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IMPRINT + Project raises awareness for the environmental impact of everyday actions and their compensation importance


Sustainable development has become a global concern in the last decades. Younger European generations have been raised aware of global environmental issues, but have not been engaged in actively contributing to those ‘global problems’ through stepwise local actions. Youngsters are not aware of their potential as active citizens and their role in the sustainability desired by modern societies. And in fact, young citizens could be a major force of imprinting sustainability concepts in society.

IMPRINT+ aims at the promotion, at a transnational level, of an ecological reasoning based on the changing power of local community and on the participation, empowerment and entrepreneurship of young European citizens. A training methodology involving both students and educators will be implemented, stressing the concept that each person has an ecological footprint that should be (over)compensated, if the ecological, social and economical balance is to be achieved. As a result of the training of youngsters and educators, and of a strong IT-based dissemination strategy, the project foresees the engagement of a much wider audience.

IMPRINT+ is a transectorial project that brings together 6 partners from 5 countries, each with different experiences and perceptions. The project’s methodology will be based on establishing the state-of-the-art approaches regarding education for sustainability, IT technologies and ecological footprint compensation. The project will start with an integrative research that will enable the project team to consolidate already existing knowhow in the above-mentioned areas and better define the project’s innovative edge within its context of use. It will also help the team establish a roadmap that will reinforce the project’s up-to-date nature in the long run. 

More details in: https://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=44299



Take part in the Blue Society Photo Contest on the theme “Your Ocean, Your Future”. Let your imagination and creativity run wild to present us, through one picture, your positive view on the role the Ocean plays or could play in our daily lives, whether or not you live near it.

You can enter photos in 6 categories:
- Ocean and transport
- Ocean and food
- Ocean and health
- Ocean, tourism and leisure
- Ocean and energy
- Ocean, a place to live

Prizes include 6 Blade 200QX drone cameras and the chance to have your work exhibited at the European Parliament!

This contest aims to use photography to highlight the services and resources provided by the Ocean, as well as the opportunities it offers, and to foster commitment towards a sustainable management of seas and oceans.


This contest is opened to all photographers, either amateurs or professionals. All photos will be compiled into on online gallery on the Blue Society Facebook page.
Your participation in this contest does not prejudice your own copyright on the pictures submitted.

Read the complete contest rules here.

More details here.

Best poster award in international meeting for CESAM researchers


The study "Risk assessment of Portuguese children dietary exposure to co-occurring mycotoxins in processed cereal-based foods", developed under the MYCOMIX project, was awarded the best poster by Moniqa Association. The Moniqa Association is an interdisciplinary international network which includes members from various areas of food safety, inter alia, laboratories, public institutes, industry, research centers and universities.

This award was under the 5th Moniqa International Conference "Food and Health - Risks and Benefits" on "Innovative Technologies for Food Quality and Safety Management", organized by Moniqa Association and held between 16 and 18 September in Porto. These results were recently submitted for publication in international scientific journal and the poster was presented by Ricardo Assunção, PhD student of the Department of Food and Nutrition at the National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge & CESAM.

The collaboration between CESAM researchers belonging to the Biology Department and the National Health Institute Dr. Ricardo Jorge, under the MYCOMIX project, relates to the preliminary assessment of the risk associated with the presence of food contaminants (single mycotoxins or in mixtures) in milk flour cereal consumed by children.

Census of Deer Population - Montesinho (Lombada) 2015


Wildlife Unit - Wildlife Research Unit

The 8th edition of the census of Deer Population  will be held on 2 and 3 October, under the scope of the monitoring of these species in the National Hunting Zone of Lombada (Montesinho Natural Park). This activity is organized by the Unit of Wildlife, Department of Biology, University of Aveiro (UVS, DBIO-UA), in collaboration with the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forestry (ICNF) and the Agrarian School of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (ESA-IPB). On 1st October, Thursday, at 6:30 pm, an information session will be held in the Auditorium Dionysius Gonçalves, in ESA-IPB. The number of places is limited to 32 people. Please confirm your participation in the debriefing session and population census until Wednesday, 30 September to the following contacts: John Santos (joaovalente@ua.pt) or Rita Torres (rita.torres@ua.pt).

Marina Cunha, biologist at UA and CESAM, among the authors of the document “Delving Deeper: Critical challenges for 21st century deep-sea research”


European report calls for more investigation of the deep sea

Prepared by a group of scientists, including Marina Cunha, biologist at UA and CESAM, the report entitled "Delving Deeper: Critical challenges for 21st century deep-sea research" identifies priorities for research of the sea at depths higher than 200 meters in order to strengthen the management and future exploitation of living and non-living resources. Requested by the European Marine Board (EMB), the report was released on September 1st, during the 14th Symposium of Deep Sea Biology, which is taking place in Aveiro.

The report may be downloaded here.

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DBio/CESAM activity illustrates SIC program "Nature laboratories"


Dia 30 de agosto, às 12h10, no espaço BBC Vida selvagem

The activity performed by some of the many research groups of CESAM and Department of Biology (DBIO), University of Aveiro (UA) illustrates the program "Nature laboratories", to be exhibited soon in SIC in the BBC Wildlife space. Since animal and plant biodiversity, through the deep sea, the nanoparticles to microbial resistance to antiobiotics, starting with examples of rehabilitation work of marine mammals, this program presents five examples of work performed in the Department of Biology, University of Aveiro. Follow the odyssey of these UA biologists, and how their findings contribute to protect the world we live in.

See a small sample of what will be this program: https://vimeo.com/134003333

Professor of Department of Physics (UA) analyze the problem of drought in Portugal on RTP Information and Porto Canal


Jose Castanheira, expert in meteorology and climate and Director of the Master in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at UA, was in a daily program of the Porto Canal and participated in a debate in the Special Edition program of the RTP information to analyze the problem of hydrological drought in Portugal.



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School Fund “BIO Somos Todos” attributes return-to-school grants for children with most original environmental or social projects


After winning the double international award Terre de Femmes last April, the UA biologist Milene Matos reinforces her intention of returning to the public the premium that resulted from the public vote, in the form of educational opportunities. After the closing of applications for a master's grant, in partnership with UA, the biologist now announces the creation of the School Fund “BIO Somos Todos” to contribute to the promotion of environmental and social awareness in Portuguese children under 14 years. It consists in a return-to-school grant of 200 euros for children in the 1st cycle and 250 euros for children of the 2nd cycle to make it easier for families.

Until September 13, the children will have to present a project to develop throughout the school year to help the environment or their community, and the grant will be given to the most original proposal(s).

More information in: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

Barbara Cartagena Matos, Biology student at UA, awarded with a Fulbright Grant


Barbara Cartagena Matos, master's student in Biology at University of Aveiro (UA), is one of ten Portuguese scientists who, during the year 2015/2016, will be funded by the US to continue its research projects in some of the most prestigious universities and research centers in the United States, under the program of scholarships awarded annually by the Fulbright Commission.

She had already studied Crickets in Finland, woolly monkeys in the Amazon, dolphins in Rio de Janeiro, and whales in the Atlantic, and now she cannot wait for 2016 to go to Alaska to study the eating habits of sea otters in the Sitka area. From April to September the biologist will be at the "most wonderful and unique natural laboratory" that the planet has available to scientists in Nature.

With a duration of between four to nine months, Fulbright Research scholarships intended to researchers from all fields of knowledge, provided they are graduated, have good knowledge of English and a project accepted by the host institution.

More details in: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....mp;c=43327

Taking charge of air quality control in Europe’s smart, green cities


A COST funded network of European spin-offs, SMEs, agencies, research centres and universities, including UA through IDAD, is working on developing cheaper and energy efficient sensors for air quality control in Europe’s future smart cities.

Air pollutants in the EU are still estimated to reduce life expectancy by eight months and are directly linked to climate change. EuNetAir network is now trying to develop affordable, low-power sensors to assess indoor and outdoor air quality and eventually reduce greenhouse gases and other toxic pollutants. The COST Action will also look into environmental sustainability and ways of better managing green buildings at low carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

COST Story: http://www.cost.eu/media/cost_stories/EuNetAir