Unit Description

The new Research Centre named Development and Research in Environment, Applied Management and Space (DREAMS –, was born as an initiative of professors and researchers of the Department of Aeronautics and Transports and the Faculty of Engineering of Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT), of the Faculty of Engineering of Universidade Lusófona do Porto (ULP) and of Instituto Superior de Gestão (ISG) belonging to Grupo Lusófona. DREAMS comprises 33 integrated members and 24 collaborators.

It may seem that DREAMS got together researchers from disconnected Groups, being simply juxtaposition of independent research activities; far from it. In fact, DREAMS is the outcome of the collective recognition that man’s influence on the environment has been pushed too far, making it necessary, perhaps urgent, to focus research on the complex interactions between humans, technologies and natural systems in order to guarantee safety and sustainability. This requires recourse to adequate applied management and engineering. Therefore, DREAMS will give value to the production of interdisciplinary research, integrating all the mentioned aspects in the context of a rapidly changing world.

DREAMS activities are settled upon three concepts: Education, Research and Innovation and will develop following three main strategic lines: Internationalisation, Higher Education and Reinforcement of the Experimental and Laboratorial Capacities. Consequently, to attain its goals, DREAMS is organised in the following three Research Groups:

  • RG-4463-2344 Environment, Energy and Safety
  • RG-4463-2345 Transports, Built Environment and Management
  • RG-4463-2556 Aerospace Science and Technologies Research GrOup (ASTRO)

In each Group, research is performed by research teams, responsible by Thematic Strands, having interdisciplinary characteristics, thereby promoting and stimulating cooperative interactions among all the members of the Centre.

The Thematic Strands reflect the guidelines of HORIZON 2020 and its operation is not confined to Portugal or Europe but it is also open to African Countries whose official language is Portuguese (PALOP) where Grupo Lusófona is already established, and with which members of DREAMS have a consistent long term cooperation.

Research Group A
Will focus on Past, Present and Future climates, its impacts, namely on energy, water and safety of people and property.
Research Group B
Is oriented to sustainable, resilient and safe transport systems and mobility, matching social, economic, technological and environmental goals.
Research Group C
concentrates on aircraft accidents and prevention, green aviation, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and astrophysics.

In all Groups, support to Higher Education at Master and Ph.D. levels, is a fundamental goal.

DREAMS can thus, through its research, support public policies, related to scenarios of climate change, adaptation measures, renewable energies, water resources, safety in aeronautics and terrestrial transports, strategic management, space weather, etc. and do this in an integrated manner. The three host institutions, ULHT, ULP and ISG, have the correct institutional resources and synergies (technical, scientific, organisational and managerial) as well as the commitment and determination to provide for the manpower and material resources to implement the proposed programme and give life to this new project: the DREAMS idea.

The management structure of DREAMS comprises: a Director, assessed by two Vice-Directors, altogether forming the Executive Committee; a Permanent Committee joining the Executive Committee and the Coordinators of the Research Groups, a Scientific Council assembling all the Ph.D. members of the Centre and an External Advisory Committee formed by three personalities, internationally recognised and possessing valuable CVs. The members of the Externally Advisory Committee are:

Chris Kilsby
Professor and Researcher of Hydrology and Climate Change and head of the Water Resources Engineering group at Newcastle University. He is head of the Water Resources Engineering group and sits on School Executive Committee, Research Committee and the Civil Engineering Programme Strategy Group.
Guy Boy
Professor and Director of the Human-Centered Design Institute and Ph.D. & Master’s Programs at the Florida Institute of Technology, IPA Chief Scientist for Human-Centered Design at NASA Kennedy Space Center and a Senior Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). He was the co-founder in 2004 of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Cognitique (ENSC), a cognitive engineering programme at the University of Bordeaux.
Michael Bagshaw
MB, BCh, MRCS, FFOM, DAvMed, DFFP, FRAeS, Professor Bagshaw has worked for over 40 years in medicine and professional aviation. He is an Associate Consultant to BRE, Honorary Civilian Consultant Adviser in Aviation Medicine to the Army, Professor of Aviation Medicine at King’s College London, and visiting Professor at Cranfield University
João Alexandre Medina Corte-Real
General Director
António Pedro Fernandes Costa
João Ciotta Neves
All PhD DREAMS members
Scientific Council


Scientific Areas

  • Natural and Environmental Sciences – Environmental Sciences
  • Exact Sciences and Engineering – Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems
  • Social Sciences and Humanities – Business

Research Groups

  • A. Environment, Energy and Safety
  • B. Transports, Built Environment and Management
  • C. Aerospace Sciences and Technology Reserach GrOup (ASTRO)

Thematic Lines

  • Experimental Support to Education and Research in Aeronautics and Space Sciences
  • Plant Evolution, Paleoecology and Paleoclimatology (PEPP)
  • Climate Variability, Impacts, Risks and Adaptation
  • Built Environment and Transport Management toward Sustainable Mobility
  • Strategic Management and Economic Growth
  • Technology and Human Factors
  • Environmental Biotechnology, energy materials and societal impacts
  • The Green Galatic Habitable Zone (G2Hz)

Date of FCT registration – 17/10/2013


Universidade Lusófona

Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias
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Universidade Lusófona do Porto
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