The University of Aveiro (UAVR) is among the most dynamic and innovative universities in the country. UAVR has around 14000 students and a unique model of governance (16 Departments, 4 Polytechnic Schools and various training centres) and seeks to develop and maintain a supportive research environment, where researchers can count with a solid and experienced administrative, financial and legal structure.
UAVR has a strong research profile contributing to the progression of science and technology, and a privileged partner to companies and other national and international organizations with which cooperate in numerous projects, providing important consultancy and services. UAVR is also an actor as a regional network for education and training by promoting strong links with the surrounding community.
During 2013, 501 projects were active in UAVR, of which 71 were financed by international and European Programs. In FP7, UAVR is/was involved in 52 projects. These projects are developed by 18 research centres of several scientific areas (environmental and marine sciences; materials; nanoscience and nanotechnologies ; telecommunications; electronics; telematics; mechanical technology; automation; geosciences; cellular biology; organic chemistry of natural products; mathematics; education; behavioural sciences; languages and cultures; technologies and communication sciences; governance, competitiveness and public policy; politics for higher education; music and design).
Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) is one of the four Associated Laboratories of the University of Aveiro, being one of the few interdisciplinary research units connecting environmental and marine sciences in the Iberian Peninsula. CESAM has approximately 450 members, 200 of whom have a PhD and 200 are PhD students, from six departments of the UAVR. It also includes members from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. International cooperation of CESAM is well documented in many jointly published papers in leading international journals (ca. 50% of the 428 ISI papers published during 2013 included researchers from international prestigious institutions). At post-graduate level, CESAM has well established national and international collaborations in teaching. E.g., CESAM members are involved in two Joint Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Programmes. CESAM has high capacity to generate knowledge and attract funding from public announcements and R&D&I contracts. During the 2009-2013 period over 130 R&D&I projects were initiated, financed through national and international competitive public calls, corresponding to ca. 14.5M€. These include 39 projects where CESAM is a participant institution, while the remaining are coordinated by CESAM Members.
UAVR leads WP5, Causalities between Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functions and Services and the case study on the Vouga River, from catchment to coast in Portugal.