Ciência Viva - the Agency 

Ciência Viva is a national agency for the promotion of initiatives for the public awareness of Science and Technology in Portugal, whose associate bodies include public institutions and research laboratories.

The Science and Technology Week and Science in the Summer are two of the initiatives for the general public that have been running since 1997.

Science for Young People in the Holidays, a programme that invites secondary school students to be part of research teams in laboratories all over the country, is another initiative that started in 1997.

Ciência Viva has extensive experience in establishing partnerships with researchers in initiatives aiming at improving science education in elementary and secondary education schools.  

In the last 10 years our team has taken part in 22 projets within two European Frameworks.

Ciência Viva is responsible for the creation of a national network of 20 interactive Science Centers, all of them operating in close collaboration with universities and local authorities.

Ciência Viva-ANCCT: the Associates
Agência de Inovação, SA; Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT); Centro de Neurociências de Coimbra (CNC); Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES); Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT); Instituto de Ciências Sociais (ICS); Intituto Biologia Molecular e Celular (IBMC); Instituto de Patologia e Imunologia da Universidade do Porto (IPATIMUP); Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica (ITQB); Laboratório de Instrumentação e Física experimental de Partículas (LIP) e Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores do Porto (INESC-Porto).

The Association
Ciência Viva was created as part of the Ministry of Science and Technology on 17th Julho 1998, to support initiatives for the promotion of science and technology in the Portuguese society.