Electrochemistry and Corrosion Group
Christopher M.A. Brett
Departamento de Química, Universidade de Coimbra, 3004-535 Coimbra, PORTUGAL

The city of Coimbra holds a special place in the hearts of all the Portuguese, rich in its history and said to be the oldest seat of learning in Portugal with a University founded on the 13th August 1290 by King Dinis. Six of Portugal’s Kings were born here and from 1139 until 1256 it was the capital of the country.

There are testimonies that take us to the Celts before the Romans arrived. The original name in the Roman period was Aeminium, and it later developed under the influence of the greater nearby town of Conimbriga, now a large archaeological site of great interest. The Renaissance had a profound impact on the city as does the University, where the students gave and still give to Coimbra, music, poems and nostalgia that makes Coimbra's life so special.