The Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, FP (FFCUL) is a Public Foundation under Private Law, a non-profit organization, endowed with legal personality. FFCUL was created in 1993 as an initiative of the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL) to promote and facilitate scientific research, technology and development services to society, and to organize qualified human resources training and consulting expertise and knowledge dissemination.
FFCUL acts as the legal front institution of multiple research units, from different scientific fields, carrying out research work and managing financial and administratively R&D projects. Currently, FFCUL manages over 300 projects and implements a professional (and constantly audited) management of 20 research units, in the fields of Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research, Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geology, Geophysics, Space, Astronomy, Biology, Computer Science and Informatics, Education Sciences and Philosophy and History of Sciences.
Many of these R&D activities are developed together with international teams and are funded both at National and European levels.
All the research work is carried out by the research unit staff and by staff hired by FFCUL specifically for the R&D Projects. The largest FFCUL clients are associated to the FCUL research units (which integrate researchers from more than 20 other Portuguese faculties and universities), but FFCUL also supports other universities and laboratories directly.
The Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Modelling research group
The Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Modelling research group (CCIAM) is based at FFCUL and has been involved in several projects in the domains of climate change impact assessment, adaptation and mitigation strategies and development of downscaled climate scenarios. The group brings together scientists from several disciplines who conduct trans-disciplinary research on both a national and international level.
The group’s objectives fall within four main domains:
- Impacts assessment: to conduct pioneering research on climate change impacts at local, national, and international levels on water resources, coastal zones, forests, biodiversity, agriculture, public health, tourism, energy demand, and transports;
- Adaptation: to contribute towards national and global research on adaptation to climate change;
- Networking: to establish national and international networks in our research areas;
- Dissemination: to disseminate information on climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation to stakeholders at all levels.
Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes
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 need. We combine research with action and integrate science with education, to produce a capable next generation of scientists, a better-informed public, and 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, non-profit organizations, private companies and citizens.