Interdisciplinary Thematic Networks

Interdisciplinary Thematic Networks

Higher education institutions have the right and duty to liaise with society namely through knowledge transfer and dissemination activities and by actively promoting the economic value of scientific knowledge.

In this context, and considering the need to define the Pillars of Action for the Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa) Research and Development strategy, the Interdisciplinary Thematic Networks were created in late 2013 covering the following key areas:

| Agro-Food and Forestry (redeAGRO)
Health (redeSAÚDE)
Smart Urban Mobility (redeMOV)
Sea (redeMAR)
Entrepreneurship and Knowledge Transfer (redeVALOR)

According to specialized differentiation criteria, the Interdisciplinary Thematic Networks aim to mobilize ULisboa professors and researchers in specific areas of knowledge to increase the University’s participation in international networks. Interdisciplinary Thematic Networks initiatives contribute to a better positioning of ULisboa for the smart specialization strategies (RIS3) within the Portugal 2020 framework and for Horizon 2020 societal challenges. Other initiatives include the development of strategic partnerships with organisations and institutions from the public, social and private sectors and the timely creation of Business Advisory Boards within the scope of each Thematic Interdisciplinary Network.

Universidade de Lisboa is committed to expand its internationalisation-related efforts into the Research, Development and Innovation domain, namely in the areas of redeAGRO, redeSAÚDE, redeMOV and redeMAR networks. In addition, new outreach initiatives related to knowledge transfer and protection will be promoted by redeVALOR encompassing also the development of new co-creation strategies along with the business sector.

The Interdisciplinary Thematic Networks do not replace ULisboa Schools or Research Units, which are of permanent and strategic nature, but rather assume a unifying role between their activities, however distinct from other transversal projects such as ULisboa multidisciplinary Colleges.