Minister of the Sea present in an event organized by CESAM on the scope of the deep ocean in the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

Deep ocean is the major bioma of the planet and many remain unknown, particularly regarding biodiversity and ecosystems functioning. However, it is largely recognized that human well-being is highly related with the integrity of the deep ecosystems due to several services such as climatic regulation and resources availability. In general, for society, the deep ocean is a remote and unknown place with almost no biodiversity and clear inaccessibility. Nevertheless, a combination of geological, physical and geochemical factors creates a vast number of complex habitats with unique characteristics that, together, contribute to the environmental balance of our planet. Fauna from these habitats, present...

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  • CESAM researcher and Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds raise complaint against Portuguese Government due to a violation of an international agreement

    CESAM researcher, José Alves, together with the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA - Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves) and a researcher from MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, raised a complaint against Portuguese Government, accusing it of violating the AEWA – African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement, following the construction of a new airport at Montijo, Portugal. AEWA is an international agreement that protects 255 aquatic bird species. The news was published in the nature magazine Wilder – Rewilding your days and can be read here (in Portuguese).

  • CESAM researcher is co-organizing a SEB+ session at the annual conference of the Society for Experimental Biology

    Diana Madeira, CESAM's post-doctoral researcher, is organizing a special session SEB+ at the annual conference of the Society for Experimental Biology (SEB), in collaboration with Prof Piero Calosi (Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada).  The SEB annual meeting will take place in Prague from the 7th to the 10th of July 2020 and is a multi-disciplinary conference for researchers working on animal, plant and cell biology. It gathers over 800 biologists from all over the world and it will give its participants a great networking opportunity. The special SEB+ session co-organized by Diana Madeira will take place on the 11th of July 2020 and is titled “Within and transgenerational plastic responses and adaptive evolution of marine metazoans in a changing ocean: from molecules to biotic communities”. In more detail, the topics to be discussed in this session include: - Impacts of global change on marine biodiversity: trends and challenges for research and conservation - Tools and methodological developments to study global change impacts on biodiversity -Development of an integrated approach to global change research and biodiversity conservation  This SEB+ session, associated to the main event, will give its participants the opportunity to:  1. Interact with several of the world's top experts on climate change and marine biodiversity  2. Participate in open discussions 3. Present a poster or deliver a talk  4. Share ideas and establish multi-disciplinary collaborative networks Abstracts should be submitted until the 13th of March 2020 here.

  • Key messages for the new EU Biodiversity Strategy from ALTER-Net

    ALTER-Net, the international network that has CESAM as a member, and EKLIPSE offer 12 messages to contribute to the development of the next EU biodiversity strategy.  In June 2018, researchers, scientists, decision-makers, and practitioners of several disciplines convened in Ghent for the 2018 ALTER-Net & EKLIPSE Conference. The purpose of this conference was to consider the post-2020 European Biodiversity Strategy and the role of research in shaping this strategy and its goals. The primary output of this conference is a collection of the 12 Key Messages, which have now been published and submitted to the European Commission. Here you can read all the messages and the full argumentation for each message.

  • Unique ethnobiological research on the sea lamprey in Minho River involves CESAM members

    CESAM, together with the Department of Biology of Universidade de Aveiro, contribute to the project CCOPERMINHO, in which it is responsible for a unique ethnobiological research in Minho River foccused in the sea lamprey, Petromyzon marinus. More information on this work here [in PT]. In the context of this project, do not miss the premiere of the documentary COOPERMINHO on the 22nd of January at Universidade de Aveiro.

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