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To carry out research, disseminating its results, as well as to promote scientific events and quality assessment through by renowned scientific agencies in order to achieve national and international recognition of peers are fundamental objectives of the University of Minho. Creativity is also valued at the University of Minho, and the discovery of innovative solutions and answers to societal challenges are aimed at.
At the School of Arts and Humanities, research is boosted by two research centres, namely, the Centre for Humanistic Studies (CEHUM) and the Centre for Ethics, Politics and Society (CEPS).

These centres promote five regular scientific publications, as well as an important set of publications in the form of collections (with monographs or volumes of essays) and collections of scientific meetings proceedings.

Research is also anchored in ELACH by Vítor Aguiar e Silva Library, an important collection in the scientific areas of the School available to its researchers and to the university community.