Research Center
for Natural Resources,
Envioronment and Society

IPC – Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra

Established in 1979, the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra is a Public Higher Education Institution located in the West centre of Portugal, in the city known for centuries as the “city of students”.


One of the ten largest and major institutions of public higher education in Portugal, with six units, covering a huge diversity of training areas, from agriculture and environment, education, communication, tourism, arts, management, accounting and marketing, to health and engineering.


The Polytechnic of Coimbra offers Higher Professional Degree Programmes and Vocational Education, Bachelor’s Degrees, Post-graduations and Master’s Degrees, representing a vital part of the city and playing a critical role in local development and national progress.


At the research level, the IPC is integrated in two R&D units, the IIA – Instituto de Investigação Aplicada (Applied Research Institute), and CERNAS – Centro de Estudos de Recursos Naturais, Ambiente e Sociedade (Study Center on Natural resources, Environment and Society).