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C2TN is a research centre of Excellence in the areas of Radiopharmaceutical Sciences, Radiation Protection, Earth Systems, Radioactivity, Cultural Heritage and Advanced Materials. It gathers researchers, teachers, students and other collaborators, with knowledge and competences in leading and cutting edge, multidisciplinary and innovative topics in the aforementioned areas. The C2TN teams operate equipment, laboratories and infrastructures, some of them unique in Portugal. The C2TN members have a longstanding record of collaboration with foreign and national entities and stakeholders in sectors such as academia, research, health, industry, business and entrepreneurship, with professional societies and associations, municipalities, etc., in the framework of fundamental and applied research activities and of provision of advanced technical services.  

MISSION


C2TN´s mission encompasses the development of leading edge scientific research and technological development activities in its areas of expertise and the promotion of innovation and of scientific dissemination and outreach

THE VISION

LEADER AND CORNERSTONE INSTITUTION

in the sustained promotion of activities of excellence in Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) in its scientific and technological areas of expertise;

PARTNER AND DRIVING FORCE

of consortia, institutions and international and national organizations involved in advanced and innovative studies and approaches of societal topics and challenges;

EFFECTIVE AND IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTOR

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AXES OF STRATEGY


The strategy of C2TN, always targeting more excellence in its Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) activities, consists in putting forward and encouraging:  


A HIGHER DEGREE OF INTERNATIONALIZATION

of the research activities, through the active participation of researchers in Technology Platforms, consortia, networks of excellence, clusters, international and national organizations and associations in its scientific and technological areas of expertise, fostering collaborative and cooperation links with these institutions and earning and enjoying the “primus inter pares” status;  

A FOCUS ON INNOVATION

promoting the development: i) of applied research; ii) of the  application  of knowledge to the solution of problems of societal and socio-economic relevance; iii) of new activities of cooperation; iv) of the strengthening of on-going activities with the industrial, business and entrepreneurship sectors. Particularly, promoting approaches of topics that address societal challenges,  undertaking RD&I  activities  to  solve  problems  in areas  such as Materials, Health, Environment, Cultural Heritage, Security, Energy, amongst other strategic and priority areas;

A FOCUS ON OUTREACH AND DISSEMINATION OF KNOWLEDGE

communication of the potential and applications of Nuclear Sciences and of Ionizing Radiation Technologies, at different levels in the society and among the corporate sector;  

THE ADOPTION OF A CONTINUOUS PROCESS OF IMPROVEMENT

exercising the cycle action-reflexion- planning and the assessment i) of the impact of internationalization in the excellence of RD&I, ii) of the impact of the activities of RD&I in the business and social organization; iii) of the impact of outreach and dissemination of the RD&I activities in strengthening a knowledge based society.


The type of activities and ideas embodied by these axes are in line with the pillars around which the European funding programmes are articulated (in the framework of the Programme HORIZON 2020) and are supported by funding instruments and by the operational reality of national Programmes using European Structural Funds, as well as by the type of structure and organization of similar institutions in other countries and by the comments and recommendation of the International Advisory Board of C2TN  

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES AND EXPECTED OUTPUTS

MORE AND NEW PROJECTS, PROGRAMMES AND CONTRACTS

arising from the strategic positioning and the increase of the participation of research teams in the activities of the aforementioned international and national institutions, aiming at the substantial increase of funding that will  allow to address and partially solve the scarcity of human resources and to guarantee their renewal, to mitigate the precarious contractual link of some C2TN staff members, to purchase new equipment and to repair existing equipment, laboratories and infrastructures;  

IMPROVEMENT OF THE SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTIVITY

Stimulating the participation of researchers in activities, projects and programmes of RD&I, promoting the presentation of results in international Conferences and encouraging the establishment of new cooperation links as well as the strengthening of the existing ones;  

BETTER ADVERTISEMENT, OUTREACH AND DISSEMINATION

by a proactive and effective attitude in the promotion of the Nuclear Sciences and Technologies, encompassing outreach and dissemination activities, internally (at IST) and externally, nationwide and in the international scene, using instruments such as the website, the Information and Communication Technologies, the social media, education and training initiatives, Conferences, Workshops, Courses and Symposia.

INCREASE OF THE SYNERGIES BETWEEN RESEARCH GROUPS

promoting periodic meetings of  the  Thematic Strands on leading edge, multidisciplinary and transversal scientific topics in the domains in which the C2TN activities are undertaken, establishing ad-hoc Working Groups gathering researchers of different research groups, featuring skills and competences with synergistic potential.

INCREMENT THE SUPERVISION OF MASTER AND PhD STUDENTS

by submitting to the Departments of Universities and Higher Education establishments, proposals of Master´s degree dissertation topics and associated programmes of work, that will result in an increase of the number of students performing their Master´s degree and Ph.D. dissertations under the supervision of C2TN researchers. Such increment will also be possible by a higher number of funded projects and the establishment of new collaborative links with academia and research centres and will benefit from an effective and proactive outreach and dissemination of the  C2TN´s activities.