CERIS – Civil Engineering Research and Innovation for Sustainability – is an FCT-registered research unit operating in the Civil Engineering area. It is hosted by the Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georesources (DECivil) of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon (ULisboa).
In 2019, CERIS had 110 PhD members, 74 PhD collaborators and 191 collaborators without PhD, supported by 10 administrative and technical staff.
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. Their merging in CERIS enhances our comprehensive thematic coverage, in depth and scope, and promotes synergies in the inherently multidisciplinary Built and Natural Environment sector, in a more integrated manner.
CERIS is a research unit of IST-ID, The Association of Instituto Superior Técnico for Research and Development. IST-ID is a private not-for-profit institution, which primarily aims to undertake scientific and technological activities, fostering knowledge transfer and promoting the involvement of national and foreign researchers in RD&I and projects in their areas of expertise.
The mission and the objectives of CERIS address research, innovation and knowledge transfer needs in the following areas of the Built and Natural Environmentsector: Product Development in Civil Engineering Industries; Risk and Safety in the Built and Natural Environment; Rehabilitation of Built and Natural Environments; Response to Natural and Societal Changes.
CERIS promotes inter-territorial development by integrating PhD researchers affiliated to the following institutions: U. Algarve, U. Beira Interior, U. Évora, U. Nova de Lisboa, U. Madeira, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra, Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria. In addition, CERIS hosts researchers from U. Estadual Campinas (Brazil), University College London, University of Western Australia, besides several private companies and foundations.