Institutions and their roles in the PINEA Project

Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA)
Leading Institution

ISA core business is Higher Education, Research & Development and Technology Transfer in the environmental and biological scientific fields such as Agriculture and Forestry.
Concerning Higher Education, we have 1750 students on first degree, master degree and PhD courses. Our 130 professors are Ph.D. graduates with recognized scientific work published in international journals, books and conferences. Presently our scientific work includes 79 Research & Development projects (15 international) and many others involving Technology Transfer.
Presently we are leader participant in 3 international projects financed by the EU and in 46 national projects, mostly financed by the EU and by national funds for Research and Development.
Our partners in international and national projects include other Universities, Research Institutes and Private Enterprises. Our experience in Research & Development projects with international teams has more than 20 years and during this period we were project leader of several large and very large teams.
The projects carried on by ISA are managed by the project coordinator, usually a professor, and by project staff specifically contracted for the project management purposes (in large projects), assisted by the ISA administrative central staff, that includes financial, human resources and public relations managers, and a project general support team.

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Instituto Nacional de Recursos Biológicos, I.P. (INRB)
Participating Institution

The Instituto Nacional de Recursos Biológicos, I.P. (INRB). is a state laboratory which includes the former state laboratories Laboratório Nacional de Investigação Veterinária (LNIV) and Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e das Pescas (INIAP). Its mission is to pursuit research in the domain of biological resources. As such, its policies aim to protect and to add value to the Portuguese biological resources and to back-up Portuguese policies internally and towards the European Union.
INRB promotes research and development (RD) activities in domains of science and technology, agriculture, forestry, food and production, agro-forestry production, rural development and crop protection, as well as food technologies and biotechnology. Consequently, it has to support the definition of sectorial policies, implementing the scientific and technological bases and securing the technical support necessary for the development and innovation within those domains.

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Forest Research Centre / Centro de Estudos Florestais (CEF)
Research Unit

The Forest Research Centre/ Centro de Estudos Florestais (CEF) is a research unit devoted to the integrated investigation of forests and related ecosystems and of forest products and forest-based services, first established in 1976 within the Portuguese National Research Network, and imbedded in the ISA, in the Technical University of Lisbon.
CEF is a voluntary network of university staff, researchers and post-doctoral fellows who guide the research of post graduates: in total 95 Ph.D (69 members, 26 contributors) and 67 post-graduates.
CEF is organized in 4 different research areas under the coordination of a senior researcher:

Forest ecology (ForEco)
Managing Biodiversity in Forest, Aquatic and Agroecosystems (ForBio)
Forest ecosystems management (ForChange)
Science and technology of forest products (ForTec)

The research strategic goal of CEF is to combine investigation on the functioning of the main forest ecosystems in Portugal and on their relevant forest products and services, with fundamental and methodological research of broad scientific interest. Therefore CEF's research goes beyond the national context into the study of current global issues such as climate change, ecology of forest ecosystems and their sustainable development, bioenergy or final products use optimization.
The objective is to have a problem-oriented research unit aimed at knowledge creation and technological development that can be used to support the formulation of public policies, and meeting research needs for territory management. It has also the general objective of promoting scientific education, as well as public awareness in these areas. Work is underway to create a multi-Research Centre network, under the “Associated Laboratory” concept: LEAF- Laboratory for the Environment, Agriculture and Forests.
For governance CEF has a Scientific Coordinator and an Executive Committee, a Scientific Council and an Advisory Board. The Scientific Council, comprising all the Ph.D. members, defines research policy and approves scientific and financial reports and activity plans. The Advisory Board includes international scientists who analyze CEF activities, through reports and plans. The Scientific Coordinator and two executive members have the management, administration and external promotion. A technical secretary is employed as contracted staff.
Reports include annual activity. Financing relies on a running support given by the Scientific and Technological Foundation/Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) and on external project funding (national and international), postgraduate scholarships and consultancy.

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