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CENSE members have long been thought leaders in environmental and sustainability management, first in Portugal, and now internationally. They have developed analytical tools, supported policy-making, and were present in first tier international forums, both at the European and Global level.

One of the most important contributions from CENSE is its role in education, shaping the minds of a significant number of undergraduate and graduate students that are now sustainability innovators and leaders in a diverse set of organizations all over the World.
CENSE has always cherished the social and economic valorisation of the knowledge produced by engaging in knowledge transfer activities and encouraging the development of spin-off companies for market uptake of research outputs. Several such companies have already emerged as a result of CENSE’s activities in the past years, such as YDreams, Ynvisible, Lasting Values and 2eco. 
CENSE has been consolidating a remarkable impact, working at the interface between science, society and policy processes, and taking its responsibility to society very seriously. Several CENSE researchers have established robust links with policy, society and the market.
CENSE has been steadily strengthening its scientific production, both in terms of quantity and impact. Over the past five years, all performance indicators show a positive trend and even exceed established goals, whereas total and per capita scientific production more than doubled.