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Associated Laboratory since 2005, CESAM includes around 500 researchers, 190 of whom with a PhD degree, and five departments of the University of Aveiro: Environment and Planning, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Geosciences; it also includes members from the Faculty of Sciences, of the University of Lisbon.  
CESAM's mission is to develop fundamental research in the Coastal and Marine Environment, understood in an integrated manner involving the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and anthroposphere.

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  Filomena Mª Cardoso Pedrosa Ferreira Martins  
  Category: Associated Professor  
  Department: Environment and Planning  
  Research Group: Coastal Zone Planning and Manag.
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  • 17/05/2016

    “Contribuições do CESAM para o Uso Inteligente das Funções do Solo”
    10 maio 2016, Anfiteatro do Edifício III (antiga Reitoria) , Universidade de Aveiro

    Sessão 1: Soil biological activity and biodiversity

    From hazard to risk assessment of contaminated soils: from single chemicals to chemical mixturesSusana Loureiro (CESAM & DBio)

    Bioassays and tools for soil quality assessmentMónica Amorim (CESAM & DBio)

    Ecotoxicogenomics, understanding the underlying stress mechanismsSusana Gomes (CESAM & DBio)

    Sessão 2: Assessing physical-chemical soil threats

    Developing test strategies to quickly assess fate and transport of metals and metal nanoparticles in soils: relevance for novel agrichemicalsSónia Rodrigues (CESAM & DQ)

    Effects of wildfire on mercury mobilisationNelson Abrantes (CESAM & DAO)

    The role of life cycle assessment in the evaluation of soil-related activities and impactsPaula Quinteiro (CESAM & DAO)

    Sessão 3: Mitigating soil threats and restoring soil functions

    How can organic matter improve soil-based ecosystem services? Franciscus Verheijen (CESAM & DAO)

    Management of biomass ash and organic waste in the recovery of degraded soils: Insights from LIFE14 ENV/PT/000369 project, Luís Tarelho (CESAM & DAO)

    Post-fire soil erosion mitigation in PortugalSergio A. Prats (CESAM & DAO)

    Mesa Redonda e Debate com o Público
    Oportunidades de financiamento e enquadramento dos temas abordados nas áreas prioritárias da RIS3, Programas de financiamento regionais / nacionais e H2020

    Convidados: José Antão (NCP Bio Economia da GPPQ), Alexandra Rodrigues (Diretora de Serviços de Desenvolvimento Regional da CCDR Centro), Sérgio Fabres (Coordenador de Consultoria Florestal no Instituto Raiz), Maria de São Centeno (Diretora de Serviços da Direção de Serviços do Território e dos Agentes Rurais), Sandra Santos (Coordenadora Geral da Associação AGIM - Associação para os Pequenos Frutos e Inovação Empresarial) 

  • 5/05/2016

    The Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas is an effort by the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission to raise awareness about the importance of soil biodiversity. It comprises 180 pages with amazing photos, maps, charts, statistics, and shared information that scientists, educators, policy makers, and non-specialists alike can use as a toolkit for knowing and understanding soil biodiversity globally. Key messages of the Atlas are:

    • Soil biodiversity is extremely diverse in shapes, colours, sizes and functions.
    • Soil biodiversity supports many services essential to human beings: plant growth, water and climate regulation, and disease control, among others.
    • Soil biodiversity is increasingly under threat due to several pressures acting on soils.
    • Interventions to reduce the impact of threats to soil biodiversity are available and should be widely adopted.
    • Policies to protect and value soil biodiversity are still at an early stage and need to be further developed.

    Out of the 94 authors from across the world, four are CESAM researchers at the UA. Ana Catarina Bastos and Susana Loureiro from the applied Ecology and Ecotoxicology R&D group (applEE) in the Biology Department, contributed with expertise on environmental biotechnology, including biomonitoring and bioremediation, as provisioning services of soil biodiversity. Frank Verheijen and Jacob Keizer from the Earth Surface Processes (ESP) lab in the Department of Environment & Planning, contributed with expertise about wildfire as a threat to soil biodiversity, and fire management as a way of benefiting soil biodiversity.


  • 05/05/2016

    Ana Hilário, UA Biologist, was in Namibia to participate in the organization of a workshop training and knowledge transfer in the area of ​​Deep Sea Biology, organized by Indeep, the international organization that emerged as a result of the "Census of Marine Life" aiming to share scientific knowledge between countries, particularly developing countries.

    The motivation for this workshop arose from the increasing pressure of mining companies to extract deep sea resources, which will most likely start to happen in the waters of African developing countries and Oceania. "The extraction of minerals from the deep sea is highly attractive to these countries for obvious economic reasons, but it may have excessive environmental costs if done in a not sustainable way," explains Ana Hilário. In many cases, "developing countries do not have the human resources with the necessary training to independently establish commitments between development and sustainability based on economic, social, cultural and ecological realities and priorities of each country."

    More information: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=46271

  • 05/05/2016

    Monica Amorim, researcher from CESAM/DBIO was invited to participate in the "Topical Scientific Workshop on New Approach Methodologies in Regulatory Science" held in ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) on 19 and 20 April in Helsinki, with industry, science and regulators participants.

    The researcher develops its work in the field of toxicogenomics, optimizing tools and results for risk assessment that allow the evaluation of chemical effects on the organisms genes, i.e., at the level of the mechanisms that precede apical effects. During this workshop it was discussed, for example, how this information can be integrate to be used use in risk assessment and chemicals legislation.

    ECHA has promoted the discussion of various topics under the (eco)toxicology scope, one of the strong research areas done in the Department of Biology, UA. In October 2015, the Researcher also participated in the "ECHA / EFSA Scientific Topical Workshop on Soil Risk Assessment" that promises to emphasize the "soil" on the European legislation agenda.

    More details in: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 5/05/2015

    The work “Marine ornamental fish imports in the European Union: an economic perspective" coordinator by the CESAM/DBio Researcher Ricardo Calado, was recently published in the journal “Fish and Fisheries" (IF: 8.258) currently in the 1st position of 52 in the scientific field of JCR "Fisheries".

    This work intended to quantify, for the first time, the role of the import of ornamental marine fish for aquariums in the EU (Nemos, Dorys and company), as well as identify the main exporting and importing countries. This work intended to demonstrate that the EU, as an importer of these organisms, play a key role in maintaining this industry, which allows the livelihoods of many impoverished families in the Indo-Pacific area, having also additional responsibilities in promoting a sustainable industry that does not contribute to reefs destruction through the use of destructive fishing techniques such as fishing with cyanide.

  • 19/11/2015

    Sustainable development has become a global concern in the last decades. Younger European generations have been raised aware of global environmental issues, but have not been engaged in actively contributing to those ‘global problems’ through stepwise local actions. Youngsters are not aware of their potential as active citizens and their role in the sustainability desired by modern societies. And in fact, young citizens could be a major force of imprinting sustainability concepts in society.

    IMPRINT+ aims at the promotion, at a transnational level, of an ecological reasoning based on the changing power of local community and on the participation, empowerment and entrepreneurship of young European citizens. A training methodology involving both students and educators will be implemented, stressing the concept that each person has an ecological footprint that should be (over)compensated, if the ecological, social and economical balance is to be achieved. As a result of the training of youngsters and educators, and of a strong IT-based dissemination strategy, the project foresees the engagement of a much wider audience.

    IMPRINT+ is a transectorial project that brings together 6 partners from 5 countries, each with different experiences and perceptions. The project’s methodology will be based on establishing the state-of-the-art approaches regarding education for sustainability, IT technologies and ecological footprint compensation. The project will start with an integrative research that will enable the project team to consolidate already existing knowhow in the above-mentioned areas and better define the project’s innovative edge within its context of use. It will also help the team establish a roadmap that will reinforce the project’s up-to-date nature in the long run. 

    More details in: https://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=44299

  • 22/04/2016

    Mónica Amorim graduated in Biology (1997, Univ. Coimbra), MsC in Ecology (2000), and a PhD in Biology (2004, Univ. Aveiro, split grant between Portugal and Germany). During 2005-6 she worked partly in Belgium and in Portugal, since then as researcher in CESAM, UA.

    She has established a new international recognised high profile area – ecotoxicogenomics (less than 10 labs in the world) forming her own group, presently comprised by 9 researchers (6 PhD and 3 Post-Docs, all fully funded by FCT or EU, plus MsC and degree students). She already completed the supervision of 4 PhDs, 2 Post-Doc, 5 MsCs and several degree students.

    Major scientific achievements include high throughput tools based on the transcriptome assembly for soil ecotoxicology model species (Enchytraeus crypticus) i.e. microarray platform [such tools are only available for 2 other soil and 3 aquatic ecotox species]. No such genomic tools were available for soil species, hence this represents a major step forward and with results in terms of understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms to stress. Other molecular tools were also developed e.g. cellular energy allocation, lipids, proteins, carbohydrates, oxidative stress biomarkers. These are crucial tools to link responses at various levels of organization towards a systems biology approach.

    Besides the science activities she has been active in general international promotion of environmental sciences. She was SETAC Europe president (2014-15), the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry is probably the largest worldwide ecotoxicology society (>6000 members); chaired the SETAC Soil Advisory Group (2005-12); coordinates the Post-Graduation course "Practical approach to ecotoxicogenomics" since 2007-14; has been invited to evaluate grants (e.g. from FCT) and project proposals.

    More details in: http://www.ua.pt/research/page/21170

    Dr. Mónica Amorim
    Department of Biology & CESAM
    Universidade de Aveiro
    Campus Universitário de Santiago
    3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal

  • 21/04/2016

    It is called oxytetracycline (OTC) and is one of the antibiotics used in aquaculture to combat a wide variety of infections in fish. If until now the respective removal is made using the diffusion of ozone in the water - an expensive method, inefficient and hazardous compounds generator to health when it comes to saltwater - a team of researchers from UA found that, alternatively, the antibiotic can be effectively destroyed with a simple and free resource: sunlight.

    The use of antibiotics in national aquaculture has been decreasing in recent years (OTC is one of the few antibiotics authorized in the country for use in aquaculture), and producers are increasingly opting for preventive measures such as vaccination. However, throughout the world there are countries where the use of antibiotics is not as upper and controlled, which, according to the researchers, "increases the potential application of the method" proposed by UA.

    The work was conducted by PhD student Joanna Leal, under the supervision of Valdemar Esteves and Eduarda Santos, and published in the latest issue of Environmental Pollution, a publication of Elsevier which is a world reference in the field of chemistry applied.

    More information: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=46118


  • 19/04/2016

    João Carvalho, PhD student at Wildlife Unit of the Department of Biology and CESAM, in collaboration with a group of researchers from the University of Porto (UP), published in the latest issue of the prestigious journal Nature one article that exposes the inertia of the European Union face with alien species and alert to the need for cross-border cooperation in the control of wasp-Asian.

    "The number of alien species identified in the European territory exceeds currently the thousands," says João Carvalho. One of the most publicized cases is the wasp-Asian (Vespa velutina nigrithorax). "This species currently occupies a significant area of ​​the Mediterranean Basin, a recognized biodiversity hotspot. Its potential ecological impacts are already recognized by the scientific community. In areas where beekeeping is assumed as an important source of income, the economic impacts of the Asian wasp may be especially severe, "says the researcher.

    The authors stress the importance of environmental awareness as a tool for conservation of other pollinating insects. The widespread fear of beekeepers and the consequent indiscriminate use of some selective traps are factors that can determine the decline of many other species of pollinators.

    The article can be found via the link: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v532/n7598/full/532177b.html

    More information: https://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=46087

  • 20/04/2016

    Advanced Workshop

    May 2-6, 2016

    This one‐week post‐graduate workshop aims to provide knowledge on the environmental biogeochemical processes supporting the Ecosystem Services (ES) provided by wetlands. Moreover, emphasis will be put on ES assessment endpoints for Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) and also on wetlands management and restoration. The course is addressed to PhD students with a background in Biology, Natural and Environmental Sciences, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Engineering or Ecology.

    Coordinator: Ana I. Lillebø (DBio & CESAM)

    Lecture topics
    • Types of wetlands, ES & Human well­‐being
    • Biogeochemical processes supporting wetland ES
    • ES assessment endpoints for Ecological Risk Assessment
    • Multiple stressors affecting wetlands ES
    • Wetlands management and restoration

  • 4/04/2016

    It is not just a new bacterial species discovered by an investigating team from the University of Aveiro (UA). The NL19 is a 'super' bacteria that survive in extreme environments, such as the former uranium mine Quinta do Bispo, in Viseu, where it was identified. Isolated from sludge with high concentrations of radioactive metals, UA scientists have discovered that NL19 produces antibacterial that can be used in medicine, veterinary and food industry. The study concerning how this bacterium can be used by the man in the production of other bioactive compounds is already in progress.

    Baptized by Molecular Biotechnology Laboratory team (LBM) from Department of Biology with the scientific name Pedobacter portucalensis, a new species of the genus Pedobacter, the discovery of NL19 rests like a glove to one of the group's goals: study and discovery of microorganisms able to help Science in the production of new antibacterials.

    In addition to the characterization of antibacterial produced by this new bacterium is also ongoing evaluation of the important biotechnological potential that the microorganism has as a producer of antifungals, antivirals and anticancer, and other bioactive compounds. The work is being developed by PhD student Claudia Covas and with the collaboration of the postdoctoral researcher Tania Caetano and Pedro Domingues, researcher from Department of Chemistry at UA.

    More information: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 5/04/2016

    Dr. José Alves, CESAM (DBio/UA) member since 2013, is one of the organizers of BOU’s annual conference: “From avian tracking to population processes”. The organizing team is composed by researchers from three other institutions: University of East Anglia (UK), University of Iceland and Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UK), whom will bring together ornithologists and ecologists from academic and conservation organisations, to explore how tracking individuals can help to address key questions about population processes and their implications for conservation and management.

    Given recent technological breakthroughs in miniaturization, animal tracking has become widespread with incredible new patterns being discovered in recent years. For example, the continuous flight of a migratory wader between Alaska and New Zeeland, traveling 11 000 km without stopping to rest, feed or hydrate. GPS tracking devices can be as light as 5 grams allowing to follow individuals of many species. This conference aims to go beyond patterns and focus on their consequences. Several topics will be covered, including:

    Dispersal and settlement decisions, trade-offs and fitness consequences
    Demography and carry-over effects
    Population dynamics and migratory connectivity
    Evolution and ontogeny of movement and migration strategies
    Conservation and management implications of movement behaviour

    The British Ornithologists’s Union (BOU), founded in 1858 is one of the world's oldest and most respected ornithological organisations with an international membership stretching all continents. Under its motto “Advancing Ornithology”, it organizes themed conferences, provides research grants (particularly for Early Career Researchers) and publishes the highest ranking scientific journal in the field, IBIS.

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  • 29/03/2016

    Dr. Cristina Pita, Researcher of CESAM, will participate in MSEAS Conference 2016 (Understanding marine social- ecological systems: including the human dimension in the ecosystem Ratings Integrated), held in Breste (France) from 30 May to 3 June) and co-chair two Thematic Sessions.

    The conference MSEAS addresses the theme of Integration and Multiple Evaluation OSU THE SEA, including: fishing, Renewable Energy, Coastal Development, Oil and Gas, Transportation and Conservation. A special emphasis will be given to methodological and empirical challenges involved in the inclusion of human dimensions in ecosystem integrated assessment. The conference has a global character, with special focus on regions that have developed Integrated Management Policies for the sea in recent decades.


    Dr. Pita chairs the thematic sessions:

    A : Identifying needs for managing multiple ocean use sectors  – policy, management and industry needs
    This theme session will seek to identify the needs that arise from current and projected policy, management and industry developments in the marine domain. 

    D:  Participatory assessment processes: opportunities and challenges
    Theme session D will investigate how the ways in which integrated (socio-ecological) assessments are/can be included in decision-making processes may determine the use/usefulness of the tools/information provided.

  • 22/03/2016

    It is one of the cause of urinary infections. The bacteria is called Enterobacter cloacae, and until now has been controlled by use of antibiotics. But the prescription can come to change. A team of researchers at the University of Aveiro (UA) managed to eliminate these bacteria with use of phage therapy. Harmless to human beings and cheaper to apply than antibacterials, this therapy uses the action of specific virus that only destroy the bacteria. The work opens the door to a future where the harmful bacteria to human health, many of which resistant to antibiotics, can be disposed of quickly, effectively and without side effects.

    "Our research proves that cloacae Enterobacter, one of the bacteria most frequently responsible for urinary infections, can be inactivated by phages [virus that only destroy bacteria and are harmless to human health]," said Adelaide Almeida, Researcher at the Laboratory Applied and Environmental Microbiology of UA and CESAM and coordinator of the work published in the last issue of Virus Research.

    More information: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=45818          

  • 22/03/2016

    Fatima Lopes Alves, Professor in the Department of Environment and Planning (DAO) at UA and CESAM Researcher, was invited to join the team of 'Experts' in the European Commission study on 'Cooperation between North and South - the transatlantic dimension of Protected Marine Areas' (Cooperation with Northern and Southern Transatlantic Dimension - Protected Marine Areas).

    The European Commission has set up a new project to promote cooperation between managers of Protected Marine Areas (PMAs) in the countries of the Atlantic Basin. The study will take place over two years and aims to stimulate the exchange and sharing of good management practices, to improve the effective management of PMAs in coastal areas and offshore Atlantic space. This project aims to promote a broader transatlantic cooperation, centred on a new, comprehensive concept of 'Atlanticism', resulting from the growing importance of Africa and Latin America as key actors in the Atlantic space. The European Union is strongly committed to promoting this broader approach in the transatlantic dialogue, and selected the PMA as a pilot study of this new initiative of the European environmental policy. The project will also contribute to the EU's commitments in the fight against global loss of biodiversity, support for adaptation to climate change, and meet the EU's internal policies on the environment, regional cooperation and maritime dimension. The project will contribute to a strategic approach to EU (Atlantic Basin), in relations between the North-South and South-South.

  • 21/03/2016

    "Physical Geography is the study of the interactions between the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. I am a physical geographer (MSc) from the University of Amsterdam, located a few meters below sea level in the large delta that forms most of The Netherlands. My MSc research focused on interactions between plant species and soil water repellency, in the drylands of southeast Spain. For my PhD I moved to soils formed in the glacial sediments of the low hills of southeast England (Cranfield University) to study how soil organic matter may provide on-farm economic benefit. Since then, during the last ten years, I helped to design and test a harmonised EU soil monitoring system in a 38 partner project. I moved to the old floodplains of the river Thames in London (Queen Mary University of London) to study the effects of a wildfire on the recovery of an organic soil in a Scottish peatland. I moved to the southern foothills of the Alps in Italy to work at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, where I led a small team in publishing a major EU report on biochar (2010) that identified positive, negative and unknown effects. Finally, I moved close to a drowned river valley in Portugal (University of Aveiro) to push for more scientific discovery of those unknown effects."

    More details in: http://www.ua.pt/research/page/20986


    Dr. Frank Verheijen
    Departamento de Ambiente e Ordenamento & CESAM
    Universidade de Aveiro
    telefone: 234 370200 (ext. 22608)
    e-mail: verheijen@ua.pt />       
    Biochar Investigation Network of Portugal

  • 17/03/2016

    The Do*Mar is an international doctoral programme offered by a consortium of Portuguese and Galician Universities and Research Institutes: Universities of Aveiro, Minho, Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vigo, Santiago de Compostela and Coruña, the Instituto Español de Oceanografia and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas. The School of Biology of the St. Andrews University (Scotland), the Station Biologique de Roscoff of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France) and the Instituto de Oceanografia of the Universidade de São Paulo (Brasil) are associated members of the consortium.

    Do*Mar has a duration of 3 years and has 4 curricular branches: i) Ocean Observation and Global Change; ii) Sustainable Use of Marine Resources; iii) Integrated Management of the Sea; and iv) Technological Progress, Engineering and Business Management. This doctoral programme requires a compulsory co-supervision by a professor or researcher at a Portuguese partner and at a non-Portuguese partner. Therefore, a mandatory mobility period and placement at a non-Portuguese institution is involved (minimum 6 months, maximum 24 months). Candidates that successfully complete the programme will receive a joint diploma issued by the Portuguese and Galician universities. A dual diploma may be issued if the mandatory away stay is in one of the associated partners.

    More details in: http://www.campusdomar-pt-domar.net/

  • 9/03/2016

    Book will presented on March 10, at 5 pm, at the Library of the University of Aveiro

    One of the characteristics of terrestrial mammals is to have the body covered with hair. If we know what to look for and we use the right microscopic techniques we can see something amazing and surprising: the coating hair of each species has unique morphological characteristics. During 16 months biologists at the University of Aveiro (UA) observed and photographed more than 200 microscopic preparations, cross-sections and cuticular impressions of 67 species of land mammals of the Iberian Peninsula. A meticulous and patient work now published in the book "Atlas dos pelos dos mamíferos terrestres ibéricos" whose launch takes place March 10 at 5 pm in the Library of the AU.

    José Vingada , professor at the University of Minho and president of the Portuguese Society of Wildlife, has borne the presentation of the project at a ceremony , in addition to the authors , will be present Amadeu Soares, director of the Department of Biology AU.

    More details in://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=45693

  • 9/03/2016

    II Edition 30 May - 3 June 2016

    This one-week course held at DBio & CESAM (University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal) aims to provide knowledge about using biomarkers and their advantages (and disadvantages) to assess the ecologically relevant impact of stressors in the environment. Moreover, the ecological relevance and ranges of applicability of biochemical tools will be shown for particular classes of pollutants by linking their biochemical effects with alterations at higher levels of biological organization. Furthermore, the practical use of a biomarker approach in distinct taxa will be demonstrated, showing the usefulness of this set of tools independently from the analyzed ecosystem. This new approach has been successfully used by staff members of this course in soil ecotoxicology, freshwater ecotoxicology, marine ecotoxicology, wildlife ecotoxicology, biomonitoring, characterization of drug toxicity and nanotoxicology. The course is composed by theoretical lectures, by the presentation and discussion of several of our own case studies, and by a strong complementary practical component, during which test procedures will be demonstrated and students will have the opportunity to handle real techniques and procedures. The course is targeted to scientists, PhD and MSc students (with a background in Biology, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Chemistry, or related fields) and other professionals involved in decision-making and environmental management. All lectures and training sessions will be held in English.

    Dr. Bruno Nunes, DeBio & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal
    Dr. Carlos Gravato, DeBio & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal

    Teaching staff
    Dr. Carla Quintaneiro, DeBio & CESAM, University of Aveiro
    Dr. Inês Domingues, DeBio & CESAM, University of Aveiro
    Prof. Dr. Alberto Teodorico Correia, CIIMAR, University Fernando Pessoa
    Dr. Miguel Santos, CIIMAR, University of Porto

    Please find the event flyer and Registration Form attached.

  • 8/03/2016

    Rui Vieira, 29, a PhD student at School of Ocean and Earth Sciences (University of Southampton), Departamento de Biologia & CESAM, Universidade de Aveiro, and CCMAR/Universidade do Algarve, hailing from Marinha Grande (Portugal), attended Parliament to present his biological research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 7 March.

    Rui’s poster on research about fisheries impact on deep-sea ecosystems will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind. Rui was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

    On presenting his research in Parliament, he said, “science and society should, more than ever, be linked. SET for Britain is an excellent opportunity to bring our work to the society and policy-makers. I hope to contribute to change a bit the way we look at marine ecosystems, particularly the deep sea, which we still know very little about, but also to exchange some ideas with MPs about this issue.”

    The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee runs the event in collaboration with the Royal Society of Biology, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics, The Physiological Society and the Council for Mathematical Sciences, with financial support from Essar, the Clay Mathematics Institute, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), the Institute of Biomedical Science, the Bank of England and the Society of Chemical Industry.

  • 3/03/2016

    Mongoose is the prominent species in the latest number of Mammalian Biology journal. The Photography is from Tania Barros, CESAM Researcher, and refers to one of the studies as part of its doctoral thesis supervised by Prof. Carlos Fonseca, held at the University of Aveiro, which culminated in this publication. ”Mitochondrial demographic history of the Egyptian mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon), an expanding carnivore in the Iberian Peninsula” is the featured article in the March Editions of Mammalian Biology journal and had the participation of researchers from the University of Aveiro, University of Montpellier and the University Evora. By mitochondrial DNA analysis, the authors detected that the distribution of genetic diversity in the Iberian population reflects a pattern of historical diversity of subpopulations of southern Iberian Peninsula, as well as the presence of long-distance migrants from several southern source populations that had dispersed to colonize the center and north of the territory. Other tools used in this study also allowed a better understanding of the relationship between the genetic diversity of the Egyptian mongoose standards with its rapid expansion in the Iberian Peninsula in recent years, being mainly influenced by changes in land use and climate variations.

    This work was supported by numerous institutions, including the Foundation for Science and Technology, National Museum of Natural History in Paris, INIAV, IP, INIAV, IP., ICNF, FENCAÇA, ANPC and CNCP.

    More details:

  • 3/03/2016

    Mónica Amorim, Researcher of CESAM, was the guest editor of the special Issue "Environmental Fate and Effect of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials" published in the “International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health”

    This Special Issue published already 15 papers and focused on the effects of NMs in biological systems and their risk assessment in the environment and complex media.

    See the editorial: Amorim, M.J.B. The Daunting Challenge of Ensuring Sustainable Development of Nanomaterials. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 245. http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/13/2/245

  • 2/03/2016

    Carlos Fonseca reappointed in the National Commission for Trophy Homologation 

    Carlos Fonseca, Researcher of DBio, University of Aveiro (UA), was reappointed by the Secretary of State for Forestry and Rural Development, Amândio Torres, to the National Commission for Trophy Homologation (NCTH). Carlos Fonseca is coordinator of the Wildlife Unit in Aveiro Academy and has devoted much of his work to the monitoring of populations of ungulates (deer, roe deer, wild boar, ibex, deer and mouflon) in Portugal.
    This reappointment is also the public recognition of the Researcher and Lecturer at the UA, for his extensive work at national and international level in the management of hunting resources, including populations of species of large game and their habitats.

    More details in: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 8/02/2016

    Fátima Lopes Alves, Professor of Department of Environment and Planning and Researcher of CESAM, was in Luanda (Angola) to enable the technical body of various Angolan ministries in the area of ​​planning and integrated management of ocean and coastal zone. The invitation came from the German institution GIZ and from the Commission of the Benguela Current, responsible for international project MARISMA.

    The large marine ecosystems of Benguela Current (BCLME) extend along the coast of Angola, Namibia and South Africa. The MARISMA project - Spatial Management and Governance) is a regional initiative funded by Germany (through GIZ) to the Commission of the Benguela Current with a duration of five years (08/2014 - 04/2020). This project is directed to the present Commission Benguela Current, to its member States Angola, Namibia and South Africa and other stakeholders in the governance and management of the marine environment, including marine biodiversity and natural resources of BCLME. The main focus of the project is to develop, at different levels, technical and technological capacity to implement and institutionalize the "Planning of the Marine Area" and to identify the Biological Marine Areas and Ecologically Significant in this region of Africa.

    Fatima Lopes Alves belonged to the core of coordination responsible for preparing the Maritime Spatial Planning Plan in Portugal, promoted by the Ministry of Environment and Territory Planning (2008 - 2011) and was responsible at UA for the TPEA project - Transboundary Planning in the European Atlantic, financed by DG MARE (CE 2012-2014).

  • 1/2/2016

    The use of cork products, in addition to being trendy and serve the national economy, contributes to remove atmospheric gases with greenhouse effect. The results of the study coordinated by the University of Aveiro (UA), the first in the country to quantify the carbon footprint of the cork industry, leaves no doubt as to the ecological powers of the cork oak and the ecosystem that surrounds it: for each cork ton produced, more than 73 tons of carbon dioxide are captured, equivalent to the emissions of that gas released to go about 450,000 kilometers by car.

    "This work has given the cork sector information and tools that enable support decision-making with respect to practices that can optimize the carbon footprint of the sector and strengthen the role of industry as an important element in mitigating climate change," says Ana Cláudia Dias.

    More details in: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 29/04/2015

    Limestone structures formed by microalgae of coral were discovered

    The discovery of limestone structures formed by unicellular algae, well-known by living in symbiosis with corals, brings an entirely new perspective on the ecology of these organisms. They are dinoflagellates of the genus Symbiodinium .This finding is reported in an article signed by five researchers from the UA and a colleague from Sydney University of Technology published in the journal " Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA" (PNAS) .

    More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 7/01/2016

    As the end of the International Year of Soils approaches, UA researchers argue, in a Nature Correspondence, for transnational soil policies

    Soils form the nexus of the rock-water-air-life interface on our planet. The way that soils are managed has important implications for the ecosystems that they literally support. At the same time, soil management plays a crucial role beyond its physical boundaries in regulating the quality of our water and air, including climate change, human health and food security. Nevertheless, the main reason why transnational soil policy lags behind policies for air and water is a persistent idea that soil ‘do not move’ and therefore should be dealt with locally only, as discussed in a recent Nature opinion paper by Luca Montanarella of the European Commission Joint Research Centre.

    UA and CESAM researchers Frank Verheijen (DAO) and Ana Catarina Bastos (DBio) co-authored a Nature correspondence where they present a case for the transnational reach of soils. They call for the ‘local only’ argument to be buried and urge policy makers to include soils to effectively deal with global challenges.

    More details in: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 10/12/2015

    Alfredo Rocha, Climatology expert at the University of Aveiro, explains what is at stake at the Conference on the United Nations Climate Change, taking place in Paris, and leaves a certainty, "the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gas effect will increase during coming decades and climate changes will be felt over a longer period". The damage is done but our immediate action could mitigate the trend.

    The Climate Change Conference of the United Nations 2015 (cop21) runs between November 30 and December 11, 2015 in Paris. The main objective of this conference is to reach an international agreement on reducing emissions of greenhouse gases to be implemented by 2020 in order to limit to + 2°C the increase in average global temperature at the earth's surface in 2100 relative to its value in the pre-industrial era. This limit is a value above which irreversible changes occur in the environment and a larger and longer dependence on mitigation technologies such as bioenergy and the capture / storage of carbon.

    More details in: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 10/12/2015

    NanoFASE- Nanomaterial Fate and Speciation in the Environment is a new EU HORIZON 2020 project coordinated by Dr. Claus Svendsen (NERC-CEH) that started on the 1st of September 2015. NanoFASE has marked the start of a 4-year collaboration in Oct. 2015, with a kick-off meeting, gathering representatives from many of our 42 partners. Over the course of 3 days, NanoFASE scientists from many disciplines got to know each other. The consortium mapped out how the highly diverse contributions will smoothly integrate in order to elucidate the environmental fate and speciation of engineered nanomaterials across the full value chain.

    From UA, the research team coordinated by Susana Loureiro, researcher at CESAM-dbio, will be in charge of the bioaccumulation and kinetics in key soil and aquatic organism, with a straight collaboration with the Vriej Universiteit in Amsterdam (Prof. Kees van Gestel). At the applEE- applied Ecology and Ecotoxicology R&D group, aquatic and terrestrial mesocosms will be carried out to evaluate the biotic and abiotic fate of nanomaterials within food chains

  • 2/12/2015

    On 5th December 2015 as the World Soil Day, Jan Keizer, Researcher at CESAM and RECARE project coordinator in Portugal, evaluate the work already done under the scope of the greatest European Union project concerning prevention and remediation of soil degradation in Europe. The DAO and CESAM expert in erosion ensures that scientists continue to work to find out solutions to protect our soils.

    Researchers from RECARE (including a team from the University of Aveiro) are working with local people at 17 case studies spread across Europe to apply solutions to save the soil. Low-tech but scientifically based interventions, are taking place to change the soil protection and the lives of those affected.

    More details in:http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 3/12/2014

    Fatima Alves participates in World Climate Conference

    Fatima Lopes Alves, Professor in the Department of Environment and Planning (DAO) and Researcher of CESAM, participates in World Climate Conference which, in Paris from November 30 to December 11, will try to finish with a new global agreement to limit climate change and global warming. Invited by the Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC Atlantic), the UA Researcher participates in events related to Oceans and Coastal Zone Management on 3 and 4 December.

    More details on:


  • 29/09/2015

    The study "Risk assessment of Portuguese children dietary exposure to co-occurring mycotoxins in processed cereal-based foods", developed under the MYCOMIX project, was awarded the best poster by Moniqa Association. The Moniqa Association is an interdisciplinary international network which includes members from various areas of food safety, inter alia, laboratories, public institutes, industry, research centers and universities.

    This award was under the 5th Moniqa International Conference "Food and Health - Risks and Benefits" on "Innovative Technologies for Food Quality and Safety Management", organized by Moniqa Association and held between 16 and 18 September in Porto. These results were recently submitted for publication in international scientific journal and the poster was presented by Ricardo Assunção, PhD student of the Department of Food and Nutrition at the National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge & CESAM.

    The collaboration between CESAM researchers belonging to the Biology Department and the National Health Institute Dr. Ricardo Jorge, under the MYCOMIX project, relates to the preliminary assessment of the risk associated with the presence of food contaminants (single mycotoxins or in mixtures) in milk flour cereal consumed by children.

  • 29/09/2015

    Wildlife Unit - Wildlife Research Unit

    The 8th edition of the census of Deer Population  will be held on 2 and 3 October, under the scope of the monitoring of these species in the National Hunting Zone of Lombada (Montesinho Natural Park). This activity is organized by the Unit of Wildlife, Department of Biology, University of Aveiro (UVS, DBIO-UA), in collaboration with the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forestry (ICNF) and the Agrarian School of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (ESA-IPB). On 1st October, Thursday, at 6:30 pm, an information session will be held in the Auditorium Dionysius Gonçalves, in ESA-IPB. The number of places is limited to 32 people. Please confirm your participation in the debriefing session and population census until Wednesday, 30 September to the following contacts: John Santos (joaovalente@ua.pt) or Rita Torres (rita.torres@ua.pt).

  • 2/09/2015

    A equipa do projecto Firetox gostaria de convidar todos os interessados nas temáticas relacionadas com os incêndios, para o Workshop "Impacts of wildfires on aquatic systems", a realizar no dia 21 de Setembro do presente ano, no anfiteatro do Departamento de Geociências da Universidade de Aveiro.

    Por favor, consulte o panfleto informativo do evento anexado.  

    A entrada é livre, mas é necessário que faça a sua inscrição em http://goo.gl/forms/GDqWZGdIvN.

  • 28/08/2015

    From August 31 to September 4 at the Centro Cultural e de Congressos de Aveiro

    The 14th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium will bring together over 400 scientists from around the world around the larger ecosystem of the earth, the sea bottom. Organized by the University of Aveiro (UA) the meeting will address the most emerging issues that relate to the ocean floor . Environmental disruption of deep sea linked to the exploitation of biotic and abiotic resources, such as trawling or exploitation of mineral, oil and ga , and governance issues, marine protected areas management and conservation of ecosystems are among the topics that will be highlighted from August 31 to September 4 at the Cultural Center and Aveiro Congress .

    Since their first edition in 1977, the international deep-sea symposia have been invaluable forums for exchange of information on the most recent deep-sea explorations and scientific advances. Moreover, the symposia have also been wellsprings of cooperation and formation of new research groups and projects.

    The publication of a special volume in "Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography" is foreseen.

    Under the scope of the symposia, the European Marine Board (EMB) invites you to join the launch event of position paper 22 “Delving Deeper: Critical challenges for 21st century deep-sea research”, on 1 September in the Pequeno Auditório at 18:00. The position paper is an output of EMB Working Group (WG) “Deep Sea Research for Societal Challenges and Policy Needs” and delivers eight high-level goals for deep-sea research in the context of expanding commercial activities, increasing human and natural pressures, and the need for effective and practicable governance frameworks to underpin the management of deepsea activities and resources.

    More information about this side event can be found here.

    All information about the 14th Deep -Sea Biology Symposium can be found here.

  • 20/08/2015

    After winning the double international award Terre de Femmes last April, the UA biologist Milene Matos reinforces her intention of returning to the public the premium that resulted from the public vote, in the form of educational opportunities. After the closing of applications for a master's grant, in partnership with UA, the biologist now announces the creation of the School Fund “BIO Somos Todos” to contribute to the promotion of environmental and social awareness in Portuguese children under 14 years. It consists in a return-to-school grant of 200 euros for children in the 1st cycle and 250 euros for children of the 2nd cycle to make it easier for families.

    Until September 13, the children will have to present a project to develop throughout the school year to help the environment or their community, and the grant will be given to the most original proposal(s).

    More information in: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 31/07/2015

    The IODP / ECORD PORTUGAL DAY will take place on November 3 in the Pavilhão do Conhecimento, as part of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), in which Portugal participates through the European Consortium for Ocean Drilling (ECORD) - http://www.iodp.org/. In addition to the presentation of this international program, involving 26 countries, by the Director of the European Management Agency of ECORD, 2 ECORD Distinguished Lectures will be presented, one about Paleoceanography and another about Deep Biosphere.

    More details in: http://www.iodp.org/

  • 31/07/2015

    The IODP / ECORD PORTUGAL DAY will take place on November 3 in the Pavilhão do Conhecimento, as part of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), in which Portugal participates through the European Consortium for Ocean Drilling (ECORD) - http: //http://www.iodp .org /. In addition to the presentation of this international program, involving 26 countries, by the Director of the European Management Agency of ECORD, 2 ECORD Distinguished Lectures will be presented, one about Paleoceanography and another about Deep Biosphere.

  • 10/02/2016

    4th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium

    The 14th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium (http://14dsbs.web.ua.pt/) was held in Aveiro from the 30th August to the 4th September 2015. During a week deep-sea biologists and ecologists from all around the world were gathered to present and discuss the latest advances in deep-sea research. In total there were 380 participants from 35 countries, representing universities, private and government institutes, NGOs, industry, and the media. More than 200 oral communications and 250 posters were presented in broad thematic sessions: 1. Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (including pelagic and hadal systems, canyons, seamounts, vents, seeps and organic falls, trophic ecology and microbial processes); 2. Advances in taxonomy and phylogeny; 3. Autoecology; 4. Connectivity and biogeography; 5. Evolutionary history and fossil records; 6. Natural and anthropogenic disturbance (including a special session on mining impacts); 7. Stewardship of our deep oceans. Noteworthy was the increase in presentations addressing conservation and stewardship topics. Many deep-sea related initiatives have also contributed to the symposium by organizing open meetings to provide information on their progress and the opportunity for the community to engage in their activities. The discussions promoted in these “side-meetings” will undoubtedly be wellsprings of cooperation and creation of new projects. The 14DSBS was also the official launching platform of two important initiatives: the European Marine Board 22nd position paper (Delving Deeper: Critical challenges for 21st century deep-sea research) and the Deep-sea Biology Society.

    Frontiers in Marine Science Award for best student presentations: Franziska Bergmeier and Magdalena Georgieva
    John Gage Award for best student presentations: Jennifer Durden and Rui Vieira
    INDEEP community Award: Professor Lisa Levin, for her inspirational scientific presentations on the deep-sea.
    Sir George Deacon Medal: Professor Myriam Sibuet and Prof. David Billett
    Don McAllister Medal: Professor Lisa Levin

    Cunha MR (Ed) (2015) 14th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium: abstract book, UA Editora, Aveiro. 367 pp. ISBN 978-972-789-455-0.
    Cunha MR, Hilário A, Santos RS (Eds) (in preparation, expected publication in October 2016) Advances in Deep-Sea Biology, Deep-Sea Research Part II Speciual Issue.

    Marina R. Cunha, Ana Hilário, Ricardo Serrão Santos

    Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT)
    Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar (CESAM)
    International network for Scientific investigation of deep-sea ecosystems (INDEEP)
    Direcção Geral de Recursos Naturais, Segurança e Serviços Marítimos (DGRM)
    Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian – Iniciativa Gulbenkian Oceanos
    Frontiers in Marine Sciences

    More information on: http://14dsbs.web.ua.pt/14dsbs/Home.html


  • Molecular Ecology journal continues to be among the most influential journals in ecology and evolution, and published approximately 450 papers during 2014. The editors of Molecular Ecology write an editorial article in the beginning of each year noting the most relevant contributions that have been published. The present editorial (January 2015) highlights two papers that have been published by members of DBio & CESAM (Miguel Leal and Ricardo Calado). One of these works uses quantitative molecular methods to estimate ingestion and digestion of prey items by photosynthetic corals and anemones. Among the main findings of this investigation, the authors found that corals digest their prey much more slowly than previously believed, as they take up to 10 days to digest their prey, which somehow similar to the digestion time observed in terrestrial insects, particularly spiders. The other publication uses molecular methods to note, for the first time, that photosynthetic corals feed on phytoplankton. As symbiotic corals harbour microalgae (dinoflagellates) in their tissues, scientists thought these corals did not eat phytoplankton. The use of molecular tools has great potential to study trophic interactions, and has been one of the key research topics developed by Miguel Leal and Ricardo Calado in DBio & CESAM.

    Leal, M. C., Ferrier‐Pagès, C., Calado, R., Thompson, M. E., Frischer, M. E., & Nejstgaard, J. C. (2014). Coral feeding on microalgae assessed with molecular trophic markers. Molecular ecology 23:3870-3876
    Leal, M. C., Nejstgaard, J. C., Calado, R., Thompson, M. E., & Frischer, M. E. (2014). Molecular assessment of heterotrophy and prey digestion in zooxanthellate cnidarians. Molecular ecology 23:3838-3848

  • July 22, 2014, from 9.30 to 17:30
    Amphitheater of the Department of Biology, UA 

    Recent projections, published in the 5th report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, reiterate previous scenarios foreseeing an increase in the mean sea level. As a consequence, intrusion of seawater is expected to occur in several coastal regions, causing a salinity increase in soils and waterbodies from affected regions. 
    The DBio & CESAM are promoting a workshop within project SALTFREE, which will address issues related to the impacts caused by saline intrusion in freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. 
    Participation in the workshop is free and does not require registration; however, those who wish a certificate of attendance must send an email to ilopes@ua.pt, until July 20 (with the subject “registration workshop salinisation”).

  • 22/05/2014
    Milene Matos, researcher in CESAM, has just won a European award by EUROPARC Federation in cooperation with the Alfred Toepfer Foundation, entitled "Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships", which aims reward young conservationists proven in the field of nature conservation, particularly in protected areas of Europe. 
    This is the first time that this award is given to a Portuguese conservationist.
    Additional details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 21/05/2014
    Mónica Amorim took over as president of SETAC (Society of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology) for Europe on May 14, 2014. 
    SETAC is one of the ecotoxicology societies with higher expression in the world, with more than 2,200 members in Europe amongst scientists from academia, industry and government. SETAC-Europe has a leadership composed of 15 elements, derived in equal parts from academia, industry and government agencies in several countries in Europe.
    More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 16/05/2014
    During the Celebration of the European Maritime Day (19 and 20 May), in Bremen, Germany, will be promoted the public presentation of the results of the 'Transboundary Planning in the European Atlantic (TPEA)' project, in which CESAM participates.
    TPEA project, co-funded by DG MARE, is developing a commonly-agreed approach to cross-border Maritime Spatial Planning in the European Atlantic region and examines critical elements of the planning process in the context of legal and policy frameworks, participatory approaches and technical considerationsestablishment of the Maritime Spatial Policy.
    More details: http://www.dgpm.mam.gov.pt/Pag.....

  • Mares Conference on Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation
    November 17th to 21st 2014
    Olhão, Portugal

    The first Mares Conference will be held in Olhão, Portugal, from November 17th to 21st, 2014. This international and open conference will bring together scientists from different levels and disciplines to discuss and address main issues about marine ecosystems health and conservation.
    Marine environments are generally considered as highly valuable and their health and conservation status are seen as top priorities. Marine wildlife and habitats are facing multiple anthropogenic threats ranging from eutrophication to overfishing and ocean acidification. There is an urgent need to advance our understanding of the menaces on the marine environment and to provide constructive guidelines for management strategies. The first Mares Conference will take place in this context, aiming to address the main issues dealing with both marine ecosystems health and conservation.
    Six themes will be developed through the conference, and for each one a keynote speaker will be invited:
    1.  Future Oceans : temperature changes - hypoxia – acidification: Sam Dupont (TBC)
    2.   Understanding biodiversity effects on the functioning of marine ecosystems : Lisa Levin
    3.   Biological invasions: Gregory M. Ruiz
    4.   Natural Resources : overexploitation, fisheries and aquaculture: Rainer Froese  
    5.   Ocean noise pollution: TBA
    6.   Habitat loss, urban development, coastal infrastructures and Marine Spatial Planning: Michael W. Beck

    The conference will be dynamic, innovative and participative, mixing oral presentations, round table discussions, science café and posters/ digital objects sessions. The small-scale, relax and multigenerational nature of this event will ease knowledge exchanges, networking and building of new collaborations between universities, schools, companies and experts from all around the world.
    More information on the Mares Conference herewww.maresconference.eu 
    Call for abstracts is open, submit your abstract here: www.maresconference.eu/callforabstracts.

    The Mares Conference is an initiative from the MARES Joint Doctoral Programme (www.mares-eu.org)

  • 23/04/2014
    An article in the newspaper 'Público' highlights the importance of trophic cascades associated with temporary organic sources on the ocean, like logs of wood or animal carcasses, to study marine communities.
    The Chemeco (EU) and Carcace projects (FCT), the latter coordinated by the CESAM researcher Ana Hilario, are referred as case studies of ecosystems constituted in the ocean from deposited organic matter.
    Article: http://www.publico.pt/ciencia/...../0 data-mce-mark="1"> 

  • 14/04/2014
    Cocktails of pesticides, used in agriculture to fight pests, are causing harmful effects on organisms that regenerate the terrestrial ecosystem and, therefore, are undermining the health of Portuguese soils. This is the main conclusion drawn by team of CESAM biologists that examined the effects of mixtures of pesticides, used on a large scale throughout Europe, in organisms that are damaged by the chemicals action. Without them, and consequently without the crucial role they have in organic matter decomposition and redistribution of nutrients, agricultural soils can not stay healthy.
    More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 01/04/2014
    UA in the largest European project on soil degradation in Europe

    Nobody knows what  is the health state of Portuguese soils. For certain, the variety and intensity of threats are enormous. Among the culprits, desertification and land impermeabilization  appear to head a long list of phenomena. To assess for the first time the state of the national soil, identifying and studying phenomena that affect them and develop innovative solutions to prevent, in the long term, the country's south region - mainly - to become an arid desert, a team of researchers from the UA have rolled up their sleeves. The mission of Portuguese scientists is part of RECARE project, the EU largest project aiming for the prevention and remediation of soil degradation in Europe, is officially launched on April 1 and has a multidisciplinary team of researchers from 27 European organizations.
    More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=37876

  • 28/03/14
    On March 22, 2014, CESAM researchers participated in the 'Planting Caramulo' initiative, sponsored by the city of Viseu in conjunction with other local and regional entities.
    Agents and local communities joined forces in a voluntary movement to plant 10,000 trees (mountain oak and birch) to restore some of the public lands that were affected by large forest fires that consumed more than 9,000 acres of forest in the Caramulo mountain range during the summer of 2013. These fires triggered not only the loss of human lives but also large environmental and socioeconomic impacts. In the joint area of St. John 's and Mount Mosteirinho' Parishes, one of the areas of study of the RECARE project around 600 trees were planted with great enthusiasm despite adverse weather conditions.
    The initiative was a huge success, with more than 1,000 volunteers and local organizations, schools and citizens associations, thus  demonstrating awareness of the local actors to direct and indirect impacts of forest fires and the need to implement solutions to rehabilitate burned areas and mitigate soil degradation.
    Additional information: http://www.cm-tondela.pt/plantarocaramulo/ ou http://cmtv.sapo.pt/atualidade/detalhe/dez-mil-arvores-plantadas-no-caramulo.html

  • 25/03/2014
    A multidisciplinary team from the University of Aveiro, including CESAM members, has been working on new applications of scientific methods used in other areas in order to seek a solution to the resistance of bacterial strains to various antibiotics. 
    One such method, named photodynamic therapy has been tested in the treatment of hospital sewerage, where multidrug-resistant bacteria are frequently found, and according to studies conducted, so far it has shown to be much more effective than other conventional approaches.
    Additional information; http://www.cienciahoje.pt/inde.....

  • 12/03/14
    The CESAM article 'Nucleic acid changes during photodynamic inactivation of bacteria by cationic porphyrin' published in 'Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry' journal has selected by Global Medical Discovery as a key scientific article contributing to excellence in biomedical research.
    Link: http://globalmedicaldiscovery......

  • 01/03/2014

    'Biodiversidade no Hipermercado' is a TV show with the label of the Department of Biology of UA. Using science coupled with lots of humor, and driven by 3D animated characters, this TV project aims to raise the awareness of the importance of biodiversity.


  • 28/02/2014
    Biology and genetics, management and conservation of animal populations, study of ecosystems and biodiversity are some of the areas that the Wildlife Unit of UA/CESAM embraced within and outside the country. Coordinated by the biologist Carlos Fonseca, the Unit has fifty researchers, divided between the national territory, several European countries, Brazil, Bolivia, Cape Verde and Mozambique, contributing all to a harmonious relationship between humankind and the environment.
    Interview:  http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=37493

  • 30/01/14
    The theme session on ​The science and tools for the management of networks of Marine Protected Areas, which is part of the ICES Annual Science Conference 2014, is being organized by CESAM members.
    The ASC 2014 will be held at the Palexco Congress and Exhibition Centre in A Coruña, Spain, from the 15th to the 19th of September.

    The topics to be addressed during the session are:
         - Theoretical and modeling approaches to define and implement representative and resilient networks of MPAs:
         - Development and validation of species distributions and habitat models as surrogates for biological and ecological processes;
         - Identification of movement corridors and connectivity among regions, and its implications for management; 
         - Approaches for addressing the effect of environmental change on species distributions and/or community structure through the implementation of MPAs and dynamic ocean management;
         - Application of seascape ecology to ecosystem-based management and assessing the effect of human activities, such as renewable energy and mariculture, on marine habitats and species;
         - Mending the fences: interactions between networks of MPAs and other uses of the marine environment;
         - Design, implementation and management of MPAs at large spatial scales: high seas, deep-sea and transnational MPAs and MPA networks;
         - MPAs in practice: use of Before/After designs, Control/Impact designs and No-take zones to assess the effectiveness of MPAs; 
         - MPAs in practice: social science and culturally appropriate guidance in MPA designation;
         - MPAs in practice: socioeconomic impacts of MPAs and MPA networks.

    Further information on the theme session and on the ASC 2014 is available in the attached document, and following the links www.ices.dk/asc2014/ and www.ices.dk/news-and-events/asc/ASC-2014/Documents/Description TS B.pdf.

  • 24/01/2014
    Biochar in soils: new insights

    This special issue of the European Journal of Soil Science is the fruit of biochar sessions at the EUROSOIL 2012 conference (held at Bari, Italy). The 16 papers of this Special Issue are a snapshot of a dynamic international research community. The wide range of disciplines,methodologies, spatio-temporal scales, fundamental and applied research questions, is entirely appropriate for advancing the scientific understanding and for the urgently needed contribution of science to policy and society on this topic.

    See Special Issue: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.....

  • 26/09/13
    This Action aims to develop a network of European expertise to improve understanding of Grapevine trunk diseases (GTD) by acquiring knowledge on occurrence of pathogens, vine-pathogen interaction, ecology of wood-inhabiting microorganisms, and to develop new management protocols and biocontrol approaches. This knowledge will be promoted in an effort to increase knowledge and awareness of the problem by disseminating information to end-users and authorities in the viticulture sector, and to the general public.

    More details about this COST action: http://www.cost.eu/domains_act.....

  • 19/09/13
    The coordinator of the Wildlife Unit (DeBio/CESAM), Carlos Fonseca, was awarded the "Iberian Prize FECIEX 2013," which distinguishes persons and / or institutions that have stood out for their work in favor of hunting, nature, and the strenghtening of the Iberian relations in these fields, in recent years. The prize will be delivered in Badajoz, in the largest fair on hunting, fishing and nature of the peninsula and one of the largest in Europe, on the 19th of September.
    This is also an award that recognizes the University of Aveiro, through the Wildlife Unit, Department of Biology, as an institution of recognized value in the area of natural resources.

    More details:


  • 19/09/13
    This COST Action aims to establish Europe as a world-leader in the emerging area of complex chemical systems, by bringing together these research fields. Main objectives are to develop far-from-equilibrium self-assembly and self-replicating systems, self-assembling and reproducing compartments, and the use of information-rich molecules in these contexts. The approach to these subjects is inherently multidisciplinary and will only be possible by combining the expertise of different theoretical and experimental research groups around Europe

    More details about this COST action: http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/cmst/Actions/CM1304

  • 10/09/13
    Jan Keizer has mainly been working on hydrology and soil erosion (sensu latu), with a special focus on post-fire erosion. His research team, recently coined as “earth surface processes team” (www.cesam.ua.pt/teamsite), currently comprises 24 people.

    Read more: http://www.ua.pt/research/PageText.aspx?id=17417

  • 12/09/13
    Ana Marçalo, from CESAM and DBio participated in the tv programme Sociedade Civil, on September 11, under the theme 'sustainable fishing'. In this show the Biologist presented the Good Practice Handbooks for the several Portuguese fishing methods, published under the scope of the project Life+ MARPRO - Protected Marine Species Conservation in Portugal.
    Watch the show: http://www.rtp.pt/play/p1043/e.....

  • 09/09/13 
    Research in CESAM, conducted in cooperation with the Bairrada wine Station shows that the biological carbon (biochar) can be an important ally to help the agricultural sector to address the adverse effects of climate change. This work was highlighted in the RTP program 'Bom Dia Portugal' of August 30, 2013.


  • 09/09/13
    The smoke from forest fires is highly dangerous to public health. The alert from CESAM refers the dangers arising from the mix of gases and particles emitted by fires. The latter, ultrathin in their nature, have a enormous capacity to penetrate into the alveoli carrying out carcinogenic compounds, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The study, led by researcher Célia Alves, also concludes that, in addition to the human health damage, forest fires smoke contributes significantly to climate change.

  • 09/09/13
    Mónica Amorim, researcher at the Department of Biology and CESAM, in the area of ​​ nanomaterials toxicology, is the principal investigator of the Portuguese team of an European Project recently approved under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7).
    The project "Sustainable SUN-Nanotechnologies," will begin later this year, in the area of nanotechnology, and has an overall budget of about eleven million. Coordinated by the University ca 'Foscari Venice, Italy, it is a "Large-scale Integrating Collaborative Project" and involves 35 partners from 16 European countries.
    More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=35370


  • 02/08/13
    The Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium is joining a new effort to end a poisonous and destructive form of fishing called cyanide fishing. Any new fish headed to 49 Sea Life Aquariums across the world will now be tested for cyanide poisoning at Portugal's University of Aveiro.

    More details: http://www.kctv5.com/story/229.....

  • 10/05/13
    Borrego, professor and director of the Department
    of Environment and Planning of the University of Aveiro and former Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, was awarded the Medal for Scientific Merit of the Aveiro Municipality.
    This award has a special meaning, in the current year that marks  40th anniversary of the University of Aveiro, 35 years of the Department of Environment and Planning, and 20 years of the Institute for Environment and Development (IDAD) which is also directed by the professor.

    More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=34116

  • 01/02/13
    A team of researchers from CESAM / UA discovered the presence of levels of organic tin compounds in dust collected in Portuguese homes that are unsafe for human health. Traditionally used in paints to cover the hulls of ships and used on wallpaper, foams, silicones, PVC, and in various products of daily use, such as clothes or toys, organic tin compounds interfere with the hormonal functioning, are carcinogenic, diminish the effectiveness of the immune system and promote obesity.

    Additional details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=33116 and http://www.cienciahoje.pt/index.php?oid=56864&op=all

  • 27/09/12
    The partners
    of the European project APPRAISAL (Air Pollution Policies foR Integrated Assessment of Regional and Local Strategies At scales), which includes experts from 15 European universities and research institutes, meet at the University of Aveiro, on 27 and 28 September, to analyze the tools available and commonly used in the air quality assessment.

    More details:http://uaonline.ua.pt/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=24918

  • The international multidisciplinary journal 'Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science' dedicated a special issue to the themes of the '5th European Coastal Lagoons Symposium' hosted by the University of Aveiro, from the 25th to 29th July 2011.
    This special issue on 'Coastal Lagoons in a Changing Environment: Understanding, Evaluating and Responding' was edited by Victor Quintino, Ana Maria Rodrigues, Rosa Freitas and Donald McLusky and presents 21 peer-review papers.

  • Associated Laboratory since 2005, CESAM includes around 500 researchers, 190 of whom with a PhD degree, and five departments of the University of Aveiro: Environment and Planning, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Geosciences; it also includes members from the Faculty of Sciences, of the University of Lisbon.  
    CESAM's mission is to develop fundamental research in the Coastal and Marine Environment, understood in an integrated manner involving the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and anthroposphere.

Oceans: Future sustainability challenges

Campus do Mar International Conference

Registration open for the International Conference on Oceans: Future sustainability challenges

17th and 18th of November 2016, Vila Rea

This event, which is organized by the Campus do Mar initiative (http://campusdomar.es/en), provides a forum for presenting and discussing new research developments in marine science, technology and management. The theme of the conference reflects the growing understanding of the importance of ocean sustainability in crucial areas for human wellbeing, namely in the environmental, economic and social dimensions imperative for a better tomorrow.

The conference will be hosted by the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), Portugal. Further details on the programme, plenary  speakers, registration and abstract submission can be found in http://domar.utad.pt