BioISI research groups (RGs) are constituted by various teams (or Labs) each with a PI who reports to the RG leader RGL. These teams are grouped based on their common scientific area, methodologies, shared technologies and/or organism model. PIs from the same RG contribute to different Thematic Lines (TLs).
Each TL has a Coordinator (TLC) who promotes cooperative interactions to foster integrative research.
The BioISI Director, assisted by the RGLs and TLCs (Scientific Committee), is responsible for the strategic guidance and implementation of the external advisory board recommendations. The Scientific Council comprising all BioISI PhD researchers is the highest decision instance.
Meetings of BioISI Scientific Committee serve to:
- Keep track of scientific and integrative research carried out by RGs;
- Promote interactions and collaboration, ensuring that RGs work together, and build synergies based on their complementary resources and expertise;
- Discuss with TLCs, strategies, scientific and integration issues, to adjust work plans and other relevant issues and to inform all teams to achieve synergy and cooperation among the TLs;
- Create effective external collaborations (e.g., participation in EU projects and industrial interactions);
- Carry out overall management, including issues with facilities, risk management, resolution of conflicts;
- Ensure the exploitation of results and dissemination of foreground knowledge
BioISI’s project, legal and financial management institution is FCiencias-ID – Associação para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento de Ciências, a non-profit private association, endowed with legal personality created in january 9, 2017. FCiências.ID envisages to support, potentiate and develop R&D and innovation activities of its seven associates, therefore creating a more challenging environment for research and innovation.
BioISI aims to make the public aware of the value of its research for society and human well being. Outreach activities will be developed to target young people, school teachers and general public, so as to raise awareness, understanding and involvement in the systems approach to biology and BioISI research in particular.
Communication & Outreach activities are carried out by the BioISI Communication & Outreach Working Group (Coordinator: M Gama-Carvalho).
The Communication & Outreach Working Group promotes the active participation of BioISI in internal and external Science and society events, organizes events for schools and the general public and coordinates school visits to BioISI facilities. The Group also organizes BioISI seminars and other events, working jointly with FCUL press office to disseminate activities, major achievements, prizes, etc.
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Activities for the public
BIOISI’s team believes deeply in the concept of science contributing back to society. That is the principle behind the KITT concept of BIOISI – Knowledge Innovation & Technology Transfer. BioISI is actively engaged in developing its scientific and technological discoveries to benefit society, as indeed 25% of BioISI activities are on applied research. Thus, interacting with the socio-economic environment is an important BioISI aim.
To achieve such goal BioISI has created the Industry Liaison Working Group (CL-WG) which helps PIs to screen, develop and promote R&D knowledge outputs and support their market valorisation and industry interaction, given its privileged links to industry. This group develops activities such as:
- Internal and external awareness activities for the current KITT thematic realities, opportunities and challenges to train the PIs and young reserachers;
- Promote intergroup extended collaborations for multidisciplinary approaches to current societal challenges;
- Strengthen international and external reach activities and outputs with industry stakeholders, civil society and governmental institutions;
- Promote, via TEC LABS, FCUL’s organization for creation and economic valorization of scientific knowledge, other activities, like service providing, contract R&D, project collaborations, Fablabs, etc, that can lead to economic valorisation of the knowledge outputs generated by the centre
BIOISI CL-WG is closely articulated with TEC LABS and Technology Transfer Office of ULisboa and ensures a proper flow of commercialization opportunities identified within the centre R&D&I outputs.