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 Response and Interaction, and Neurobiology and Neurologic Disease. 

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.


Scientific Management

The scientific management of i3S is structured as follows:

a) i3S is supervised by the Directive Board, DB (CGO-Comissão de Gestão e Orientação), which includes the Rector of UPorto and the Directors of IBMC, INEB and IPATIMUP. The Directive Board (CGO) meets twice a year and is presided over by the Rector of the University;

b) The Director of i3S is appointed by the Rector, following a proposal of the Directors of IBMC, INEB and Ipatimup;

c) The Board of Directors is in charge of managing i3S and consists of the Director of i3S and the Directors of its institutions;

d) The Board of Directors appoints the Vice Directors that will integrate the Executive Board, which is responsible for managing the building its general services and research support. The Director of i3S chairs this Commission whose members are the vice-director for the Infrastructure, the vice-director for Scientific Platforms and the vice-director for Post-Graduations;

e) The Steering Committee is governed by the Rector, includes the Director of i3S and has a representative from each of the University’s organic units that contribute with doctorate staff to the i3S, together with five external personalities of accredited merit. This Committee provides guidance towards the strategic research goals of i3S, namely to strengthen the link to the aforementioned organic units, to the health care system, enterprises and society;

f) The External Advisory Board is headed by an internationally renowned scientist who is invited by the Rector. The aim of the External Advisory Board is to access and provide feedback about the integrative programs of i3S and the institute’s scientific activity, research groups and scientific platforms;

g) The Scientific Council consists of research groups coordinators and meets twice a year with the goal of deciding the Annual Reports and assorted issues;

h) The Scientific Commission, constituted by the Director of i3S, the coordinators of the each Research Program, and up to three other leading scientists appointed by the DB. A representative for PhD students and another for post-docs are often invited to sit in on the meetings. The main goal of this commission is to present solutions concerning scientific strategy matters;

i) The Research Program Coordinators are appointed by the DB among the group leaders involved in each Program, based on proposals by the groups and after consultation with the Scientific Council;

j) Research Groups are appointed by the DB, after a favorable evaluation by the EAB and consultation with the Scientific Council. Group coordinators must have a CV of international standard and be capable of carrying out financially self-sustained research.


External Advisory Board

Institutional Affairs


The People and Reporting (P&R) team oversees the arrival and departure of research and administrative staff, fellows and visitors. It provides information on the institution and helps newcomers settle into i3S. The P&R team is also responsible for coordinating the reporting, by collecting elements and data, namely related to people, publications, thesis and projects.

The team works in close collaboration with other units, e.g. Human Resources and Communication.


Esteves, Paula | Filipe, Ana Paula | Lima, Marta | Contact point at IPATIMUP: Pontes, Isabel



This team provides secretariat support to the Director, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Scientific Commission and Scientific Council. They are also responsible for the institute's incoming and outgoing correspondence.


Ribeiro, Cláudia



The Legal Affairs Office provides assistance on legal matters related to the management and operation of i3S. The office's main task is to review the contracts, in order to harmonize them under common i3S procedures, in close collaboration with the Technology Transfer and Programmes Unit and other transversal units. Whenever deemed appropriate, the legal affairs team also works with outsourced law firms.

Coordination: Silva, Ana, anas@ipatimup.pt



Fernandes, Maria Antónia



Afonso, Gabriela