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BIOPOLIS will pursue the following medium-long-term objectives (7 years):
1. To establish and implement an ambitious program of research and innovation in Environmental Biology, Ecosystem Research and AgroBiodiversity, through a close partnership and exchange of experiences and capacities between CIBIO, PBS and the University of Montpellier.
2. To strengthen the core competences and capacities of CIBIO in the assessment and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services, thereby increasing its potential to undertake world-level research and innovation, as well as its capacity to access EU and other international research funds, as well as providing services and applications in these fields.
3. To develop competences and capacity on the use of genomics as a mainstream tool for the improvement, conservation and protection of local genetic resources (agro-biodiversity), thereby enhancing the conditions for CIBIO to spread innovation targeted at increasing the competitiveness and environmental sustainability of the agricultural sector.
4. To further strengthen competences in the emerging field of environmental metagenomics, with the aim of positioning CIBIO as one of the world-leading CoEs contributing to mainstream genomic tools as the oncoming standard for environmental and biodiversity monitoring, thereby harnessing the opportunities arising from the requirements of public and private institutions to develop new cost-effective tools and applications.
5. To become progressively a self-funded, independent and sustainable Centre of Excellence, through a streamlined fund raising strategy, including the regular coordination and participation in international research projects funded by the EU and other institutions.
6. To strengthen partnerships that can effectively help building the "triple helix” model of innovation, by boosting interactions and mutual trust between BIOPOLIS, the Environment, Biodiversity and Agri763853 BIOPOLIS - Part B 5 food business players and other business corporations, non-governmental environment and agriculture agencies, and the public administration, thus promoting the transfer of knowledge from research into application, and helping to focus research on solving relevant practical problems. Particular attention will be given to the very-many Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), which are the major locomotive of the Portuguese economic tissue.
7. To expand the current network of scientific relationships with developing countries, particularly with Portuguese speaking countries, positioning CIBIO at the forefront of collaborative partnerships between Europe, Africa and South Africa, to address challenges related to biodiversity conservation and environmental sustainability under climate change, and contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals to 2030.
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