about us


CECOLAB Association – Collaborative Laboratory Towards Circular Economy,
is a private, non-profit institution, headquartered in Oliveira do Hospital, in the Central
region of Portugal. Founded in 2020, the Association started its activities in February 2020,
having in its genesis the process of recognition of excellence of the national
initiative from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, called CoLAB.

The initiative thus intended to contribute to the creation of qualified scientific employment oriented towards research and innovation with the creation of environmental, economic and social value. Recognized as a scientific and research infrastructure of national strategic interest, for the coordination of the National network in Circular Economy, the CECOLAB Association is an integral part of the National Roadmap for Research Infrastructures of National Strategic Interest - Order No. 4157/2019.


Development of solutions and knowledge to respond to the market transition to a CIRCULAR ECONOMY centred on national strategic value chains.


  • (i) Support the transition from a linear economic model to:
  • An economy that is responsible towards resources and people;
  • An economy that is more efficient in its life cycle.
  • (ii) Developing and transferring knowledge and technology to the market;
  • (iii) Creating scientific employment;
  • (iv) Taking the lead, and positioning Portugal in the Circular Economy.



General Assembly

President - Representative of the Portuguese Catholic University
1st Secretary - Representative of Aquitex - Acabamentos Químicos Têxteis, S.A.
2nd Secretary - Representative of the University of Minho

Permanent Executive Board of Directors

President - Representative of BLC3 Evolution
Vice-President - Representative of the University of Aveiro
Member - Representative of the University of Porto

Members of the Executive Board of Directors in the first two years of term

Member - Representative of the Welding and Quality Institute
Member - Representative of LIPOR

Members of the Executive Board of Directors in the last two years of mandate

Member - Representative of the National Energy and Geology Laboratory
Member - Representative of Mota Engil

Non-Executive Board Members

1st Member - RAIZ Representative
2nd Member - Representative of Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Supervisory Board

1st Member - Representative of the University of Coimbra
2nd Member - Society of Statutory Auditors or Statutory Auditor to be defined
3rd Member - Law Firm or Lawyer to be defined


CECOLAB, the Collaborative Laboratory (CoLAB) for the Circular Economy, develops activities aimed at a set of innovation chains, selected for their relevance in the national socioeconomic fabric and with an international impact.

cadeias inovacao

CECOLAB’s activities are based on three Technological Platforms:

- Industrial Biotechnology -
- Sustainable Separation Processes and Green Chemistry -
- Ecodesign -


Order nº 4157/2019
«National Infrastructure Network for the circular economy, as a collective and concerted response, through initiatives that promote research interdisciplinary and intersectoral, including the development of the circular bioeconomy and biotechnology, as provided for in the National Reform Plan (PNR), as well as the advancement of knowledge of the next generation of biomolecules and unleashing high added value commercial potential, in order to allow integration effective participation in research activities in circular economy being promoted at European level, to be coordinated by the Collaborative Laboratory for the Circular Economy, (...)

Portuguese Roadmap of Research Infrastructures – 2020 Update (FCT)


CECOLAB aims to grow in networks and guarantee international competitiveness, changing the paradigm of networking at the national level.This paradigm shift if visible in the investiment in the creation as on the dynamization of existing networks within the scope of the Circular Economy, and from the National Collaborative Laboratories to Government Entities and Companies.

Network collaboration and promoting this spirit is a basic principle of CECOLAB.



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Rua Nossa Senhora da Conceição, 2


(+351) 238 011 400