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Associated Laboratory since 2005, CESAM includes around 500 researchers, 190 of whom with a PhD degree, and six departments of the University of Aveiro: Environment and Planning, Biology, Civil Engineering, 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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Highlights
  • Prizes were awarded by International Humic Substances Society (IHSS) and the competition intended to reward young graduate students doing their PhD thesis


    Joana Leal presented her work "Does light-screening by Humic Substances completely explain their retardation effect on contaminants photo-degradation?"; João T.V. Matos presented a comunication entitkled “Natural organic matter in urban atmospheric aerosols: profiling the water soluble components using comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography".

  • 26/09/2014
    The warm ocean currents are not the responsabile for the collapse of floating ice shelves. In fact, the warming of ice surface and its melting are that factor that makes water to infiltrate into the massive ice structure, destabilizing it to the final collapse. This conclusion was obtained by an international team of researchers from the United States, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Canada and the UK, who have brought to the light of day a new view on the dynamics of the Antarctic ice floating platforms. 
    This study, which included the participation of researchers from CESAM, was published this month in Science and gives as an example the catastrophic disintegration in 2002 of the Larsen B ice shelf floating off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, an event that proved the team to be associated with changes in air temperature and consequent melting ice.
    More details:
    http://www.cienciahoje.pt/inde.....amp;op=all      
    http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • Project LAGOONS: Final Seminar


    Department of Environment and Planning, September 25th, 14h00-16h00

  • 15-09-2014


    Room 320, Department of Environment and planning, September 17th, 14h00


    "Partículas atmosféricas na Antártida: o futuro do monitoramento e o programa Brasileiro".


    Ricardo H. M. Godoi, from Departamento de Engenharia Ambiental, Universidade Federal do Paraná

  • 27/08/2014
    How is the jaguar Panthera onca perceived by local communities along the Paraguai River in the Brazilian Pantanal?

    Rapid habitat conversion, hunting as a retaliatory response to livestock depredation and, potentially, lack of knowledge regarding the species’ ecological role are the main factors influencing conservation of the Near Threatened jaguar Panthera onca in the Pantanal wetland of Brazil. The CESAM study highlights the environmental education programmes and ecotourism as the better strategies to reduce livestock losses and to minimize the perception that jaguars are dangerous in all situations.
    More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 11/07/2014
    A study from the Wildlife Unit (UVS) of the Department of Biology & CESAM of the University of Aveiro has validated, for the first time, the use of near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) in the assessment of concentrations of metabolites of stress hormones in fecal matter, using deer feces as a model.
    The study, recently published in “Ecological Indicators” journal opens a new field of application for NIRS technology and has important implications for the monitoring of wildlife as it improves the efficiency and reduces the time and cost of conventional analytical techniques.
    More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=39180&lg=en

  • 22/07/2014
    The levels of cadmium, copper, lead and zinc in urban gardens soils and pastures situated in the Porto area exceed the maximums set by the European Union for the presence in agricultural areas of heavy and potentially toxic metals. The findings, which are extensible to urban gardens of the rest of the national territory, belong to a team of researchers from the University of Aveiro & CESAM that indicate the need for assessment of soil quality and risk to public health from ingestion of the products concerned.
    News published in the various media:
    http://www.publico.pt/local/noticia/metais-pesados-detectados-em-hortas-urbanas-e-pastagens-do-grande-porto-1663708   
    http://www.jn.pt/paginainicial/pais/concelho.aspx?Distrito=Porto&Concelho=Porto&Option=Interior&content_id=4038470&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+JN-ULTIMAS+(JN+-+Ultimas)   
    http://portocanal.sapo.pt/noticia/32527/   
    http://www.cienciahoje.pt/index.php?oid=58996&op=all   
    http://www.tvciencia.pt/tvcnot/pagnot/tvcnot03.asp?codpub=35&codnot=85   
    http://www.rtp.pt/noticias/index.php?article=754325&tm=2&layout=123&visual=61   
    http://www.rtp.pt/noticias/index.php?article=754324&tm=8&layout=123&visual=61   

  • 22/07/2014
    The project Bioatlas aims to be a digital platform for decision support, which innovatively combines the technology of geographic information with scientific research. The project brings together a set of information and technical-scientific knowledge about biomass energy, not available in an integrated and organized way, representing an investment with medium and long-term impacts on energy efficiency.
    The project, supported by the COMPETE programme under the Collective Actions, has an eligible investment of 477000 euros and involves as partners the Inteli (promoter), the ENERGYIN - Pole of competitiveness and energy technology, the University of Aveiro (throught the CESAM ) and AREANATejo.

    project web page: http://www.bioatlas.pt/

  • 17/07/2014
    The University of Aveiro received awards for best oral presentation, best poster and 2nd best student poster at the XVII Congress of the Iberian Association of Limnology held in Santander, Spain, 6-11 of July. The conference was focused in the theme 'Understanding the resilience of aquatic ecosystems: a basis for a sustainable future'.
    More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 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”).

  • 09/07/2014
    Wastewater reuse is currently considered globally as the most critical element of sustainable water management. Water scarcity, foreseen to aggravate, pushes for maximum utilization of non-conventional water. Although reuse is accompanied by a number of benefits, several potential drawbacks still puzzle scientists. The applied treatments fail to completely remove microcontaminants, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and/or their genes (ARB&Gs). Knowledge on the actual effects of reuse with regard to these aspects is currently not consolidated. This Action will answer critical questions through a European multidisciplinary network, structured in interactive Working Groups (WGs), to achieve: a) identification of the microbiome and mobile antibiotic resistome in treated wastewater, b) assessment of the potential for uptake/transmission of microcontaminants and ARB&Gs in crops, c) determination of effect-based bioassays required for wastewater reuse, d) identification of efficient/economically viable technologies able to meet the current challenges and, e) development of a relevant risk assessment and policy framework. The Action will establish criteria on technologies/assessment methods for wastewater treatment and suggest new effluent quality criteria to overcome current barriers and safeguard the reuse practice. The Action will have a major impact on the enhancement of sustainable wastewater reuse in light of current challenges at technological, economical and societal level.
    More details about this COST action: http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/essem/Actions/ES1403

  • 09/07/2014
    The management of tree species non-native to European geographical regions has a long tradition within forestry management practice. Their introduction to Europe (initially focussed on growing tree species) dates back to the 18th century when enormous demands were being made on natural resources to sustain the on-going industrialization of Europe. Today issues of biomass production and C sequestration as well as the question of whether these species could increase the adaptive capacity of forests to long-term climate change patterns have fuelled a growing interest in non-native tree species in Europe. In order to determine their fullest potential (and associated management options, but also assess associated risks and challenges) the need for a communication platform - allowing for discussions with stakeholder groups from within and beyond European borders; is argued.
    More details about this COST action: http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/fps/Actions/FP1403

  • 08/07/2014

    The international trade in live plants is a major pathway for the introduction of invasive tree pests and pathogens, resulting in environmental and economic damage. Many recently introduced pests and diseases were not known to be harmful, or unknown to science, and were not regulated before they invaded, indicating that the current system to identify harmful species does not provide sufficient protection from invasions by alien pests and pathogens. A novel way of identifying potentially harmful organisms for regulation is by monitoring European trees planted in regions that export plants to Europe. The Action will 1) establish a global network of scientists and regulators in countries where sentinel nurseries could be established from seed or where there are botanical gardens or arboreta with exotic trees, 2) develop common protocols for the monitoring and identification of pests and 3) explore ways to regulate the establishment of such nurseries and the use of data collected through them. This Action will also bring together detailed information about the international trade in trees and the environmental value of native trees in Europe. The Action will produce written, electronic and workshop outputs, as well as at least five short-term scientific missions per year.
    More details about this COST action: http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/fps/Actions/FP1401

  • 17/06/2014
    The prestigious journal ‘Critical Reviews in Microbiology’ published a revision of the state of the art of bacterial collagenases by Ana Sofia Duarte, António Correia and Ana Cristina Esteves.
    Being involved in the degradation of the extracellular matrices of animal cells, bacterial collagenases are important virulence factors in a variety of pathogenic bacteria. These enzymes are among the most versatile proteases ones and have technological applications in health, food and even in the leather industries.
    Nonetheless, there was until now a lack of scientific consensus for a proper and well-defined classification of these enzymes and a vast controversy regarding their correct cataloging. This review fulfils this gap presenting a new classification guide for bacterial collagenases, thus constituting   a strong contribute for an accurate and straightforward classification of these enzymes.
    See article here.

  • 09/06/2014

    Four videos about the Biodiversity of the Ria de Aveiro and the surrounding area, produced by the University of Aveiro (UA) within the CESAM Project 'do Ar à Água'. 


    Videos:
    Viajantes do Ar: https://vimeo.com/100140108   
    Nascer na Ria: https://vimeo.com/100150805   
    A Cegonha-branca: https://vimeo.com/100150808   
    A Ria por Dentro: https://vimeo.com/100150807
  • 22/05/2014
    Expoforest, held from the 21st to 23rd  May 2014, in São Paulo, Brazil , is a forestry trade fair focused on machinery, equipment, supplies and technology focused on the production of wood from planted forests and, in particular, eucalyptus.
    GeoAtributo, the current coordinator of the LUNA project in which CESAM participates, is present at the Fair,  focusing on the innovative scheme developed within this project.
    The LUNA (ALow-flying UNmanned Aerial forest monitoring system) is an information system, fed by various sources using different types of sensors equipped on unmanned aerial vehicles, which allow obtaining accurate, dynamic and relevant information monitoring plant growth, pests and diseases, emergence of invasive species, as well as the occurrence of early mortality of trees. This system is under development, involving research institutions and private companies, with a strong emphasis on scientific development and innovation .

  • 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)

  • 01/05/2014
    AquaSafe Project launches webpage and blog to promote knowledge and technology transfer between the scientific community and stakeholders in the fisheries and acquaculture sector.
    http://project-aquasafe.web.ua.pt/pt 


     

  • 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.....

  • 17/03/14
    ADAPT-MED is a European research project which accompanies local decision-makers in elaborating adaptation strategies to climate and global change in a context of uncertainty, coastal risks, endangerment of ecosystems, as well as urban and water management issues. Partners from France (ACTeon and BRGM), Greece (University of Athens) and Portugal (ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, University of Aveiro-CESAM) will work in three distinct research sites on how knowledge affects perceptions on climate change and how perceptions affect decision-making at all levels (economic, social, environmental policies) when dealing with climate change. It is innovative in the sense that it joins psychological, socio-economic, political science and scientific (geographic, geomorphologic and marine biologic) skills in one project. The project was launched in December 2013 and will last 24 months.

  • 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


    From March 1 to April 24, on Saturdays at 20h50 (with repetitions)

    '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.

    Episodes:
    Um Mar de Peixes: http://vimeo.com/87855279   

    Um Doce Aniversário: http://vimeo.com/88636937

  • 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

  • 14th Rodens et Spatium – International Conference on Rodents Biology

    28 de Julho a 2 de Agosto de 2014, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa

    A Conferência Rodens et Spatium é um encontro bienal reune cientistas de vários países cuja investigação envolve a biologia de roedores, em áreas tão variadas como a ecologia, genética, evolução, parasitologia, gestão de pragas, entre outras. Rodens et Spatium, oferece ainda a oportunidade de participação em workshops selecionados (Tools for analyzing landscape connectivity: methods and applications; Using Landsat imagery to understand landscape ecology; and Geometric Morphometrics).
    Convidamos todos os interessados a visitar a página oficial em http://rslisbon2014.wix.com/conference. Aos estudantes são oferecidos descontos sobre o valor da inscricação, assim como um número limitado de bolsas.
  • 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:
    http://www.efe.com/efe/noticias/portugal/estremadura/biologo-portugues-carlos-fonseca-sera-premiado-feciex-badajoz/6/60019/2126043
    http://www.abc.es/agencias/noticia.asp?noticia=1494236
    http://www.badajozonline.tv/2013/09/12/el-biologo-luso-carlos-fonseca-recibira-el-premio-iberico-de-la-caza-feciex/
    http://www.hoy.es/v/20130913/badajoz/feciex-presentara-coleccion-taxidermia-20130913.html
    http://arronchesemnoticias.blogspot.pt/2013/09/feciex-2013-feira-da-caca-pesca-e.html
    https://sites.google.com/site/unidadevidaselvagem/


     

  • 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.

    http://www.rtp.pt/noticias/index.php?article=677053&tm=8&layout=122&visual=61

  • 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
    Carlos
    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.
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/s.....727714/110

  • 22/02/12
    The
    cover page of the latest issue of Invertebrate Systematics (vol. 25, No. 5 of 2012) is an underwater photograph by Carlos J. Moura, a member of CESAM. This was taken at a depth of 10 meters in Berlengas archipelago. The marine animal represented - Lafoea dumosa - is a morphologically simple colonial invertebrate of the class Hydrozoan, Phylum Cnidaria.
    The paper entitled "Polyphyly and cryptic diversity in the hydrozoan families and Lafoeidae Hebellidae (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa)", authored by several members of CESAM, was published in this issue of Invertebrate Systematics and
    presents a genetic and morphological study applied to hydrozoans. The most relevant findings include the discovery of new species and the revealation of profound errors of nomenclature and taxonomic organization.

  • 22/11/11
    The
    kickoff meeting of the European project "Lagoons - Integrated water resources and coastal zone management in European lagoons in the context of climate change" under the Seventh Framework Programme (theme Environment, including Climate Change), was held between November 22nd to 24th, in UA.
    The environmental issue of concern of the LAGOONS project is the anthropogenic deterioration and climate change impacts - especially the effects of extreme weather events- on surface water and lagoons ecosystems.
    The main objective of the LAGOONS project is to contribute to a science-based seamless strategy - in an integrated and coordinated fashion - of the management of lagoons seen under the land-sea and science-policy-stakeholder interface; i.e., the project seeks to underpin the integration of the EU Water Framework Directive, Habitat Directive, the EU’s ICZM Recommendation, and the EU Marine Strategy Directive.

  • 16/11/11
    At the invitation of MicroLab, Professor. Artur Silva of the DNA Polymorphism Laboratory of Federal University of Para, Brazil, comes to the University of Aveiro, where he will report their experience with the network Paraense Genomics and Proteomics, which is the coordinator.
    Artur Silva is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and a PhD in Biological Sciences (Genetics and Molecular Biology) from the Federal University of Para, where he has taught since 1996 and conducts its research focused on molecular evolution and genomics.
    The conference, entitled "Analysis of genomic next-gen: the experience of Network Paraense Genomics and Proteomics" will be held on 21st November at 15h00 in the Amphitheatre of the Department of Biology.
    Admission is free

  • Associated Laboratory since 2005, CESAM includes around 500 researchers, 190 of whom with a PhD degree, and six departments of the University of Aveiro: Environment and Planning, Biology, Civil Engineering, 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.

Funding Instruments

Calls Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is the new EU funding programme for research and innovation running from 2014 to 2020 with a €80 billion budget. The first calls for proposals for Horizon 2020 were published on 11 December 2013. Its simplified rules and submission and grant management tools should facilitate participants' tasks. For practical guidance, see the H2020 online manual.
Consult the Calls in the Participants Portal

Bilateral Actions
FCT: http://alfa.fct.mctes.pt/apoio.....bilaterais 
CRUP: http://www.crup.pt 

Acções Cost 
The support cover the costs of networking activities such as meetings, conferences, workshops, short-term scientific exchanges, training schools, publications and dissemination activities. COST does not fund the research itself.