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10th Portuguese Conference on Polar Sciences

The 10th Portuguese Conference on Polar Sciences will be hosted for the first time by the University of Aveiro, Portugal (25-26 October 2018). This meeting has been boosted by the Portuguese polar programme (PROPOLAR) yearly as forum where researchers working both in the Arctic and the Antarctica share their newest results. It has traditionally been an advanced venue for the discussion and triggering of fruitful national and international cooperation towards improved research in polar regions. The organizing committee welcomes all members of the Portuguese polar community to the Conference, as well as researchers, students and stakeholders interested in polar regions and their global importance. The meeting will include platform and poster sessions covering a wide range of topics within e.g. atmospheric sciences, biology, environmental sciences, geochemistry, geology, geography, social sciences, space sciences, all linked to polar research. Internationally renowned invited speakers will honor the event with plenary sessions that should be of great interest of all attendees.

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REMINDERS

  • Participation of the project Cephs & Chefs in the Octopus Week in Quarteira

    The team of the INTERREG project Cephs and Chefs of CESAM, constituted by the researchers Cristina Pita, Silvia Monteiro and Fábio Matos joined the 3rd Edition of Octopus Week in Quarteira (Algarve, Portugal) that happened from 7-16 September. During 4 days, the organization and some of the restaurants associated to the event were interviewed, as well as stakeholders involved on the value chain associated with the octopus trap fishery of Fuzeta. The Octopus Seminar was held on the 14th of September, an initiative of the AEQV - Association of Entrepreneurs of Quarteira and Vilamoura and the Armalgarve Octopus Association. During the seminar, the Cephs and Chefs project was promoted and its objectives presented. Among the participants of the seminar were also present entities linked to the fishing sector of the octopus, research organizations (some partners of the Cephs and Chefs) and members of the Government of Portugal. In the discussion were addressed issues such as the octopus production in aquaculture, as well as, the ecological and socio-economic sustainability.

  • Integrated European Long-Term Ecosystem, Critical Zone & Socio-Ecological Research Infrastructure

    On September 11th, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) presented the 2018 ESFRI Roadmap on Large Scale Research Infrastructures during a half-day conference in Vienna. The ESFRI Roadmap identifies new Research Infrastructures (RI) of pan-European priority and, as announced previously, eLTER RI is among them. These new research infrastructures will be designed to meet the long term needs of European research communities.Inclusion on the ESFRI Roadmap is a significant achievement for the European ecosystem, critical zone and socio-ecological research communities. It paves the way for the further development and formalization of eLTER RI, the Integrated European Long-Term Ecosystem, Critical Zone & Socio-Ecological Research Infrastructure.When fully operational, eLTER RI will be a permanently funded and managed, distributed infrastructure of field sites covering European environmental zones. These field sites will be designed to support excellent science on the functioning of our life supporting systems (a whole-system approach, including studies of human-environment interactions and earth’s critical zone).The RI will provide a range of services to end users, including access to highly instrumented and expertly staffed sites and to their long-term environmental observation data. Additional services, such as data synthesis and modelling, support for research and technological development, and training programmes, will be provided via Topic Centres. The RI will also provide a range of outputs supporting policy and science users, such as information on European environmental trends.The next step in the process is to prepare a proposal for a Preparatory Phase Project (PPP), which will develop key components of eLTER RI such as the legal entity, governance structure, Head Office, Topic Centres, the standard observation programme, the physical network of LTER Sites and LTSER Platforms included in the RI and the services that the RI will offer to users. The requirements of a wide range of stakeholders will be considered in this process, for example, to take account of emerging strategies in European environmental monitoring.The eLTER ESFRI process is led by the German Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in close cooperation with the Environment Agency Austria (EAA) and with support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. 17 countries supported the eLTER RI ESFRI application politically and 161 research institutions in 27 countries signed the scientific MoU of the eLTER RI.ESFRI Chair, Giorgio Rossi presented the 2018 ESFRI Roadmap at the invitation-only meeting on 11th September. The coordinator of eLTER RI, Michael Mirtl, introduced the basic outline of eLTER. During the event, invited participants discussed about the prospects and challenges posed by the new Roadmap. This conference was part of a series of events marking the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It is organised by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, in close cooperation with ESFRI and the European Commission.


NEWS

  • BioMarine Business Convention 2018, Cascais, Portugal

    CESAM will participate in the BioMarine Business Convention 2018 to be held in Cascais, Portugal. This event will gather institutions, scientists,  companies (pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food, construction, aquaculture, etc) and other stakeholders interested in the Blue Economy. It will be an event where the latest developments regarding the ocean and the evolution and opportunities that Portugal offers for a sustainable blue economy will be shared. CESAM will be present as a demonstrator in the MyBlueCity. We will present several movies, related with marine research, advanced courses in marine sciences and infrastructures sea-related of the University of Aveiro together with some dissemination material regarding the training offer by the University related with marine sciences. Furthermore, CESAM will have an exposition of the biota of the deep-sea with economic value for the blue economy with the kind support of COBI - Biological Research Collection.

  • Challenges of the Portuguese Sea

    CESAM supports the VII Seminar "Challenges of the Portuguese Sea" which will take place in the maritime Museum in Ílhavo on the 20th October. This event will count with the presence of several speakers with national influence on the theme, including the researcher Ana lillebo which will talk on the threats and vulnerabilities of the marine ecossystems and the Professor Fátima Alves which will be foccused in the Portuguese Sea management.

  • CESAM researcher participates in the UN Intergovernmental Conference on Oceans

    The CESAM Researcher Fátima Lopes Alves was invited, as expert, to join the National Delegation that participates in the "1st Intergovernmental Conference on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity Beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction".More details [in portuguese]: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=55514

  • CESAM joins EurOcean as newest Member

    CESAM recently joined the network EurOcean - The European Centre for information on Marine Science and Technology. This network was established in 2002 and is an independent scientific non-governmental organisation whose membership comprises leading European marine research, funding and outreach organisations.

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