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The overall objective of e-GEO is to create scientific knowledge in the predominant area of Geography, but with a thematic focus on Spatial Planning, the Environment and Development and Geographical Modelling, in a transdisciplinary perspective.
e- GEO specific objectives are:
·         To ensure the financial resources and technical conditions for the implementation of research projects and for the integration of undergraduate and graduate students in scientific research;
·         To train researchers, including post-doctoral and doctoral fellowship holders in areas requiring high levels of expertise;
·         To disseminate research results through publications editing and organization of scientific events.
These objectives have been achieved through: the activities of the Research Groups, whose members are experienced researchers as well as doctoral and masters students; the organization of national and international scientific events; the editing of publications; inter-institutional and international co-operation.
Research activities are carried out by the following Research Groups for the period 2011-2013: 
Geographical Modelling, Cities and Spatial Planning
Co-ordinated by Carlos Pereira da Silva 
Environmental and Socio-Economic Dynamics: Management for Sustainability
Co-ordinated by Sergio Rosendo
e-GEO has developed partnerships with a number of scientific institutions in Europe and North America, and particularly in countries whose official language is Portuguese. Examples: Swansea Metropolitan University, University of East Anglia, Cardiff University no Reino Unido; National University of Ireland, Cork; Université de Strasbourg, Université de Paris 8 & 2, Université de Limoges em França; University of Brëme, University of Munster, University of Stuttgart na Alemanha; Universität Salzburg, Vienna University of Technology na Áustria; University of Tromso na Noruega; University of Stockholm, Lund University na Suécia; Technische Universiteit Delft, Wageningen Universiteit nos Países Baixos; Universidad de Oviedo, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Universidade de Huelva, Universidad de Castilla- la-Mancha, Universidad de Sevilla, Universidad de Málaga, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Universidad de Granada na Espanha; Università delli Studi della Calabria, Universitá degli Studi di Firenze na Itália; Columbia University, New York University nos Estados Unidos; Griffith University na Austrália; Universidades Federais do Rio de Janeiro, da Paraíba, de Pernambuco, do  Grande do Norte, do Rio Grande do Sul, Universidades de São Paulo, do Vale do Itajaí no Brasil; Universidad de Monterrey no México; Universidade de Cabo Verde; Universidade Eduardo Mondlane em Moçambique; Universidade Agostinho Neto em Angola; University of Dar es Salaam na Tanzânia.
Examples of projects with foreign institutional partners:
InPortugal, e-GEO has coordinated and / or participated in projects with Universidade dos Açores, Universidade de Évora, Instituto Superior Técnico, Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical; Instituto Superior de Economia, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa, Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologia, Instituto Geográfico Português, Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil, Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa.
Examples of projects:
e-GEO members have participated in the diffusion of geographical information technologies through the establishment and implementation of geographical information labs (GEOLAB) in high schools within the scope of the Programme "Live Science", promoted by the Ministry of Science and Technology.

The following activities are examples of economic and social applications of scientific knowledge: contributions to spatial planning instruments at various scales, the development of applications for public use of Geographical Information through the Internet, the CARTUS-AML and GEOAMADORA; the organisation of an Organic Farming Guide; the co-ordination and elaboration of an Inventory of the Built Heritage and an Atlas of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, published both by the Metropolitan Area Authority; the co-operation with Council of the Parish of Nossa Senhora de Fátima in Lisbon for the creation of a social help network; initiatives with social partners within the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion (2010) and the European Year of Voluteering (2011).

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