Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research


Terminal de Cruzeiros do Porto de Leixões
Av. General Norton de Matos s/n
4450-208 Matosinhos


Phone (+351) 22 340 18 00
Fax (+351) 22 339 06 08



CIIMAR - Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research - is a research and advanced training institution hosted by the University of Porto. Its mission is to develop exceptional-quality research, promote technological development and support public policies in the area of Marine and Environmental Sciences. CIIMAR is a multidisciplinary institution, organized into 3 Thematic Lines lead by three senior scientists, hosting 27 Research Groups, covering a wide range of scientific expertises and sharing a common vision: "Contribute to the Knowledge of the Ocean as a basis for the sustainable management and exploitation of resources". Presently, its scientific staff is composed by 430 researchers (including 153 PhD holders) with many different nationalities and scientific backgrounds. CIIMAR generates around 300 articles in SCI journals per year (60% in Q1), contributing to cross-cutting scientific themes and societal challenges at both regional/national and European levels.

The translation of the research into tangible benefits for society is pursued through the participation in projects contributing to public policy design and implementation at regional, national and European level; and through the implementation of an extensive outreach program addressed to all sectors of society to increase Ocean literacy. CIIMAR is a member of the European Marine Board, a pan-European platform that aims to bridge the gap between science and policy, in order to meet future marine science and societal challenges and opportunities. CIIMAR is also a member of the Maritime Cluster - OCEANO XXI, a cluster of enterprises, municipalities and research centres that aims to promote and strengthen the national maritime economy. The centre features well equipped facilities for research, innovation, training and services. Our headquarters will be relocated in 2014-2015 in new installations at the heart of the maritime industry and service activities in the Northern region of Portugal, the Leixões harbour, in the recently established Ocean Network Research of the University of Porto.

As a result of a partnership of CIIMAR with CCMAR - Centre of Marine Sciences of the University of Algarve, the status of Associate Laboratory was awarded by the Portuguese Government to CIMAR - Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, in recognition of its scientific excellence in Marine Sciences as determined by international evaluation panels.


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