A major environmental problem of our times is the occurrence of wildfires. Wildfires are a natural phenomenon that have shaped the evolution of Mediterranean ecosystems, as evidenced by plant species that are adapted to cope with fire and, in some cases, even require a fire for to complete their life cycles. The current environmental problem, however, arises from the fact that wildfires today are more frequent, more intense and affect larger areas in many regions across the world, typically due to a combination of factors related to land use and climate conditions. The impacts of wildfires on the environment are both direct and indirect, occurring during and after fires such as smoke emissions,...read more
CESAM is organizing a webinar on Online Science Communication, that will take place on 22 June, 3 pm (ZOOM). The target audience of this event are PhD students that are going to present their project or thesis online. Nevertheless, all the interested members can attend to this event! We will present important tips on how to communicate online in a general perspective. For you to receive the link to the webinar, please register here until 18 June.
Dear CESAM member: Taking into account the current situation and the recommendations by the Portuguese Government and the Rector of the University of Aveiro, CESAM staff has been reduced to a minimum possible onsite - the administrative staff is working remotely (those who are not on leave due to assistance to children). Until further notice, all communications with any staff member should favor the use of email and/or phone calls. As requested before please use institutional emails -this facilitates the correct and fastest way of response. We will try to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Please keep following the current situation which is updated regularly in the University of Aveiro website https://www.ua.pt/en/covid-19-info https://www.ua.pt/en/covid-19-faq Imagem de mohamed Hassan por Pixabay
CESAM is part of the NanoHarmony Project - building global standards for development of safe and successful nanomaterials
Nanomaterials are becoming more integral in today’s products, delivering faster, lighter and more energy-efficient products and processes. To facilitate globally safe development and use of these materials, existing safety assessment methods need to be adapted, and new methods developed where required. Using agreed methods worldwide for assessment of chemicals enhances trust, improves consumer safety and facilitates world trade. NanoHarmony, an EU project which started in April 2020, has this as a mission. NanoHarmony is led by the Federal Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA, Germany) with 14 European partners from research, industry, regulation and public bodies. NanoHarmony focus is on OECD Test Guidelines and Guidance Documents, as they are accepted by the 37 OECD Member countries. Through the OECD, NanoHarmony will extend its work to at least 25 additional associated partners including the US, Canada, South Korea, Australia and South Africa to achieve worldwide acceptance. NanoHarmony officially started on April 1st with a virtual kick-off meeting on April 20th and, after it’s web-based start, it will expand to engage all interested stakeholders with workshops, webinars, publications, newsletters and project actions and results.The NanoHarmony consortium invites all interested stakeholders to take part – visit the project website at www.nanoharmony.eu for full details on target tests, the partners involved, and to become involved. CESAM / University of Aveiro are proud to be part of the NanoHarmony project, working across the nanosafety research and industrial community to ensure long term safe materials for consumers and the environment. Our role in the project includes to be part of the scientific basis aiming at developing guidance documents on how to conduct short-term toxicity studies. Our main role will be on the Daphnia sp. OECD TGs 202, but also proving input to the algae (OECD TGs 202). The Portuguese team of CESAM / UA is coordinated by Susana Loureiro (dbio & CESAM´s Professor) and Roberto Martins researcher (dbio & CESAM´s Researcher). Join us on July 7, when NanoHarmony will host ‘An Introduction to NanoHarmony’ webinar - sign up directly here.
Ana Isabel Sousa, CESAM´s Researcher, among the experts who signed a recommendation to include seagrasses and saltmarshes in the Roadmap for Carbon Neutrality 2050
Ocean Alive, the first cooperative in Portugal dedicated to the protection of the ocean, which focuses on the Sado river, in Setúbal, is preparing a recommendation to the Minister of Environment and Climate Action and to the Minister of the Sea, for the inclusion of seagrasses and saltmarshes in the Roadmap for Carbon Neutrality 2050, which has already collected 500 signatures from several portuguese and foreign specialists. Ana Isabel Sousa, who works on quantifying the blue carbon captured by seagrasses and saltmarshes, is one of the subscribers. The document can be read and subscribed here: bit.ly/2yBit1a Full news here: bit.ly/2X61y01
The COOPERMINHO project, which includes Professor Ulisses M Azeiteiro and Professor Mário Pereira, led by the Municipality of Vila Nova de Cerveira, through the ‘Rio Minho Aquamuseu’, actively involving the University of Aveiro and the University of Porto, take part in the edition of contents of this book, many of them, recipe texts with historical and ethnographic background by João Guterres, gathering scientific data about the mentioned species. “In the Cooperminho project, which seeks to enhance the fish resources of the Minho River and the associated socio-cultural heritage, as well as promoting the sustainability of the exploited resources, we could not fail to support the coming into public view of this work,” explains Professor Ulisses M Azeiteiro. The greatest attention of the work goes to the migrating species of the Minho river, namely lamprey, shad and eel, as well as their ethnobiology, traditions and gastronomy, all involved in a historical context. Soon in bookstores. GUTERRES, J. (2019). Peixes do rio Minho e não só. Receitas com história. In L. M. CUNHA, A. P. MOURA, PEREIRA M. J. & AZEITEIRO U. M. (Eds). Porto: Edições Afrontamento (ISBN: 978-972-36-1799-3) Pp257
Nature Index 2020 – CESAM in 2nd place (national level) in the Earth and Environmental Sciences area
The Associated Laboratory CESAM - Center for Environmental and Marine Studies – holds the second place nationally in the Earth and Environmental Sciences area, according to the “Nature Index 2020” (share 2.04), therefore key to the 2nd place held by the University of Aveiro in this area (share 3.94). The University of Lisbon holds the first position (4.94; Instituto Dom Luiz - IDL share 3.55) and the University of Porto is third place (2.40). The Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables “highlight the institutions and countries that dominated high quality research in the natural sciences in 2019 as tracked by Nature Index”. This positioning confirms, once again, the quality and importance of CESAM's research in the environmental area, with a similar share to the University of Porto as a whole (2.04 versus 2.40) and only lower than the share of University of Lisbon.