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European project on ocean governance and integrated management of coastal areas with participation of CESAM

and four other member states with Atlantic front (Spain, France, Ireland and UK) won a project entitled 'European Planning cross the Atlantic' launched by the European DGMare.
The project, which begins in November, will last 18 months and has an overall budget of one million euros. The ultimate goal is to present a set of recommendations to the European Union in order to effectively contribute to the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, the Action Plan of the Integrated Maritime Policy and the European Recommendation on Integrated Coastal Zone Management.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/detail.asp?c=24935

CESAM work awarded in the 4th International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation

The work of CESAM PhD student, David Silva,
entitled Contributions of the ash from forest biomass combustion in the recycling of nutrients to the soil was awarded as the best poster of the 4th International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation, held this year in Porto, between 10 and 13 September.
The management of the ash resulting from the thermochemical conversion of forest biomass to energy it is an issue with relevance at the environmental, economic and public health level. The ash produced in industrial thermal units, using eucalyptus bark and branches and other forest residues as solid fuel, has different final destinations, including the landfill. In recent years, new environmental directives strongly penalize this management option. Therefore, it is urgent to study sustainable alternatives, such as the valorisation of the biomass ash on the agricultural and forestry soils.

Earthworms genetic alterations from exposure to contaminated environments

The research work of Joana Lourenço, a CESAM researcher, was awarded in the international symposium 9th ISEG - 2012. In this study, and for the first time, it was identified earthworms genetic alterations caused by exposure to contaminated soil with radioactive elements and metals, including the identification of an oncogene first described in these organisms.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....amp;c=9644

Prof. Marina Cunha integrates the editorial board of 'Scientific Reports'

Cunha, researcher of CESAM, integrated the editorial board of the journal 'Scientific Reports'. Invited by Nature Publishing Group, the owner of the 'Nature' journal, the researcher is now part of the editorial board for the area of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Online and open access, Scientific Reports provides rapid publication and high visibility of research – for all areas of science.

Deer population census - Lousã 2012

Under the guidance of members from CESAM and Wildlife Unit of UA (DBio), about thirty volunteers participated in the 8th deer population census on Lousã Mountains. This event had the collaboration of the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forestry, Lousã Municipality and other local entities. During the mornings of Saturday (22/09) and Sunday (23/09), dozens of males, females and young deer were observed in the mountain ridges and through woods and pine forests.

Ocean University of China visits the University of Aveiro

The Ocean University of China (OUC), a major Asian reference in the area of marine research, intends to enhance the collaboration with the University of Aveiro (UA) and the Campus do Mar.
The delegation from OUC and Campus Sea visited the UA in the begining of September, and recognised the relevant lines of CESAM's marine research, and its significant impact both at national and international level. At the end of the visit the delegation reinforced the interest on the cooperation between Portuguese and Chinese researchers, in order to promote the advancement of marine science.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/detail.asp?c=24789

CESAM PhD student awarded in the International Congress of Aquaculture

PhD student of CESAM, Miguel Costa Leal, received the prize for the best poster presented by a student in the International Congress of aquaculture, AQUA2012, held in Prague, Czech Republic.
The work entitled "Culture of the tropical sea anemone Aiptasia pallida: biomass production, propagation rates and fatty acid profile" is focused on the production of tropical sea anemones. The addressed issues are related to the most conducive environmental conditions for the cultivation of this anemone and tropical nudibranchs with high interest for ornamental purposes and for the production of bioactive compounds with high pharmaceutical potential.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/detail.asp?c=24802

NanoFATE project highlighted in the journal 'International Innovation'

NanoFATE project, funded by the European Commission (FP7), is a multidisciplinary project with 12 partners from 9 countries, which was designed to improve and implement the knowledge and methodologies for a more accurate and consistent environmental risks related to the presence of nanoparticles (NPs). In this context it will be assessed the fate and distribution of NPs which are produced and used in large scale and whose recycling is not an option, such as those present in fuels, personal care products and antibacterial compounds.

At the two-year mark NanoFATE has delivered some significant information and, for that reason, the project has now highlighted in the 'International Innovation' journal, published on 6 August (http://www.research-europe.com.....index.html). In this edition, the project coordinator, Dr Claus Svendsen, presents the possible environmental problems inherento t NPs, the scientific collaboration established within the consortium, and the results obtained so far.

CESAM project highlighted in Portuguese media

Carcace project (Colonization of mammal carcasses in the deep Atlantic Ocean ) of CESAM's researcher Ana Hilario was highlighted in the journal 'Visão Junior' - September 2012.
The project's main objective is to assess deep-sea community response to intense pulses of organic falls and their importance as sulphide-rich habitat islands at the Atlantic Ocean deep-sea floor. For this purpose, during last year, two mammal carcasses were deployed in two sites where cetaceans naturally occur, the Setubal canyon and the Sao Jorge Channel. Recently, ROV Luso captured the first images of what remains of this organic matter deposit.

News in the 'Publico' neswpaper: http://ecosfera.publico.pt/noticia.aspx?id=1560294

1st edition of the PhD programme DO*Mar starts in September

The PhD programme  in Marine Science, Technology and Management (DO*Mar) was born within the Campus do Mar International Campus of Excellence, as a result of the initiative of the three Galician universities and those from the North of Portugal (Aveiro, Minho and Tras os Montes e Alto Douro), the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) and the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), to create an International Postgraduate School of Excellence that offers PhD programmes with a global vision and multiannual planning.
This international and cross-border programme will start in September and intends to attract many overseas students, who consider the institutional grouping created around the Campus do Mar as their preferred destination for a Master’s degree and/or PhD degree.

The Registration period is now opened!

More details: http://campusdomar.es/?page_id=2361