Formerly named Centre of Environmental Biology, a R&D unit based at the  Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, the cE3c - Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes has evolved its vision and strategy in recent years, expanding its research to address science and societal challenges in Ecology, Evolution and the Environment (the three “E”s in the Centre’s name), enlarging its geographic scope to encompass tropical and insular ecosystems, and embracing new innovative methodologies and collaborative approach. 

With these changes and the integration of two further research groups (Azorean Biodiversity Group and the Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Modeling Group), the cE3c now includes 12 research groups. It conducts scientific activity in the domain of natural and environmental sciences, combining fundamental and theoretical research with applied research and services. 

cE3c’s proposes a concerted, transregional and transnational research effort addressing major threats to sustainability: i) loss of biodiversity with potential impact on ecosystem services, ii) climate and land-use changes, iii) biological invasions, and iv) lack of societal awareness and skills to address these issues. We are well positioned to take on key priorities at the regional, national and EU levels, namely those of the Strategy for Sustainable Development and the Europe 2020 Strategy, which call for cost-effective, integrated and interdisciplinary policies to ensure future economic development rooted in principles of social cohesion and environmental protection.

Margarida Santos-Reis