Delta Cafés and the University of Évora established the 'Rui Nabeiro' Biodiversity Chair at end of 2008, with the goal of supporting research at the forefront of the biodiversity and global change fields, as well as promoting higher education and science communication on the same topics.
The 'Rui Nabeiro' Biodiversity Chair was the first privately sponsored chair in Portugal. Core funding by Delta Cafés amounted to 100,000 euros per year during five years. These funds were the trigger to further fundraising up to three times higher than initial investment.
Overall, the Chair produced 129 scientific articles, 16 books and 15 chapters in books. Between 2009 and 2013, the Chair produced ca. 10% of the internationally peer-reviewed scientific papers of the University of Évora. 65% of the high impact papers by the University of Évora (IF> 10) were from the Chair. These included five papers in Science and two in Nature. According to "ISI Web of Science" articles published by the Chair gathered ca. 30% of the citations of all papers published by the University of Évora in the reported period.
Although the core funding from the Chair has been discontinued, part of the team is now involved with the Portuguese Research Network in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (InBIO) funded through the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).
For more details on the Chair’s achievements click here for the 5 years report (in Portuguese)