Where Ideas grow


About Us

The i3S consortium, headed by the UPorto, brings together four institutions and researchers from several schools of the UPorto, thus consolidating an extensive collaboration between all institutions that spans many years.


The long-term collaboration between IBMC, INEB and IPATIMUP, from which stems i3S, encompasses joint projects, co-supervision of PhD students, sharing of large equipment and employment of research staff under coordinated policies. Six schools of the UPorto (FMUP, ICBAS, FMDUP, FCUP, FEUP and FFUP) and three hospitals (CH S João, CH Porto and IPO) also contribute to the activities of i3S. This wide participation of schools, research institutions and hospitals in a research institute is unique in Portugal and is a valuable asset for science and technology development, while creating an environment that feeds real breakthrough research and translation of discoveries into the clinic. The new building - completed in 2015 - is also a key element in the creation of this vibrant environment. This intricate network that is i3S focuses on three Integrative Programs: Cancer, Host Interaction and Response, and Neurobiology and Neurologic Disorders.


Learn more about i3S and the work developed last year in our latest video report.

What we stand for

i3S's vision is to become a major European player in health sciences and technologies by gaining critical mass, favouring the emergence of new scientific areas, fostering integrative PhD programs, encouraging stronger interaction with hospitals and companies, and promoting an entrepreneurial environment and outreach initiatives.


Guiding principles

Scientific excellence is the central guiding principle for i3S, which is ensured through the implementation of external evaluation of our activities. This evaluation is carried out on a regular basis by the External Advisory Board (EAB) and by promoting the integration of basic, applied and translational research. In order to achieve said integration, the inclusion of groups led by scientists with an internationally recognized CV is of great importance. Our research is organized into three transdisciplinary programs that cluster major areas of competence. Sharing of core scientific services, active promotion of technology transfer and entrepreneurship, fostering international and integrative PhD programs and maintaining long-term institutional commitment to outreach activities are other essential aspects of our activity.


Board of Directors

i3S Director
i3S Board of Directors
IBMC Vice Director
i3S Board of Directors
IPATIMUP Vice President
i3S Board of Directors