Forging sustainability

  • 9th Workshop in Lipidomics – 5th-26th May

    As in previous years, the Mass Spectrometry Centre at the University of Aveiro promotes the 9th Workshop in Lipidomics, which aims to provide new insight on Mass Spectrometry's potential in studying lipids in several areas. This year, for the first time, the workshop will be divided into three online events that will take place via Zoom on Wednesdays (15:30-18:30, Lisbon time) on the following dates: May 5th: Lipidomics in Health & Disease May 19th: Food Lipidomics May 26th: Algae Lipidomics Registration is free but limited to 300 participants in each of the three days. Registration here. The link to the event will be sent by e-mail to registered participants the day before.

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  • National Air Day

    The creation of this National Day, in 2019, confirms the importance of air quality for our health and environment. In fact, air pollution has become a growing concern in the past few years, with an increasing number of acute episodes in many cities worldwide, being classified by the WHO as the biggest environmental risk to health, carrying responsibility for about one in every nine deaths annually. The Atmospheric Processes & Modelling group of CESAM is dedicated to air pollution research, using monitoring and modelling tools to better and comprehensively investigate hotspots origins and best practices for air quality improvement. Some of the on-going projects are good examples of the diverse ways air quality need to be tackled, namely the impact of specific activity sectors like residential heating (SOPRO),  tourism (ARTUR) and shipping (EMERGE), and its impact on human health (INDEX-AIR), or even how green-infrastructures can improve it at urban spaces (UNALAB). To celebrate this day, a seminar will happen on April 12th (16h30) to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic indirectly affected air quality, with relevant benefits, and what can we learn to continue this air quality improvement. It is an open-access webinar where your experience and questions could be an added-value for the discussion, just a click way: https://videoconf-colibri.zoom.us/j/84877005583.

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  • Ciclo de Palestras Entomologia 2021

    [only available in Portuguese]

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  • COVID CESAM COLLOQUIUM, June 16th, 16h00 Lisbon | 12h00 Rio de Janeiro | ZOOM

    On June 16th, at 4 p.m. (Lisbon time, 12 p.m. in Rio de Janeiro), an online colloquium will be held on the impacts of COVID-19, organized by CESAM. Since 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a constant in people´s lives worldwide. This disease has affected, and still affects, humanity, having been responsible for millions of infections and deaths all over the world. Since its outbreak and the identification of SARS-CoV-2, several scientists, from different fields of knowledge, have made efforts not only to contain and mitigate the virus but also to understand its impact in the various areas of human activity. SARS-CoV-2 is not only a virus that causes great damage to health and can lead to death, but also responsible for a radical change in the way we live, we relate to others and the world. From the lessons that the pandemic brought us, 10 CESAM researchers, in a 5-minute pitch, will bring to light the work they have carried out in the frame of the detection of SARS-CoV-2, of the impact of COVID-19 on health, on air quality and climate change, soils, small-scale fisheries, aquaculture, challenges and research on sustainability and also energy consumption. The COVID CESAM COLLOQUIUM aims to create a space for sharing, reflection and discussion on the impacts of COVID-19 and invites you to be part of the debate and the solution so that together we can create a better future: “Build Back Better”. Registration is free but mandatory, open until June 15th here. Pitch Sessions (each session: 5´) SENSECOR – Development of an immunosensory integrated system for SARS-CoV-2 detection Catarina R. Marques In view of the worldwide pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the SENSECOR project aims to develop Proof of Concept of an innovative system that integrates several units for the fast and efficient preliminary diagnosis. SENSECOR is being developed by a joint consortium between UA and Wavecom, in collaboration with IT2 and CHBV hospital.   How can the health impact of COVID-19 be quantified? The burden of disease approach Ricardo Assunção1, Sara Pires2 1 CESAM - Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal; 2 National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark To date, efforts to understand the health impact of COVID-19 have mainly used mortality-based metrics. Composite population health metrics such as the disability-adjusted life years (DALY), are useful to provide a comprehensive measurement of the burden of disease. This pitch will describe how DALY could be calculated for COVID-19.   Air quality: the bright side of COVID-19 pandemic Alexandra Monteiro The indirect effect produced by the COVID-19 pandemic on air quality in Portugal were assessed and quantified. The highest reductions were observed in urban centers and for NO2 pollutant (reaching reductions of more than 40%), followed by PM10 (30-40%), confirming the relevance of traffic sector on improving air quality and the need for rethinking urban mobility options.   The impact of COVID-19 in greenhouse gases emissions - was that really significant? David Carvalho Government policies during the COVID-19 pandemic have drastically altered global CO2 emissions, which decreased on average by 7% in 2020 when compared with 2019. Although significant, this is not nearly enough to meet the Paris Agreement goals. How many lockdowns would be necessary to decrease global CO2 emissions to allow meeting these goals? Let’s see!   Managing the agrifood system to protect our soils and increase our resilience under global crises Sónia Rodrigues This presentation will provide an overview of the impact of COVID-19 on soils ability to provide essential services as well as lessons learned to reduce and mitigate the effect of the pandemic on food production sustainability towards the increase of populations resilience facing COVID-19 and future global food crisis, e.g. due to climate change.Soil as the “great connector” under COVID-19 pandemic: changes in the paradigm of agrifood production to increase populations’ resilience under global crisis.   The impact of COVID-19 on European small-scale fisheries Cristina Pita Small-scale fisheries (SSF) are of extreme importance in the European Union (EU), accounting for 82% of the EU fleet. SSF in the EU is highly dependent on the HORECA channels (food service industry, i.e., hotels, restaurants, cafes) a segment of the economy heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We conducted a rapid-assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on SSF in EU, by collected information from 105 organization from across 12 EU countries.   The Synergistic Impacts of Anthropogenic Stressors and COVID- 19 on Aquaculture António Nogueira The rapid, global spread of COVID-19, and the measures intended to limit or slow its propagation, are having major impacts on diverse sectors of society. Results emphasize the importance of assessing detrimental effects of COVID-19 under a multiple stressor lens, focusing on areas that have already locally experienced economic loss due to anthropogenic stressors in the last decade.   The COVID-19 pandemic and its challenges to sustainability Ana Luísa Silva The COVID-19 pandemic has reemphasised the pivotal role of disposable plastics in society, in which increased use and consumption patterns have resulted in a rollback on plastic reduction and waste management policies. This presentation highlights the environmental and human health implications of this, or future, crisis if no action occurs soon.   COVID-19: the impact of a global crisis on sustainable development research Ulisses Azeiteiro The crisis caused by COVID-19 and the lockdown has significantly disrupted the usual communication channels and, among other things, has led to the cancellation of meetings and long-planned events. It has also led to delay in the delivery of research projects. This communication also outlines some measures that may be implemented in the future to take more advantage of existing technologies that support research on sustainable development. From COVID-19: the impact of a global crisis on sustainable development research. Sustain Sci 16, 85–99 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-020-00866-y   Decarbonizing the energy supply: lessons learned during the covid19 pandemic Michael Russo This study explores home office practices and its potential for reducing energy consumption, based on electricity, natural gas and transportation fuel demand data during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal, which registered an average 11.5% reduction of primary energy consumption compared to 2019.  

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  • Wildlife Seminars

    The cycle of seminars on Wildlife, organized by the Wildlife Unit of the Department of Biology and the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) of the University of Aveiro (UA), seeks to not only ensure the sharing of knowledge and experience by biologists, but also by those who develop their activities in the field of conservation and management of wildlife and natural resources. The cycle takes place on January 13th and 20th.More information.

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  • IBERSENSOR 2021 in Aveiro, Portugal 01-04 Sep

    The 12th Ibero-American Congress on Sensors, IBERSENSOR2021, originally planned for September 2020 in Aveiro, Portugal, has been postponed to September 2021. We would like to invite you to join us at the 12th Ibero-American Congress on Sensors (IBERSENSOR2020) in Aveiro, Portugal, from 7th to 10th of September 2020. This conference series have already been successfully held on eleven occasions in La Habana, Cuba (1998), Buenos Aires, Argentina (2000), Lima, Perú (2002), Puebla, México (2004), Montevideo, Uruguay (2006), Sao Paulo, Brasil (2008), Lisboa, Portugal (2010), San Jose, Puerto Rico (2012), Bogotá, Colombia (2014), Valparaiso, Chile (2016) and Barcelona, Spain (2018). IBERSENSOR is a forum of the Spanish and Portuguese speaking scientific community, working in the field of development and application of sensors. This congress promotes the interaction among research groups, contributing to enhance the scientific level of our countries in the field of sensors, an activity in rapid development with enormous interest and social impact worldwide. The official languages of the Congress are Portuguese, Spanish and English. IBERSENSOR covers a diversity of interdisciplinary areas under the umbrella of sensors, ranging from physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, nanoscience, and materials engineering to biosciences. In addition, it covers such aspects of KETs (key enabling technologies) as nanotechnology, micro- and nanoelectronics, advanced manufacturing technologies, advanced materials, industrial biotechnology and photonics. On behalf of the promoters of IBERSENSOR 2020 I would like to cordially invite you to participate in this meeting. We are looking forward to seeing you in Aveiro!

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  • Conference "Lipids in the Ocean" in Aveiro, Portugal 05-08 Jul

    The Marine Biotechnology & Aquaculture (MBA) Research Group from CESAM and the Mass Spectrometry Centre from the University of Aveiro have the great pleasure to bring forward the 2nd edition of the Conference Lipids in the Ocean, that will be held at University of Aveiro from 05-08 of July 2021. The event is organized by Professor Rosário Domingues from CESAM.  Important dates: Abstract submission for oral communication: April 1st 2021Abstract submission for posters*: April 1st 2021Notification of abstract selection: April 15th 2021Early registration: Until May 1st  2021Late registration: May 2nd – June 15th 2021 *First 18th poster registrations will be invited for Pitch sessions   Details about the conference can be seen in the webpage (http://lipids2021.web.ua.pt/)

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  • ADVANCED COURSES

    Advanced course  “PLANKTON IN A CHANGING WORLD. PLANKTON AND PRODUCTIVITY. Ecology, processes and new methodologies",  1-5 Feb, DBIO, Universidade de Aveiro. Advanced Course on "Experimental Design and Analysis of Multivariate Data", 26-30 Jan, online

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