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

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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CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020