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Objectives




To accomplish its Vision and Mission, BIOPOLIS CoE will pursue the following strategic objectives grouped into three main axes:
I. Excellence towards innovation 
i. Tap into Portugal’s potential in research and innovation, creating an independent, strong and sustainable CoE that delivers excellent scientific research and innovation with high societal impact over the long term. 

ii. Build up human and logistic capacities for developing excellent research and innovation, train researchers and practitioners, and promote knowledge transfer and the exploitation of results, establishing a state-of-the-art collaborative research platform where the best facilities and equipment are available to researchers, spin-off and start-ups, and industrial partners.

iii. Tackle cutting-edge research problems at the frontiers of current knowledge, harnessing the powerful concepts and tools of the New Biology framework, and involving collaborations with top-level researchers and research institutions worldwide.

II. Empower economy and sustainability for a better society
iv. Develop solutions to societal challenges, addressing the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and promoting the sustainable use of biodiversity (including agrobiodiversity) and ecosystems to reduce poverty and enhance economic growth opportunities, with a strong focus on least developed countries, particularly Portuguese-speaking African countries. 

v. Enhance the appreciation of science, biodiversity and ecosystems by society as a whole, raising awareness regarding the links between the knowledge-based management of social-ecological systems, sustainable socioeconomic development and human health and well-being.

vi. Promote specialised jobs, economic growth and investment at the national and regional levels, engaging with business corporations and other stakeholders, increasing capacities to develop problem-solving research, transferring knowledge to end users, and creating start-up companies. 

vii. Develop technological solutions and new approaches to the monitoring and assessment of biodiversity and ecosystems to reduce the cost and increase the effectiveness of strategies, tools and methodologies for the study of biodiversity on all levels, from genes to ecosystems, the assessment and monitoring of species and ecosystems, minimising environmental impacts, and managing biological populations for conservation and sustainable use.

viii. Develop new science-based products and services for (i) non-invasive sampling environmental DNA, (ii) remote sensing and autonomous image acquisition for vegetation and habitat mapping (iii) bio-logging technologies to take measurements from free-ranging animals, iv) Developing cost-effective approaches for monitoring population trends of threatened species and habitats listed in EU directives, (v) modelling and simulation of ecological and socio-ecological systems, (vi) identification of the genetic basis of selected traits in locally adapted natural populations, (vii) climate change adaptation and mitigation and enhance carbon sequestration and reduce carbon emissions associated with wildfires; (viii) genomic tests for population diversity monitoring of the regularly harvested natural populations of wildlife species, and simultaneously help protecting and regulating the market of these products; (ix) the application of Remote Sensing and GIS technology to research ecosystem services dynamics and spatial heterogeneity at large-scale,  (x) assessment, of soil biodiversity, (xi) identification and monitoring of autochthonous strains of microorganisms (yeast, fungi, bacteria) responsible for the organoleptic characteristics of process food and drinks, (xii) evaluating the effectiveness of agricultural policies in protecting biodiversity (CAP), (xiii) identification of the genetic bases of environmental resilience and productivity of local agricultural landraces  and incorporate this information in breeding programs, (xiv)–omics tests for early detection, and control of plant and animal pathogens, (xv) implementing a bidirectional "Farm to Fork to Farm” traceability system.

III. Internationalization in research and training 
ix. Raise the critical mass of highly skilled researchers and international visibility of the country and region in the fields of environment, biodiversity and agriculture at the national and regional levels, attracting the best talent worldwide, and contributing to reversing the problems associated with "brain drain”.

x. Improve international experience, networking capacities and participation in cross-border science networks, connecting researchers and research institutions through strategic partnerships with internationally leading institutions worldwide, and with research institutions from least developed countries.

xi. Train a new generation of highly-skilled researchers and practitioners, offering internationally recognised doctoral and post-doctoral programmes, as well as advanced training and continuous development programmes for professionals at different stages of their career. 

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