Mountain Research Center

Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo



Mountain Research Center

CIMO - Centro de Investigação de Montanha (Mountain Research Center) is a multidisciplinary research unit focused on mediterranean mountain issues, based at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal, and with a section center at the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, Portugal. CIMO is part of the national research network coordinated by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT).The Centre follows an interdisciplinary approach based on an applied research strategy covering issues and expertise that goes from Nature (raw materials, natural resources, biodiversity, agriculture and forest management) to Products (Food or Bio-based materials).

CIMO aims to promote research in mediterranean mountain areas according to the best international practices, promoting scientific observation and experimental development for the conservation, exploitation and scientific valorization of biodiversity, natural resources, farming and forest systems, and mountain products; to develop sustainable land use systems, improving endogenous research competencies; and linking research and stakeholders promoting sustainable development in mountain areas. CIMO is socially committed at enhancing opportunities and income for and in mountain areas.

The Centre has currently 77 PhD integrated members specialists in a wide range of fields in natural, social and engineering sciences that focus its research on sustainable development promotion through the use of endogenous resources and creation of value chains. This diversity of backgrounds and expertise allows the Centre to be remarkably multidisciplinary which suits CIMO's main subject of study: complex physical-biological-human mountain systems.

After evaluation by FCT, CIMO was rated Excellent.

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IPVC Contact Person: Luis Miguel Brito

Directive Board
  • João Carlos Martins Azevedo, Vice Coordinator
  • Maria Filomena Filipe Barreiro, Vice Coordinator
Research Groups
  • Socio Ecological Systems - José Alberto Cardoso Pereira, IP
  • Sustainable Processes and Products - Simão Pedro de Almeida Pinho, IP
External Advisory Board
  • Elias Fereres Castiel, President of the Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS), Instituto de Agricultura Sostenible, CSIC, Cordoba, Spain
  • Madalena Dias, Director of Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering - Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials (LSRE-LCM), Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
  • Martin Price, Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development, Centre for Mountain Studies, University of Highlands and Islands, Perth, Scotland, UK
  • Paul Colonna, Director of 3BCAR, Bioenergy, Biobased Molecules and Materials from Renewable Carbon, Carnot Institute, Deputy Scientific Director Bioeconomy, INRA, Paris, France