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Technical & Scientific
Activities Report
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 - CERIS
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.

1. About Ceris

  • Chapter 1 describes the foundation, mission and objectives of CERIS, as a research unit. The structure of governance is also shown in this chapter, as well as the most important asset of CERIS: its people. This chapter also describes the various research groups, the thematic strands and research activities, and the portfolios of research areas, which confirms that CERIS is assumedly a broad range and transversal research unit in the area of Civil Engineering.

2. Highlights and Figures

  • Chapter 2 presents an overview of the evolution of the research activities carried out by CERIS during 2013-2017, presenting several scientific outputs, related with: the research projects and competing funding; the scientific publications, considering the level of internationalization and the number of citations; doctoral programs; awards and distinctions; editorial activities; keynote lectures; and participation and organization of international scientific events.

3. Research Projects

  • Chapter 3 shows an overview of the national and international research projects developed by CERIS members in the period of 2013-2017. These projects covered a very wide variety of subjects directly or indirectly related with the Built and Natural Environment.

4. Advanced Training

  • Chapter 4 presents a summary of the advanced training carried out in CERIS, in the period of 2013-2017. It also provides a brief description of the different PhD theses developed and supervised by CERIS members, and the list of the MSc Dissertations supervised by CERIS members.

5. Technology Transfer

  • Chapter 5 describes the innovative consultancy performed by CERIS researchers for industry and public administration, showing examples of initiatives with national impact. This chapter also presents the different training courses organized by CERIS members, in partnership with major firms operating in the built environment sector (FUNDEC). Patents and product development are a substantial part of the research activities developed at CERIS, and the innovative products developed by CERIS members are also mentioned in this chapter. Finally, this chapter summarizes the participation of CERIS members in various Technical Standardization Committees.

6. Publications

  • Chapter 6 presents an overview of the different publications carried out by CERIS members in the period of 2013-2017. Several statistical indicators are analysed, regarding the impact, the scientific and technological innovation, the diversity and multidisciplinary and the international collaboration of authors, present in the different publications.”