Rich in culture and diverse in landscape, Portugal has been voted Europe’s Leading Destination by the World Travel Awards two years in a row, predicting accelerating growth in tourism. Claiming 1800 kilometers of coastline and verdant countryside to discover in 250 days of sunshine a year, Portugal is a true European gem.

Not merely a tourist hotspot, Portugal is devoted to worldwide scientific development. Around the country, twenty interactive science centers fuel pioneering minds while promoting scientific initiatives. The largest is the Pavilion of Knowledge in Lisbon, explored by at least 700 visitors daily.

Portugal holds over 300 research and development centers, establishing itself as a base for study. The Foundation for Science and Technology Portugal (FCT), the national public funding agency, reports that about 30% of Portugal’s annual public funds go to research. The FCT seeks to “establish Portugal as a global reference for research and innovation.”

The majority of Portugal’s R&D laboratories are found in public universities, while others are found at private universities and establishments. World-famous institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Melon University, Fraunhofer Institute, and the Ismaili Imamat hold partnerships with Portugal in their efforts to exponentially advance research.

Some of Portugal’s popular institutions:

The Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC): A non-profit research institute founded in 1990 in Coimbra, Portugal, CNC is focused on biomedical research and furthers graduate work at the University of Coimbra.

Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMBC): Formed in 1997, IMBC’s research covers genetic diseases, infectious diseases and immunology, neuroscience, stress, and structural biology. Working closely with the University of Porto and local hospitals, IMBC is committed to promoting life science awareness.

Institute for Plasmas and Nuclear Fusion (IPFN): Winning the “Exceptional” classification of R&D units, IPFN is one of the largest Portuguese physics research labs. Based at the Technical University of Lisbon, IPFN was formed in 2008 by the merging of the Center for Nuclear Fusion and Center for Plasma Physics.

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC): An international center for biological and biomedical research and graduate training in Oeiras, Portugal, IGC utilizes cut-edge equipment, organizes small independent research units, and offers Ph.D. programs.

Laboratory of Instrumentation and Experimental Particle Physics (LIP): LIP’s state-run research began in 1986 and is now present in Lisbon, Coimbra, and Braga. Professors and scientists affiliated with five different universities partner with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). LIP’s work with high-energy physics has included space science projects and medical physics.

Marine Biology Station of Funchal: A member of the European Network of Marine Biology stations, this post was founded in 1999 on the island of Madeira. Their studies focus on diverse marine species and how they are affected by global warming.

Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA): The national meteorological, seismic, sea and atmospheric organization of Portugal works under the Ministry of Sea and uses its research to contribute to economic and social development.

FCT Vision cited from: https://www.fct.pt/fct.phtml.en

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