The University of Évora (Universidade de Évora) is the second oldest university in Portugal. Established in 1559, it was founded by the Archbishop of Évora Cardinal Infante Dom Henrique, future king of Portugal, and the Pope Paul IV. This institution’s History is highly related with Jesus History of the Society, which is the reason behind its closing in 1759 following the persecution and expulsion of this religious group in Portugal. During these 200 years several important names of Portugal and Spain culture were connected to this institution, such as Luís de Molina, Francisco Suárez and Pedro da Fonseca. In 1973 the University was reopened. Nowadays the University of Évora has a strong tradition in academic training, human development and involvement in society, and its moto is “Honest study mixed with long experience”. This institution, recognized internationally, holds over 8 000 students and offers a diverse range of education courses, in various fields of knowledge. The University of Évora offers forty-three 1st cycle degrees, eighty-five 2nd cycle master's courses, three of which Erasmus Mundus, and thirty-four doctoral programs. The University is recognized internationally, being regularly evaluated by the European University Association (EUA) and it has also been accepted as a member of the Magna Charta Universitatum.
IENE is a network of experts working with various aspects of transportation, infrastructure and ecology. The network was initiated in 1996 to provide an independent, international and interdisciplinary arena for the exchange and development of expert knowledge. IENE arranges international conferences, workshops and symposia, initiates collaboration projects and helps answering questions that require a joint international expertise. The general objectives of IENE is to provide an independent, international and interdisciplinary arena for exchange and development of expert knowledge. By this, IENE seeks to promote a safe and ecologically sustainable pan-European transport infrastructure through recommending measures and planning procedures to conserve biodiversity, counteract landscape fragmentation, and reduce vehicular accidents and wildlife casualties.