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CESAM researchers appointed as national representatives of the COST action 'Connecting European connectivity research'

Successful prediction of pathways of storm runoff generation and associated soil erosion is of considerable societal importance, including off-site impacts such as water quality and the provision of related ecosystem services.
The key benefit of this Action will be to establish connectivity as a research paradigm. The Action will permit transfer of current understanding into useable science, by developing it’s conceptual basis and transferring it into a series of monitoring and modelling tools that will provide the platform for indices that will inform holistic management of catchment systems.
More details about Action: http://www.cost.eu/domains_act.....

Research Game, an online game addressed to students from 10 years old coming from all European Schools

The RESEARCH GAME project, with participation of CESAM/UA, aims at developing a new teaching approach and pedagogical strategy for learning a methodology useful in all the subjects of the scientific research, and also to promote and apply creative and innovative thinking. The use of new technologies and the game (Game Based Learning) will make a discipline more appealing and engaging for students of new generations. The Project has created an Internet-based educational game to develop an understanding of research work and to teach best practices.
For more info please read the Game Rules.




CESAM work highlighted in 'Chemistry World' web platform

Shining a light on hospital wastewater

Researchers in Portugal looking to find new ways to inactivate multidrug resistant-pathogenic bacteria have found an alternative to the traditional expensive and often ineffective methods for treating hospital effluent.
Hospital wastewater has the potential to be a threat to public health as it can contain bacteria that may facilitate resistance transfer to other species within sewage treatment plants. As Adelaide Almeida, who led the study at the the University of Aveiro explains, ‘some pathogenic bacteria are more concentrated in hospital wastewaters and some of these strains are resistant to antibiotics, such as vancomycin-resistant enterococci and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.’
Almeida’s team has shown that photodynamic inactivation (PDI) can effectively inactivate multidrug resistant-pathogenic bacteria. PDI uses a nontoxic photosensitiser, in this case a cationic porphyrin, which absorbs energy from visible light and transfers it to other surrounding molecules, creating highly cytotoxic reactive oxygen species (ROS) that inactivate microbial cells.

More details: http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2014/02


CESAM presents platform for protection of oil spills impacts

João Miguel Dias, professor in the Department of Physics and researcher of CESAM, presented the main conclusions of the recent meeting of the international project "SPRES-Oil Spill Prevention and Response at Local Scales", held at the UA.
In this event, an operational platform that integrates features of forecasting in real time, oil spills at local level and results of risk analysis was presented.
More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

SPRES project meeting "Aveiro Site Seminar", University of Aveiro January 29-30

Meeting discusses prevention and impact of oil spills in the Ria de Aveiro

Companies and national authorities with jurisdiction and lagoon areas with responsibility for preventing and acting in the case of oil spills in the Ria de Aveiro, are expected at the meeting of the SPRES (Oil Spill Prevention and Response at Local Scales) international project taking place at the UA, 30 January in the Rectory Building. The "Aveiro Site Seminar", aims for the development of predictive real time models for the behavior of oil spills in estuarine areas through a partnership involving Portuguese, Spanish, French and British entities.

Additional details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

CESAM researcher, Nelson Abrantes, appointed as national representative of the COST action 'Climate Change Manipulation Experiments in Terrestrial Ecosystems: Networking and Outreach'

Many climate change manipulation experiments have been carried out in recent decades. However, several challenges still exist or have emerged which limit our understanding of ecosystem functioning under future climate change. These include inadequate representation of biomes, artifacts, incomparable experiments, poor representation of relevant scenarios, in particular extreme events, lack of research communication sharing of results and lack of good data for modeling.
This Action will develop a network for the experimental climate change research community brining experimentalists and modelers together in order to provide solutions to these recurrent challenges.

More details about the Action: http://www.cost.eu/domains_act.....1308 />

'Critters for your point and risk' Exhibition

Exhibition from January 10 to February 9, at Cine-Teatro Messias 'Critters for your point and risk': scientific illustrations by Milene Matos

The researcher of UA and CESAM responsible by the Educational Service of the Buçaco Forest Foundation, Milene Matos, exposes a set of scientific illustrations of his own in Cine-Teatro Messias, Mealhada. The set includes color  and black and white illustrations, using various techniques, of several species of Portugal and of the world. The work may be visited from January 10 to February 9.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

UA in 2013: the youth and energy of 40th

Summary of what happened at the University of Aveiro in 2013: http://academia.web.ua.pt/ano_em_revista2013/

Documentary "Viajantes do Ar"

Produced by the University of Aveiro, with the support of COMPETE, the documentaries aim to reveal aspects of biodiversity of the Ria de Aveiro. F​four documentaries, with about 20 minutes each, were produced:

    - Viajantes do Ar:
    - Nascer na Ria;
    - A Cegonha-branca;
    - A Ria por Dentro. 

More details: http://www.pofc.qren.pt/Media/.....

CESAM project highlighted by the EC DG Environment

European Comission DG Environment has published an highlight on the work done on the scope of INTERREG PORTONOVO project, related to the assessment of the toxicity of sediments of the Port of Aveiro as a case study.

Under the Water Framework Directive (WFD), all EU Member States are required to manage water bodies so that they achieve ‘good chemical status’ and ‘good ecological status’ or, in the case of heavily modified water bodies, such as ports, ‘good ecological potential’ by 2015.
The EU-funded PORTONOVO Project, with participation of CESAM members, assessed the status of water in the Port of Aveiro, which is located in a lagoon on the Portuguese coast. The study suggest that the physical, chemical and biological monitoring already carried out on sediments under the WFD should be complemented by ecotoxicity tests to provide a more complete picture of the condition of port waters.