University of Trás os Montes & Alto Douro came into being in 1986. After over 25 years of commitment to high quality teaching, research and community extension, UTAD has earned its rightful place among the new generation of Portuguese universities, and is striving to make its name at national and international levels as a centre of academic excellence and innovation. UTAD offers 37 BSc, 67 MSc and 12 PhD programs, has a teaching permanent staff of 511 professors and enrolls 8300 students.
UTAD campus is located in the city of Vila Real, a historic town with a rich culture and a beautiful countryside, which has succeeded in growing since its Roman ancestry. The campus with 120 hectares offers a wonderful study environment and includes all research and teaching facilities, a botanical garden, agricultural fields, animal production units, a veterinary hospital, cantinas and sports facilities. Student residencies are located outside the campus in the city.
The Centre for Research and Technology of Agro-Environment and Biological Sciences (CITAB), hosted by UTAD, is focused on the agro-food and forestry systems using the production-chain approach as a whole. It is composed of a multidisciplinary team with expertise ranging from fundamental sciences such as biology and chemistry to agronomists, forestry engineers and ecologists. The center benefits from the input of other scientific experts in the fields of mathematics, physics and several engineering disciplines. CITAB is clearly an innovative research unit, including other areas of expertise and promoting multi-disciplinary approaches to research projects in order to derive new solutions, maximize resources and bring higher added value to the development and upgrading of agricultural and forestry production chains.
CITAB is organized in 3 research groups including the Sustainable Agro-food Chains (SAC) group. SAC comprises 32 researchers and its main goal is the development of effective and pragmatic strategies to optimize sustainable food production, including studies on nutrient cycles, processing and reuse of animal and agro-food residues.