The history of the Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa – ICS (Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon) began in 1962 with the creation of the Gabinete de Investigações Sociais – GIS (The Social Science Research Group), hosted then by the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (Technical University of Lisbon), on the premises of the ISCEF, today ISEG. Orientated towards the study of the Portuguese reality and with a small body of researchers, GIS was directed by Adérito Sedas Nunes. Despite the scarcity of resources and the political regime’s hostility towards social sciences, particularly sociology, the impact of GIS and of the Análise Social magazine, whose first issue was published in 1963, was enormous. With the political change in 1974, GIS hosted several exiled social scientists, increasing its research body, diversifying its activities and extending its field of research to the study of contemporary societies.
In 1982, GIS became the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, satisfying an urgent need for institutional strengthening and offering an innovative project to the University. Then followed three decades of growth and transformation of the conditions for research and post-graduate studies in social sciences, to which contributed greatly the status of Associate Laboratory, awarded in 2002 by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (Foundation for Science and Technology). In 2003, ICS took over the new building – at the University Campus–, specially designed for its mission as an institution of research and advanced training. The new logistical conditions made possible the wide range of activities that characterize the current ICS. The ICS offers the scientific community important research resources. Its library of social sciences has a valuable collection of books and magazines, both national and international, constituting an essential support for students and researchers. The Institute is also a member of several international research networks involved in the production and delivery of surveys and databases on social and political issues, open to the community, providing crucial platforms for compared monitoring of changes in social attitudes and behaviours of the Portuguese in the European context. Currently, the Institute has about eighty researchers, it hosts a hundred postgraduate students and develops more than two hundreds research projects. Joining disciplinary researchers from various fields, the research carried out at ICS encourages fruitful relations between social sciences and the field of natural sciences and engineering, an essential factor for the advancement of science.
Issue Date: 31.05.2012
Designer: José Brandão / Susana Brito
Colours: 4 Colours
Size: 40 x 30,6 mm
Values: N20g, E20g