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JPI Oceans publishes its first Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA)


The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of JPI Oceans is published. The SRIA presents ten Strategic Areas, developed and agreed by JPI Oceans (with the support of CSA Oceans) as strategic priorities for marine and maritime research in Europe.
     1. Exploring Deep Sea Resources
     2. Technology and Sensor Developments
     3. Science Support to Coastal and Maritime Planning and Management  
     4. Linking Oceans, Human Health and Wellbeing  
     5. Interdisciplinary Research for Good Environmental Status   
     6. Observing, Modelling and Predicting Oceans State and Processes  
     7. Climate Change Impact on Physical and Biological Ocean Processes
     8. Effects of Ocean Acidification on Marine Ecosystems   
     9. Food Security and Safety Driving Innovation in a Changing World   
   10. Use of Marine Biological Resources through Development and Application of Biotechnology

Actions within the Strategic Areas will vary in size, scope and duration. Specific actions in the cross-cutting fields of research infrastructures, science-policy interactions, and human capacity building are also identified as being necessary to address the overall vision. 

CESAM Member amongst 30 most cited in Europe in the Toxicology area


Amongst the 30 most cited reseachers in Europe in the Toxicology area, whithin the publications from 2005 to 2011, in the Lab Times journal ranking, build from ISI Web of Knowledge data, we can find Amadeu Soares, Director of Department of Biology and Vice-Director of CESAM in number 29.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=41638


UA develops the first drone monitoring the health of forests


Research from departments of Planning and Environment, Chemistry, Biology and ESTGA

It is the first drone prepared to monitor the state of health of forests. Developed at the University of Aveiro (UA) this technology coupled with the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) allows the evaluation of the the degree of impact of various stress factors in the forest, either those caused by lack of water or nutrients, or those caused by diseases or insects and fungi attacks. This project, which initially aims to change the paradigm of the monitoring of forests, being time consuming when performed and made by technicians in the field, is already thought to be at the service of farms.

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

Biology researchers at the UA / CESAM published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ( PNAS )


Limestone structures formed by microalgae of coral were discovered

The discovery of limestone structures formed by unicellular algae, well-known by living in symbiosis with corals, brings an entirely new perspective on the ecology of these organisms. They are dinoflagellates of the genus Symbiodinium .This finding is reported in an article signed by five researchers from the UA and a colleague from Sydney University of Technology published in the journal " Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA" (PNAS) .

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

COST action FA1405 “Using three-way interactions between plants, microbes and arthropods to enhance crop protection and production“

CESAM post-doc, Ana Cristina Esteves, appointed as Management Committee substitute of the COST action FA1405 “Using three-way interactions between plants, microbes and arthropods to enhance crop protection and production“.

Crop plants interact with both arthropods and microorganisms, including pests that reduce yields (in Europe up to 20% annually) and mutualists that promote yield. Direct and indirect interactions between microorganisms and arthropods on crops can strongly modify their impacts on yield. For instance, herbivores and pathogens can facilitate each other, causing additional yield loss. On the other hand, beneficial microorganisms can induce defenses that protect plants against herbivores. There is thus potential to enhance crop production and reduce pesticide use if we can better predict and manage Crop-Arthropod-Microorganism (CAMo) interactions to our advantage. Currently, knowledge of CAMo interactions is limited due to historical separation of the involved research fields. This COST Action will therefore combine existing expertise on CAMo interactions in Europe, from basic and strategic research to agri-R&D companies, and form an interdisciplinary platform and incubator for research on mechanisms, impacts and utilization of CAMo interactions on crop yield. The COST Action will also strengthen the careers of both female and young researchers, connect the newest research in the field with its applied use, and develop new monitoring and management support systems and CAMo-based applications.  http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/fa/Actions/FA1405

European Geosciences Union - Outstanding Student Poster (OSP) Awards 2014 - Tiago Abreu

The 2014 Outstanding Student Poster (OSP) Awards is awarded to Tiago Abreu for the poster entitled:

Influence of nonlinear waves on sandbar migrations using Monte Carlo simulations (Abreu, T.; Figueiredo, F.; Silva, P. A.).

Tiago Abreu is a recent PhD postgraduate student in Civil Engineering in the specialty of Hydraulics, Water Resources and Environment obtained at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. At this moment, he works as adjunct professor in the Civil Engineering Department of the Polytechnic of Porto (IPP) – School of Technology (ISEP), Portugal. He is also full member of the Associated Laboratory CESAM (Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies) and his research focuses on coastal sediment dynamics. The presentation at the EGU 2014 explored the ability of practical sediment transport models, recognized to capture the interaction between non-linear waves and undertow currents, to predict sandbar migrations.

L’Oréal Portugal for Women in Science Award to CESAM member

Vânia Calisto is one of the three scientists awarded with the L’Oréal Portugal for Women in Science Award, with her work on water decontamination.

Research of UA biologists Newton Gomes and Francisco Coelho develops DNA codes for brands to combat counterfeiting


Newton Gomes and Francisco Coelho, UA biologists have developed DNA codes for brands, an innovative technology that can be applied to any product to test the respective authenticity and help combat counterfeiting.

The codes can be applied on any surface and inserted into any product, being unique molecular tags cheap and easily to produce, and impossible to forge, unlike all the methods currently used by the market to identify and authenticate products. The technology is already prototyped and being promoted and valued by the University of Aveiro Technology Transfer Unit.

This project was highlighted in the program Exame Informática of SIC Notícias: 

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Do*Mar doctoral programme - call for Do*Mar / FCT scholarships is open. Deadline: 6th March 2015


The Do*Mar is an international doctoral programme offered by a consortium of Portuguese and Galician Universities and Research Institutes: Universities of Aveiro, Minho, Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vigo, Santiago de Compostela and Coruña, the Instituto Español de Oceanografia and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas. The School of Biology of the St. Andrews University (Scotland), the Station Biologique de Roscoff of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France) and the Instituto de Oceanografia of the University of São Paulo (Brasil) are associated members of the consortium.

 Do*Mar has a duration of 3 years and has 4 curricular branches: i) Ocean Observation and Global Change; ii) Sustainable Use of Marine Resources; iii) Integrated Management of the Sea; and iv) Technological Progress, Engineering and Business Management. This doctoral programme requires a compulsory co-supervision by a professor or researcher at a Portuguese partner and at a non-Portuguese partner. Therefore, a mandatory mobility period and placement at a non-Portuguese institution is involved (minimum 6 months, maximum 24 months). Candidates that successfully complete the programme will receive a joint diploma issued by the Portuguese and Galician universities. A dual diploma may be issued if the mandatory away stay is in one of the associated partners.

If you plan to apply to any of the Portuguese universities of Do*Mar:
Continue in this web site, which provides information on the structure of the doctoral programme and on the application procedures to the Portuguese grant programme.
If you want to know more about Do*Mar and the Campus do Mar initiative:
If you want to know more about Do*Mar, the Galician grant programme and the Campus do Mar initiative go to http://campusdomar.es/phd-in-m.....r/?lang=es.

Additional Details: http://www.campusdomar-pt-domar.net/