Technical & Scientific
2013 - 2017
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CERIS - Civil Engineering Research and Innovation for Sustainability - is an FCT-registered research unit operating in the Civil Engineering area. Hosted by the Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georresources (DECivil) of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon (ULisboa), CERIS is supported by 8 laboratories. At the beginning of 2018, CERIS has 83 PhD integrated researchers, 80 PhD collaborators and 156 PhD students, organized in the following research groups: 1. Hydraulics; 2. Environment and Water Resources; 3. Systems and Management; 4. Transportation Systems; 5. Studies on Construction; 6. Structures and Geotechnics.
CERIS was created in 2015 through the merge of CEHIDRO (Centre of Hydraulics, Water Resources and Environment), CESUR (Centre for Urban and Regional Systems) and ICIST (Institute of Structural Engineering, Territory and Construction), 3 units from the 1970s. This merge intended to enhance a comprehensive thematic coverage, in depth and scope, and to promote multidisciplinary synergies within the Built and Natural Environment sector. For this purpose, CERIS is organized in the following thematic strands that cut across the research groups: 1. Product Development in Civil Engineering Industries; 2. Risk and Safety in Built and Natural Environments; 3. Rehabilitation of Built and Natural Environments; 4. Response to Natural and Societal Changes.
|Jorge de Brito
The President of CERIS
The 2013-17 CERIS report describes the main activities of the research unit during this period. An introductory section comprises the following items: CERIS foundation, mission, objectives and organization; CERIS people (our most valuable asset); CERIS research groups, thematic strands and laboratories, and the portfolios of our main research topics. Then, some highlights and figures about CERIS are presented: general statistics, the FCT Doctoral Programmes with our leadership and involvement, awards and distinctions received by CERIS members, editorial positions held in scientific journals, keynote lectures given, international and national conferences organized and specific sections about the CERIS Open Day, the Road Show, the Newsletter and seminars. The on-going and concluded research projects with CERIS participation are then summarized in two-sheet standard forms. CERIS advanced training is highlighted next, starting with summaries of the on-going and concluded PhD theses in one-page standard sheets and concluding with a list of the completed MSc dissertations. Technology transfer is one of the main objectives of CERIS and is portrayed next with a set of portfolios of our most relevant advanced consultancy areas, data on the FUNDEC post-graduation courses organized by CERIS members, the products and patents developed during the period, and, finally, the standardization technical committees. The report’s final section concerns the publications authored by CERIS researchers between 2013 and 2017: journal papers, entire books, book editions and book chapters.
We are proud of the work done so far, which allowed the University of Lisbon to rise to 7th place in Europe in the 2017 Shanghai ranking and to 8th place in Europe in the 2017 Taiwan ranking, the highest ranking of any Portuguese University in any of the main subjects. This is especially important because CERIS is the only research unit of University of Lisbon focused on Civil Engineering. This feeling of accomplishment is not a deterrent to out permanent ambition of continuously improving our activity. This is a hard road that we are eager to follow.