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Mares Conference, November 17 to 21

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)

Advanced course - Deep-Sea Ecosystems: Ecology, Conservation and Technological development

30-01-2014


Universidade de Aveiro 24-28 February 2014


Deep sea ecosystems are the most extensive and remote environments on our planet, but despite the scarcity of our knowledge it is clear that they yield an extremely relevant portion of the Earth’s biodiversity. The scientific exploration and the numerous opportunities for the exploitation of deep-sea resources, require technological advances and present important societal challenges. From a pragmatic perspective there are concerns about the potential impacts of current and future anthropogenic activities, climatic changes and other threats to marine biodiversity and the subsequent influence on the global ecological processes and services sustained by this biodiversity. Furthermore there are important management and policy-making implications for these marine areas that are mostly beyond national jurisdiction. Any understanding of global biodiversity regulation must include a basic knowledge on the organisms inhabiting the Earth’s most extensive environment, how they interact with the environment and influence global processes, as well as, which are the theories that explain how this biodiversity is generated and/or maintained.


Objectives



  • To understand the spatial and temporal deep-sea biodiversity patterns, the ecological processes that contribute to biodiversity creation and maintenance and deep-sea.

  • To debate conservation needs and challenges including research issues, technological advances and the implications of deep-sea specificities for policy-making and management.

  • To acquire skills for developing fundamental and applied research in the deep sea; to gain competence for the design and implementation of action plans for deep-sea biodiversity conservation and deep-sea Marine Protected Areas and Networks


Enrolment deadline: 19th February 2014

14th Rodens et Spatium – International Conference on Rodents Biology
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.
Advanced course on 'Bioinformatics of microbial genomes and mobile elements: new perspectives and applications'

14/05/2014

July 21-25, 2014
Biology Department & CESAM, University of Aveiro

This course provides an introduction to bioinformatics and training on various aspects of data analysis with application to Microbiology. This part of the course will be conducted by EMBL-EBI trainers. Researchers from the University of Aveiro, Porto, Coimbra and other research institutions will present case studies oriented towards practical applications of up-to-date bioinformatics tools.
Registration is now open!
More details: http://biomicrolab.web.ua.pt/

Workshop: Effects of salinisation in freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems

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”).