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Azulejo Research for the candidacy to UNESCO World Heritage status
Estudos no Azulejo Português para Candidatura a Património da Humanidade

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Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC)- Leading organization;
Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil- LNEC, founded in 1946, is a public research institute devoted to science and technology that carries out activity in multiple fields of Civil Engineering and contributing areas. It employs ca. 500 of which 125 are researchers, all holding at least a PhD or equivalent degree.
Looking for a better alignment with the next EU plans, it was understood that LNEC should have a strategic definition to frame and guide its Plan for Research and Innovation, covering the period 2013 to 2020. This strategy is based on five structural axes: built heritage, cities and territories, natural resources, risk and security; instruments for innovation. The priority themes follow those of Europe 2020/Horizon 2020 and FCT-AzuRe integrates one of the strategic pillars of the research developed at LNEC.

Direção-Geral do Património Cultural (DGPC)- Participating Institution;
The Direção-Geral do Património Cultural (DGPC- General-Directorate for Cultural Heritage) is an entity of the Cultural Secretary of State whose mission is to ensure the management, safeguarding, enhancement, conservation and restoration of assets of the Portuguese national immovable, movable and intangible cultural heritage, as well as to develop and implement the national museum policy. The Museu Nacional do Azulejo (MNAz- National Museum of the Azulejo) is one of its museum branches.

Universidade de Évora (UE)- Participating Institution;
The University of Évora is a public institution of higher education whose origins date back to 1559. At the present it is organized in departments which are grouped in schools related to specific scientific domains. Through financing from EEA Grants the University founded in 2009 the HERCULES Laboratory – Cultural Heritage, Studies and Safeguard, the only such laboratory in Portugal and one of the few in Europe devoted solely to the study and conservation of tangible heritage. Its multidisciplinary team involves specialists from different areas of knowledge (art history, conservation/restoration, chemistry, geology and biochemistry).

This partnership of organizations makes up (the Portuguese branch of the European Research Infrastructure on Heritage Science) and is listed in the Portuguese Roadmap of research infrastructures.


Alexandre Nobre Pais - Direcção Geral do Património Cultural/ Museu Nacional do Azulejo (DGPC-MNAz). FCT-AzuRe Project Coordinator and Manager; Leader of Task 1- Coordination & Dissemination.

João Manuel Mimoso - Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC) FCT. AzuRe Project Co-manager; Leader of Task 3 - Ancestry of Portuguese faïence azulejos.

António Candeias - Universidade de Évora / Laboratório Hércules) (UE-LabH). Leader of Task 2 – Azulejo characterization.

Joana Campelo - Direcção Geral do Património Cultural/ Laboratório José de Figueiredo (DGPC/ LJF). Leader of Task 4- Unravelling tiled urban façades.

Maria de Lurdes Esteves - DGPC- MNAz. Leader of Task 5- Azulejoteca and database.

Dória Rodrigues Costa - Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC)

Maria Augusta Antunes - Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC)

Sílvia R. M. Pereira - Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC) / Évora University - HERCULES Laboratory

Catarina Geraldes - Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC) / Faculty of Science and Technology - VICARTE