Universidade do Porto – CIIMAR (Portugal)
UP – CIIMAR –– is a leading research and advanced training institution of the University of Porto, working on the frontier of knowledge and innovation. The centre develops transdisciplinar and transnational research, promotes technological development, and supports public policies and governance in Marine and Environmental Sciences. CIIMAR fields of expertise cover three research domains: GLOBAL CHANGES AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES, AQUACULTURE AND SEAFOOD QUALITY, and MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY, addressing important economic and societal challenges. Hosting 10 research groups (with 165 PhD researchers) that cover a wide range of scientific expertise and share a common vision: “Contribute to the Knowledge of the Ocean and coastal areas as a basis for the sustainable management and exploitation of resources”.
The centre has been actively involved in the integration and development of Marine and Environmental Sciences participating in relevant European and global knowledge and innovation networks (e.g. MARBEF, EUROMARINE, EPBRS, EATIP); it is a member of the European Marine Board. At the national level, CIIMAR is an active member of two relevant actors in the Marine Economy sector: the National Maritime Cluster – Forum Mar, awarded the Bronze Label of the European Cluster Excellence Initiative; and the BLUEBIOALIANCE, a network of research centres, industry and other stakeholders with significant interests in the valorisation of marine bioresources.
With its headquarters at the heart of the maritime industry and services in the Northern region of Portugal (Leixões Harbour), the centre features well equipped facilities for research, training and services, with state-of-the-art equipped laboratories and large cultivation and animal experimental facilities approved by the Portuguese Veterinary Authority. With branches in Lisbon and the Madeira and Azores Archipelagos, the centre is in a unique position to promote research and innovation in the Atlantic Area. CIIMAR further integrates two research infrastructures of national and European relevance: the European Marine Biological Resource Centre – Portugal (EMBRC.PT) and the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor Observatory (EMSO).