The University of Algarve provides the community with a set of services developed out of the knowledge harnessed at the Institution, the physical infrastructure available and ongoing research activities. Over the past few years, the University of Algarve has established itself as a reference institution in the provision of some services, particularly on an international level.
The University of Algarve Vivarium is of particular note as one of the few international infrastructures to breed and house a specific species of African spiny mouse - Acomys cahirinus - in laboratories, whose unique regenerative capacity among mammals makes it the closest model to humans for studies relating to regenerative medicine. The Hearing and Speech Therapy Laboratory, the Psychology Service, the Sanitary Engineering Laboratory, the Ramalhete Maritime Station, the Vegetable garden and the Central Archive also provide important contributions on a regional and national level, serving as fundamental contributors to the main community networks in the respective areas of research and involvement.
The University of Algarve contains Spaces that may be rented by the academic and external communities.
The Central Archive aims to be the dynamic documentary guardian of UAlg's memory, which, following appropriate technical procedures, organises documents produced by or related to UAlg, storing and making them available, its main target being internal members of the University - the entire Academic Community - while also sharing some of the information contained within its vast documentation with those external to UAlg, whether local, national or international - e.g.: teachers, students of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd university cycles, researchers, public and private institutions, etc.
The CBMR / UAlg Animal Facility is a conventional equipment for housing laboratory animals of the mus musculus species in conditions free of specific pathogens (SPF).
Experimentation on small rodents is an extremely valuable tool to the scientific process, which is greatly important to preclinical phases, used to conduct safety tests and evaluate drug efficacy. Currently, even with the most advanced technology, it is not possible to reproduce the complexity of the interactions between cells, tissues and organs that occur in humans. In the context of understanding these interactions and facilitating the development of new therapies, the scientific methodology elects animals, mostly rodents, as an experimental model for humankind. High genetic homology with humans, ease of genetic manipulation, short gestation periods and short life cycles make rodents an excellent research tool.
The Ramalhete Centre is an infrastructure within the University of Algarve, which has been managed by the Algarve Centre for Marine Sciences (CCMAR) since 1994. This versatile marine station contains tanks and aquariums used to maintain living organisms, from batteries of small tanks to large outdoor mesocosms. It mainly hosts research projects related to marine organisms in its local geographical area.
The Chemical Analysis Laboratory (LAQ) is an analytical unit dependent on the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Algarve. This structure started operating in October 2000 with the aim of providing analytical services to external entities and supporting research carried out in the different organic units of the University.
The Laboratory of Hearing and Speech Therapy Lília Brinca (LATF) is a structure linked to the Higher School of Health of the University of Algarve.
In the LATF Speech Therapy and Audiology services are provided in public and private systems.
The Document Reproduction sector supports the various bodies, faculties and services in reproducing, drafting, editing and sharing documents and texts.
The University of Algarve’s Psychology Service (SP) is a structure that conducts assessments, intervention and research with the purpose of transferring scientific knowledge and providing services to the community.
- Clinical and Health Psychology
- Psychology of Education, Development and Vocational Counseling
- Social and Organisational Psychology