Which Biodiversity Definition for Biodiversity Conservation?

I&D Project. Ref. PTDC/IVC-HFC/1817/2014


Funding institution: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)

FCT is the national funding agency that supports science, technology and innovation, in all scientific domains, under responsibility of the Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education. FCT started its activity in August 1997, succeeding the Junta Nacional de Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (JNICT). Since March 2012 FCT has coordinated public policies for the Information and Knowledge Society in Portugal, after the integration of the Knowledge Society Agency-UMIC. In October 2013, FCT took over the attributions and responsibilities of the Fundação para a Computação Científica Nacional (FCCN), [Foundation for National Scientific Computation].


Main research unit and host institution: Centro de Filosofia da Ciência da Universidade de Lisboa (CFCUL)

The Centre for the Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon officially started its activities in July 2003 and it is composed of an interdisciplinary team that includes integrated members and collaborators, national and international, with distinct institutional affiliations. The CFCUL develops its activities within six Research Groups, and aims to promote the development of the Philosophy of Science in Portugal by supporting and favouring research in the field of Philosophy of Science, by participating in Research Projects, collaborating with national and international teams, doing research supervision of Post-graduate students, linking research and Post-graduation through the Master and PhD Programs in History and Philosophy of Science of the FCUL, and the Master in Bioethics of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon. It publishes Kairos. Journal of Philosophy & Science, an open access peer reviewed journal.


Principal contractor: Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FFC/FC/UL)

FFCUL is a private non-profit organization, created in 1993 to provide the Faculty of Sciences (FCUL) with financial/administrative R&D management. FCUL acts as a third party in all R&D projects based on a scientific agreement in force since FFCUL’s establishment. FFCUL contribute significantly to the case studies in WP4; WP5 and WP6. FFCUL is the front institution for a large Portuguese scientific collaboration of multiple research groups, with more than 400 on-going national and international projects.


Participating institution: Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência (MUHNAC) / Universidade de Lisboa (UL) (Ulisboa)

The National Museum of Natural History (Museu Nacional de História Natural), coordinated by the Lisbon University, is one of the biggest museums in Portugal dedicated to natural history, botanic and science. It has many different temporary and permanent exhibition that aim to promote science and the understanding of the surrounding world.


SVT is a permanent, interdisciplinary and interfaculty institution at the University of Bergen that is responsible for research, teaching and dissemination within the field of “theory of science”, understood broadly as “research on research”. The research profile of SVT is broad, with a focus on critical reflection over the science-society relationship. The Centre coordinates and participates in several EU/FP7 and NRC-projects on the ethical and societal aspects of science and technology. SVT is a member of the Norwegian Academic Council for Science and Technology Studies, and teaches “theory of science” with ethics in all PhD programmes at UiB.

The Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (Ce3C), formerly the Centre of Environmental Biology is a large R&D unit based at the Science Faculty of Lisbon University (FCUL). Founded in 1994, the Centre has evolved its vision and strategy in recent years, expanding its research to address science and societal challenges in ecology, evolution and the environment (the three “E”s in the Centre’s name), enlarging its geographic scope to encompass tropical and insular ecosystems, and embracing new innovative methodologies and collaborative approaches. With these changes and the integration of two other research groups (Azorean Biodiversity Group – http://www.gba.uac.pt/, and CCIAM – http://www.sim.ul.pt/cciam/), the Ce3C now includes 12 research groups nested into four Thematic Lines, all involving internationally recognized investigators. It conducts scientific activity in the domain of natural and environmental sciences, combining fundamental and theoretical research with applied research and services.

Centro de Ciências do Mar e do Ambiente (MARE), Universidade de Lisboa