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.
It is incumbent upon this Sector to support the various Organs, Faculties and Services in reproducing, drafting, editing and sharing documents and texts.
The CBMR / UAlg Vivarium 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.
This laboratory operates provides services to the community and scientific research applied to the needs of the region, specifically:
- Environmental Monitoring of Landfills and Dumps;
- Surface Water Monitoring;
- Monitoring of Water Quality in Municipal Swimming Pools and Water Parks;
- Monitoring of Water Quality for Washing and Packing Fish;
- Monitoring of Water for Human Consumption in Several Companies in the Food Sector such as Canning Companies, Companies Producing Beverages and Slaughterhouses;
- Verifying the Quality of Mixing Waters for Concrete, in accordance with Specification LNEC E 372-1993;
- Control of Gross Effluents and Treaties of Various Companies in the Tourism and Food Sector and WWTPs in the Region;
- Monitoring the Quality of Groundwater in the Algarve;
- Monitoring and Environmental Control of Golf Courses.
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 vegetable garden, located on the Gambelas Campus, covers an area of approximately 1.5 hectares and includes a set of infrastructures and equipment to support the Faculty's courses and research programmes, integrating experimentation/teaching areas and a complex of 8 greenhouses.
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
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 University of Algarve contains spaces that may be rented by the academic and external communities.