About MARE



MARE is a multipolar RD&I Centre created in January 2015, presently with seven poles, 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 vision?

MARE seeks to be a reference institution in Marine and Environmental Sciences, contributing to understanding how aquatic ecosystems work, promoting the sustainable use of resources and ocean literacy.

What is MARE's mission?

MARE pursues excellence in the study of aquatic ecosystems and disseminates this knowledge in support of human progress and sustainable development policies. This is achieved through collaborative networks developed at both national and international levels, focusing on scientific research, education, knowledge and technology transfer, and science dissemination.​​


  • 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.