UNIDCOM/IADE - Research Unit in Design and Communication is an autonomous Organic Research Unit of IADE-U Instituto de Arte, Design e Empresa - Universitário, which is recognised since 2003 as a unit of R&D , accredited and funded under the R&D Units' Pluriannual Financing Program of FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia.
UNIDCOM/IADE has as its managing body EUROPEIA ID - Associação para a Investigação em Design, Marketing e Comunicação, a non-profit association governed by private law, joined by IADE in 2009, which promotes and develops, within its social framework, the activities of scientific research in the Design, Marketing and Communication domains, as well as training, innovation promotion and consulting in the same domains.
The vision of UNIDCOM/IADE is to be an international reference as a center of multidisciplinar research specialized in Heritage - Art, Culture and History; Representation and Artistic Expression; Comunication and Visual Culture; Product and Environments - Innovation and Sustainability; Fashion and Cultural Trends; Learning Systems: Education and Training; Organisations, Markets and Consummer; Open Society - Information and Innovation Systems; Technologies and Interface Design; Ergonomics Design and User Experience.
The Unit develops research in Design (as systems integrator) and Communication. With these guidelindes, the Research Centre has, as a mission, to be engaged, with creativity, rigour and dedication, in scientific research and application, aiming the development of the portuguese culture and economy, in line with the europen strategies. The new social challenges and the scientific, technological and economic specialization, as well as the change in the status from IADE to University Institute, has lead to the redefinition of this Unit.
The new objectives are:
1) Articulate the research activity with the training programme of IADE-U, integrating researchers in postgraduate studies (master and doctoral students) in projects;
2) Perform training actions, specialization and dissemination;
3) Promote and implement transversal integration of research themes with outputs for the creative and cultural industries.
To implement these objectives task forces with appropriate knowledge to contracted projects are created.
UNIDCOM/IADE is managed by (a) Directive Council, comprised of the President and the Scientific Coordinator, Executive Director and Representatives of the Research Groups; (b) Scientific Council; (c) Executive Coordination Council, which includes the coordinators of the Support Centres and Laboratories of IADE-U; and (d) Advisory Commission.
All research activities are supported the the Laboratories and the Support Centres of IADE: