The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.
There are two strategic objectives relevant for the natural sciences:
Leveraging scientific knowledge for the benefit of the environment and the management of natural resources;
Strengthening science, technology and innovation systems and policies for sustainable development.
Launched in 1992, the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme promotes international cooperation by
building inter-university networks and encouraging the transfer of knowledge across borders.
In 2014 an agreement was signed among the University Coimbra and UNESCO for
creating the UNESCO Chair in Biodiversity Safeguard for Sustainable Development.
Implement and support a network of researchers, higher education and R&D institutions,
in the fields of biodiversity, ecology, conservation and sustainable development;
Provide training and resources for students and researchers by promoting short-term
internships, workshops, and human resources exchange among partner institutions;
Create and improve digital platforms for knowledge sharing;
Foster science communication and outreach activities – Building
bridges between academia and society;
Increment inter-university cooperation and strengthening of scientific networks
within C.P.L.P. (Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries).
Chair Holder and General Coordinator
Joana Cabral Oliveira
Chair Manager and Researcher
Anabela Mota Pinto
Health and Nutrition
History of Science and Biodiversity
Terrestrial Ecosystems and Global Change
Paleoecology and Forensic Sciences
Social-Economic Governance and Sustainability
Biodiversity and Evolution
Biotechnology and Microbiology
José Paulo Sousa
Natural Resources and Sustainable Development
Marine and Coastal Processes
Environmental Risk Assessment
History and Communication of Science
The Mandume Ya Ndemufayo University (Angola) and Lúrio University
(Mozambique) are partner institutions since the beginning of our UNESCO Chair,
in 2014. Over time, many others have joined us.