The project is hosted by the Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre – MARE, related to the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, of the University of Coimbra (Portugal). MARE is a new research, development an innovation centre, emerged from the union of 4 research units. MARE poles are currently at Univ. of Lisboa, Univ. of Coimbra, Univ. of Açores, Univ. of Évora, Univ. Nova de Lisboa, and ISPA – Instituto Universitário. MARE is a Centre for research, technological development and innovation, with an integrative and holistic approach, concentrating a wide diversity of expertise, skills, and capabilities, with a nationwide territorial implementation, that develops its activities oriented to societal challenges, in close partnership with national and international research centres. MARE combines expertise allowing approaching scientifically and technologically all types of aquatic systems, from river basins and associated landscapes, to estuaries, coastal and large marine ecosystems, the open-ocean and deep-sea, on a context of global and regional changes and cumulative anthropogenic impacts.
MARE aims to seek excellence in the study of aquatic ecosystems and disseminate knowledge to support policies for sustainable development. This mission is achieved through scientific research, education and knowledge and technology transfer to industry, as well as through the dissemination of science, establishing collaborative networks at the regional, national and international levels.
Funded with a Marie Curie fellowship, Dra. Monica Martinez-Haro is the first responsable of QWATER. Her current research interests are focused on the study of the effects of natural and anthropogenic pollutants on the ecosystem from conservation and restoration perspectives. The project is supervised by Prof. Dr. João Carlos Marques, Founding Member of the MARE, and Scientific Coordinator of MARE-UC, and by Prof. Dr. Rui Ribeiro currently at Centre of Functional Ecology. The team was completed by a full time technician, A. Juliana Pais-Costa, and the support of the field assistances of our research group.