Participating Institutions

The following are participant institutions:

- Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT/UNL)

A global force in research, Universidade Nova de Lisboa prides itself on offering an exceptional educational experience where FCT/UNL covers over 14 departments in science, technology and engineering. As so, the university and the faculty strategies have been defined as research oriented, which enables students to enjoy being taught by, and working alongside, world leading academics at the cutting edge of their disciplines. While Nova is a recent established university (founded in 1973) already has achieved extraordinary national relevance for Higher Education on several new programmes, most of them pioneers nationwide. The participant research units that belong to FCT/UNL are the Centre of Physics and Technological Research (CEFITEC) and the Centre of Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CQFB/REQUIMTE), playing a leading role in research and technological development. CEFITEC and REQUIMTE host throughout the year international seminar and research programmes which strengthens collaborations with external sources and brings together, on a regular basis, researchers, postdoctoral fellows and research students from other national/international research centres/universities.

- The Open University (OU)

OU is a world leader in modern distance learning and a pioneer of teaching and learning methods, such as “supported open learning”. In fact, OU was the world first successful teaching university, being founded on 1969 on the belief that communications technology could bring high quality degree-level learning to those without opportunity to attend traditional campus universities. As so, OU became one of the top three UK universities for satisfied students with an overall satisfaction rate of 93%. Nevertheless, research is central to the OU mission fostering research teams which compete with top rank research institutions worldwide.

- Queen's University Belfast (QUB)

QUB has been recognized as a university since 1908 and has become an international centre for research and education being a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities. QUB is also a dynamic and diverse institution, a magnet for inward investment, a patron of the arts and a global player in areas ranging from cancer studies to sustainability, among many others. The Centre for Cancer Research & Cell Biology (CCRCB) is part of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences of Queen’s University Belfast. It is a cross faculty and multi-disciplinary centre with over 250 clinical and basic researchers working in cancer and cell biology related areas from basic research through to translational and clinical application. It has a strong background in mechanistic studies of chemo agents and radiation, through translational and clinical projects with strengths in Gastro-intestinal, genitourinary, breast and ovarian cancers and haematological malignancies. It has a strong radiation science program integrating Radiotherapy Physics, Radiation Biology and Radiation Oncology research in collaboration with colleagues in the Northern Ireland Clinical Cancer Centre (NICC) and the School of Physics.

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC)

CSIC, established in 1907, is a nationwide Spanish top research centre in areas including biology and biomedicine as well as physical sciences and technologies. The extensive network of CSIC international relations is not limited to carrying out bilateral agreements with its counterparts in other countries, but frequently also involves taking part in international forums (ESF, EUROHORCS) and representing Spain in international programmes, entities and organisations. CSIC collaborates with other specialised entities (The Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology, The Cervantes Institute) to achieve greater presence and representation for Spanish citizens abroad. Likewise, it manages programmes such as GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) and other similar programmes on behalf of the government.

University of Innsbruck (UI)

The University of Innsbruck (UI) is the most important research and education institution in western Austria. The main mandate is to focus on research and development, teaching and continuing professional education and training. Since 1669, UI has been a reference in Austrian society with a major influence on its region. This relevance has been recognised by the numerous award winning alumni and current and former scientists teaching and researching at UI.

About the consortium

The established consortium has a unique solid background on radiation biology, biochemical and biophysics techniques applied to atomic, molecular, macromolecular and cellular studies as well as to radiation induced processes.

At least over the last decade, the Portuguese research centres have based part of their research activities on:

- Electron transfer processes in atom-(bio)molecule experiments;

- Applied physics covering the development of radiation sensors including thin films production;

- Biophysical characterization of ionising radiation damage comprising at the molecular level as well as of ionising radiation damage metabolic products;

- Biochemical studies of macromolecular systems involved in cellular detoxification and oxidative stress as well as bioremediation of toxic/radioactive metals;

Further details can be found on the Research page.