The Laboratory of Natural Radioactivity, located in the facilities of the Department of Earth Sciences of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra, was established in 1999 and is currently directed by Prof. Dr. Alcides Pereira.
With modern facilities and state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, the work conducted in the laboratory aims to study radioisotope distribution in different environmental compartments (rock, soil, water, air and ecosystems), evaluate their impacts and design and monitor mitigation measures. The laboratory also operates at the level of health protection, by contributing to prevent exposure to radioactive substances, particularly radon gas.
By collaborating with several National and International Authorities, issuing technical and scientific opinions, publishing in international specialized journals, and, more recently, providing services to the community, the laboratory has become a national and international reference in its field. The goal of this activity is to raise resources to achieve financial sustainability as well as support scientific research in the field of natural radioactivity.