from the sea to society

This is MARE-Polytechnic of Leiria’s DNA and its contribution for an increasing blue and sustainable economy



MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre is a R&D unit classified as excellent in the field of Marine Sciences by the Portuguese National Science Foundation. MARE-Polytechnic of Leiria focuses its research in the areas of Marine Biotechnology, Marine Biology and Aquaculture, and Seafood. Linked to the strong research and development component, the interception of these areas allows leveraging innovation and potentiating knowledge transfer to companies, a trait deeply entangled in MARE-Polytechnic of Leiria’s DNA. This vocation associated with the mission to raise awareness towards sustainability and communicate science and knowledge in the domain of marine environments and resources allows the creation of bridges from the sea to society.


Aware of the growing importance of marine resources and of a true blue economy of regional, national and even international nature, the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria did a strong investment to build a new scientific and technological infrastructure to support the R&D activities in the field of the marine resources and their sustainability – CETEMARES, Marine Sciences R&D, Education, and Knowledge Dissemination Centre.

These facilities are the headquarters of MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria and will allow for a greater interaction with the sea and industry due to a privileged location at Peniche’s port. The CETEMARES building accounts for c.a. 2000 m2 of modern and fully equipped biology, fisheries, aquaculture, biotechnology, chemistry, microbiology and seafood laboratories, and also several areas dedicated to education and knowledge transfer, making this the sole infrastructure in the west region dedicated exclusively to Marine Science and Technology.


Sience and society

Ocean literacy and science dissemination activities set up to spread scientific knowledge and the work of MARE-Polytechnic of Leiria research teams




Research and science opportunities offered by MARE-Polytechnic of Leiria

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