Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA)

The Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA) is one of the faculties of the Universidade de Lisboa. The core mission of ISA is Higher Education, R&D, and Technology Transfer in the scientific fields of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Engineering, Food Science and Engineering, Animal Production Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Biology, and Landscape Architecture. Within Higher Education, ISA is attended by 1500 undergraduate, master and PhD students. The 130 professors and 125 Researchers are PhD graduates with recognized scientific work published in international journals, books, and conferences. Presently, is involved in 94 R&D projects, 44 internationals, which ISA is the leading partner in 4 international project and 20 national projects, financed by EC and national funds and also in several projects concerning Technology Transfer. Our partners include universities, research institutes, and private enterprises. ISA hosts three nationally recognized scientific research centers: Forest Research Centre focused on integrated research of forestry and related ecosystems, forestry products and forest related service. The Center for Linking landscape, environment, agriculture and food, focuses on the entire Agro-Food chain, combining in a balanced way basic and applied sciences, from the cell and microorganisms to the landscape, for the knowledge and promotion of effective solutions aiming at the conservation of natural resources and the Production and food quality.

Instituto Politécnico de Leiria (IPL)

The Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPLeiria) is a public institution of higher education, dedicated to the production and diffusion of knowledge, creation, transmission and diffusion of culture, science, technology and arts, applied research and experimental development. IPLeiria develops its activities in the aim of education and training, research, provision of services to the community and extending cooperation in educational, cultural and technical areas. IPLeiria has modern and well-equipped facilities, which provide support services with excellent quality. Presently, IPLeiria has approximately 1.150 workers, of which more than 800 are teachers (half with PhD degree), and has more than 11.000 students. IPLeiria is an innovative and entrepreneur Higher Education Institution with a dynamic and robust ecosystem of Research and Innovation (R&D+i) strongly orientated to the economy and society. This R&D+i ecosystem is composed by five higher schools, one Knowledge Transfer Centre, more than 130 laboratories and 18 research centres. IPLeiria has developed a strong collaboration with society, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region of Leiria, either by research, development projects or through R&D+i services. IPLeiria have an outstanding performance associated to the Industrial Property rights and has obtained 28 national and international patents, 13 utility models, 36 brands and 76 design models approved by the National Institute of Industrial Property.

Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP)

The Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) was established in 1967 by decree of the Holy See. The creation of UCP constitutes a milestone in modern higher education in Portugal: for the first time the State was not directly involved in and responsible for a university. The UCP enjoys a large degree of autonomy in the creation and running of new campuses, facilities and courses. Taking advantage of the fact, it has been a pioneer in some aspects of university development in Portugal, e.g. business administration and management, food engineering, multimedia and digital arts. The UCP comprised 16 Faculties, Schools and Institutes that are the fundamental learning and researching units, and 4 Departments. It is a nationwide university located in four regional centres (Braga, Porto, Beiras and Lisbon) as well as in Macao (China), where it runs a University Institute. The Regional Centre of Porto began its activities in 1978 with the College of Law and comprises two campuses situated in Porto. Being the stimulation of research one of UCP fundamental aims, there are eight research units in the Regional Centre of Porto, the majority achieving high rates when subjected to external assessment of research standards by a panel of international experts sponsored by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation.

Universidade de Évora (UE)

The University of Évora is organized in 4 Schools: Arts, Sciences and Technology, Social Sciences and Nursing and offers 41 undergraduate and 120 postgraduate degrees. Research and Development (R&D) covers several scientific areas through a network of 14 Research Units, all of them submitted to international evaluation, under the coordination of the Institute for Research and Advanced Studies. Furthermore, the University of Évora established three Chairs in areas of excellence: Biodiversity, Renewable Energies and Heritage, which are sponsored by private capital holders. Over the last years, the University has fostered a close link with the community. Such interaction has been possible through the creation of working networks and dissemination of knowledge such as the participation in the Science and Technology Park as well as through the establishment of protocols and contracts for the supply of services in partnerships with Companies, Universities, Associations and Institutes. The main R&D areas are: Agronomy and Biodiversity; Geophysics, Environment and Landscaping; Materials and Surface Science; Economics and Business Studies; Computer Sciences and Software Interoperability; Social and Political Sciences, History, History of Art, Science and Cultures; Applied Mathematics; Education; Linguistics and Literature; Elderly Healthcare. The 150 running R&D projects are developed through national and international partnerships, H2020 funding, FCT as well as by private sponsorship.

Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro

Placed in the north-eastern city of Vila Real, the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) became a public university in 1986. Today UTAD is widely recognized as a significant reference in the Portuguese university system, defending high quality teaching, research and community outreach. The UTAD has chosen teaching and research fields which meet national needs, and thus strives to be a Centre of Excellence for lifelong learning and for the creation, transmission and dissemination of culture, science and technology. The UTAD offers different study options through its 5 schools (Agricultural & Veterinary Sciences, Human & Social Sciences, Sciences & Technology, Life & Environmental Sciences & Nursing), while research is developed through 8 different Research Centres. Through the Centre for Research and Technology of Agro-Environmental and Biological Sciences (CITAB), the UTAD promotes research in the scientific areas of agri-food, forestry and environment, and a novel group of technological engineers pushes forward innovative applied solutions in those areas. Through this Centre, there is also the promotion of interdisciplinary activities, internationalization, innovative solutions and increased linkages to the industry. CITAB also maintains strategic partnerships with other relevant international organizations on the aforementioned scientific areas, including CITA and IRTA (Spain), CRA and IBAF-CNR (Italy), IFR (UK) and INRA (France).