CEF develops research, post-graduate education, and outreach activities on issues dealing with forests, agro-forestry systems semi-natural areas, and forest-based industrial chains. CEF shares the EU Forest2020 da UE vision of forests and semi-natural areas as vital, productive and multifunctional ecosystems, contributing to sustainable development and human well-being, in a healthy environment.
Current challenges focus on dependencies between people and the natural environment, regional dimensions of global change, globalization of risks and economic instability, delivery of ecosystem services, the re-emergence of green chemistry and forest-based biorefineries.
CEF is committed to an international perspective on research issues and fosters a diverse academic community. Most of our experimental research is located in Portugal, but it extends to the Mediterranean region and to tropical and sub-tropical regions and encompasses global approaches.
The CEG’s scientific activity is carried out in close co-operation with the teaching of Geography at IGOT-ULisboa. It is carried out freely and with full respect for the ethics of scientific research, accepting no political, religious or ideological constraints. The CEG can provide services and carry out research work for public or private, national or foreign organisations, with remuneration allocated to the staff involved and its operation, in accordance with general legislation and the rules of IGOT and ULisboa.
The Center for Geographical Studies (CEG) is an organic subunit of research and development, integrated in the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT) of the University of Lisbon (ULisboa) and enjoys statutory, administrative and scientific autonomy.
Founded in 1943, by Professor Orlando Ribeiro, it is the main reference in the research and dissemination of geographical knowledge in Portugal and one of the most prestigious research units at the international level.
Since ecology is the scientific matrix of CFE, with research focused in the fields of climate change, water and food management, protection of the oceans, biodiversity, ecosystem services, among others, CFE researchers will pursue a greater commitment to promote sustainable development, in a concerted, transdisciplinary, transnational and translational vision, supported by knowledge sharing. Therefore, the global mission of the CFE fully embodies the priorities of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with researchers being stimulated to give priority to systemic thinking with relevance at local, national and international levels.
The Centre for Functional Ecology – Science for People & the Planet (CFE) is a R&D unit hosted by the Department of Life Sciences of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra that brings together researchers from all fields of ecology, integrating knowledge from genes to the biome level to disentangle the mechanisms responsible for biodiversity maintenance, and for the composition, structure and functioning of biological communities and ecosystems. CFE holds a strong commitment to knowledge transfer to the general public and to the productive sector, with emphasis on the sustainability of territories and local communities.
ISAMB aims to be an internationally competitive and nationally relevant centre for research, education & training, economic & social innovation and outreach, focused on the complex and closely intertwined relationships between the environment, the impact of human activity upon it, and in turn the influence of environment upon health and wellbeing, aspects that make up the Environmental Health scope.
Overall, Environmental Health can be defined as the assessment and management of “modifiable” environmental influences from chemical, physical, biological, social, psychological factors on human health and wellbeing, as well as all behaviours related to the physical, social and cultural environment. As a science, Environmental Health is concerned with all aspects of the natural and built environment that may affect human beings, from the earliest stages of development throughout life. It is often referred to as preventive health since if managed and implemented effectively, Environmental Health can reduce disease burden, increase productivity and reduce the demand on the health services.
Being Environmental Health at the crossroad of environment, society and health, ISAMB’s mission is to advance excellence in research, education and outreach, to contribute to national and global public health improvement, preventing and reducing the burden of environmentally associated disease and protecting and promoting health and wellbeing, also contributing to increase productivity and reduce the demand on both health services and the inequalities in exposure and health. Ultimately ISAMB aims to contribute to the national effort to promote R&D and innovation forwards to 2020 and beyond, and to address current and future Societal Challenges, specifically in Environmental Health issues.
LEAF (Linking Landscape, Environment, Agriculture and Food) was created in 2013 from the merging of four previous R&D Units of Instituto Superior de Agronomia: CBAA-Centro de Botânica Aplicada à Agricultura, CEER-Centro de Engenharia dos Biossistemas, CEAPCC- Centro de Estudos de Arquitetura Paisagista “Prof. Francisco Caldeira Cabral” and UIQA-Unidade de Investigação em Química Ambiental.
The research promoted by LEAF focuses on the whole agro-food chain, dealing with main issues on a variety of scales, from cells and microorganisms to landscape design, in favor of knowledge and the promotion of effective solutions aimed at conserving natural resources and the increased production and quality of food.
LEAF is also committed to postgraduate training, innovation, technology transfer, internationalization and the dissemination of knowledge. To meet these challenges, it is organized into three Research Groups that are interconnected into four Thematic Lines.