Iscte promotes activities aimed at fostering social recognition of science and extending scientific culture to the public in general. The scientific work of excellence that is done at the Institute is presented annually through numerous activities organized by Iscte, its research units, professors and researchers.

COM Investigar

COM Investigar is a working group represented with the communication science managers of each Research Unit of Iscte, which was promoted by the Research Support Office and Projects.

This working group was created to generate synergies and optimize the work of science communication carried out at Iscte. COM Investigar seeks to promote activities of dissemination and promotion of scientific culture, as well as to produce informational content on the research developed in the Institute.

Iscte research celebration

2018 | Conference ‘Horizonte Europe (2021-2027) and the european challenges for science’, with Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.

See the interview with Carlos Moedas and the conference video.

2018 | Cycle of debates ‘A falar é que a gente se entende’

Initiative promoted by the Research Support Office and Projects, in collaboration with the research units, which intends to tackle current issues by bringing research closer to society and contributing to a society of knowledge. Researchers talk about the results of their research and invite all stakeholders to participate in the debate.

Programme 2018 | discussed themes:

  • Tourism in Lisbon
  • Gender equality (see the video – only in Portuguese)
  • Social networks and technology

Scientific Awards at Iscte

A ceremony that annually fosters and recognizes excellent international scientific publishing authored by Iscte faculty and researchers. Please find more about the scientific awards here.


This e-book, published every year, presents new researchers and PhD students to the Institute's scientific community.

See the e-book editions 20182017 

Scientific Initiation at Iscte

The scientific initiation contest is directed to undergraduate and master's students.

The winners of the 2017 contest gave a few testimonials (only in Portuguese).

European Researchers Night

Iscte is one of the partners of the European consortium 'European Researchers’ Night', under the Marie Curie Actions, aimed at celebrating science and bringing researchers and citizens closer together. This consortium is coordinated by the University of Lisbon, and for the biennial in 2018-2019 is dedicated to the theme "SCICITY - Science in the City", involving the Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, Universidade de Lisboa (MUHNAC-ULisboa), Iscte – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciências da University Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL), Escola de Ciências - University of Minho, University of Évora, Escola Superior de Turismo e Hotelaria do Estoril and Lisbon City Council.

This initiative, which seeks to break the barriers that separate science from citizens and demystify the distant image that ordinary citizens have of scientists, is an opportunity to disseminate the work of high quality and innovation developed by Portuguese researchers, as well as to highlight the importance of efficient communication between research centres and civil society.

Iscte has participated regularly in this initiative, with diversified activities which involve the teams of all its research units. See the video.

Ciência Viva Agency

The Ciência Viva Agency fosters several initiatives that promote scientific culture for different audiences. Iscte, through its research units, and in partnership with the Agency, carries out a variety of these directed at younger audiences.

In November, during Science and Technology Week, scientific institutions, universities, schools and museums open their doors, providing the general public with opportunities for scientific observation and personal contact with experts from different fields of knowledge. Learn more

The Ciência Viva programme in the Laboratory - Scientific Occupation of Young People on Vacation (OCJF) - provides secondary school students with an opportunity to get closer to the reality of scientific and technological research, and usually takes place between June and August. Learn more

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