(PT) Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research/IN+ (IST)

(PT) Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research/IN+ (IST)
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Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research/IN+
Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon
Avª Rovisco Pais
1049-001 Lisboa-Portugal

Phone : +351 218 417 732
Fax : 351 218 496 156


Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Resarch (IN+)

IN+ is a research center at IST (Instituto Superior Técnico) - Technical Institute of Lisbon. IST was created in 1911, is the largest and most reputed school of engineering, science and technology in Portugal. IST?s mission is to contribute to the development of society by promoting a higher education of outstanding quality in the areas of Engineering, Science and Technology, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and by carrying out research and development activities in accordance with the highest international standards. Its mission thus reflects the three activities that define the concept of a modern university: Education, Research & Development and Links with Society.


The activities of the Centre are multidisciplinary, linking basic and applied research to technology development, and focused on the issues of sustainability, namely in terms of the needs to secure the quality of the environment, together with the management of energy resources and the economic development. To achieve these objectives, the activities of the Centre are directed towards leading-edge developments and to promote the learning ability of graduate engineering students with the following specific goals:
  • To improve knowledge in advanced fields of strategic technologies with emphasis on turbulent mixing and combustion processes, which have the potential to optimise the environment and the rational use of energy in industry;
  • To develop and use advanced techniques for the analysis, monitoring and control of processes at laboratory and industrial scale, the later including technology and risk assessment;
  • To promote the exchange of knowledge in advanced technologies for the optimisation of industrial processes, including the management of technology and innovation, as a way to promote competitive advantages at the corporate level;
  • To derive science and technology policies and innovation strategies, namely in terms of environmental protection rational use of energy and economic growth;
In this context, besides the development of basic research in energy and environmental-related processes, the Centre thus undertakes interdisciplinary research involving technology and policy, promoting ways in which industrial development can proceed in a sustainable and socially responsible manner.

In order to achieve these objectives, the Centre is organized in three main laboratories:
  • Laboratory of Technology Policy and Management of Technology
  • Laboratory of Thermofluids, Combustion and Energy Systems
  • Laboratory of Environmental Systems
This lab is aimed to develop and use advanced research methodologies of environmental systems and to promote the exchange of knowledge in advanced technologies for the optimisation of industrial processes and environmental systems.


  • Ecodesign; includes the development of an ecodesign software tool
  • Design of end-of-life management systems
  • LCA studies, including Hybrid Input Output LCA
  • Promotion of industrial symbioses
  • Waste management tools and policy definition
  • Energy systems analysis, namely on combustion technologies