cE3c's is engaged in 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 policy to effectively address these issues.

We built cE3c to take on key priorities at the regional, national and EU levels, namely those of the Regional Strategies for Smart Specialization, the National Strategy for Sustainable Development and the Europe 2020 Strategy. This calls for cost-effective, integrated and interdisciplinary policies to ensure future economic development rooted in principles of social cohesion and environmental protection. cE3c’s scientific strategy is built upon four Pillars of Action targeting 15 objectives. These pillars form the backbone of cE3c's interactions and collaborations that draw on individual strengths and provide, through synergistic effects, the cohesion required at the level of the Centre.


BIKE - Build and Integrate Knowledge and Expertise

BIKE is cE3c's scientific Pillar. It defines cE3c's three main research areas, as well as its transversal topics - topics that integrate knowledge and expertise from most research groups.

Main research areas:

  • Assess ecological patterns & processes, including biodiversity changes in Mediterranean, tropical and insular ecosystems;
  • Understand evolutionary patterns & processes, shaping biodiversity and adaptation to environmental changes;
  • Study the drivers and impacts of environmental change and design effective responses to those impacts.

Transversal topics:

  • Contribute to sustainable ecosystems and citizen’s well-being in urban contexts;
  • Increase and innovate knowledge in agro-forestry systems;
  • Investigate the causes, processes and responses of biological invasions in the context of climate and land-use change;
  • Develop and apply methodologies that incorporate environmental change scenarios, impacts and responses.