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TROPIBIO - Expanding potential in TROPIcal BIOdiversity and ecosystem research towards sustainable life on land

TROPIBIO - Expanding potential in TROPIcal BIOdiversity and ecosystem research towards sustainable life on land

This project aims to expand the research and innovation potential of CIBIO – Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, through the creation of an ERA Chair in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems Research (TROPIBIO). Taking advantage of historical and cultural links, the project is rooted on the network of TwinLabs established between CIBIO and institutions from Portuguese-speaking African countries, aiming to support research in biodiversity assessment, conservation and sustainable use, and ecosystem function and services, thereby contributing to achieve the Life on Land goal of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The project builds on human resources and lab facilities supported by previous FP7 CAPACITIES and H2020 WIDESPREAD projects, expanding their capacity to deal with complex research and innovation challenges linked to sustainable development in the tropics.

To achieve its objectives, TROPIBIO will develop the following main activities:
(i) Upgrade research capacity by expanding the human potential and fostering a critical mass of researchers with inter-disciplinary expertise in tropical biodiversity and ecosystems research;
(ii) Consolidate the TwinLab network by strengthening internal communication, enhancing in situ technical and logistic conditions, and promoting collaborative research among institutions;
(iii) Reinforce CIBIO’s network of international partnerships at the EU and global level; and
(iv) Enhance long-term sustainability of tropical research at CIBIO by increasing innovation potential and impact, and thus the capacities to attract national and international funding. These activities will contribute to the advanced training of human resources, and to the communication, dissemination and exploitation of CIBIO’s research and innovation. Also, they will better integrate CIBIO with the European Research Area (ERA), and foster its participation in EUAfrica cooperation in science, technology and innovation.

Team
Principal Investigator
Pedro Beja

Pedro Beja

Position: Associate Director of Operations, Fund Raising and Knowledge Transfer
Groups:
APPLECOL, COMPBIO
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Researchers
Fernando Jorge Guimarães Sequeira

Fernando Jorge Guimarães Sequeira

Position: Auxiliary Researcher
Group:
TROPBIO
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Francisco Álvares

Francisco Álvares

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
CONGEN
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Francisco Moreira

Francisco Moreira

Position: Principal Researcher
Group:
AGRODIV
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Luís Manuel Abecasis Palma

Luís Manuel Abecasis Palma

Position: Auxiliary Researcher
Group:
APPLECOL
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Maria Joana Ferreira da Silva

Maria Joana Ferreira da Silva

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
BIODESERTS
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Martim Melo

Martim Melo

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Groups:
SOCIALITY, TROPBIO
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Nuno Miguel dos Santos Ferrand de Almeida

Nuno Miguel dos Santos Ferrand de Almeida

Position: Full Professor
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Pedro Monterroso

Pedro Monterroso

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
CONGEN
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Raquel Godinho

Raquel Godinho

Position: Principal Researcher
Group:
ECOGEN
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Richard James Ladle

Richard James Ladle

Position: Principal Researcher
Group:
APPLECOL
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Rita Covas

Rita Covas

Position: Principal Researcher
Group:
SOCIALITY
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State
Ongoing
Proponent Institution
ICETA-UP (CIBIO-InBIO)
Funded by
H2020-EU.4.c.
Dates
2019 (Duration: 3 years)
Participant Institutions
A formal protocol was also being signed with IBAP – Instituto da Biodiversidade e das Áreas Protegidas (Guinea-Bissau), Universities of Johannesburg (South Africa), Namibia and Zimbabwe., Centro de Investigação e Treino em Saúde de Chókwè (Mozambique), Instituto Superior de Ciências da Educação – Huíla (Angola), ISCED
Reference
WIDESPREAD-04-2019 - ERA Chairs - Grant Agreement Number 854248
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