About MARE



MARE is a centre for research, technological development and innovation, with an integrative and holistic approach, concentrating a wide diversity of expertise, skills, and capabilities, with a nationwide territorial implementation, that develops its activities oriented to societal challenges, in close partnership with national and international research centres.

MARE is a multipolar RD&I Centre, presently with seven poles, six of them located at higher education campus in Portuguese mainland, respectively University of Coimbra (MARE-UCoimbra), Polytechnic of Leiria (MARE-IPLeiria), University of Lisbon (MARE-ULisboa), NOVA University of Lisbon (MARE-NOVA), ISPA (MARE-ISPA), and University of Évora (MARE-UÉvora), plus one pole in the Madeira archipelago (MARE-Madeira).

MARE combines expertise allowing approaching scientifically and technologically all types of aquatic systems, from river basins and associated landscapes, to estuaries, coastal, and large marine ecosystems.

What is MARE's mission?

The mission of MARE is to seek excellence in the study of aquatic ecosystems and disseminate knowledge to support policies for sustainable development.

This mission is achieved through scientific research, education and knowledge and technology transfer to industry, as well as through the dissemination of science, establishing collaborative networks at the regional, national and international levels.


  • Advance the knowledge on the functioning of marine ecosystems, and interrelated estuarine and freshwater systems;
  • Develop scientific and technological tools towards the sustainable use of freshwater, estuaries and marine ecosystems under the framework of regional, national and international priorities;
  • Develop scientific knowledge and sound technology to help providing food and other biotic and non-biotic resources to society;
  • Promoting good ecological and healthy status of oceans and seas, estuaries and river basins;
  • Drive international cooperation to advanced education and training resulting in a new generation of scientists and professionals prepared for the Blue Economy;
  • Promote Ocean literacy and contribute to a participative Blue Society.