About MARE



MARE is a center for scientific research, technological development and innovation, oriented to societal challenges..

With technical and scientific skills to address all aquatic ecosystems, including river basins and adjacent areas, estuaries, coastal and oceanic marine ecosystems, MARE adopts an integrative and holistic approach, in close partnership with national and international institutions.

MARE is a multi-institutional centre, created in January 2015, with a nationwide territorial implantation. It is located in eight Regional Research Units, at higher education campus in Portuguese mainland, respectively University of Coimbra (MARE-UCoimbra), Polytechnic of Leiria (MARE-PLeiria), University of Lisbon (MARE-ULisboa), NOVA University of Lisbon (MARE-NOVA), ISPA (MARE-ISPA), Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal (MARE-IPSetúbal), University of Évora (MARE-UÉvora), and ARDITI/University of Madeira (MARE-Madeira).

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.