from keynote speakers, for all conference participants. 

Topic sessions – live or pre-recorded presentations from authorsfor the specific topics of the conference. 

Posters sessions – PDF posters will be available on the conference website. Optionallyauthors can submit a short (5 slide) presentationwith or without audio comments


Further details on Zoom meeting IDs for each session will be published soon.


Gilberto Santos

Gilberto Santos holds an Aggregation (DSc) title in Industrial Engineering from de New University of Lisbon and a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Minho University, Portugal.

He is Professor at the Polytechnic Institute Cávado Ave (IPCA), Barcelos, Portugal, where he founded a master’s course on “Integrated Management Systems QES (Quality, Environment and Safety) and was the director of it for 7th editions.

He participates as a Speaker in several national and international conferences and is the author of several publications and reviewer for International Journals. He is a member of Editorial Review Board of TQM Journal.

His research interests are quality, innovation and sustainability.

António Vasconcelos

António Vasconcelos is a business strategist with more than 30 years of experience, and a former international Vice-President of Oliver Wyman. He founded NEW-NEXT, an advisory boutique to support the 360º transformation of medium-sized businesses in Portugal.

Having got an awakening in 2010 to the need to develop business models within social and environmental limits, he joined and currently coordinates the board of directors of The Natural Step International, a Swedish born NGO that is known for a framework defining sustainability, and backcasting from there. Esporão is an example of a business in Portugal for whose leadership he helped design a masterplan guided by systems thinking and sustainability, which is considered a world case study in wine.

More recently, Antonio joined Planetiers to create an international event in Lisbon attended by more than 10.000 people online per day and a 2030 disruptive transformation program for the decade in Portugal.

He has an MBA (Nova SBE) and a degree in Management (Católica Lisbon). 

Kristina Zgodavova

Prof. IngKristina Zgodavova, PhD. is one of the leading Slovak experts in the field of quality engineering and management. 

She worked as project manager in an engineering organisation and later served as vice-rector for strategy and development at the Alexander Dubček University in Trenčín

At present, she is a full professor at the Technical University of Košice, guarantor of Integrated Management Systems and Quality Engineering study programs, adviser of the working group of the Slovak Accreditation Agency for Higher Education, and editor-in-chief of the Quality, Innovation, and Prosperity journal. In these roles, she deals mainly with improving education quality. She is the author of three monographs, many textbooks, and teaching aids, leads several projects, and participated in the development of curricula and textbooks for quality management courses in various fields of the industry and services.  

Plenary lectures

Plenary Lectures will address topics of importance in the fields of Quality, Innovation and Sustainability.

Book of abstracts (NEW)

The Book of Abstracts for the conference can be downloaded in this link.



For all sessions, authors should submit an abstract (1 page) of their work using the EasyChair Platform. Except for keynote speakers, when submitting the abstract, authors must indicate whether they will participate with an oral presentation or in the poster’s sessions.

Upon acceptance and peer-reviewing, abstracts will be made available as a book of abstracts (with an ISBN number) to each participant at the conference registration.

The Book of Abstracts for the conference can be downloaded in this link.

Additional information: How to create an EasyChair account


Optionally, authors can later submit an extended abstract (4 pages) that includes further details about their work. Upon acceptance and peer-reviewing, manuscripts will be published in Proceedings (ISSN 2504-3900,  indexed at DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals, CLOCKSS (Digital Archive), e-Helvetica (Swiss National Library Digital Archive), Google Scholar, J-Gate (Informatics India)) from MPDI (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/proceedings) and be made available to authors after the conference.

Publication on a Special Issue

Authors are also encouraged, optionally, to submit a full conference paper of 8-12 pages. Reviewed and accepted conference papers will be published in a special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050; CODEN: SUSTDE, Impact factor: 2.576, Coverage by Leading Indexing Services SCIE-Science Citation Index
Expanded (Clarivate Analytics), SSCI-Social Science Citation Index Expanded
(Clarivate Analytics), Scopus (Elsevier
) from MPDI (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability). Conference participants will benefit from a 30% discount form the standard Article Processing Charge (APC).

Deadline for submission: 2nd new date: 6th November 2020
Notification date: 6th new date: 10th November 2020


Deadline for submission: 12th November 2020

Extended Abstracts
New Deadline for submission: 14th December 2020
New Notification date: 18th December 2020

Full papers
Deadline for submission: 25th January 2021
Notification date: 15th February 2021

Abstracts and Extended Abstracts

Abstracts (1 page) should be submitted using the MS Word Template or the Latex Template. In either case,  an abstract with up to 500 words, plus references, is requested.

Templates for the Extended abstracts (4 pages) can be found at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/proceedings/instructions.

For both abstracts and extended abstracts the submission is to be made using the EasyChair Platform


Authors should upload posters according to the template. Submission is made through the EasyChair Platform. Optionally, authors can submit a short video or presentation (5 slides) to be included on the conference website during poster sessions. These can be sent by e-mail.

Full papers

Templates and instructions for the submission of full papers to the special issue of Sustainability can be found at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/instructions.

Submission is carried out using the journal’s own submission and peer-review system.



Conference is free, but requires registration. Links for conference sessions will be provided near the conference date.


International Conference on Quality Innovation and Sustainability – ICQIS2020 will be held at the School of Technology and Management (www.ipleiria.pt/estg) of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, which is located near the center of the town.

The conference is online. However, if you feel like visiting Leiria, please note the following information.


Oporto (OPO) and Lisboa (LIS) are the airports closest to Leiria. Leiria can be achived by train or bus.

To get to Leiria from the Oporto Airport By Express BUS:
From the airport you take the subway (metro) line to Campo 24 de Agosto to pick an express Bus to Leiria.

To get to Leiria from the Lisboa Airport (LIS)  by Express BUS:
From the airport you take the subway (metro) line to Oriente or Sete Rios (with a line change) to pick an Express Bus to Leiria.

Check the bus tickets here.

Check the train tickets here.


A list of hotels near the venue can be found here.


The Leiria Region, centrally l The Leiria Region, centrally located in the coastline of Portugal, have as a rich cultural heritages, with its natural beauty, imposing world heritage monuments. In this region are other cities mainely the cities of Marinha Grande, Ourém, Alcobaça, Fátima, Pombal, Batalha, Porto de Mós and Nazaré located nearby.


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Conference Patrons

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(Revista Ordem dos Engenheiros)

O Molde
(Revista da CEFAMOL)

(Revista da NERLEI)


The conferences will concede the following awards
(see award rules in Link)

Best presentation award

Participants will be given the chance to vote on their favourite presentations. The winner will be awarded an Honorable Mention Certificate and also the chance to submit a full paper to Sustainability without charge (APC fees).

Best poster award

The best poster will receive an Honorable Mention Certificate.


Conference email

Venue GPS Coordinates

39°44’03.2″N 8°49’18.1″W


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