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 Research Centres

The research activities of the Scool of Sciences are organised in Research Centres which integrate all teaching staff/researchers developing their work at the School's Departments, and other invited researchers and doctorate students.
Research activities are carried out in various domains and in collaboration with other national and international institutions.

 Centre of Plant Functional Biology

CBFP2.jpgThe Centre of Plant Functional Biology (CBFP) is a permanent organic research unit of the School of Sciences of the University of Minho, and is located in the Gualtar University Campus in Braga, Portugal. The staff of CBFP beneficiates from the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) Pluriannual Financial Support Programme as members of the FCT research unit BioISI - . Biosystems & Integrative Sciences Institute.

The centre has two primary missions: i) promotion of scientific research in Plant Functional Biology, and ii) promotion of high standard post-graduated training activities.
Specific research interests are:
· Developmental Biology (Floral Biology and Senescence)
· Stress Biology (Abiotic stress tolerance and Plant- Mycorrhizal Fungi interaction)
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 Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology

CBMA2.jpgThe Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology (CBMA) is a Research Unit from the School of Sciences from Minho University (UMinho). The mission of CBMA is to promote high quality Research and Advanced Education & Training in Biological Sciences, for the benefit of the societal issues of Biosustainability while serving the community via extension activities that support the development of Science and Technology at the regional, national and international levels.
CBMA vision is to tackle the societal challenges of the 21st century regarding Pressure on Natural Resources and Global Climate Change, while addressing questions that affect Human Health and Wellbeing. By addressing the complexity of biological systems at distinct levels of organization, from molecules to biosphere, and benefiting from the expertise of a cross-disciplinary team, CBMA R&D activities converge towards Integrative Biology.Thus, Research Groups organization reflects their scientific expertise and approaches towards different perspectives on biodiversity: i) Research Group SUSTAINING LIFE: Biodiversity and Functional Ecology; ii) Research Group BASICS OF LIFE: Cellular Responses to Environmental Stress; iii) Research Group INNOVATION FOR LIFE: Functional Genomics and Nanobiotechnology for Sustainable Living.
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 Centre of Earth Science

CCT2.jpgThe Centre of Earth Science (CCT) is a sub-unit of research at the Sciences School of the University of Minho. The CCT is the pole at this university of the Institute of Earth Sciences (ICT), a research unit created in 2014 with other poles at the universities of Évora and Porto and recognized by the Foundation for Science and Technology with the score of "Excellent". The main CCT objectives are: i) To contribute to the development of scientific research and to the national science policy in the domain of Earth Sciences; ii) To carry out scientific research programmes and projects; iii) To develop specialised training activities and post-graduation education; iv) To promote science outreach among students and general public. CCT members develop activity, primarily in the areas of environmental monitoring, dynamics of lithosphere and geoconservation.
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 Centre of Physics

CFUM2.jpgThe mission of the Centre of Physics is to develop cutting edge research both in fundamental and applied areas, and in particular in interdisciplinary fields in interaction with biology, medicine, and chemistry. The Centre is committed with the training of post-graduate students and in outreach activities, as well as in application of its research output in industry. In general terms, the Centre develops its research in 4 areas of physics and material science:
1) Condensed matter physics (experimental, theory, computational)
2) Molecular physics and biophysics (experimental, computational)
3) Nanomaterials: production, physics, and applications (experimental, computational)
4) Optics and science vision (experimental, computational)
 In the Centre there are about 30 laboratories.
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CITAB2.jpgCITAB is a research center focused on the agro-food and forestry systems using the production-chain approach as a whole. It is composed of a multidisciplinary team with expertise ranging from fundamental sciences such as biology and chemistry to agronomists, forestry engineers and ecologists. The group benefits from the input of other scientific experts in the fields of mathematics, physics, technological engineering and engineers.
A strong connection between science and thestakeholders is envisaged in order to analyze and understand their needs, problems or constraints. We use multidisciplinary and innovation to reply to these needs in order to create opportunities in national and regional agri-food and forestry production chains and in natural resources management, resulting in more competitive value chains, a better and sustainable environment and more developed societal knowledge.
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 Centre of Mathematics

CMAT2.jpgThe Center of Mathematics (CMAT) is a research unit of the School of Sciences of the University of Minho (UM), with a pole at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), that aims to develop and promote its research activity covering a large range of fundamental and applied mathematical areas, actively collaborating with other research units, national or international, and also trying to answer to new challenges with an impact on society, contributing to social and regional development.
The Unit is composed of 62 researchers, among them 41 are integrated members, 12 PhD students and 11 collaborator researchers from other institutions. This team is actively involved in scientific activities, as well as in graduate and postgraduate education in cooperation with the Department of Mathematics and Applications of UM and with the Department of Mathematics of UTAD.
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 Centre of Chemistry

CQ2.jpgKnowledge in chemistry is based on the study and manipulation of the molecule, the smallest unit responsible for the properties and behaviour of all substances and materials that are part of our daily lives. In the Centre of Chemistry at the University of Minho (CQUM), ongoing research is largely focussed on the design, preparation and characterization of new drug candidates, and on the development of new molecules and materials for future cutting-edge technologies. The CQUM members are also involved in the preparation of nanomaterials for controlled drug delivery or for specific technological applications. Concern about environmental aspects and sustainability has motivated the development of eco-friendly synthetic methods, the preparation of novel smart materials and the development of analytical techniques for pollution control.
Most of this work involves complementary scientific fields and is carried out in collaboration with national and international partners, reflecting that current research is often developed at the interface of chemistry with areas such as biology and medicine, physics, mathematics, materials science and nano-sciences / technology.
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