Our vision is the establishment of routine procedures for collaborative product development, thereby increasing product value and quality, reducing development time and life-cycle cost, and satisfying the general design requirements of minimum energy consumption, recycling capability, and environmental friendliness.

It is this vision that determines our mission as a research centre:Values IN+

IN+ aims to link basic and applied research to
technology development regarding issues of sustainability.

Our purpose is to improve the process of industrial and societal assimilation of knowledge, through a stepwise and interactive approach considering the overall values chain associated with industrial, corporate and social processes. Thus IN+ acts in all steps of research, from the diagnosis of sustainable systems to the optimization of technological processes, going as far as engineering its own solutions, following a set of values:

Therefore, it stands that its three pillars of research, often called laboratories, are:Laboratories IN+

For each of the research areas, we define goals biennially, when we review our key activities, strategy and communications goals.

You can consult our latest biennial report, where we evaluate the efficacy of our work.



Our most recent research aims to:

  • Optimize energy processes through new research on microscale thermal phenomena and multiscale transport phenomena in energy systems, including interfacial transport in view of enhanced heat and mass transfer, fuel/liquid atomization, lean-combustion, burning biomass and gun-powder under unsteady combustion.

  • Promote the development of cities, considering a) the complex interactions between people, technology, policy and urban infrastructures, to create “smarter citizens”; and b) the metabolism of urban areas, to support decision-making in energy and waste management networks.

  • Foster science, technology and industry policies to help increase significantly the export of engineering products and services from Portugal in a time horizon of 2020 by deepening the understanding of new science, technology and business dynamics along the full value chain of emerging industry fields, including aeronautics and the sustainable exploration of Atlantic.

To achieve these overall goals, the scientific program of IN+ unfolds around partnerships with national and international postgraduate programmes, including: the MIT-Portugal program, through its overall coordination and an active involvement of researchers in the areas of Sustainable Energy Systems (SES) and Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing (EDAM); the OIPG - International Observatory for Global Policies for the Sustainable Exploration of the Atlantic, through the coordination of an international network in Europe and Brazil, including the development of the “+atlantic” agenda.