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ICFC 2019 - International Conference on Food Contaminants

The International Conference on Food Contaminants: challenges on risk assessment (ICFC 2019) will be held in Aveiro (Portugal) on the 26th and 27th September, 2019 and has several CESAM members in the organizing an scientific committees. This multidisciplinary congress provides a forum for both internationally established and young researchers to exchange advanced knowledge on Food Contaminants and Human Health. The congress will include keynote lectures given by world-renowned scholars, in addition to platform and poster presentations. Several sessions will cover developments and new challenges in risk assessment: Session 1 - Challenges in risk assessment in foods: new perspectives Session 2 – Human exposure to chemical food contaminants Session 3 – Other agents (microbiological and nutritional) affecting risks Session 4 – Risk-benefit assessment in foods in Europe Important dates: Abstract submission: 16 Jun Early-bird registration: 31 Jul Late registration: 17 Sep Website of the event here.

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REMINDERS

  • 27th International Conference on Modelling, Monitoring and Management of Air Pollution

    The International Conference on Modelling, Monitoring and Management of Air Pollution has successfully been reconvened for 27 years, always attracting a wide international spread of delegates. This time it will be held in Aveiro from 26-28 June 2019. Professor Carlos Borrego and Professor Myriam Lopes of CESAM are two of the Chairmen of the conference. CESAM will be also be represented by the Professor Ana Isabel Miranda and the researcher Joana Ferreira as members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee. This important conference brings together contributions from scientists from around the world to present recent work on various aspects of air pollution phenomena. Notable in each of the conferences in this series has been the opportunity to foster scientific exchange between participants. Each meeting has provided a further opportunity for identifying new areas of air pollution science demanding collaborative investigation. More information on this event here.

  • 25th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment

    The International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment has successfully been reconvened for 25 years, always attracting a wide international spread of delegates. It is well-established as the premier event of its type. This time it will be held in Aveiro from 25-27 June 2019. Professor Carlos Borrego (CESAM) is a Chairman together with Professor Giorgio Passerini (Marche Polytechnic University, Italy). CESAM will be also be represented by the researcher Alexandra Monteiro as a member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee. The variety of topics covered by the conference reflects the complex interaction of the urban transport systems with their environment and the need to establish integrated strategies. The aim is to arrive at optimal socio-economic solutions while reducing the negative environmental impacts of current transportation systems. More information on this event here.


NEWS

  • Deep-sea research for the next decade will have large scientific and societal benefits

    DOSI (Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative) Decade of Ocean Science Working Group, co-chaired by the CESAM researcher Ana Hilário and Kerry Howell (University of Plymouth, UK) has released the position paper ‘Deep-Sea Research in the Decade of Ocean Science Mapping the role of the deep ocean in human society’.In this paper, they compromise with the aim of reliably map and model the distribution of key habitats and species, the connectivity of populations, the delivery of ecosystem goods and services by deep-sea species and habitats, and the impact of human activities in the deep ocean by the end of the decade.The proposed 10-year programme will fill critical gaps of knowledge on the ecology of deep-sea populations crucial to make reliable and robust predictions on which to base ocean management decisions. In fact, it is intended that the acquired scientific knowledge during the Decade will inform policy and provide tools for the sustainable use of deep ocean. In addition, a major societal benefit of the project will be the legacy value of data that will be made freely available to future generations of scientists and stakeholders.The full position paper can be read here. DOSI pursues to integrate science, technology, policy, law and economics to advise on ecosystem-based management of resource use in the deep ocean and strategies to maintain the integrity of deep-ocean ecosystems within and beyond national jurisdiction.More information on DOSI here.  

  • Creative solution to minimize the problem of illegal coralline rock extractions using oyster shelves

    Researchers from CESAM, on the scope of the project SMARTBIOR, study alternatives to the coralline rocks used in aquaria that are often illegally extracted from Indo-Pacific areas, threatening coral reefs. The proposal is to use oyster shelves that are a common subproduct from oyster farming and that have presently a low added value. Following this study, the team of biologists gave life to a CESAM and University of Aveiro logo using oyster shelves as a substrate that was occupied by living tropical corals.  The complete news here (in PT).

  • PhD student of CESAM wins prize for entrepreneurship

    Mario Heredia Salgado wins the with his start-up “Andes”. This prize was granted by the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) for the first time as part of the Elsevier Foundation ISC3 Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge. With the winner project, he has developed a process to produce biochar from agribusiness biomass wastes to improve stressed soils. “Andes” was created based on his academic thesis in Energy Systems and Climate Change supervised by Prof. Luis Tarelho. The prize consists of a cash award of 25 000€ plus the onboarding at the ISC3 Global Start-up Service and was awarded on 6 May 2019 at the 4th Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference in Dresden in Germany. More on this here.

  • Researcher from CESAM is Guest Editor of a special issue in the journal Antibiotics

    The researcher Felisa Rey from CESAM & DBio together with the researcher Eliana Alves from QOPNA-DQ, University of Aveiro have been invited by the journal Antibiotics, MDPI (ISSN 2079-6382) to be Guest Editors of a special issue entitled "Antimicrobial Lipids from Plants and Marine Organisms". Plants and marine organisms are extraordinary reservoirs of natural products with biological activity. In order to combat the remarkable increase in antibiotic resistance, it is necessary to find novel antimicrobials from natural sources that have intrinsic defense strategies. Lipids include a myriad of structures and the ability to adapt to environmental changes and protect plants and marine organisms from different environmental stresses. Several lipid classes obtained from these matrices have antimicrobial activity on different human pathogens. Free fatty acids have been the most studied compounds. However, the great world of lipids as antimicrobials is far from being fully explored. Thus, it is imperative to explore these endless sources of bioactive lipids, and to isolate, identify and characterize the compounds that exert the antimicrobial activity and to evaluate their in vitro and in vivo efficiency. This special issue of Antibiotics aims at gathering the most recent work from researchers keen to demonstrate that lipids from natural sources are promising candidates as antibiotics and to boost new biotechnological applications of lipids in medicine, and in nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries. The deadline for manuscript submission is 28th February 2020.

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