CIEQV is based on the priorities of Horizonte 2020, specifically societal challenges, particularly in the maintenance of high standards of life quality in various age groups and social contexts. 

CIEQV has, as its mission, to contribute to the production of knowledge and innovation and to promote improvement in the life quality of human beings. During the last year, taking into account some of the evaluation panel comments, CIEQV has developed an updated organization and research structure divided into 6 (six) areas:

(a)Motor behaviour;
(b)Organizational dynamics;
(c) Food production and technology / Food behaviour;
(d)Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles;
(e)Education and training;
(f)Individual and community health.

The integrated members will work through projects in one of the six areas in terms of common interests, not excluding, however, the possibility of working in an area resulting from the interconnection of the different research lines. Each project has developed its own approach to achieving its scientific goals within the overall CIEQV scientific structure and aims.
Projects will result in new knowledge in the life quality domain that can be transferred to society (regional, national and international) through better and updated professionals, new or updated education programmes (short courses, undergraduate courses, graduate courses, postgraduate courses), digital and paper editions (websites, papers, books, technical documents), patents and scientific events – dissemination of the research for the scientific community.

The multidisciplinary nature of CIEQV is one of its great innovations and challenges, bringing together researchers of various areas (e.g.: sports, health, education, nutrition, food quality, among others). Only by combining this research we can begin to understand the behaviour of society in terms of Quality of Life.

CIEQV intended, therefore, to drive research forward using an innovative framework of scientific interrelationship.



Conceptual framework for the research on Quality of Life


José Rodrigues, Carla Chicau Borrego, Paula Ruivo, Pedro Sobreiro, David Catela, José Amendoeira and Rui Matos


The article presents the reference framework for multidisciplinary research at the Life Quality Research Centre (LQRC). The research paradigm about the citizens’ quality of life in society imposes a multifaceted and complex analysis. At the LQRC we address this as thematically divided into six scientific areas: education and training; physical activity and healthy lifestyles; food production and technology on food behaviors; organizational dynamics; motor behavior; and individual and community health. These areas are clearly related to the concept of quality of life. They fit the goals and dynamics of the research center. In each section, the authors develop the themes of research projects and the challenges that characterize research in the area of quality of life. It is clear that there is an agreement and understanding that ensures that quality of life research is on the agenda of the world organizations related to scientific research and human development. This is a real challenge for scientific research centers, since multidisciplinary paradigms are the foundation of our collective organization, and the evolution of research on quality of life could fulfil current needs and lead to the improvement of citizen lives.


Structure and vision

The Coordination of CIEQV is ensured by a coordinator and a sub-coordinator. The structure of CIEQV also has a Coordinating Committee, composed by the central coordinator and the coordinators from six research areas.


José Rodrigues

Principal Coordinating Professor

Rui Matos

Coordinating Professor

CIEQV is organized in 6 scientific areas. Every research line has different scientific topics. The researchers will work in every scientific area by affinity interests however not excluding the possibility of working in an area resulting from the interconnection of the different research lines.

The six scientific areas are:

As seis áreas de investigação são:

Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles:

This research area covers  the physical activity and their relationship to healthy lifestyles;


Carla Borrego

Coordinating Professor

Motor behavior:

This research area covers the study of motor behavior, human motricity disorders, and the body’s interaction with the environment;


David Catela

Coordinating Professor
Organizational dynamics:

This research area covers the study of  individual and collective dynamics, in particular the social influence, the organizations dynamics and their influence on individual and organizational life quality; the life quality in various contexts (urban, rural); the life quality at work;


Pedro Sobreiro

Adjunct Professor

Education and training:

This research area covers the study of competence skills of trainers and trainees; teaching models; creation and innovation of technological tools that promote and enhance skills and knowledge;


Rui Matos

Coordinating Professor

Food production and technology / Food  behavior:

This research area covers the study of human behavior concerning food and its specialized production;


Paula Ruivo

Adjunct Professor

Individual and community health:

This area helps to build a research agenda focused on people, throughout the life cycle, and their health care needs.


José Amendoeira

Coordinating Professor

List of E.A.S.C.‘s members – External Assessment Scientific Commission:

Antonino Bianco

Associate Professor

School of Sports Science

University of Palermo, Italy

Antonio Hernández Mendo

Full Professor

Faculty of Psychology

University of Málaga, Spain

Beatriz Urbano López de Meneses

Full Professor

Department of Agricultural and Forestry Engineering

Universidad de Valladolid, Spain

Harry Daniels

Professor of Education

Green Templeton College, Department of Education

University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Marianne Pitkajarvi

Senior Lecturer

School of Rehabilitation and Examinations

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Pedro Guedes de Carvalho

Associate Professor (retired)

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

University of Beira Interior, Portugal



CIEQV objectives are focused on research, development and innovation, namely:

Contributions for the regional strategy: 

– Positioning CIEQV as preferred partner in the research, development and innovation area as part of its regional influence;
– Strengthen collaboration and coordination with the regional institutions in order to respond to their needs;
– Create an Observatory for the research and innovation development in the regional influence territory.

Opportunities for advanced training: 

– CIEQV research should revert to the undergraduate and graduation offers of IPSantarém and IPLeiria and the institutional partners with whom they collaborate;
– Combine CIEQV research with the Undergraduate and Graduate curricular units of IPSantarém and IPLeiria as well as doctoral and postdoctoral programmes protocoled with universities and research centres;
– Graduate researchers and scholars in the initiation or development of advanced research projects in the CIEQV research areas;
– Strengthen and renew the undergraduate offer;
– Apply, develop and create Graduate courses in CIEQV research areas;
– Develop and create new specialized courses in CIEQV research areas;
– Develop and create new short courses in CIEQV research areas;
– Strengthen the students ‘ training in research methodology and integrate students in the ongoing CIEVQ projects;
– Develop postdoctoral programmes in the CIEQV research area through institutional cooperation with universities and research centres.


The CIEQV aims to promote its international activity since its research is also compliant with the requirements of European and international research, education and professional development:
– CIEQV will have as partners some of the major institutions of higher education, research centres and European and international networks;
– Coordinate, propose and participate in European and international projects;
– Participate as a member or observer in commissions of the CIEQV research areas;
– Organize international scientific events alone or in collaboration with other institutions;
– Engage international researchers to support ongoing projects;
– Support CIEQV integrated members and collaborators for research in international centres;
– Support CIEQV integrated members and collaborators through international dissemination of their works;
– Conceive and cooperate in the development of researchers international training programmes;

Institutional Partners

Instituto Politécnico de Santarém (IPS) is an institution with good facilities and equipment, made available to the research centre to carry out its activities. The CIEQV can benefit especially from IPS’s existing facilities ate the School of Sports, School of Agriculture, Management and Technology School and the School of Health, in particularly their laboratories and equipment. In this regard, we can highlight the following laboratories: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Food Technology, Research in Sports, Sport Psychology, Pedagogy in Sports and Fitness labs, among others. The organizational activities, the management and transfer of knowledge and the valorization carried out by the research centre will be supported by the institutional structure of IPS, in particular through the support of its project office, the financial management of the project office and transfer centre. These services, which bring together eight employees, already have significant experience in the management of research, development and innovation activities carried out at national and international level.

Instituto Politécnico de Leiria is an institution with modern facilities and equipment made available to the research centre to carry out its activities. The unit can especially benefit from the existing facilities at the School of Education and Social Sciences, the School of Tourism and Sea Technology and the School of Health, in particularly their laboratories and equipment. In this regard, we can highlight the following laboratories: Sensory Analysis, Biology, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Food Technology, Mobilization and Mechanical Therapy, Electrotherapy or Techniques Adapted to the Disabled, among others.
The organizational activities, management and transfer and the appreciation of knowledge to be carried out by the research centre will count with the support of the institutional structure of the IPL, namely through the support of its project office, the financial management of the project office and transfer and valorization of knowledge centre. These services, which have nine employees, already have significant experience in the management of research and development and innovation, carried out nationally and internationally.
Specifically, almost full time (> 50% of the time), the CIEQV office has: 3 assistants (2 IPS and 1 IPL); 1 financial manager (IPS) and 1 event and marketing manager (IPS). The office is located at IPS headquarters and has a branch office at IPL. Both offices are fully equipped with all necessary administrative equipment (internet, laptops, administrative software, professional printers).