HIGHLIGHTS

Exhibition Mar Profundo Português in the University of Aveiro until June 26

The exhibition on the Portuguese Deep Sea is now located in the inferior floor of the Library of Universidade de Aveiro until June 26. Ocean covers more than 70 % of our planet’s surface but only 5 to 10 % are known. This exhibition presents a background of the pioneers in Portuguese Oceanography and the progressive organization of the research in this area. It also presents information on the Portuguese deep-sea diving and the project to extend the continental platform. Moreover, the exhibition highlights the relevance to boost National Sea as a crucial element to the development of the country. This exhibition is an initiative of the Minister of the Sea following the Oceans Meeting 2018 and has already been in several locations of the country.

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REMINDERS

  • iMarCo2019 - International Marine Connectivity Conference

    The 5th International Marine Connectivity Conference (iMarCo2019), will be held at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, on September 23-25, 2019. iMarCo 2019 will only have oral presentations. The focus of the meeting is on the study of marine connectivity through a broad spectrum of marine science disciplines including physical oceanography, microchemistry, genetics, and evolutionary ecology, behaviour, tagging, and fisheries.The event also includes an introductory methodological one-morning workshops on the 25th of September, on otolith microchemistry and tools for simulating larval dispersal in the marine environment. Important dates: Abstract submission: 30 Jun Early-bird registration: 20 Jul Website of the event here.

  • ICFC 2019 - International Conference on Food Contaminants

    The International Conference on Food Contaminants: challenges on risk assessment (ICFC 2019) will be held in Aveiro (Portugal) on the 26th and 27th September, 2019 and has several CESAM members in the organizing an scientific committees. This multidisciplinary congress provides a forum for both internationally established and young researchers to exchange advanced knowledge on Food Contaminants and Human Health. The congress will include keynote lectures given by world-renowned scholars, in addition to platform and poster presentations. Several sessions will cover developments and new challenges in risk assessment: Session 1 - Challenges in risk assessment in foods: new perspectives Session 2 – Human exposure to chemical food contaminants Session 3 – Other agents (microbiological and nutritional) affecting risks Session 4 – Risk-benefit assessment in foods in Europe Important dates: Abstract submission: 16 Jun Early-bird registration: 31 Jul Late registration: 17 Sep Website of the event here.


NEWS

  • Researcher at the CESAM/DBio is one of the authors of a comment published on Science

    Climate and ecosystems are changing globally, but predation on shorebird (or wader) nests changed little across the globe over the past decades, finds an international team of 60 researchers. The study was published in Science on 14 June 2019, and challenges a recent claim (published also in Science on 9 November 2018) that due to climate change shorebird eggs are more often eaten by predators, and that this effect is exacerbated in the Arctic compared to the tropics. Indeed, these claims seem to be a methodological artefact. In sum, there is no evidence that “the Arctic no longer is a safe haven for shorebirds”, such as Science wrote and which was published about in many media outlets. Shorebirds worldwide are in trouble due to human impact and their conservation deserves all possible attention. Conclusions about alternative threats based on poor statistics and assumptions only distract from the real issues. Link  for the full comment published on Science: dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aaw8529

  • Cephs and Chefs project participates in the Children’s Day in Lourinhã

    As part of the INTERREG Cephs and Chefs project (Department of Enviornment and Planing & CESAM), the University of Aveiro established a protocol with the City Council of Lourinhã, in order to collaborate in several events related to the Octopus Gastronomic Fortnight of Lourinhã. On the 2nd of June, the researchers Sílvia Monteiro and Fábio Matos were present at the Children’s Day event organized by the City Council of Lourinhã with the educational activity “Polvos: os troca-tintas!”, which contributes to increase ocean literacy. This educational action consisted of different octopus-related activities, including a didactic quiz with curiosities about the biology, sustainability and fishing of this species, puzzles and paintings related to common octopus.

  • Citizen Science project involving CESAM members wins prize in the 27º Young Scientists National Competition

    Students Ana Domingues and Bernardo Pinto from Estarreja Secondary School were awarded with the 4th prize of the 27º Young Scientists National Competition with the project “Populational dynamics of an invasive species in Baixo Vouga Lagunar”. The presented work is a result of a citizen science project coordinated by the CESAM members Inês RosaJoana Pereira and Sofia Guilherme that had the support of the Biology and Physics-Chemistry teachers Dorinda Rebelo and Cecília Bento, respectively. During one year, the class of 11ºA from Estarreja Secondary School studied the structure and population density of the freshwater crayfish Procambarus clarkii in Fermelã, Estarreja. This invasive species is responsible for causing serious damages in rice fields all over the world and its abundant presence in Baixo Vouga Lagunar can be an important aspect to be considered in studies related with the agricultural management given the intense rice production in the region. Following the end of the field campaigns, these two students submitted a paper to the 27º Young Scientists National Competition. The project was selected to be presented on the 13th National Science Exhibition that was held in Porto, 30 May-01 June, where it was awarded with the 4th place (ex aequo with another project) in a total of 95 candidates. Ana Domingues and Bernardo pinto received 600 euros and in July they will participate in the International Wildlife Research Week in Switzerland.

  • New visitation rules for the Berlengas Natural Reserve based on CESAM study

    The Portuguese Government has set the human carrying capacity of the Berlengas Natural Reserve at a maximum of 550 visitors per day simultaneously, by the Ordinance 355/2019 published in the Diário da República, 2nd series, of the 22nd of May 2019. This value does not include tourist-support staff, temporary residents and authorities’ officers. This decision was based on a study commissioned in 2010 by the Institute for Nature Conservancy and Forests (ICNF) and developed by Profs. Henrique Queiroga and João Serôdio (Department of Biology & CESAM, University of Aveiro). The study by the researchers of the University of Aveiro proposed four different values (ranging from 240 to 1290) for the maximum allowable visitors per day in the main island (including tourists, tourist-support staff, temporary residents and authorities’ officers), based on the combination of two scenarios of environmental protection (high and low environmental protection) and two scenarios of visitors’ satisfaction (high and low satisfaction). All scenarios met the constraints of the Berlengas reserve management plan. However, in line with recommendations for the compliance to, and dissemination of, good environmental practices, the study recommended a maximum number of 500 people daily, contingent to the requalification of the waste-water treatment system to a capacity of 500 population equivalent. Considering the average turnover rate of the different visitor profiles, the value of 550 simultaneous visitors likely represents more than 700 people visiting the Berlengas main island daily, to which tourist-support staff, temporary residents and authorities’ officers must be added. This will likely raise the maximum number of allowed people in the island to close to 900, once the measures to control visitation are fully set in place. This is clearly above the capacity of the current waste-water treatment system, which was never requalified aiming the target of 500 population equivalent. This value will be, nevertheless, a moderate progress relative to the effectively uncontrolled visitation load during the last two decades. The current visitation monitoring procedures set by the ICNF recorded 19 days with over 1000 visitors per day during the 2018 touristic season, and a total number of more than 82,000 visitors during the year. The researchers of the Biology Department and CESAM continue committed to work with the ICNF, the Municipality of Peniche, touristic operators, fishers and other stakeholders in order to promote a sustainable visitation of the Berlengas Archipelago, in line with the goals of the management plan and the Biosphere Reserves statutes.

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