On April 4th 2013 two collaborative protocols were signed, the first creating a CONSORTIUM FOR PROMOTION AND COMPETITIVENESS OF THE RESEARCH IN THE AGRARIAN SECTOR (CPECIA) between CITAB, the Centre for Functional Ecology (CEF) at the University of Coimbra, the Animal and Veterinary Research Centre (CECAV) at UTAD and AgroBioPlant - CITAB's Research Group based at the University of Minho. The second was signed between UTAD, the University of Coimbra, the University of Minho and the Confederation of Farmers of Portugal (CAP). It is expected that these protocols will meet the development needs of the agrarian sector in Portugal, working in close cooperation with the business community and active social partners in the sector. These initiatives will place the participating research centres in a very strong position to face the challenges posed by new Common Agricultural Policy and within the European research programme Horizon 2020.
We are very pleased to inform that our proposal “Agricultural Production Chains - From Fork to Farm” submitted to FCT International Doctoral Program on 20th February 2013 was recommended for funding! This Doctoral Programme had as proponent institution CITAB/UTAD and as participating institutions the Chemistry Centre of Vila Real /UTAD, the University of Minho, the University of Wageningen (Netherlands) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), to whom once more we give our gratitude. This funding will allow the recruitment of 32 PhD studentships between 2013 and 2017, which will certainly boost research in Agricultural Sciences, with expected positive effects on the competitiveness of companies of the sector in Portugal.
Come to UTAD and participate in this useful forum for exchanging knowledge and experience concerning biomechanics, health and sustainable environment. Specifically, graduate and postgraduate students from a variety of backgrounds will be given the opportunity to present and discuss their work carried out in an open scientific environment. In this 2nd edition, our special attention will be to the creation of an international brand quality. In this context, the MARCADUERO PROJECT, backed by border Cooperation Operational Programme Spain/Portugal (POCTEP), was devoted to the promotion and protection of natural and historic heritage of the Douro region and the creation of sustainable touristic products consolidating the image of this region, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Information will be generated with regards to environmental resources, architecture and practice guidelines related to hiking users, that aims at promoting exercise and health of users. We would be pleased to welcome you as a presenter or participant.
CITAB is a multidisciplinary centre with researchers that have expertise in agri-food, forestry, environmental studies and engineering under three investigation groups:
The key focus area for the new centre is ecoystems sustainability and the improved uses of natural resources. Several projects area being developed: