IPB: Description and role

Who we are

The Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB) is a public institution of Higher Education, founded in 1983, whose mission is to deliver a quality higher education, to promote Research and Technological Development, particularly in cooperation with the business community, and to contribute to the development of the Country and the Region, by providing technical, technological, and scientific competences to the society in general.

The relevance and impact of IPB’s activities is reflected in the top positions it occupies in international rankings such as SIR, U-Multirank and Shanghai. The maximum scores obtained in several parameters of these indicators are the result of IPB’s accumulated and proven experience, namely in the impact and excellence of its scientific production and applied research, in the international student mobility and in the involvement with its Region. IPB develops an important Scientific Research and Technological Development activity, featuring five research units integrated in the network of the FCT research centres.

Mountain Research Centre (CIMO) is a National FCT R&D unit of excellence that conducts research on Mediterranean mountain systems following an interdisciplinary strategy to go from Nature (raw materials, natural resources, biodiversity, agriculture, forest management) to Products (Food and Bio-based materials). CIMO applies a holistic and interdisciplinary research approach, integrating natural, social, and engineering sciences to promote sustainable development using endogenous resources and creation of value chains. CIMO aims to promote scientific and technological development and their transformation into global opportunities to socioeconomically reinforce mountain ecosystems taking advantage of a successful experience and a consolidated national/international leadership. CIMO is organized in 2 groups, carrying out research in 4 topics: Socio Ecological resilience; Sustainable agriculture and innovative agro-food chains; Processes and products engineering; Natural and bio-based ingredients. CIMO Facilities include Labs in Food Technology, Chemical Engineering, Microbiology, Ecology, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Soils; Experimental Farms; and pilot scale labs at Brigantia EcoPark. The Centre has currently 162 members, which comprises 78 PhD integrated members, 53 integrated PhD students, 18 Project Grant researchers and 13 collaborators.

What is our role in BeonNAT?

  • Underutilized Tree Species Screening and Marginal Land Selection

    Chemical characterization of promising high value compounds, and evaluation of the bioactive properties

  • Essential Oils and Biochemicals Production

    Starting Point of BeonNAT Cascade Production from Biomass as Raw Material

  • Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation

Our team

Lillian Barros

Assistant Researcher

Ana Carvalho


Sandrina Alves

Junior Researcher

Joana Amaral


João Barreira

Assistant researcher

Tiane Finimundy

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Rui Abreu


Paula Rodrigues


Virginie Xavier

PhD Student