9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN24 Science and Technology

2009-09-05 13:30:00 2009-09-05 15:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 13:30 - 15:00 Scientific Careers and Productivity Building AA, AA.225

Exploring Growth and Structure of Biogerontology Research in Portugal

Biogerontology is a growing and fundamental research area within the broad field of biomedicine. This paper deals with the case of Portugal. Is this also a fair portrait of the investigation conducted in Portugal on the subject of aging? How should the current state of that research area in this country be depicted within national and European contexts? Recent key events such as a prominent international conference jointly organized with the European network LINK-AGE and that took place in Porto or the public announcement of the restructuring of different research institutes into a consortium having "age-related diseases and regenerative medicine" as one of major areas of investigation, might illustrate the acknowledgement of its local importance.
Present paper aims at describing the development and structure of this particular research area in Portugal. Using a scientometric approach, it explores biogerontological research in this country both through publications and projects. The study is focused on indicators of productivity and scientific collaboration, as well as on funding; additionally it looks at the specific topics covered. What does it mean speaking about a research community on the theme of aging in Portugal? Which specific topics do the different research groups focus on? What are their scientific collaborations, within and beyond national borders? In a time when the study of aging seems to gather huge public attention, the results here presented are an attempt towards mapping biogerontology in Portugal and its integration within a broader international setting.