The CHSC has the following goals:

  • To promote historical research in different areas, from the end of Ancient History to the Contemporary Age, especially with regards to the Portuguese and European history;
  • To promote the production of theoretical reflection, refining methodologies and models for the reconstruction of the human past;
  • To develop research projects within the framework of the subjects of the existing groups and line of research;
  • To foster the scientific interchange and cooperation between researchers and national and foreign institutions;
  • To make research tools more accessible, namely through the publication of sources and the creation of databases;
  • To disseminate the researchers’ scientific production among the scientific community and the civil society, promoting seminars and other cultural activities;
  • To support the students’ research, especially that of doctorate and post-doctorate students;
  • To give greater international visibility to Portuguese historiography.