Energy for Sustainability Initiative | 10 Years 2006-16

Energy for Sustainability Initiative (EfS)


The Energy for Sustainability Initiative (EfS) gathers together faculty and researchers from fourteen R&D Units of the University of Coimbra, affiliated to the Faculty of Economics, the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Science, the Faculty of Law and to the Faculty of Science & Technology, namely the Departments of  Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computers, Civil Engineering, Informatic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Life Sciences and Earth Sciences. This Initiative manages advanced training activities, at the masters and doctoral levels. The activities are very much of an interdisciplinary nature, and have  been achieving strong interaction with industry and society at large. This is because they concern urban systems, industrial production and energy (conventional or based on renewable sources), for buildings and transport.

These two essential characteristics have shown the need for a structure that will ensure the activities are conducted properly, to guarantee the core goals of the initiative, i.e., close cooperation between the University of Coimbra and industry. Therefore the EfS Initiative is organized as follows:

Organization and Coordination
External adviceRepresentation, planning and assessmentOperational Management
External Advisory and Assessment Board (CEAA)Professors and Researchers Council (CDI)Scientific Coordination and Management Committee (CCCG)
External Scientific Advisory Committee (CACE)Interdisciplinary Representation Council (CRI)
  • Academic and Pedagogical Affairs Committee (CAPA)
  • Scientific Research and Business Liaison Committee (CICLE)
  • Communication Committee (CCom)
  • Internal Transference Committee (CTI)

External advice

External Advisory and Assessment Board (CEAA)

The External Advisory and Assessment Board is composed of employers outside the UC, whose role is to organize reflection on UC's strategy for EfS areas and assess the achievement of the general objectives and of the education and training activities managed by the EfS Initiative.

External Scientific Advisory Committee (CACE)

The CACE plays an important role in promoting and developing EfS interdisciplinary scientific research. It analyses and provides counselling on the Initiative's strategy and scientific activities, including projects, publications, interdisciplinary R&D fostering, international cooperation, student involvement in scientific projects and methods and directions for future work.

Representation, planning and assessment

Professors and Researchers Council (CDI)

The CDI is composed of lecturers and researchers that take part of the Initiative and gathers at least once a year to analyze the activities and develop an opinion on future planning.

Interdisciplinary Representation Council (CRI)

The role of this structure is to define a medium-term guidance, monitor the activities of the Initiative and assure a formal link to the R&D Units involved in the EfS Initiative. IRC elements are professors or postdoctoral researchers, appointed by leaders of the R&D Units, one for each Unit, as these are the structures eminently responsible for developing UC's Interdisciplinary R&D that is stimulated by the Initiative. Through these representatives, IRC also aims at ensuring  adequate representation of the UC Organic Units.

Domingos Xavier ViegasADAI
Helena FreitasCEF
Paulo PeixotoCES
Mário Quinta FerreiraCGeo
Fernando BoavidaCISUC
Nuno SimõesLAETA/ITeCons
António Pais AntunesCITTA
Maria Graça RasteiroCIEPQPF
Alcides PereiraCMA-IMAR
Eduardo BarataGEMF
João CoutinhoINESCC
Armando Mónica de OliveiraIPCDVS
Aníbal Traça de AlmeidaISR
Rui Moura RamosIJ

Operational Management

Scientific Coordination and Management Committee (CCCG)

CCCG is responsible for the scientific and training areas within the Energy for Sustainability Initiative. This committee is responsible for managing all aspects of the training, including its promotion and coordination among all units involved, of the research, and its internal and external assessment. The current members of this committee are:

António Gomes MartinsINESCC
Nuno SimõesLAETA/ITeCons
Carlos Henggeler AntunesINESCC
Carlos Lisboa BentoCISUC
Fausto FreireADAI
João Paulo CardielosCES
Luís Cândido DiasINESCC
Manuel Gameiro da SilvaADAI

The CCCG is assisted by four committees dedicated to specific activity areas. These committees are constituted in such a way as to have the presence of at least one CCCG member, the remaining elements being mobilized by invitation between lecturers and researchers associated to the Initiative.

Academic and Pedagogical Affairs Committee (CAPA)

Responsible for managing the educational programs managed by the Initiative, from initial application to the defense of theses or dissertations, covering the aspects of academic management and pedagogical issues, including quality assessment. The current members of this committee are:

António Gomes MartinsINESCC
Luís Miguel CruzGEMF
Manuel Gameiro da SilvaADAI
Nuno Vieira SimõesLAETA/ITeCons

Committee for Scientific Research and Outreach (CICLE)

Promotes interdisciplinary scientific research in energy, encouraging crossing activities between scientific expertise areas available at UC, as well as the detection of external funding opportunities in the country and abroad. It is also responsible for the relationship with members of the CEAA and for the promotion of projects with or for the companies. The current members of this committee are:

Carlos Henggeler AntunesINESCC
Carlos Lisboa BentoCISUC
Hugo MacedoLAETA/ITeCons
José Baranda RibeiroADAI
Manuel Gameiro da SilvaADAI

Committee for Communication (CCom)

Develops all activities related to the promotion of the Initiative, publicizing the offer of training, events, projects and progress of the Initiative EfS activities. The current members of this committee are:

Eduardo BarataGEMF
João Paulo CardielosCES
Patrícia Pereira da SilvaINESCC
Tiago CastelaCES

Committee for Internal Transfer (CTI)

Mobilizes resources and expertise gathered in the Initiative, in close collaboration with the UC Services to meet the needs of the university in the fields of energy and mobility. It also promotes initiatives and projects fostering and encouraging sustainable management of the university buildings and urban environment. The current members of this committee are:

Adélio GasparADAI
Álvaro SecoCITTA
António BettencourtCES
António TadeuLAETA/ITeCons
Humberto JorgeINESCC
José Joaquim da CostaADAI
Mário Jorge CarvalhalGESASST
Fausto FreireADAI