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MEC2019 - 5th Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Morphodynamics

The 5th Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Morphodynamics will be held by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, 24-26 June 2019. This event is supported by CESAM through the participation of some of its members in the organizing and scientific committees and intends to be a presentation forum of research works related with the morphodynamics of coastal zones. Moreover, the event aims to potentiate the discussion of ideas and spread the knowledge on coastal zones. The works for oral and poster presentations may be submitted under the following themes: Estuarine and coastal dynamics Data analysis Climate change impacts in coastal zones Anthropic interventions in coastal zones Coastal risks Spatial planning and management of coastal zones Works on the dissemination of research projects related with the estuarine and coastal morphodynamics will also be accepted. Important dates: Abstract submission (2 pages limit): 28th Feb 2019 Abstract acceptance: 30 Mar 2019 Early-bird registration: 30 Apr 2019 Regular registration: 24 Jun 2019

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  • CIÊNCIAVITAE will substitute previous FCT platforms

    CIÊNCIAVITAE is a unique, personalized, simple, harmonized and structured curriculum that gathers the information that is presently dispersed in multiple platforms, as FCT-SIG CV, DeGóis, RENATES, REBIDES, ORCID and RCAAP.  Existing platforms will be discontinued by phases and CIÊNCIAVITAE will be fully operational in 2021. After 1 mar 2018 you will not be able to create new curricula and after 1 Jul 2018 the access to edit your curriculum will also end. FCT provides several support and tutorials that help you in the process of transition between platforms.

  • Are you going to have a researcher contract?

    If yes, please pay attention!When you start your contract of researcher you are no longer an integrated member of CESAM!"Oh no! What should I do?"When you confirm the starting date of your contract with the UA human resources department you should send an email to, directed to the Scientific Coordinator of CESAM, requesting that you want to be an integrated member of CESAM and indicating the starting date of the contract."And it is done?"No! If you have your CV updated in CESAM webpage, please indicate that in the e-mail. If not, briefly state how your research contributes to the strategy of CESAM and send a summarized CV."But why?"Because, according to the regulation of CESAM, if you are not a post-doc fellow you need to have a minimum scientific production to be an integrated member (Annex I of the regulation). Please note that all the researchers in CESAM go through this process!"And then?"Your request will be analysed and voted in one of the meetings of the Scientific Council Coordinating Commission of CESAM and you will be notified on the decision.


  • Oporto needs more green areas to fight against heat waves

    CESAM research concluded that Oporto needs to take urgent measures to fight heat waves that are becoming more frequent, stronger and harmful for the environment and human health. Some of the proposed solutions are have new green areas, expand the gardens and parks already existent and use the vegetation and plants on the roofs of the buildings. Also, use lighter colours on the roofs and urban pavements will help in refreshing the city. More information on this study of David Carvalho and Carlos Borrego may be obtained here.

  • Workshop “Orienting Young Scientists of EuroMarine” gets together EuroMarine and the young marine scientists

    Last 28th - 29th of January 2019, prior to the EuroMarine General Assembly meeting held in the same week, the Young Scientist Working Group (YSWG) of the network EuroMarine was present in a workshop in Cádiz, Spain, hosted by CEIMAR and the University of Cádiz, which aimed to: Analyzing and discussing the results of the YSWG survey to young marine researchers in Europe and the EuroMarine member institutions, launched in October 2018; Identifying the main motivations and concerns regarding academic research and career expressed by the young marine scientists; Planning a way forward for the YSWG, exploring the potential of establishing a permanent presence within EuroMarine and expanding the YSWG community; Elaborating a synthesis presentation of YSWG outcomes during its first year of existence as well as workshop outputs, to be presented to the EuroMarine GA. The outputs directly benefit EuroMarine by highlighting young scientists’ perspectives on topics and issues potentially overlooked by senior scientists, as well as developing and proposing a set of early-career researcher-oriented activities and platforms to be made available in the future for the marine research community. Additionally, developers of the OpenAIRE platform, which aims at shifting scholarly communication towards openness and transparency, held a training session during the workshop to teach about the potentialities of the platform. A short video of the session can be found here. Our PhD student Marco Custódio is the representative of CESAM in the YSWG and participated in this workshop. In due time, a presentation of the results will become available to CESAM's community.

  • Natura +: A citizen science project to monitor Natura 2000

    On January 14, the Natura + project was officially launched. The mission of Natura + is to promote awareness about the Portuguese sites of Natura 2000 and the wildlife they shelter. This project also aims to gather scientific information with the support of citizens in the monitoring of these sites. For this purpose, Natura + has developed citizen science activities aimed at the general public and schools. Currently, different activities are already fully developed and available at the project’s website. These relate to soil quality, solid waste spread in the surroundings of waterways, otter and bat monitoring. Everybody can do these activities and, by sharing the collected data with Natura +, anyone can easily contribute to the study and conservation of the biodiversity of Portugal. This project is part of a PhD thesis on science communication, developed by Sofia Oliveira, who is supervised by the researchers Ruth Pereira (GreenUPorto), Paulo Santos (CIIMAR-UP) and Joana Pereira (CESAM). More information about this project can be found on the online platforms of Natura +:    Website    Facebook    Instagram    Youtube

  • CESAM researcher in the organization of the British Ornithologists’ Union Annual Conference

    José Alves, CESAM & DBio member, is one of the organizers of the thematic BOU-British Ornithologists’ Union Annual Conference on “Tracking migration: drivers, challenges and consequences of seasonal movements”. The organizing team is composed by researchers from other four institutions: University of Iceland, University of Amsterdam and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UK). Recent advances in tracking technologies have allowed us to quantify migratory movements throughout the annual and life cycles in greater detail than ever before, leading to a renewed widespread interest in the field. This conference will therefore bring together ecologists and biologists tracking migratory birds in any form, to explore our understanding of avian migration through the use of any tracking technique: from large scale migratory pulses and fluxes to individual variation in phenology and routes; the implications of behavioural flexibility for distribution and demography of migrants (connectivity and fitness trade-offs); and the development and maintenance of migratory strategies at the individual (ontogeny and life-long tracking) and population levels (partial migration and transgenerational changes). The meeting will take place in the University of Warwick, UK from the 26th to the 28th of March 2019.

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