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ERASMUS Intensive Programme: "MultI-Risk Assessment and Mitigation in Europe"

University of Aveiro, 13-26 July 2014

Europe is threatened by recurring natural disasters caused by hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, floods and forest fires that cause hundreds of deaths and injuries and hundred millions of Euros economic losses each year. Moreover damages are often the combined effects of concurrent natural and maninduced hazards successively triggered by a sort of cascading effect. For this reason, in response to growing awareness of the economic and social significance of natural disasters, research on integrated analysis of different risk sources (i.e. multi-risk analysis) have been developed in the last decade as an up-todate approach to support adequate land planning and management policies.
Hence, the MIRAME Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP) will be the 2nd edition of a 2-week higher education course focusing on hazards and vulnerability data collection/management, integration of multiple hazards scenarios, and optimization of multi-risk assessment procedures.

CESAM team published in the prestigious journal ‘Critical Reviews in Microbiology’

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.

Documentary on Biodiversity on TV (RTP2)

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'. 

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
CESAM project highlighted in Expoforest 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 .

CESAM young biologist wins European award for nature conservation

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.....

DBIO & CESAM researcher elected president of SETAC Europe 2014-2015

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.....

Phage therapy on TV

TV show "Mentes que brilham" presents interview with the Project IR, CESAM member Adelaide Almeida.



TPEA Project Showcase at the European Maritime Day 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.....

Projecto AquaSafe launches webpage and blog

AquaSafe Project launches webpage and blog to promote knowledge and technology transfer between the scientific community and stakeholders in the fisheries and acquaculture sector.


CESAM research highlighted in the daily newspaper 'Publico'

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">