Member Status

Voting Participant

GBIF Participant since


GBIF Region


Head of Delegation

Ana Morgado

Participant Node Manager

Rui Figueira

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The Portuguese Node of GBIF is hosted by the Tropical Research Institute (IICT). In January 2013, the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) appointed IICT to be the Portuguese Node of GBIF. This was a decision based on the recommendation made by the FCT Scientific Council of Biological Sciences and Environment, recognising the strong capacity and infrastructure of IICT in the area of Biodiversity Informatics.

Over the last decade IICT has strongly invested in the digitization and free sharing of scientific collections on the Internet. This is the result of a strategy implemented to comply with the compromise assumed by Portugal in the 2003 Rio Summit of Science and Technology ministers of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) to make available, in digital form, the scientific patrimony namely of African CPLP countries.

Vision and Mission 

Vision: Free and open sharing of primary biodiversity data enriches knowledge and value of Portuguese and World biodiversity.

Mission: Promote the integration of Portuguese data publishers and resources of biodiversity information on the GBIF network, and the availability of biodiversity data for the scientific research and societal needs.


The host institution of the GBIF Portuguese Node is IICT, which is a state laboratory under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The implementation and practice of the Node adheres to the following principles: independence, neutrality and trust; quality of information; quality and adaptability of service; collaboration and cooperation.

The Node annually reports to the Scientific Council for Natural and Environmental Sciences of the national funding agency for science, technology and innovation (FCT). IICT is a member of the National Consortium for the Enhancement and of the Scientific Use of Natural History Collections (NatCol), and the Portuguese e-Infrastructure for Information and Research on Biodiversity (PORBIOTA). The latter consortium includes the national agency for the conservation of nature (ICNF) as a member.

National Funding 

The funding sources of the Node are, in a shared costs model, the host institution (Tropical Research Institute, IICT) and the national agency for science and research in Portugal (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, FCT).


The basic financial contribution of Portugal to GBIF is supported by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT).


Ana Morgado
Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical (IICT)Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical Trav. Conde da Ribeira 9 1300-142 LisboaPortugal(+351) 213616340
Head of Delegation
Rui Figueira
Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical (IICT)Tropical Research Institute (IICT) Trav. Conde da Ribeira 91300-142 LisboaPortugal+351 213616340
Additional Delegate
Luisa Igreja
Fundação para a Ciência e a TecnologiaAv. D. Carlos I, 126-71249-074 LisboaPortugal+351 213911537
Additional Delegate
Rui Figueira
Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical (IICT)Tropical Research Institute (IICT) Trav. Conde da Ribeira 91300-142 LisboaPortugal+351 213616340
Node Manager
Yuri Binev
ICT manager
Tropical Research Institute (IICT) Rua da Junqueira, nº 86-1º LisboaPortugal
Node Team

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