BIOPOLIS/CIBIO-InBIO – Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, University of Porto, Campus de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, n.º 7, 4485-661 Vairão, Vila do Conde, Portugal

LifeWatch Portugal joined LifeWatch ERIC in 2019 and it contributes to LifeWatch ERIC through its National Distributed Centre.

LifeWatch Portugal is managed by PORBIOTA, the Portuguese e-Infrastructure for Information and Research on Biodiversity, which connects the main Portuguese research institutions working in biodiversity, ecosystem functions, and services, storing and managing biodiversity data. Aimed at fostering a national agenda for biodiversity research, it generates high-quality knowledge to meet societal challenges regarding sustainable development.

What We Do

Species occurrence

Promoting access and scientific use of primary biodiversity data.
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Natural science collections

Digital unification of Portuguese natural science collections.
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Environmental genetics and Metagenomics

Construction and provision of a reference collection of DNA sequences barcoding.
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Ecosystem Monitoring

Long-term ecological research and monitoring.
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Atmosphere-Biosphere Interfaces

Monitoring carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
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PORBIOTA connects the main Portuguese research institutions working in biodiversity:

• Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources;

• Associate Laboratory (BIOPOLIS/CIBIO-InBIO);

• cE3c-FCUL, LEAF-ISA and CEF-ISA, University of Lisbon;

• CESAM, University of Aveiro;

• MARE, University of Coimbra;

• Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo;

and the country’s  three main natural history museums:

• MUHNAC (University of Lisbon);

• MC (University of Coimbra);

• MHNC-UP (University of Porto).

It also includes the national governmental agency responsible for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use (ICNF), the Portuguese node for GBIF and the Portuguese Ecological Society (SPECO). PORBIOTA is listed in the Portuguese Roadmap of Research Infrastructures of strategic interest (RNIE), which includes LTsER Portugal, ICOS Portugal and Azores BIOPORTAL.

This leaflet presents the LifeWatch Portugal Distributed Centre, its main activities and organisational structure.


You can browse the leaflet online (full screen mode is available in the control bar) or download it by clicking on the three dots icon.


News from LifeWatch Portugal

General Assembly Members

Pedro Beja

Pedro Beja

Rui Figueira

Rui Figueira


Joana Pinheiro

Pedro Beja 's Bio

Pedro Beja is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly and IKCC.

He is a Conservation Biologist interested in the natural and anthropogenic drivers of biodiversity change in human-dominated landscapes. He is Associate Director of Operations, Fund Raising and Knowledge Transfer at BIOPOLIS, and Deputy Director of CIBIO – Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, of the University of Porto, and InBIO – Research Network in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (Associate Laboratory). He is also holder of the EDP Chair in Biodiversity and Principal Investigator of the research group ApplEcol – Applied Population and Community Ecology. He has authored over 170 publications in international journals and edited books, and has supervised over 20 PhD students.

Rui Figueira's Bio

Rui Figueira is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly.

He is Assistant Professor of the Instituto Superior de Agronomia of the University of Lisbon and GBIF Node Manager for Portugal. He has participated in national and international projects in biodiversity informatics, agrobiodiversity, RIs, ecology, biogeography and biodiversity and conservation. He represents Portugal in the ESFRI Environment Strategic Working Group, and is an additional national delegate to the GBIF Governing Board. He has experience in national and international training and capacity building in collections management systems, data standards, quality & publication, as well as open data, ecology, ecotoxicology and geostatistics. He has supervised doctoral and master’s theses. His skills include scripting and programming languages, SQL, R, Pandas, cloud management, DwC and EML data standards.

Joana Pinheiro's Bio

Joana Pinheiro is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly and FINCOM.

She works at the Department of International Relations of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, for which she is also a delegate.


The Bulgarian National Distributed Centre is represented by the  Agricultural University-Plovdiv.

To know more about how Bulgaria contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.