The United Nations’ Agenda 2030 for sustainable development recognizes the central role of science, technology and innovation in enabling the international community to respond to global challenges. But societies need global understanding to manage change sustainably being true transdisciplinary research a primary necessity to achieve this objective.

The Geosciences Centre of the University of Coimbra (CGEO) presents itself to a new evaluation exercise 2017/2018 reinforcing its multidisciplinary nature, a crucial vision to face global challenges.

The new paradigm of sustainability requires overcoming the established division between the natural and the human and social sciences, and integrating natural and social and humanistic scientific knowledge with non-scientific and nonwestern forms of knowledge. This holistic vision of culture is shared by all the members of CGEO, who aim continuing to pursue interdisciplinary approaches in their daily investigation and development activities, under the aim of the Foundation for Science and Technology.

Maria Helena Henriques
Director of the Geosciences Center of the University of Coimbra

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