Knowledge Centers

In Porto you will find first class competence centres that combine talent and technological capacity.


University of Porto (U.Porto)
The University of Porto is the second largest university and the most prestigious educational and research institution in Portugal. 

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Its firm commitment towards the pursuit of a strategy built upon the cooperation with higher education institutions around the world, makes it also the most international Portuguese university. 

Often referred to as the cradle of science in Portugal, U.Porto proudly takes an increasingly active role when it comes to meeting the needs of the society, including the business and industrial fabric. 

A role that relies strongly on the capitalisation of knowledge on top of the transfer of talents and innovation that emerge from its 14 faculties, one business school and more than 50 research centres.

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Institute for Research and Innovation in Health (I3S)
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Health is the largest centre of research and innovation in health in Portugal.

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I3S brings together three of the most prestigious national research laboratories in the field of life and health sciences, namely the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology (IBMC), the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (INEB) and the Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto (IPATIMUP). 

With over 800 researchers, I3S focuses its transdisciplinary activity on the pursuit of answers to some of the greatest challenges in health care: cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, infectious diseases and regenerative medicine.

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Science and Technology Park of University of Porto (UPTEC)
The Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto is a key player when it comes to enhancing the transfer of knowledge and technology between the University of Porto and the surrounding business community. 

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Built around four thematic centres – Technology, Creative Industries, Biotechnology and Marine, since its creation in 2007, UPTEC has already supported the development of more than 370 business projects in areas as diverse as the Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, New Materials and Production, Energy, Health, Biotechnology, Information and Communication Technologies, amongst others. 

As a recognition of its remarkable performance, UPTEC was the winner of the European RegioStars 2013 Award in the category "Smart Growth".

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Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC TEC)
The Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science was established in 1985, being currently considered a national reference Associate Laboratory with large experience in R&D and technology transfer.

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With a strong multidisciplinary character, INESC TEC acts as an interface between the academic world and the world of industry and services in Information Technologies, Telecommunications and Electronics. 

Present in 6 sites spread throughout the Northern Region of Portugal, INESC TEC brings together more than 700 researchers, distributed over its 13 R&D centres and an associate unit, with complementary skills and an outlook strongly directed towards the international market.

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Centre of Engineering and Innovation in the Automotive Industry (CEiiA)
The Centre for Excellence and Innovation in the Automotive Industry is a key player when it comes to the development and deployment of innovative products and intelligent systems for the aeronautic, mobility and offshore industries worldwide.

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With over 200 staff, CEiiA brings together the main Portuguese associations, technical universities, R&D centres, public agencies and suppliers from the automotive and aeronautical industry. 

From its headquarters in Porto, the innovation centre also operates in the global markets, holding a remarkable international presence - CEiiA has facilities in Brazil and engineering teams positioned across several EU countries, namely Spain, France, United Kingdom and Italy. 

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Polytechnic Institute of Porto (P.PORTO)
The Polytechnic Institute of Porto is the largest and most prestigious polytechnic institute in Portugal.

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Created in 1985, P.PORTO is a referenced public higher education institution that trains professionals in the areas of Arts, Engineering and Technology, Education, Management and Health.

Nearly 20.000 people study, teach and research in its 7 polytechnic schools and around twenty research groups test, discover and innovate in the highest ranked national polytechnic institute in the international scientific rankings. 

The P.Porto has established itself as an open and international community through the creation of strategic links with the surrounding business community and through the development of a cooperation network with more than 300 entities spread across the four continents.


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Fraunhofer Portugal
The Fraunhofer Portugal is a non-profit private association founded by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the largest organization for applied research in Europe.

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Founded in 2008, it was the first Fraunhofer subsidiary to open outside German.

In Portugal, Fraunhofer operates the Research Center for Assistive Information and Communication Solutions (Fraunhofer AICOS) – a partnership between Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the University of Porto – focusing on Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) and Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D).

Fraunhofer Portugal promotes and coordinates the cooperation between its research centers, other research institutions and Industry partners, with the objective of undertaking applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprises and of wide benefit to society.

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