Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental

Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology

Vision and Strategy

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CBMA vision is to tackle the societal challenges of the 21st century regarding Pressure on Natural Resources and Global Climate Change, while addressing questions that affect Human Health and Wellbeing.

Our scientific focus is on biodiversity, and encompasses research on natural, experimental and human environments necessary to better understand behavior and interactions between different aspects of the living systems, and their response to global change.


Achieving a sustainable balance between human needs and the environment is one of the major challenges facing society. CBMA's strategy is oriented towards creating cutting-edge knowledge that will foster a biosustainable society.

The team´s interdisciplinarity enables the study of biodiversity to uncover novel molecular targets and cellular pathways, to assess, model and predict organism and ecosystem responses to environmental changes as well as to describe ecosystem processes. Furthermore, acquired knowledge on biodiversity will also be exploited to create green processes and bioproducts.

CBMA established strategic partnerships sharing a vested interest in Biosustainability: the Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability, the Landscape Laboratory and the Quiaios Field Station. Through them, CBMA stimulates excellence in science while enriching critical mass and promoting multidisciplinary team work, translating knowledge into innovation, reinforcing internationalization and expanding networking.

In close association with national and international experts, as well as in the context of our strategic partnerships, CBMA will contribute to improve and develop advanced models that integrate the physical, chemical, biological and social sciences, and also human components of the Earth system, to address Biosustainability issues.

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