The Centro de Álgebra da Universidade de Lisboa, CAUL, had its origin as a research center in the project LM4 of the Instituto da Alta Cultura and was officially recognized by the Instituto Nacional de Investigação Científica, INIC, in 1980. It became a research unit of the Universidade de Lisboa in 1993, being financed by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, FCT.
CAUL has more than 20 integrated members and several PhD students, collaborators and grant holders. Most of its members hold a teaching position in one of the following Universities:
CAUL maintains close cooperation with foreign researchers, namely from Australia, France, Great-Britain, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain and the United States, which is reflected by the joint publication of research papers, co-supervision of doctoral students and organization of scientific meetings. CAUL cooperates also with CIRCA (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Computational Algebra – Univ. St. Andrews, Reino Unido) aiming at, on one hand, reinforcing the existing scientific interchange, sharing preprints, foreign visitors and video-conference seminars; on the other hand, collaborate in the development of GAP (Groups, Algorithms and Programming). CAUL has regular cooperation with several national institutions, namely in the supervision of theses.
The main objectives of CAUL are:
  • To develop diverse areas of Algebra and their Applications, through the strengthening of the team in areas in which it possesses international recognition, and to continue in the guidance of young researchers towards new areas of knowledge in Algebra associated, for instance, with Theoretical Computer Science, Computational Algebra, Algebraic Logic and Algebraic Analysis.
  • To promote postgraduate studies by means of supervision of Master's and Doctoral theses as well as post-doctoral studies.
  • To promote scientific meetings, national as well as international, such as conferences, schools, courses and seminars, in order to present to the scientific community, especially the Mathematical community, the themes under research and the new results, as well as other related themes.
CAUL clearly aims at being an international center in Algebra, both at the theoretical and at the applied levels.
FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia