Mission & Vision

cE3c is committed to a sustainable future. Tackling the challenges posed by global change requires a tighter integration of the knowledge from life and environmental sciences, and cE3c was built to meet this necessity.

At cE3c we acknowledge that producing the necessary knowledge is a crucial step, and that using this knowledge to effectively promote change is another. We combine research with action and integrate science and education, to produce a capable next generation of scientists, a better-informed public, and adequately advised policy.

Our research examines and integrates all levels of biological organization -from organisms up to entire ecosystems (natural and anthropogenic) and is used to support and inform governmental agencies and entities, nonprofit organizations, private companies and citizens. The combined expertise and unique databases of cE3c constitute fundamental repositories of knowledge for Portugal, insular Europe, other Portuguese-speaking countries and the European Union. Not surprisingly, therefore, we have been successful in informing and influencing policy at the regional, national and European level.


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cE3c is composed of 12 research groups nested into four thematic lines:


- Conservation Ecology, CE

- Environmental Stress & Functional Ecology, ESFE

- Plant-Soil Ecology, PSE


- Computational Biology and Population Genomics, Cobig2

- Evolutionary Ecology, EE

- Evolutionary Genetics, EG

- Developmental and Evolutionary Morphogenesis, DEM

- Natural History & Systematics, NHS


- Ecology of Environmental Change, eChanges

- Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Modelling, CCIAM


- Island Biodiversity, Biogeograhy & Conservation, IBBC

- Island Environmental Risks & Society, IERS