ECA’s Research Commission, approved on March 13, 1989 by Professor José Marques de Melo, has connected its different departments with various areas of activity, in order to establish a concept of research which is common, wide, diversified, and flexible, including not only the development of creativity and theoretical thinking but also of artistic and scientific production, linking reflection and action.

Besides this conceptual concern, the Research Commission regulates research teams, helping them to develop research activities and to find the necessary technical and financial resources.  Furthermore, the Research Commission also seeks to highlight the successes already achieved and to spread relevant information to help research teams and individual researchers to   achieve and consolidate their objectives.

ECA is aware of tradition but has been able to break with it, responding to societal needs but without surrendering to them, and endeavoring to develop qualified professionals who are independent and able to act in this country and abroad. ECA experiences the challenges and merits of an organisation rooted in the present but looking to the future.

In the last twenty years, much progress has been achieved as evidenced by some unequivocal indicators such as: the strong uptake of university entrance examinations (“vestibular”), the high positions occupied by professors in public and private institutions, the formation of research teams, and the increasing number of Post-Doctoral theses.

These are achievements obtained despite the difficulties experienced in dealing with the articulation of a great diversity of areas and research projects which are essentially transdisciplinary. If numbers cannot express this development in the field of research, a careful look will establish that research activities are becoming increasingly present in the development of theoretical, scientific, cultural, and artistic knowledge.