The Azorean Biodiversity Group is a regional centre recognized by the Azorean Science Research Council and the University of Azores. Between the years of 2008 and 2014 the Azorean Biodiversity Group (ABG) contributed to the CITA-A vision and mission, by conducting research on oceanic islands used as natural labs for testing ecological theory to understand how human activities and natural processes interact under global changes.
Now, the Azorean Biodiversity Group belongs to another FCT center, the CENTRE FOR ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE (cE3c), based in Lisbon. cE3c’s main objective is to perform research that addresses societal challenges in ecology, evolution and the environment—the three Es in the centre’s name, for the 2015-2020 period. Our 20 integrated members with Ph.D., plus Ph.D. students and collaborators will be now part of a larger research centre, with 101 integrated members in which research questions will be addressed at both the continental and insular scales.
In December 2014 FCT awarded the Classification of EXCELLENT to the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (CE3C), having been the 19 Azorean Biodiversity Group researchers included in this evaluation, which was a great achievement for all of us.