The University of Aveiro was founded in 1973. Its student population is over 15,500 full-time students (Grad. and Postgraduation). The University has a strong research profile, a unique model of governance (16 Departments, 4 Polytechnic Schools and various training centre’s), acting as a regional network for education and training, promoting strong links with the surrounding community and was a pioneer in launching degrees in new scientific and technical areas. Despite being a young university, it achieved international recognition for the quality of teaching and research. The UAVR seeks to develop and maintain a supportive research environment, where individuals are valued and provided with the support they require. Students and researchers can count on experienced administrative staff, financial and legal structure composed by several offices, integrated in different services, from which we highlight: the Research Support Office (GAI), the Management of Human and Financial Resources, the Technology Transfer Office (UATEC) and the Mobility Centre.

The AU team is affiliated to CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials (formerly Associated Laboratory Centre for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials), University of Aveiro. This multidisciplinary organisation joins more than 350 members from chemists, physicists and materials engineers making it the largest Portuguese Materials Science and Engineering (MS&E) institute ( 33% of 27 full-time researchers, 29% of 83 post-docs and 28% of 116 PhD students are foreigners. In 2014, 24 PhD and 81 MSc theses were finished. CICECO has been actively engaged in European framework programmes with more than 40 project financed (30 of which in FP5, FP6 and FP7, etc.). CICECO has also been building an excellent track record of working with industry, with more than 4M€ of its budget coming from industrial projects and services, more than 100 patents filled (36 international) and 3 spinoffs are currently running.