Projects

4D-REEF-Past, present, and future of coral reefs in the Coral Triangle

From September 2019 to August 2023, we will investigate the past, present, and future of coral reefs in the Coral Triangle. The program combines geo-, bio- and climate sciences; 15 Early Stage Researchers will form the backbone of the project, involving 11 international institutes.Key questionsUsing a variety of paleo-ecological and present-day data, 4D-REEF investigates the […]

01/09/2019 - 31/08/2023

A farm-to-fork analysis of vegetables microbiological risks at Estarreja municipality: setting up a monitoring program for household farms

Microbiological contamination in domestic productions represents a high danger for consumers’ health since there is no quality control. What is produced goes from farm to fork, with higher risks associated with produce usually eaten raw. As consequence of the industrialization for the last 50 years, Estarreja area became one of the most polluted in Portugal. […]

09/11/2022 - 30/11/2024

A-AAGORA – blueprint for atlantic-arctic agora on cross-sectoral cooperation for restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems and increased climate resilience through transformative innovation

A-AAgora aims to develop the methodology for a coordinated approach to the co-development of implementable NbS, through demonstrated, and validated, innovative governance structure and innovative technological architecture to boost resilience to climate change and mitigating its impacts in coastal areas. It will identify synergies in accordance with the Atlantic-Arctic ‘lighthouse’ context by promoting a deliberative […]

01/12/2022 - 31/12/2025

AgriTarget – Development and testing of multifunctional carriers based on micro- and nano-scale engineering for targeted, controlled, and safe delivery of agrochemicals to crops

The aim of AgriTarget is to develop and test nano-enabled carriers that can provide controlled delivery of active ingredients (AIs) to plants in real soil/plant settings. In this project, a carrier is composed of a matrix loaded with nanoparticles/ nanocarriers for target and controlled/ stimuli-responsive delivery of AIs to plant shoots or roots. Following the […]

26/07/2018 - 25/01/2022

AgroForWealth – Biorefining of agricultural and forest products, by-products and wastes: integrated strategic valorisation of resources towards society wealth and sustainability

AgroForWealth aims to develop a strategy for the valorization of a multitude of agro-food and forest residues within the emerging circular economy concept, calling upon a well-defined set of common and integrated biorefinery approaches implementable in a single unit, and easily extended to any type of by-product, and to creat new products with nutraceutical added […]

01/04/2017 - 31/01/2020

ALICE – Air polLution: a stressor for environmental justICE

The problemAir pollution is considered by the WHO to be the greatest environmental risk to health. Outdoor air pollution is responsible for 4.2 million worldwide deaths every year. However, not everyone is equally affected by it. People will be impacted differently depending on their age and health conditions but also their socioeconomic status that influences […]

01/01/2023 - 31/12/2025

ALISSA – Basics for healthy and sustainable feed for farmed fish

European aquaculture is facing major challenges: external competition and consumer demands in terms of quality, environmental standards and competitive prices. Feed is one of the main costs of a fish farm, and typically represents 20-50% of the operating cost. However, most commercial fish farms apply non-optimised feeding regimes. Feeding strategies have strong interactions with optimised […]

01/10/2015 - 31/12/2018

AM4SP – Additive manufacturing for smart plastics

The AM4SP project aims to plan, develop, demonstrate and validate a set of innovative and disruptive solutions conducive to obtaining an intelligent door panel, integrating customized components, and with ability to match the new demands of the automotive industry, using, from a technological point of view, AM technologies and, from the point of view of […]

01/12/2020 - 30/06/2023

AMBIEnCE – Impact of atmospheric multi-stressors to coastal marine systems in a changing climate scenario

AMBIEnCE project aims at assessing the impact of atmospheric organic aerosol (OA) deposition on the molecular composition and reactivity of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in different coastal marine systems. AMBIEnCE also aims at exploring how the intrinsic chemical features of both OA and DOM drive the solubility and bioavailability of atmospheric-derived trace metals (TM) in […]

01/01/2019 - 30/09/2022

AMRAMR – Advanced Multidisciplinary Research for Antimicrobial Resistance

We are proposing a 4-year program of knowledge transfer and networking between academic institutions [University of Leicester (UK), University of Valencia (Spain), International Iberian Nanotechnology Lab (Portugal), University of Bologna (Italy), University of Aveiro (Portugal), Fudan University (China), and Alfred University (USA)] and industrial partners [Teer Coatings Ltd (UK)]. The objective of the proposed joint […]

01/01/2024 - 31/12/2027

APAM – Air Pollution in an African Megacity: Source Apportionment and Health Implications

Air pollution is the fourth leading risk factor for mortality worldwide. It is responsible for more deaths than many better-known risk factors such as malnutrition, alcohol use, and physical inactivity. Each year, more people die from air pollution-related diseases than from malaria and road traffic. Most developed countries have high-tech equipment and monitoring systems to […]

01/01/2023 - 31/12/2025

APECHE – Assessing and Promoting Environmental Culture in Higher Education

Our proposal aims is to provide a better understanding of the environmental literacy (EL) progression in Portuguese higher education and contribute to its improvement, placing for research the characterization of EL and Environmental Culture (EC) levels and evolution and the variables that most influence these results, namely the grade of incorporation of the EC, and […]

01/03/2023 - 28/02/2026

AQUA-COMBINE – Integrated on-farm Aquaponics systems for co-production of fish, halophyte vegetables, bioactive compounds, and bioenergy

One of the most important challenges of the 21st century is to meet the world’s demand for sustainably produced biomass for both food and the growing bio-products sector. Increased use of fresh water for agriculture and loss of farmland due to salinity are related concerns. Salicornia europaea (S. europaea) is grown commercially in the EU […]

01/10/2019 - 30/09/2023

AQUAFIRE – Integrated assessment of wildfires impacts to aquatic ecosystems and human health

Forest fires are considered a major environmental problem in Mediterranean countries of southern-Europe, occurring with a high frequency and affecting large areas. Amongst the distinct impacts of wildfires, their role on the production, mobilization and dispersion of contaminants has been increasingly receiving research attention, particularly in what concerns polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and metals. Both […]

01/05/2018 - 30/04/2022

AquaHeal – Microbial modulation in aquacultures with recirculation system: towards a production system suppressor of diseases

There is an increasing awareness about the importance of the manipulation of aquaculture microbiome to improve fish health and production. However, the lack of knowledge about the effect of different strategies for water microbiome modulation on fish pathogens and host-microbe interactions is a stumbling block for developing a sustainable alternative to control aquaculture diseases. In […]

01/01/2018 - 31/05/2021

AquaMMIn – Development and validation of a modular integrated multitrophic aquaculture system for marine and brackish water species

This project aims to design, implement and validate a modular integrated multitrophic aquaculture system (IMTA) for the production of marine and brackish water species, with emphasis on sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax), oyster (Crassostrea gigas), ragworms (Hediste diversicolor), sea asparagus (Salicornia ramosissima) and sea lettuce (Ulva sp.). The different combinations of IMTA modular systems to be […]

01/01/2018 - 31/12/2021

AQUATICsens – wAter QUAlity assessment using Fibre OpTICs SENSors

Chemical pollution of surface water presents a threat to human health and aquatic environments, with possible effects such as losses of habitats and biodiversity. Therefore, the European Union established a set of norms within the context of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), obligating EU Member States to implement the necessary measures for achieving good physic-chemical […]

01/06/2018 - 31/05/2021

AquiMap – Identification and evaluation of estuarine and lagoon zones with aquaculture potential: mapping and biophysical modeling

Nowadays, there are no information on the best physical-chemical and microbiological conditions to develop aquaculture activities in the Portuguese estuarine systems. Also, there are no identification of the best potential areas of aquaculture in terms of the species with high commercial value.This proposal aims to contribute to the growth and development of aquaculture activities in […]

01/01/2018 - 30/09/2020

ARTUR – The impact of air quality on the competitiveness of the tourism destinations

The ARTUR project aims to assess the impact of tourism on air quality and to investigate how air quality could be a criterion to increase the competitiveness of a tourism destination, focusing on the central region of Portugal. The tourism sector will be characterized in terms of emissions and its impact on air quality estimated […]

01/07/2018 - 30/06/2021

ASARISAFE – Safety and sustainable management of valuable clam product in Portugal and China

Shellfish species represents valuable seafood products both in Portugal and China. In particular, Manila (Asari) clam production is growing faster in Portugal, meanwhile China is already the first producer in the world. Clam market has great social economic value; however, problems still occur concerning clams safety for human consumption and the impact of their exploitation […]

01/09/2017 - 31/01/2021

ASHES – Advection and diffusion of suspended sediments from wildfires in rough open channel flows

Para além das perdas de biodiversidade e recursos florestais, os incêndios são responsáveis pelo acréscimo de cinzas e material sólido transportados pelas encostas até aos cursos de água, contribuindo para a contaminação dos ecossistemas aquáticos. Para alcançar um bom estado ecológico das massas de água, exigido pela Diretiva Quadro da Água, é fundamental avaliar e […]

10/08/2018 - 09/08/2021

ASHMOB – Wildfire ASH MOBilization by wind and water erosion: a combined measurementmodeling approach for prediction of post-fire ash mobilization risk

O regime de incêndios tem vindo a intensificar-se nas últimas decadas na região Mediterrânica. Em Portugal, os incêndios florestais tem afectados em media 100 mil ha por ano. Uma preocupação social no que toca aos incêndios é o seu impacto nos serviços de ecossistema florestais, onde o controlo da erosão é o principal foco da […]

21/06/2018 - 20/12/2022

ATLACE – ATLantic interactions via atmospheric water cycle: exploiting a unique dataset from the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition for better understanding of clouds and precipitation

Future predicted sea level rise and increase in extreme weather events will have significant impacts on society. Prediction of these impacts strongly depends on a correct understanding of precipitation as part of the enhanced global water cycle. Our proposal “ATLantic interactions via atmospheric water cycle: exploiting a unique dataset from the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition for […]

24/08/2020 - 23/08/2023

AURORA: Revealing the processes hidden in the Aurora seamount: connectivity and biogeography of hydrothermal vents in the deep Arctic Ocean

In the current scenario of global change, it is important to understand the role of the deep ecosystems of the Arctic Ocean in global biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and services. New data on these still pristine ecosystems, and in particular on the connectivity between populations, is fundamental for defining spatial management strategies. The complex deep […]

01/01/2020 - 28/02/2023

AURORA: Unravelling hidden processes at the Aurora seamount: connectivity and biogeography of hydrothermal vents in the deep Arctic Ocean

Understanding the role played by deep Arctic ecosystems in global biodiversity, ecosystem function and services is important in the current changing oceans. New knowledge on these still pristine ecosystems and, in particular, understanding population connectivity, are critical when defining spatial management strategies. The complex deep Arctic ecosystems on the Gakkel Ridge have been suggested as […]

01/01/2020 - 28/02/2023

AVEIRO STEAM CITY – Urban Network for Upgrading STEAM Skills and Increasing Jobs Added-Value through Digital Transformation in a new economic context

“STEAM-City project aims to help companies to rethink the resources they need to innovate, grow and establish means to attract a new range of talent – including artistic, creative and human sciences areas – to the new digital opportunities in a STEAM approach (adding the “A” for Arts and creativity to the domains of Science, […]

11/11/2018 - 30/04/2022

AWILD – CCP – Ecology of Wild Carnivores in the Quirimbas National Park: Support for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management in Mozambique

The project aims to: establish the baseline characterization of African wild dog’s spatial-temporal ecology in QNP; unveil the biogeographical affinities with other African populations and provide insights into the population structure, diversity and gene flow at a regional scale. This baseline information will contribute to; 1) the conservation of such an emblematic predator, by understanding […]

01/07/2017 - 31/08/2019

B-CUBED – Biodiversity Building Blocks for policy

The world is changing rapidly; climate change, land use change, pollution and natural resource exploitation are creating a global crisis for biodiversity whose magnitude and dynamics are hard to quantify. Decision makers at all levels need uptodate information from which to evaluate policy options. For this reason rapid, reliable, repeatable monitoring of biodiversity data is […]

01/03/2023 - 31/08/2026

BAIT – Building local capacity to protect national marine biodiversity

BAIT proposes to enhance capacity and capability to observe and monitor marine ecosystems in the Cabo Verde archipelago. Through focused training initiatives built around a practical observation programme, BAIT will deliver important information for policy to promote environmentally sustainable economic growth and subsequently help to alleviate poverty. Owing to the project’s knowledge exchange group comprising […]

01/04/2023 - 31/03/2025

BEAUTY – Big gEnome wide Applications for an ecotoxicology soil model – a knowledge base to Unravel mechanisms (nanopesTY_cides)

BEAUTY aims to unravel the mechanisms of action of stressors identifying adverse outcome pathways (AOPs). This will move risk assessment-RA from the current approach to a much more informed decision making, enabling to transfer key information between RA of related stressors. For the highly ecologically important invertebrate species, Enchytraeus crypticus, we will use analytical information […]

29/03/2021 - 28/02/2025

BESIDE – Institutional, BEhavioural, critical and adaptive economics towards SustaInable Development, management of natural capital and circular Economy

BESIDE aims to reinforce and consolidate at the University of Aveiro (UAVR) Associated Laboratory CESAM research expertise in Environmental Economics and Natural Resources (EENR). This will boost the existing fundamental and applied research activities by filling the identified gaps on: i) financial impact of environmental policies, ii) high-skilled jobs opportunities iii) circular economy business models. […]

01/01/2021 - 31/12/2026

BETTER PLASTICS – Plastics in a circular economy

The BETTER PLASTICS project aims to be the Mobilising Project for the Plastics Sector in Portugal, capable of leveraging the sector’s transition to a circular economy. It arises from an initiative by APIP, the Portuguese Plastics Industry Association, which, through this application to the R&TD Mobilising Programmes, aims to mobilise the private sector together with […]

01/07/2020 - 30/06/2023

BigAir – Big data to improve atmospheric emission inventories

Main objectives and innovationThe main purpose of the BigAir project is to improve the performance of the air quality modelling (AQM) applications in Portugal using big data sets (available at no cost) to calculate the historical and forecast Portuguese atmospheric emissions with high spatial (exact location of emission sources) and temporal (hourly values) resolutions. The […]

29/03/2021 - 28/03/2024

BioDepura – Development of methodologies for depuration of bivalve molluscs suitable to the physiological requirements of each species

The main objectives of the project are: i) to improve the biochemical composition of bivalve molluscs produced in aquaculture, after purification; (ii) improve the organoleptic characteristics of purified bivalves; iii) reduce mortality during the purification process; and iv) increase the shelf life of the purified bivalves. We will study 4 species of bivalve molluscs with […]

01/01/2018 - 31/03/2021

Bioelectronic Tongue System for the Paralytic Toxins detection in shellfish

Most of coastal countries are affected by proliferation of microalgae – harmful algal blooms (HABs). Some of the species of these microalgae produce toxins affecting marine organisms and can be accumulated by bivalves. Consumption of contaminated seafood may provoke shellfish poisoning in humans that sometimes may lead to death. HABs represent a public health threat […]

01/01/2019 - 31/12/2021

BIOFISH-QoL – Integrative approach to enhance the quality of live in fishing communities of the Bons Sinais estuary (Mozambique)

The Bons Sinais (BS) estuary sustains an important artisanal fishery (targeting fish and invertebrates) providing an important source of animal protein, employment, revenue etc. to many fishing villages. However, none of the exploited resources (excluding some shrimps) have effective management plans putting most species at risk of overexploitation and affecting the livelihood of fishing villages. […]

01/07/2018 - 30/12/2022

BIOMAG – Magnetic bionanocomposites for micropollutant removal and water reuse

The BIOMAG project aims to develop a new technology based on magnetic bionanocomposites for the treatment of water and industrial effluents using a lower energy consumption separation process, with the goal to remove micropollutants that are not usually removed using the conventional technologies for the wastewater treatment, and contribute to an increase in the reuse […]

01/06/2022 - 31/05/2023

BioPlasMar – Plastic removal and valorization of marine resources through new product development

Plastics have become an inescapable reality of the modern world. Their desirable characteristics – flexibility, durability, and low cost – also render plastic waste a ubiquitous andpervasive contaminant. The increased production of these materials has led to their accumulation in the environment, particularly in the marine environment and the currentlyavailable conventional treatments of plastic waste, […]

17/01/2022 - 16/01/2025

BioPradaRia – Restoration, management and conservation of biodiversity and biological resources associated with Ria de Aveiro seagrass ecosystems

BioPradaRia aims to contribute to enhancing the protection and restoration of aquatic biodiversity and aquatic ecosystems within the framework of sustainable fishing activities, particularly for a better management or conservation of marine biological resources, having Ria de Aveiro as a case study. In the proposed approach, which combines knowledge of role-players and stakeholders with ‘scientific […]

01/06/2018 - 31/12/2022

BioValChar – Sustainable valorisation of residual biomass for biochar

This work seeks to answer these challenges related to valorisation of low quality Residual Forest Biomass (RFB) through production of biochar by pyrolysis, which can return back to forest and rural soils to improve nutrient content and productivity, thus reducing fertilisation demand with associated economic gains. This approach will provide both carbon/nutrient cycling and synergies […]

21/03/2021 - 20/03/2024

BISPECIAI – BIvalves under Polluted Environment and ClImate chAnge

The problem to be investigated: BISPECIAl is an integrated research plan that aims to provide understanding on how marine bivalves, in particular two clam species (Ruditapes decussatus, R. philippinarum), are affected by changes in key environmental drivers, namely alterations related to the exposure to pollutants of emergent concern (pharmaceuticals and nanomaterials) and climate change (salinity […]

27/07/2018 - 30/05/2022

BlueCC – Commercial exploitation of marine collagen and chitin from marine sources

Over the coming decades, the world will witness increased competition for limited and finite natural resources. Bio-waste is estimated at up to 138 million tons per year in the EU, of which up to 40% goes to landfill. This includes large amounts of by-catches from the fisheries. Other sources of poorly utilized marine biomass are […]

01/06/2020 - 31/12/2023

BlueComposite

The global aquaculture sector, growing at an average annual rate of 4%, has become one of the fastest growing food industries. It is estimated that by 2030 the aquaculture sector will provide > 60% of the total consumed fish in the world. Intensive recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) are being increasingly seen as an important technology […]

01/06/2022 - 31/05/2023

BlueNIGHTs – A touch of Blue in the EU Researchers’ Nights for a more Sustainable Use of the Ocean

The main objective of the BLueNIGHTs project is to bring the many facets and faces of people working on Ocean Science & Research to the general public of Europe by organising a series of interconnected EU Blue Researchers Nights (BlueNIGHTs) to demonstrate that the Ocean can be a source of inspiration, an object of interest/study […]

01/03/2022 - 29/02/2024

BP4BP – Tamarillo breeding: better plants for better products

The Agrifood sector has been facing a significant (r)evolution. Demands for “new” healthy fruits are a reality in global markets and the emergence of neglected crops a strong tendency. The main goal of this project is to produce new tamarillo genotypes and develop new products based on tamarillo fruits: better plants for better products.Portugal has […]

27/07/2018 - 01/08/2021

Campaign to survey the operation of “dredging the ZALI deposits and adjacent Aveiro harbour bottoms to reinforce the coastal stretch south of Costa Nova”

Within the scope of the largest intervention of artificial sand nourishment (“Shot”) carried out in Portugal, concerning to the agreement of dredging the ZALI deposits and adjacent Aveiro harbour bottoms, to reinforce the coastal stretch south of Costa Nova, with an estimated volume of more than 2 million cubic meters, the CESAM is responsible for […]

24/06/2020 - 31/12/2021

Can I eat this fish? – Dietary recommendations to reduce the mercury risk exposure

Estarreja region, located nearby Ria de Aveiro, is widely known for its mercury (Hg) historical contamination (e.g. Largo do Laranjo) due to previous activities of a chlor-alkali industry. At the same time, a variety of fishing activities are usual in this lagoon.Due to its high nutritional value, fish and seafood consumption have been linked to […]

01/09/2022 - 31/08/2024

CAPTA – Climate neutrality: Blue Carbon role in the coast of  Portugal and Galicia

The Galician-Northern Portugal Cooperation Area (CA) share the need to find sustainable solutions to preserve the services provided by ecosystems. Climate neutrality is a challenge for all of Europe, and also for this CA. Most human activities involve the emission of greenhouse gases, while nature can work as carbon sinks, such as salt marshes or […]

01/07/2023 - 31/12/2026

Cell4Janus – Engineering self-propelled cellulose-based Janus microrobots

The goal of the Cell4Janus project is to develop, characterize, and assess the performance of a new generation of cellulose-based materials endowed with mobility. The novelty of this proposal lies in the microfluidics-assisted fabrication of multifunctional cellulose-derived microparticles through dissolution in green-oriented neoteric solvent systems, and the application of these mobile cellulose materials as advanced […]

01/01/2022 - 31/12/2024

CephsandChefs – Octopus, squid, cuttlefish, sustainable fisheries and chefs

The project aims to develop new markets and products based on cephalopods (squid, octopus, cuttlefish), increasing the profitability of the value chain, and helping to make fishers more competitive in the Atlantic Area. It will enhance capacity to deal with economic challenges arising from the Landing Obligation, globalization of markets, etc., while assuring sustainable fishing.

01/12/2017 - 30/04/2021

CHARCLEAN – Technological upgrading of charcoal kilns to make them clean and resource efficient targeting a fire resilient economy in Portuguese rural areas

Fire prevention is being treated as a first priority in Portugal, namely after the dramatic forest fire episodes of 2017. This has to be done in full consideration of the key elements of fire – heat, oxygen and fuel – meaning that a low risk of fire involves removing one or more of these elements. […]

01/03/2019 - 28/02/2022

Checklist of the ferns and fern allies of Timor

Visit to the Herbarium of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden (Netherlands) for the study of specimens of ferns and lycophytes from Timor and coordination meetings with an institution’s specialist.

24/07/2017 - 28/07/2017

ChemREs2 – PAHs and inorganic contaminants in Estarreja’s rainwater: sources, spatial-temporal changes, and implications for the environment and human health

The atmospheric pollution in Estarreja is a matter of concern, and its impacts on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, as well as on human health, are still unknown. A previous project studied the chemical composition of rainwater in Estarreja and identified that local rainwater contains some contaminants, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and metals, with […]

01/01/2021 - 31/12/2022

CHRONIC – Chronic exposure scenarios driving environmental risks of chemicals

CHRONIC aims at delivering a cohort of highly-skilled and informed future research leaders trained in understanding and integrating, into risk-assessment practice, the long-term, low-dose chronic chemical exposure and their interactions with other environmental stressors. CHRONIC research will support improved decision-making in risk assessment based on uncertain and potentially conflicting information, and in the development of […]

01/03/2021 - 28/02/2025

Citizen Arenas for improved environmental quality & resources use in SMART-ER cities

The European Commission’s Green Deal calls for a sustainable and fair transition for which it is important to keep an informed and empowered society. The European Environmental Agency reports a significant increase of environmental awareness in the last few decades in Europe. However, there is still room for improvement. The objective of this proposal is […]

14/07/2022 - 31/12/2023

CLAiR-City – citizen led air pollution reduction in cities

CLAiR-City aims at substantially improving future air quality and carbon policies in European cities by initiating new modes of engaging citizens, stakeholders and policymakers. The latest social science thinking will be applied to the source apportion of air pollution emissions and concentrations, carbon emissions and health outcomes in order to attribute them not just by […]

01/05/2016 - 30/04/2020

CLEAR – Resorting to microbial Consortia to restore metaL-contaminated soils for the area of EstArReja

Soil degradation is of worldwide concern since it supports life on Earth, providing ecosystem services such as biomass production, carbon sequestration, water purification, food production, among others. Over decades many anthropogenic activities contributed to its degradation and contamination, including the excessive loading of diverse synthetic organic compounds, metals, agrochemicals, nutrients, and many others. At the […]

09/11/2022 - 30/11/2022

ClimACT – Future Climate Atlas for Portugal for climate change impact and mitigation research

Climate change (CC) impacts and adaptation for virtually all human activities are perhaps the greatest challenges mankind has ever faced. Regardless of the present and/or future measures taken to decrease greenhouse gases emissions, global CC is currently well underway and its catastrophic effects have been impacting many countries in recent years. CC impacts are highly […]

01/01/2023 - 30/06/2024

CliMaStat – Impact of climate change on marine bivalves and gastropods: life cycle disruption by statoliths malformation

Ocean warming and acidification (OWA) are two of the major consequences of global climate change. Such processes are proved to affect the seawater carbonate chemistry threatening many marine organisms that critically depend on the secretion of calcium carbonate to produce calcified hard parts. Statoliths are non-skeletal carbonates included in most invertebrates’ gravireceptors, responsible for the […]

01/07/2016 - 30/09/2020

CLING – Climate change-based building design guidelines

Cities will become substantially warmer in the future due to the global rise in temperature, leading to low indoor air quality and adverse impacts on human health. In addition, buildings are considered at risk of overheating since the current building design will become irrelevant or extremely inefficient. Consequently, the rise of global temperatures will lead […]

01/01/2022 - 31/12/2024

COACH – COoperative approACH applied to conservation and management of cockles

Cerastoderma edule, the edible cockle (Bivalvia), is an important economic resource to coastal communities in Portugal, traditionally exploited by local harvesters, some licensed but also unlicensed collectors and vacationers. Concerning the environment and biodiversity protection, cockles are considered keystone species due to their role as ecosystem engineers, carbon sequestration agents and link between trophic levels. […]

01/03/2020 - 31/12/2022

COAST: Conservation of marine ecosystems around Santo Antão, Cabo Verde: implications for policy and society

The Republic of Cabo Verde is an African archipelago, which depends largely on marine resources. Their coastal areas ensure human wellbeing through resources availability (e.g. food) and jobs. However, coastal regions in Cabo Verde are highly exposed to natural hazards and to multiple pressures associated with anthropogenic activities, including reclamation of wetlands for agriculture, water […]

01/04/2022 - 01/04/2025

COASTAL – MiCrofluidic sensOrs for rApid detection of marine toxins in SusTainable AquacuLture

The COASTAL project – MiCrofluidic sensOrs for rApid detection of marine toxins in SusTainable AquacuLture, brings together a multidisciplinary team of experts in the field of biological and chemical sensors, micro and nanofabrication, electrochemistry and analytical chemistry, who will work together to develop new approaches for the detection of PST (Paralytic Shellfish Toxins).Main objectivesCOASTAL seeks […]

09/11/2021 - 10/04/2024

COCKLES – Co-Operation for Restoring Cockle Shelfisheries and its Ecosystem Services in the Atlantic Area

Cockles provide a wealth of services to coastal communities in the Atlantic Area (AA). COCKLES will restore production and the services provided by this emblematic resource, threatened by disease outbreaks and suboptimal management. Developing aquaculture, resistant strains and recovering natural stocks, optimizing management and upskilling stakeholders will aid recovering resources, increase the understanding of ecosystem […]

01/10/2017 - 01/02/2021

Comparative genetic analysis of wild boar and domestic pig populations: implication for preservation of the genetic integrity of ecologically and economically important wildlife resources

There is now evidence that the Balkans and the other European peninsulas represent the most important genetic pools of game species, such as the wild boar (Sus scrofa). Wild boars captured or hunted in the Balkans are commercialized throughout Europe as live animals or meat. Management of genetic resources of this species needs a detailed […]

01/01/2018 - 31/12/2018

ComPET – Ecotoxicological effects of microplastics on freshwater ecosystems

Freshwater contamination by the presence of microplastics is an environmental urgent issue, and the few available studies suggest that their ecological effects can be as severe as those observed in marine environments. Apart from the physical effects related to the intake and/or ingestion of microplastics, toxic reactions and stress responses to the release of microplastic […]

01/09/2018 - 31/08/2021

ConBio – Pollution in a context of global change: interactions that threaten biodiversity

Ecotoxicological studies usually evaluate the effects of pollutants by considering a continuous contact of organisms with them. This is factual in environments where contamination is distributed evenly or in cases where organisms cannot escape to other areas. However, when the dispersion of contamination is heterogeneous, some organisms can detect the risks of continuous exposure and […]

01/07/2021 - 31/12/2023

ConBio – Contaminación en un contexto de cambio global: interacciones que amenazan la biodiversidad

Ecotoxicological studies usually evaluate the effects of pollutants by considering a continuous contact of organisms with them. This is factual in environments where contamination is distributed evenly or in cases where organisms cannot escape to other areas. However, when the dispersion of contamination is heterogeneous, some organisms can detect the risks of continuous exposure and […]

01/07/2021 - 31/12/2023

ConMar – Conservação do Meio Marinho: contribuição para a conservação do Sítio Maceda-Praia da Vieira e ZPE Aveiro-Nazaré

The project represents a first contribution to the application of conservation measures at the Natura 2000 sites Maceda – Praia da Vieira and Aveiro – Nazaré, which were recently designated in Portugal. The project´s actions are aligned with the Management Plans proposed for these areas. They are mainly focused on reducing the pressures caused by […]

01/01/2019 - 30/11/2019

ConTribuT – Conversion of dietary tributyrin in rainbow trout

Aquaculture of carnivorous fish remains highly dependent on fishmeal protein and its procurement still relies on exploiting wild fisheries. Any reduction in its utilization, especially if substituted by less expensive plant-derived ingredients, would reduce the ecological burden of this industry and improve its sustainability. The shift towards plant protein still entails a series of implications […]

29/03/2021 - 28/03/2024

COOPERMINHO – Valorization of the fishing production of the Minho River – Contribution to the management and valorization of fishing products of the Minho River – Communication and socio-environmental training of the Local community for valorization of the fish resources of the Minho River

Running until December 2020, this project, which integrates the measure “Promoting Sustainable, Efficient, Innovative and Competitive Fishing”, in the “Innovation and Knowledge” Action, and in the Intervention “Partnerships between Scientists and Fishermen”, aims the valorization of the fish resources of the Minho River and associated socio-cultural heritage, among consumers, the implementation of good practices among […]

02/09/2018 - 31/03/2021

CORLUTNA – Corrole based systems for luminescent thermometry at nanoscale

Temperature (T) is a fundamental parameter that affects the behavior of physical, chemical and biological systems in a wide variety of ways. Measuring T is important in many fields: photonic devices, nano/microelectronics, medical diagnostics, nanomedicine. Regarding the several classes of thermometers, one possible approach is to use dye luminescence thermometers. In this sense corroles have […]

26/07/2018 - 25/07/2021

CREDIPULA – Understanding the invasion process and current stage of the American slipper limpet Crepidula fornicata (Linnaeus, 1758) in the Ria de Aveiro coastal lagoon

The American slipper limpet Crepidula fornicata (Linnaeus, 1758) is a recent invader in the Ria de Aveiro coastal lagoon, with the first occurrence reported in 2014. This alien species, native to the Atlantic coast of the United States of America, is relatively abundant in northern European coast, where it has been reported to have caused […]

01/08/2019 - 31/07/2021

CRUSTAPANHA – Contribution to the sustainable management of small mud crabs fisheries

[content only available in portuguese]O presente trabalho consiste na primeira caracterização científica e integrada do estudo da pesca e apanha de caranguejo em Portugal. Os trabalhos multidisciplinares a desenvolver implicam estudos científicos e a de colaboração profissionais do sector (Associações de pescadores e de produtores), que visam obter informação sobre diversos aspetos da biologia, ecologia, […]

01/09/2018 - 31/08/2021

CtLight – Effects of light on the photobiology and growth of the commercially valuable macroalgae Codium tomentosum

Portugal has one of the largest exclusive economic zones of the world and a coastline of approximately 950 km, making its marine resources and aquaculture vital sectors for the Portuguese economy. The green macroalga Codium tomentosum is currently produced by the company ALGAplus in a land-based integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) system and sold for human […]

26/07/2018 - 25/07/2022

CURIOSOIL- Awakening Soil Curiosity to catalyse Soil Literacy

CURIOSOIL (Awakening Soil Curiosity to catalyse Soil Literacy) is a four-year project, starting on 1stFebruary 2024, coordinated by the Universidade de Aveiro – UAveiro (PT) which addresses the topic HORIZON-MISS-2022-SOIL-01-07 Foster soil education across society with the overarching objective of understanding how to trigger Soil Curiosity and create connections between people and soil. This will […]

01/02/2024 - 31/01/2028

CV-Dust – Atmospheric aerosols in Cape Verde: Seasonal characterisation of composition, sources and transport

Every year, millions of tonnes of mineral particles from the Sahara desert are carried by the wind to America, the Caribbean and Europe. Desert dust has been crossing the Atlantic for millions of years, injecting nutrients into the eastern Mediterranean, red clays onto the limestone islands of the Caribbean, freshwater diatoms and phytoliths into the […]

01/05/2010 - 30/04/2013

DEEP REST – Conservation and restoration of deep-sea ecosystems in the context of deep-sea mining

DEEP REST will investigate two remarkable deep-sea ecosystems namely polymetallic nodule fields and hydrothermal vents, including their extended peripheries. Four major areas will be investigated: the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ) and the DISCOL Experimental Area (DEA) in the Pacific Ocean for nodule fields and the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge (nMAR), and the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge (AMOR) for […]

01/04/2022 - 01/04/2025

DEEPBaseline: Co-creating a knowledge baseline on the diversity and distribution os sponge and coral vulnerable marine ecosystems of the Portuguese continental shelf

DEEPbaseline is an interdisciplinary project aimed at developing a framework for the co-creation of a knowledge baseline on thediversity and distribution of deep-sea sponge and coral vulnerable species and ecosystems of the continental shelf and upperslope of mainland Portugal. DEEPbaseline brings together scientists from four partner institutions (CIIMAR, IPMA, CESAM andOkeanos), local fishing communities and […]

01/04/2020 - 31/08/2022

DepurD – Monitoring and decontamination systems for the sustainable exploitation of bivalve molluscs on the Portuguese coast

Consumption of bivalves can pose a risk to public health. The legislation requires the classification of production areas and their regular monitoring to ensure the bivalves’ health. The classification of these zones (A, B, C or D) is based on microbiological faecal contamination (the content of Escherichia coli and presence or absence of Salmonella sp.) […]

01/01/2021 - 31/03/2023

Developing efficient heating-sensing single nanoplatforms for intracellular imaging and controlled local hyperthermia

This project aims at developing the world’s most efficient, accurate and highly sensitive single nanoplatforms integrating heaters and thermometers. It focuses on the production of size and shape controlled i) lanthanide doped thermometric nanocrystals (oxides, fluorides, phosphates and vanadates) and ii) plasmonic heaters of Au nanostructures (nanoparticles, nanorods, nanostars and nanoshells), which will be subsequently […]

01/07/2018 - 30/06/2021

DIGITALIS – The genus Digitalis: Molecular taxonomy, preservation, active constituents and therapeutic applications

The topics of this joint exchange programme are all related to a specific plant genus of commercial interest and its taxonomy (Taxonomy of the Genus Digitalis), the propagation and investigation of endangered species of this plant genus (Plant Tissue Culture), the natural products used in medicine occurring in Digitalis plants (Therapeutic Use of Cardenolides), and […]

01/05/2012 - 30/04/2016

DISTENDER – Developing Strategies by integrating mitigation, adaptation and participation to climate change risks

DISTENDER will provide integrated strategies by building a methodological framework that guide the integration of climate change (CC) adaptation and mitigation strategies through participatory approaches in ways that respond to the impacts and risks of CC, supported by quantitative and qualitative analysis that facilitates the understanding of interactions, synergies and trade-offs.Holistic approaches to mitigation and […]

01/06/2023 - 30/11/2025

DORIS – Developing an autonomous surface vehicle for measuring marine surfactants at the Ocean-River Interface System

The DORIS project intends to develop a modular autonomous surface vehicle (ASV), having the capability to sample the surface micro-layer, and consequently, perform analysis of surfactant films and the biological communities residing within the micro-layer. This proposal integrates strong technological and scientific components, from conception to validation of the sampling and navigation systems. The scientific […]

01/06/2018 - 31/05/2021

DOUROZONE – Ozone risk for Douro´s vineyards in present and future climates

Portugal is the 11th largest wine producer in the world and the 5th largest in the European Union. The Douro Demarcated Region (RDD) is the wine-growing area where the famous Port wine is produced, responsible for more than 60 per cent of the total value of national wine exports. In the context of climate change […]

01/07/2016 - 30/06/2018

DRuMBEAT – Dirt-based microorganisms towards soil bioremediation of multiple contaminants

While soils of Estarreja continue to be important sinks of persistent contaminants, existing remediation techniques are often ineffective and fail when addressing multiple contaminants. Biochar – biomass pyrolysed for enhancing carbon sequestration and other biomass productivity – presents a dual potential for improving soil decontamination: its high porosity can both promote adsorption of contaminants and […]

01/06/2017 - 31/12/2018

earlyMYCO – Early-life exposure to MYCOtoxins and its impact on health

Exposure to hazardous chemicals during first 1000 days of life has been linked to an increased risk of a number of health disorders. Early-life exposure to chemicals is an emerging research field that needs urgently to be clarified, as an attempt to contribute to the exposome research. Food chemical contaminants as mycotoxins are well known […]

01/10/2018 - 31/05/2022

ECO-R-Pharmplast – Ecotoxicity of realistic combinations of pharmaceutical drugs and microplastics in marine ecosystems

Highly ubiquitous, plastics can be found in a wide variety of items, ranging from shopping bags to spaceships. Due to their high disposability rate and low recovery, plastics have accumulated in the environment and have become an alarming pollution issue. Of special concern are microplastics, defined as plastic materials with a dimension <5mm. These can […]

01/06/2018 - 31/05/2022

EcoARun – Unveiling the ecological dynamics of antibiotic resistance in ungulates.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been identified as a global problem for public health, animal and environment. Monitoring and reporting its occurrence is a priority for health surveillance agencies worldwide. The increasing incidence of AMR in humans and livestock has been linked to the emergence of AMR in wildlife and the global dissemination of resistant bacteria […]

01/06/2018 - 31/05/2021

ECOCENE – Ecological Effects of Nanopesticides to Soil Ecosystems

Increasing food production is utterly needed. Nanopesticides offer a promising solution and constitute a rapidly developing technology. There are however, no solid conclusions about their risks to the environment because limited research addressed their ecological effects in a holistic and integrated fashion. Ecotoxicological research on nanopesticides has mostly focused on screening-level experiments. These neglect forces […]

20/07/2018 - 19/07/2022

ECOMARE – SOS Marine Animals

Human activities continue to threaten marine ecosystems’ health and integrity. In spite of the rich marine predator biodiversity in Portugal, most people are unaware of the importance of national waters in the conservation of threatened marine species at European level. The low level of ocean literacy regarding threats to marine top predators, results in a […]

18/01/2021 - 30/06/2023

EduCITY – Smart and sustainable cities with Augmented Reality mobile educational games made by and for the Citizens

Stemming from the success of EduPARK, a FEDER & FCT funded project, and from its quality recognition in 2018, winning the prestigious Team Award for Innovation in Teaching & Learning attributed by the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU), the need to span its goals and impact is evident. From here emerges EduCITY that opens […]

01/01/2022 - 31/12/2024

ELP-WI – Scaling up Rewilding in Western Iberia

The functionality of Côa Valley as a wildlife corridor is hampered by habitat degradation, wildlife persecution and a lack of awareness about the importance of natural heritage and services that functional ecosystems bring to communities. Rural abandonment represents an opportunity for this area to become a rewilded landscape. The goal of this project is to […]

01/01/2019 - 30/12/2023

EMERGE – Evaluation, control and Mitigation of the EnviRonmental impacts of shippinG Emissions

EMERGE is an innovative 4-year research project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme. The objectives of EMERGE are (i) to quantify and evaluate the effects of potential emission reduction solutions for shipping in Europe for several scenarios, and (ii) to develop effective strategies and measures to reduce the environmental impacts of […]

01/02/2020 - 01/01/2024

EMPHASIS – Effects of marine pharmaceuticals in Zebrafish and ZFL cell line

Pharmaceuticals are considered emerging organic contaminants and concerns on their environmental impact have been raised in the last decades as they have been detected in the environment. Pharmaceuticals enter the aquatic environment mainly due to WWTP effluent discharges or after direct application for veterinary purposes, such as in aquaculture and animal-infection preventing. A commonly found […]

20/07/2018 - 19/07/2022

EMSO-PT – European Multidisciplinary Seafloor Observatory – Portugal

The deep-sea floor ecosystem, one of the largest on the planet, is poorly monitored. Challenges related to direct or indirect anthropogenic actions can only be dealt with if long lasting seafloor and water column observatories networks of biotic and abiotic sensors are deployed to allow for continuous monitoring of the ocean. Worldwide, several initiatives address […]

01/07/2017 - 31/12/2021

ENIGMA – Eco-friendly Nanotechnology in fish health manaGement for sustainable aquaculture developMent in Africa

Aquaculture contributes to world’s well-being and prosperity as one of the fastest-growing food-producing sectors. It has high potential for sustainable growth of blue economy, especially in low income and poor food security regions of Africa. Increasing aquaculture production to meet growing population needs in animal protein is necessary to alleviate poverty, malnutrition and sustainable livelihood. […]

01/01/2022 - 31/12/2024

ENTOSAFE – edible insects: from a sustainable food production to a food safety concern 

The farming of edible insects has been presented as one of the best innovative sustainable solutions and a planet-friendly diet, challenging the reuse of sub-products such as bio feedstocks, reintroducing these components into the food value chain. This novel concept for generating feed and food is under zero waste policy and circular economy principles when coupled […]

01/01/2022 - 31/12/2024

EPIBOOST – BOOSting excellence in environmental EPIgenetics

The EPIBOOST project joins the coordinator from widening country (University of Aveiro) and two internationally-leading partners (University of Ghent, Belgium, and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC, Barcelona) that will steer a solid capacitation strategy towards tackling the challenges to the recently proposed uptake of epigenetics by Environmental Assessment frameworks. Capacitation activities cover for 5 […]

01/10/2022 - 30/09/2025

EPyRIS – Joint Strategy for the Protection and Restoration of Ecosystems Affected by Forest Fires. (Integrated management in high-risk natural areas)

[Content only available in Portuguese] Sudoeste Europeu partilha a ameaça dos incêndios florestais, acrescida num cenário de mudança socioeconómica e climática. A biodiversidade, solo e serviços de ecossistema são recursos diretamente afetados, tanto na área de incêndio como a jusante, com riscos adicionais como a contaminação de água potável, inundações, danos a infraestruturas, destruição de […]

01/03/2018 - 28/02/2022

EROFIRE – Post-fire erosion risk assessment using molecular markers

Fire negatively affects the health and quality of the soil, favouring the occurrence of erosive processes and their loss. This impact on soils is intensified by global warming, which increases the risk of fire. Consequently, new forms of carbon (C) are produced in the soil, also occurring thermal changes in previously existing forms of carbon. […]

01/04/2020 - 31/03/2023

Estudo de caracterização e viabilidade de um quebra-mar destacado multifuncional em frente à Praia da Vagueira

The main objective is the characterization and definition of parameters of sizing and location of an detached breakwater, in front of Praia da Vagueira (Vagos Municipality, Aveiro district). This study aims to present to the APA the alternatives and solutions for an detached breakwater, a preliminary solution scheme and its location, the indication of the […]

21/11/2018 - 28/02/2022

ETERNAL – Boosting the reduction of the environmental impact of pharmaceutical products throughout their entire life cycle

ETERNAL aims to contribute to sustainable development of pharmaceutical manufacture, use and disposal, by using and promoting full life cycle approaches covering design, manufacture, usage, and disposal, assessing the environmental risks of not only the API and residues/metabolites, but other chemicals and by-products of the production process. This type of approach is essential to take […]

01/09/2022 - 31/08/2026

EvoSym – Sea slug genome evolution and adaptation to establish photosynthetic symbiosis

Photo-autotrophy is restricted to bacteria, algae, and the plant kingdom. Yet, several animals are able to establish a symbiosis with unicellular photo-autotrophic organisms to benefit from photosynthesis. Photosymbiosis is found among sponge, cnidarians, flatworms, mollusks and even a vertebrate. In sea slugs (Gastropoda) two different photosymbiotic associations are found: (1) The Nudibranchia harbor Symbiodinium that […]

01/06/2018 - 31/05/2021

EXPARII – Exploring precipitation in Antarctica and the role of Atmospheric Rivers

The increased moisture availability in the warmer climate can lead to significant increase in precipitation and consequently surface mass balance over the Antarctic ice sheet according to climate modeling studies. In East Antarctica, large increase in the snowfall and surface mass balance has been observed in the recent years. Also freshening of the Southern Ocean […]

01/09/2017 - 30/09/2018

Exposure and bioaccumulation assessment of novel anti-fouling nanomaterials in marine organisms from temperate and tropical waters

Marine biofouling is a global problem with massive economic and environmental costs. This project aims to carry out an integrative assessment of the fate, behaviour and toxicity of an innovative anti-fouling nanoadditive, developed by the company Smallmatek, Lda. that offers high performance solutions to tackle corrosion and biofouling. Thus, the project intends to assess the […]

01/05/2018 - 30/04/2020

F4F – Forest for Future

The main objective of F4F is to demonstrate innovative technologies that can increase the value chain in the forestry sector, with particular emphasis on the pine sector. The various stages of the chain are included, from plants to end products. The demonstration actions are based on pilot projects and proofs of concept carried out in […]

01/10/2020 - 30/06/2023

Facing FIRE – SERVICE-LEARNING TO IMPROVE TRAINING AND EMPLOYABILITY IN WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPE

Forest fires are a complex problem in Europe, especially in Southern countries. Fire can seriously impact the environment, rural development and economy. Forest degradation is considered a key to the spreading of human diseases, as COVID-19. Although wildfire research and substantial technical advances have been made in recent years, we have not been able to […]

01/11/2020 - 31/10/2022

FATE – Study of adaptive evolution events associated with the rise of pathogenic potential in Aspergillii colonising polluted soils

We will disclose “Why, How and What” leads to increase fungal virulence in polluted soils. Our planet is continuously being challenged and altered by both natural and anthropogenic factors. Among these, climate change is, perhaps, the most relevant and is believed to largely result from human activity. Chemical pollution and climate change cannot be dissociated. […]

31/03/2021 - 29/02/2024

Feasibility study of sand transposition on Aveiro and Figueira da Foz tidal inlets

The Aveiro and Figueira da Foz tidal inlets have been subject to a series of engineering works with the aim of improving the conditions of navigability and access to the two ports. These works have promoted changes in the coastal sedimentary balance that contributed to a sedimentary deficit south of the inlets. The present study […]

01/01/2020 - 30/06/2021

FEMME – Development of a post-Fire Erosion risk Modelling tool for forest Management decision support, in particular, the application of Emergency stabilization measures

The socio-economic and environmental loss as a consequence of the recurrent wildfires in Portugal is a major national concern. Still, not all the wildfire impacts are being considered, such as soil loss and the mobilization of pollutants to aquatic habitats during the post-fire period. The national mitigation strategy to this problem has generally focused the […]

15/02/2019 - 14/02/2023

FEMME – Development of a tool to model the risk of post-fire erosion for decision support in forest management and, in particular, in the application of emergency stabilisation measures

In addition to the socio-economic impacts of the fires that repeatedly ravage Portugal, there is also the loss of soil and the mobilisation of pollutants into aquatic habitats. However, the national strategy for mitigating these impacts has been limited, due in part to the lack of methodologies that provide a timely diagnosis of the impact […]

15/02/2019 - 14/02/2023

FIRE-MODSAT II – Supporting FIRE-management decisions combining fire spread MODelling and SATellite data in an operational context in Portugal (part II)

FIRE-MODSAT II proposes to extend the previous developed successful work focusing on the question: How can fire growth simulations be improved? This is accomplished by refining fire spread predictions through improving data quality and uncertainty quantification (Task 2), and model accuracy (Task 3) based on historical large wildfires. Research improvements are integrated into probabilistic fire […]

01/01/2019 - 31/12/2021

FIREMIX – Modelling the toxic effects of fire-related complex contaminant mixtures on benthic aquatic species

A key environmental concern in relation to wildfires is that they constitute a diffuse source of contamination to aquatic ecosystems. In burnt forest areas, the increase in surface runoff and associated soil losses induced by fire, promotes the mobilization of hazardous substances, such as metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are well known for […]

15/07/2018 - 14/07/2022

FirEProd – Prescribed burning, fire risk and eucalypts productivity: from research to practice

The increase in frequency and severity of wildfires has become a major concern in Portugal. Considering the extent of burned area in Portugal during the last decade and the percentage of forest area occupied by eucalypts, fire management models and techniques well adapted to the specific characteristics of this type of plantation are crucial to […]

01/03/2021 - 28/02/2025

FIRESMOKE – A modelling system for wildfires smoke behaviour

Portugal has the highest number of forest ignitions in the countries of southern Europe (Rodrigues et al., 2013). The ability to predict the ignition and spread of forest fires, as well as the behavior of air pollutants emitted, is a decision support tool, important to improve the effectiveness and efficiency in resource management, for operations […]

01/03/2021 - 29/02/2024

FIRESTORM – Weather and Behaviour of Fire Storms

The fires that devastated Portugal in 2017, were outstanding for several reasons: they caused more than 112 deaths, destroyed hundreds of houses and companies and more than 500000 hectares, establishing absolute records of fire-induced destruction in the country. Among other requests made by society there is the need of producing a better knowledge on the […]

01/02/2019 - 31/01/2023

FIREURISK – Developing a holistic risk-wise strategy for european wildfire management

FIREURISK will develop, evaluate and disseminate a science-based integrated strategy to: 1) expand current wildland fire risk assessment systems, including critical factors of risk previously not covered; 2) produce effective measures to reduce current fire risk conditions, and 3) adapt management strategies to expected future climate and socio-economic changes. This will be achieved in close […]

01/04/2021 - 31/03/2025

FISHAQU – Knowledge Exchange in sustainable Fisheries management and Aquaculture in the Mediterranean region

The overall wider objective, to which the project will contribute, is to continue the reform of the system of higher education in the field of fisheries sciences in Egypt to comply with the Bologna Declaration and according to the demands of Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in Education and Training (ET 2020), aimed at improving […]

15/11/2019 - 14/11/2022

FITA – FIghting Towards restoration Actions for Zostera marina (Linnaeus, 1753)

The eelgrass Zostera marina (Linnaeus, 1753) once covered large areas in the Ria de Aveiro coastal lagoon but is reported locally extinct since 2010. A recent discovery of a new patch of Z. marina, locally known as “Fita”, reinitiates the history of local extinction-recolonisation episodes for this emblematic species in Ria de Aveiro Natura 2000 […]

01/07/2020 - 30/06/2022

Flora iberica X

01/01/2015 - 31/12/2017

Flora iberica XI

Flora Iberica is the name of a project born in 1980 that aims at – by original taxonomic research – update and synthesize the current knowledge on the vascular plants spontaneously occurring in the Iberian Peninsula and Balearic Islands, a territory of remarkable floristic richness. Its main objective is to publish an account – both […]

01/01/2018 - 31/12/2020

FONDA – FOstering Nitrogen Deposition Assessment over Portugal

Nitrogen deposition threatens Portugal’s ecosystems. According to current assessments, there is no improvement ahead, despite the major emission reductions planned until 2030. These ecosystems remain at risk because research and policy support capacity are lacking. Through strategic research partnerships, the EU-funded FONDA project aims to boost the University of Aveiro’s expertise in modelling and mapping […]

01/01/2023 - 31/12/2025

FORCE – Forest Certification as a tool to preserve vertebrates’ biodiversity in exotic forestry plantations

Conversion of native ecosystems to agriculture or forestry systems is considered a major threat to biodiversity since it induces changes in the composition and structure of communities, and the modification of ecological processes. Despite its negative effects, converted systems can still sustain wildlife. In forestry systems, this ability to host wildlife can be promoted by […]

01/02/2023 - 31/01/2026

FoRES – Development of forest Areas RESilience to fires in a climate change scenario

Forest areas are defined by the Environment Blue Book and National Action Plan to Combat Climate Change (PANCD) programmes as key areas to investigate resilience and adaptation strategies to climate change and its impacts. Portugal has favourable characteristics for forest fires due to its Mediterranean/Atlantic climate, characterized by high temperatures, low humidity, strong winds and […]

01/10/2022 - 31/03/2024

foRESTER – Data fusion of sensor networks and fire spread modelling for decision support in forest fire suppression

foRESTER proposes a fast, reliable and informative DSS based on advanced computational intelligence and visualization techniques, that integrates innovative technologies from multi-sensor systems, cutting edge satellite image processing, and near real-time (NRT) fire spread predictions (FSP).

01/01/2019 - 31/01/2022

GENESIS – Green roofs and walls ENvironmental Economic and SocIal Savings: Modelling uncertainty and investors / users preferences in all-inclusive cost-benefit analysis of green roofs and walls

Nature based solutions/green infrastructures will play an important role in tackling urban challenges in a multifunctionalway. In this sense, green roofs/walls are one of the most promising alternatives as they can green the greyinfrastructure and value it. Yet, green roofs/walls have been generally confined to specific cities or countries. Anextensive use of green roofs/walls worldwide […]

09/10/2018 - 09/10/2021

GES4SEAS- Achieving good environmental status for maintaining ecosystem services, by assessing integrated impacts of cumulative pressures 

Human activities exert great pressures on the health of our marine environment, its biodiversity and the functioning of its ecosystem. The EU-funded project GES4SEAS will inform and guide marine governance with a view to minimising these pressures and their impacts to ensure continued provision of ecosystem services. It will develop, test, demonstrate and upscale an […]

01/09/2022 - 31/08/2026

GLOW – The Global Wetlands Project – A global index to improve coastal wetland health

The Global Wetlands Project goal is to build a new index of coastal wetland health (including seagrass meadows, mangrove forests and saltmarshes), which can be applied at the global scale, and use it to inform protection and restoration. GLOW features three themes: health, action and engagement. Together, these themes form a real opportunity to help […]

01/06/2018 - 31/12/2023

GoBig – GlObal change and BioloGical Invasions: Potamopyrgus antipodarum as a case study

Alien invasive species are a major threat to biodiversity and ecosystem services; their number continues to increase as globalization in trade and transport continue to break down biogeographical barriers. Climate change, habitat degradation and fragmentation, and anthropogenic contamination may further increase the successful establishment of exotic species by disproportionately reducing the fitness of their native, […]

01/02/2021 - 31/12/2024

GOGOFROG: Alternative methods to animal experimentation for amphibian risk assessment: cell lines and spermatozoa

Chemical pollution is recognized as a major cause of worldwide critical decline of amphibians. Though increasing numbers of works already addressed chemical effects on amphibians, a disturbing number has still to be studied. Given the protection status of this group, such toxicity knowledge is crucial to reduce uncertainties associated with amphibian risk assessment (RA). One […]

01/06/2018 - 31/05/2021

GReAT – Granular microalgae-bacterial sludge for aquaculture wastewater treatment

Marine aquaculture may affect significantly the coastal environment if not properly monitored and operated. Aquaculture activities significantly impact the ecosystems, being the high use of water and wastewater discharge the major drawbacks for its environmental sustainability. The recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) are extremely important as they allow water recycling/reuse, fitting the actual needs to close […]

01/06/2018 - 31/05/2021

GREENCORK

The GREENCORK Project aims to enable Amorim Cork to be the first company to launch on the market a range of agglomerated cork stoppers with organic adhesives and surface treatments, produced by greener and more sustainable processes. This product will be extremely innovative as it will enable the development of a technical cork stopper with […]

01/09/2020 - 30/06/2023

GREENTOUR – Circular economy and sustainable tourism in destinations of the SUDOE area

GREENTOUR addresses a variety of innovation actions within a framework of a transregional clustering model that include: (1) methodologies and actions to foster circular economy in the tourism sector at a transregional scale; (2) scientific and methodological innovation through an environmental labeling system with a life cycle perspective to assess the environmental impacts caused by […]

01/11/2020 - 28/02/2023

HabWave-From benthic resting stages to HAB events: understanding the role of physical-biological coupling of NW Portugal

Phytoplankton are key elements of marine ecosystems supporting all higher trophic levels. However, a few species are directly responsible for major economic losses, due to their impact on the exploitation of marine resources, and on human health. The coast of Portugal is regularly affected by blooms of some of these species (HABs), in particular by […]

10/09/2018 - 11/09/2021

HALIUS – Halotolerant rhizobacteria for enhanced tolerance of Olea europaea to saline stress and infection

Phytomicrobiomes (microbial communities associated with plants) are currently recognized as key players in the processes of adaptation of the hosts to biotic and abiotic stress. Within these communities, plant-growth promoting bacteria (PGPB) actively contribute to plant fitness by facilitating access to nutrients, releasing phyto-hormones, degrading or sequestering toxic pollutants, attenuating stress responses, stimulating immune defences […]

29/03/2021 - 28/03/2024

HERA – Integrating Environment and Health Research: a Vision for the EU

Environmental degradation and pollution, climate change, and the destabilization of the ecosystem biodiversity, damage health and quality of life, and affect socially disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. Negative outcomes can be balanced by positive effects that healthy environments, such as green and blue spaces, can have on human and ecosystem health. Socio-economic costs are significant and […]

01/01/2019 - 31/12/2021

HOTsPOT – Novel upconversion nanoparticles for multimodal therapy of melanoma: pHOtothermal Therapy, PhOtodynamic therapy and chemoTherapy

MOTIVATION: Melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer and one of the most challenging malignancies to treat with a steeply rising incidence and a poor prognosis in advanced stages. Conventional clinical treatment of melanoma often fails in tumor complete eradication, due to the low response rates to single therapies, chemotherapy side effects and […]

10/08/2018 - 09/08/2021

HumicOil – Using humic substances to modulate microbial communities and improve host resilience to oil hydrocarbon contamination

Microbiome science, driven by advances in DNA sequencing, has unveiled the crucial role of microorganisms in ecosystems and their host interactions, impacting nutrition, growth, and protection. Harnessing this knowledge, we explore the use of humic substances (HS) as natural microbial modulators to aid the recovery of organisms in areas persistently contaminated with oil hydrocarbons (OH). […]

01/03/2023 - 31/08/2024

ImageTox – Automatic detection of toxic microalgae through microscopic optical and hyperspectral infrared imaging

“The main objective of the project is to develop an inexpensive, reagentless and easily automatable tool for the early detection and identification of microalgae species responsible for harmful algal blooms (HABs). This tool will be based on the statistical analysis of the microscopic optical images and hyperspectral infrared images of phytoplankton. The project will focus […]

01/01/2018 - 30/06/2021

Impact of phytoremediation processes on bacterial communities from Pb and Cd contaminated soils

Human activities such as industry and agriculture have resulted in the high contamination of soil and water with heavy metals. This type of contamination induces harmful effects on environmental and human health. In the last years, research on phytoremediation has highlighted the scientific and economic benefits of plants and their associated microorganisms used for the […]

01/06/2017 - 31/05/2018

IMPRINT+ – Imprinting an ecological compensation reasoning on society by means of young citizens

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 […]

01/09/2015 - 31/08/2018

INCLUE – Training young researchers on developing innovative, circular solutions for waste sludge

The overarching aim of INCLUE is to provide top-level training to a new generation of high-potential doctoral candidates (DCs) in a crucial field of today’s society: the exploitation of organic waste streams as a resource. In this training through research program, INCLUE doctoral candidates will focus on sustainable and circular solutions to treat wastewater treatment […]

01/10/2023 - 30/09/2027

InFLOWence – Optimizing the influence of connected and autonomous vehicles on the environmental efficiency of road traffic flows

The main vision of InFLOWence is to take advantage of the predictable market penetration of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) in short-medium term to influence, in a positive way, the performance of the road transport system in terms of congestion, energy consumption and pollutant emissions. This will be achieved through the development of a prototype […]

01/07/2018 - 30/06/2020

InPaCTus – Innovative Products and Technologies from Eucalyptus

The project Inpactus aims to develop new solutions, such as cellulosic pulps with innovative features, new paper products with different specificities and functions, tissue paper with innovative properties, new bioproducts, biofuels and other materials obtained from the deconstruction and conversion of forest biomass and by-products from the pulp industry.This Project responds to challenges in the […]

01/02/2018 - 31/10/2022

InPaCTus – Innovative Products and Technologies from Eucalyptus

The Inpactus project aims to develop new solutions, such as cellulose pulps with innovative characteristics, new paper products with different specificities and functions, tissue paper with innovative properties, new bioproducts, biofuels and other materials obtained from the deconstruction and conversion of forest biomass and pulp industry by-products.This project responds to challenges in the pulp, paper […]

01/02/2018 - 31/10/2022

InsectERA

The InsectERA Agenda aims to foster the circular economy and leverage the development of new products, processes and services based on R&D and innovation, with high added value and incorporation of knowledge and technology, allowing to meet the challenge of the green transition towards environmental sustainability. The Agenda covers the whole innovation cycle, from R&D […]

01/01/2023 - 31/12/2025

INSIDER – Impact of an invasive species under global climate change and anthropogenic contamination scenarios in coastal food webs

Coastal areas are being adversely influenced by key drivers of change (e.g. habitat destruction, pollution, climate change, diseases, invasive species) that force natural populations to adapt to novel environmental conditions. The European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD, 2008/56/EC), Biodiversity Strategy (EC, 2012) and Regulation on Invasive Alien Species (EC, 2014) recognize the establishment and spread […]

26/07/2018 - 25/07/2022

Integrating nesting habitat restoration with at-sea individual-based biomonitoring of the Endangered seabird Pterodroma cahow endemic to Bermuda

1.MONITORING Breeding bird GPS-tracking at 4 nesting-sites during incubation and chick-rearing in both years. Use tracking data to: a) characterize sensitive at-sea areas of higher birds’ concentration (rafting and foraging) and correlate them with coastal/offshore recreational and economic activities and overlap with IBAs/MPAs; b) characterize spatial niche and correlate with isotopic niche (Nitrogen, Carbon), individual […]

01/02/2019 - 30/06/2021

Investigation of microplastic influence on water resources

Microplastics are widely distributed contaminants in aquatic environments, originating from intentional production or fragmentation of larger plastics. Their accumulation and persistence in the environment, the potential to interact with other pollutants and organisms, as well as to change the abiotic characteristics of ecosystems, can lead to environmental consequences. It is estimated that over 80% of […]

01/01/2020 - 31/12/2022

KleptoSlug – Kleptoplasty: The sea slug that got away with stolen chloroplasts

Rationale: Photosynthesis is almost exclusively restricted to algae and plants, with the exception of some protozoans, flatworms and marine slugs that acquire chloroplasts from algae. In metazoans, the capacity to incorporate functional chloroplasts (kleptoplasty) for long periods of time has only been described in sacoglossan sea slugs. Some species retain kleptoplasts photosynthetically active for several […]

01/05/2021 - 30/04/2026

LED – Light pollution as an Endocrine Disruptor in urban aquatic ecosystems under pollution by antineoplastic drugs

Most of the world´s population live in urban areas, and this has a profound impact in the natural environment. Urban centers are generally located close to waterbodies, hence ecological research on urban aquatic ecosystems has received special interest in recent years. Multiple stressors such as light pollution and chemical contamination impose novel challenges on species […]

17/01/2022 - 16/01/2025

LESSisMORE – LESS discards and LESS fishing effort for BETTER efficiency on the small-scale fisheries

Small scale fisheries (SSF) are a large component of the EU fleet (80% of the fleet, accounting for about 27% of the revenue generated by EU fisheries and more than 40% of EU fishers). In Portugal, SSF hold great tradition and social, economic and cultural importance (in 2015, employing nearly 12,500 people distributed over 6,216 […]

01/09/2018 - 30/06/2022

LIFE LINES – linear infrastructure networks with ecological solutions

The aim of the project is to test, evaluate and disseminate measures designed to mitigate the negative effects of linear infrastructures on various species of fauna and, at the same time, to promote the creation, along them, of a Green Infrastructure to support the increase and conservation of biodiversity in the territory in which it […]

01/08/2015 - 30/06/2021

LIFE REFOREST – Erosion prevention and flora REstauration of burnt FOREST areas through innovative fungal-technosol solution

The goal of LIFE REFOREST is to demonstrate a new strategy to mitigate soil loss associated to post-fire episodes in forest areas by applying a technosol based in organic waste inoculated with fungal species (mycotechnosol) in order to avoid soil erosion and boost natural regeneration of burnt areas. LIFE REFOREST solution will be based in […]

01/07/2018 - 31/03/2022

LIFE WolFlux – Decreasing socio-ecological barriers to connectivity for wolves south of the Douro river

The wolf Portuguese sub-population located at south of the Douro river is fragmented and isolated due to geographic, ecological and human barriers. Here, there are nine wolf packs, which represents, approximately, 14% of wolf Portuguese population. It is pivotal to minimise the barriers to wolf presence and foster packs connectivity to guarantee the long-term viability […]

01/01/2019 - 30/11/2023

LIFE22-NAT-DE-LIFE Godwit Flyway – Conservation of the Black-tailed Godwit along the flyway

LIFE Godwit Flyway aims at creating a safe haven for the European Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa limosa) along its East Atlantic Flyway. A sharp decreasing trend of Black-tailed Godwit populations has been observed in the last three decades as a direct consequence of agricultural intensification, habitat loss, and increasing predation which resulted in low reproductive […]

01/07/2023 - 31/10/2030

LIFE22-NAT-PT-SeaGrassRIAwild- Mariculture for Ria de Aveiro subtidal seagrass Rewilding

LIFE SeaGrassRIAwild aims at taking decisive steps to reverse the current conservation status of Zostera marina habitat in Ria de Aveiro and Portugal through the co-development of cost-efficient and policy relevant NbS (Nature-based Solutions). Subtidal seagrass beds are critically endangered at the European Atlantic Coast, and in urgent need of restoration, as stated in the forthcoming EU Nature Restoration Law. Z. marina is presently […]

01/09/2023 - 31/08/2030

LO3CAted – Larval Occurrences in Open Ocean: Connectivity studies in the East Atlantic and West Mediterranean

The view of the oceans as vast and continuous domains immune to human action has been changing, and the study of connectivity has become fundamental to understanding the resilience of marine organisms and habitats in the face of natural and anthropogenic impacts, and informing stakeholders and policymakers with scientifically based options for ecosystem management and […]

01/04/2016 - 31/08/2017

LUPI LYNX- Creating socioecological conditions for the expansion of Iberian wolf and Iberian lynx

This project aims to create the necessary socioecological conditions for Iberian wolf and Iberian lynx in a transboundary area south of the south of the Douro River that both species are starting to recolonize. Improving ecological conditions will include increasing  abundance of wild prey and improving habitat. Improving social conditions will include promoting positive coexistence […]

01/01/2024 - 31/12/2028

MACFERTIQUAL – Novos métodos de diagnóstico nutricional em macieiras ‘Gala’ visando a sustentabilidade e a qualidade

O projeto MACFERTIQUAL pretende encontrar um referencial nutricional mais equilibrado para o atual modelo de produção de Maçã de Alcobaça IGP (Indicação Geográfica Protegida), de modo a desenvolver um novo produto das cultivares do grupo Gala, as mais exportáveis. O referencial nutricional deverá definir novos parâmetros mínimos de qualidade interna e externa, mais elevados e […]

01/07/2017 - 30/06/2022

MACROCHESS – A Macroecological Database for Species Distribution across Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems

MACROCHESS – A Macroecological Database for Species Distribution across Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems is a new database incorporating over a decade of new discoveries and the most recent taxonomic knowledge of species occurring in chemosynthesis-based-ecosystems (CBEs). The database is being compiled by a working group funded by the International Cooperation in Ridge Crest Studies – InterRidge. The […]

01/06/2020 - 28/05/2023

Man and Nature in the Baixo Vouga Lagunar: promote synergies and resilience in a global change scenario

“The aim of this project is to use the information generated in previous projects to promote the more efficient management and conservation of the natural values ​​of the region and to contribute to the increase of resilience of the mosaic of habitats in a scenario of climate change and land use, at a global level […]

01/07/2018 - 30/06/2019

MARSENSE – Electrochemical biosensor for monitoring organic contaminants in marine environment

Several types of pollutants released to the environment by anthropogenic or natural sources can strongly affected the seawater quality with negative consequences to marine activities. For example, persistent organic pollutants like endocrine disruptors and pesticides, and toxins from harmful algal blooms can damage the aquatic environment with multiple effects such as acute and chronic toxicity […]

01/10/2018 - 30/09/2022

MASS Spectrometry TRaining network for Protein Lipid adduct ANalysis

MASSTRPLAN will train the next generation of interdisciplinary research leaders in advanced molecular analytical techniques to detect oxidized phospholipids & proteins in biological & clinical samples, evaluate their biochemical roles in inflammation, and translate these findings to develop new diagnostic tools.Chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD) & cancer are major causes of […]

01/10/2015 - 30/09/2019

MAXIAQUA – MAXimization of the strategies of control of a parasite in aquaculture of turbot

This project aims to develop innovative solutions to control the proliferation of a parasite responsible for high mortalities in turbot produced in aquaculture. For that purpose, natural and sustainable prophylaxis/therapeutics methods will be explored towards the maximization of the strategies of fish health management under different scenarios of environmental changes.

01/01/2018 - 21/08/2021

MAXIMUS.PT – Research and development for the production of larvae and juveniles of turbot in maternity

The MAXIMUS.PT project aims to develop a holistic study for the hatchery production of juvenile turbot, in order to allow high growth rates (8 g in 80 days of cultivation, from egg) and survival (20% from hatching to 8 g). The multidisciplinary approach to be adopted will allow ACUINOVA to produce turbot juveniles, grounded in […]

01/01/2021 - 30/06/2023

METOXCLIM – Metal contamination in a global warming perspective: effects on soil properties and relation with toxicity changes

Climate change will affect biotic and abiotic soil ecosystem components and therefore ecosystem services. This situation may worsen in metal-contaminated soils where organisms have to deal with multiple stress factors and metal toxicity may change depending on climate conditions. Most research has focused on how single climate factors (temperature, soil moisture) may affect the toxicity […]

01/06/2018 - 31/05/2021

MicroNiche – Exploring the endolithic niche of coral symbiotic microalgae inside reef sand grains

Symbiotic microalgae of the family Symbiodiniaceae, sometimes referred to as zooxanthellae, engage in trophic symbioses with corals and many other marine organisms. These mutualistic partnerships, in which the microalgae live as endosymbionts inside the host tissue and provide their host with sugars and other organic nutrients in exchange for protection and inorganic nutrients, play a […]

01/03/2021 - 29/02/2024

MicroPlasTox – Microplastics in the marine environment: estimation and assessment of their ecotoxicological effects

Highly ubiquitous, plastics can be found in a wide variety of items, ranging from shopping bags to spaceships. Due to their high disposability rate and low recovery, plastics have accumulated in the environment and have become an alarming pollution issue. Of special concern are microplastics, defined as plastic materials with a dimension <5mm. These can […]

16/07/2018 - 15/01/2022

MicroPlastox – Microplastics in the marine environment: estimation and ecotoxicological assessment

The main goal of the submitted research project is the assessment of the presence and prevalence of microplastic particles (MP) in European waters. From the collected particles, an exhaustive repository of the identified MPs will be created, allowing the access of both researchers and the general public to said repository. Ideally, the repository will contain […]

01/01/2018 - 30/04/2019

MigraWebs – Migrants as a seasonal ecological force shaping communities and ecosystem functions in temperate and tropical coastal wetlands

The main goal of this project is to assess the role of migratory shorebirds in ecological networks of temperate and tropical intertidal environments. Despite being seasonal, shorebirds are pivotal predators of benthic invertebrates in coastal areas, having the potential to exert top-down regulation on prey populations which effects can cascade down to multiple trophic levels […]

01/10/2018 - 30/09/2021

MIN-GUIDE – Minerals Policy Guidance for Europe

MIN-GUIDE is a project addressing the need for a secure and sustainable supply of minerals in Europe by developing a ‘Minerals Policy Guide’. The key objectives of the project are (1) providing guidance for EU and MS minerals policy, (2) facilitating minerals policy decision making through knowledge co-production for transferability of best practice minerals policy, […]

01/02/2016 - 31/01/2019

MiningImpact2 – Environmental impacts and risks of deep-sea mining

In the second project phase of MiningImpact, we will extend our previous work towards three major research interests concerning deep-sea mining: (1) the larger scale environmental impact caused by the suspended sediment plume, (2) the regional connectivity of species and the biodiversity of biological assemblages and their resilience to impacts, and (3) the integrated effects […]

01/08/2018 - 31/12/2022

MIRACLE – MIcroencapsulation of Rhizobacteria and VOCs to increase plAnt growth and toLErance to drought: a biological approach to meet an agronomic need

The current use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and irrigation enabled a steep increase in food production, sustaining the world population in the last decades, but with impacts to both human and natural systems. The current world population is about 7.7 billion and by 2050 the forecast is for a 26% increase, to about 9.7 billion […]

01/01/2023 - 30/06/2024

ModelEco – Modeling ecosystem fluxes with time-since-wildfire from remotely sensed vegetation indices and meteorological data

The objective of ModelEco is to develop a biosphere-atmosphere (B-A) model to predict the impacts of large-scale disturbances on the gross primary production (GPP) and evapotranspiration (ET) of forests on the basis of widely available data, i.e. vegetation indices (VI) from satellite imagery and meteorological data. The focus will be on the impacts of wildfires, […]

29/03/2021 - 28/03/2024

Modelling mercury remobilization and transport in Ria de Aveiro: Effects of Climate Change, extreme and dredging events

An important issue today is to understand in what extent cycling of mercury in the future may be altered in regard to Climate Change. Predictions imply that most of the parameters that determine the global mercury cycle today will change. Laranjo bay (Ria de Aveiro) received, during five decades, a large amount of mercury from […]

31/12/2021 - 31/07/2022

MolBiPack – Improvement of the packaging, transport and packing of bivalve molluscs: from catch to marketing

The objectives of the project are the improvement of packaging and packaging methods of bivalve molluscs, from capture to commercialization, thus contributing to the valorisation of bivalve molluscs produced in Portugal through: i) preservation and improvement of biochemical composition; (ii) improvement of the organoleptic characteristics; (iii) reduction in mortality during the processes of harvesting and […]

01/01/2018 - 30/06/2020

Monitoring of Emerging Compounds

Water is important for several Mediterranean and European countries since they suffer from lack of sufficient fresh water sources, especially during the dry summer season. The emerging compounds such as endocrine disruptor compounds can constitute a source of contamination of water. A wide variety of chemical analysis methods are available to monitoring these compounds, however, […]

01/01/2019 - 31/12/2021

MOSAIC – Application of microbial-laden biochar as a proxy for long-term sustainability of contaminated soils

MOSAIC project aims at addressing “How feasible/profitable is the local-produced biochar to boost quality of Estarreja contaminated soils?” by assessing and transferring technological development over the following hypotheses: (i) biochar can be produced from renewable feedstocks existing in Estarreja; (ii) pyrolysis parameters can be tuned to match biochar production suitable for both immobilisation of soil […]

19/01/2021 - 18/01/2023

MoST – Modeling, querying and interactive visualization of spatiotemporal data

Recent technological advances made it possible to collect data on the evolution of spatiotemporal phenomena far superior to the existing capacity to analyze and to extract relevant information from them in various scientific areas. Thus, there is a growing need of tools to automate processes of quantitative analysis of spatiotemporal data, guaranteeing levels of objectivity, […]

01/06/2018 - 30/09/2021

MPBITOX – Microplastics in bivalves: identification of sensitive species in Portugal and assessment of microplastic-toxin aggregates toxicity

The abundance of microplastics (MP) in the ocean has increased dramatically in recent decades, particularly in the coastal areas with the largest population. Recent studies have proven the aggregation of MPs with trace elements and persistent organic pollutants. Further studies have aimed to clarify toxicity of MPs in sentinel organisms and the possibility of toxicity […]

01/01/2019 - 31/12/2021

Nanobioinks – Engineering bio-based nanofibers for the development of high-performance nanostructured bioinks for 3-D bioprinting

The discovery of new and more efficient solutions to deal with injured tissues and organs and to deliver drugs more effectively is a very challenging scientific domain but that corresponds to an economic domain of high added value products in the healthcare domain. 3D bioprinting of living tissue constructs, with specific shapes and functionalities, to […]

22/06/2018 - 21/06/2021

NANOGREEN – Towards a new generation of sustainable nano-based additives for maritime anti-corrosion smart coatings: a multidisciplinary framework within the Atlantic

Five centuries ago, the Unknown was discovered by explorers such as Fernão de Magalhães. Making the parallelism, now, Humanity still needs to face unknown problems to promote sustainable development and knowledge-based economy, in a global change scenario. Metallic corrosion is still an unsolved economic, technical and environmental problem for modern societies consuming more than 3% […]

24/08/2020 - 23/08/2024

NanoHarmony- Towards harmonised test methods for nanomaterials

Ensuring the health and safety of both population and the wider environment has been entrusted to specialist EU and international organisations such as the OECD, who are tasked with setting up Test Guidelines (TGs) and Guidance Documents (GDs) by which a substance can be assessed. Engineered nanomaterials (ENM) pose a particular problem due to difficulties […]

01/04/2020 - 31/03/2023

NanoPlanet – Nanoplastics toxicity assessment: from gene to personality

The use of plastics contributed to a considerable improvement of human lives. It allowed the use of more cost effective, lightweight products, as well as the production of materials with characteristics required for a wide range of needs. Plastics allowed, for example, a reduction of food wastage, food borne bacterial infections and medical protection. However, […]

01/01/2023 - 31/12/2025

NanoReproTox-Unraveling the ecological impacts of nanoparticles toxicity in the reproduction of marine organisms

The production of engineered nanoparticles (NP) is estimated to increase to 58.000 tons/year by 2020 [52], with its consequent release to the water. Despite NP extensive use, there are no guidelines concerning their release in the aquatic systems, namely the marine system, and as far as our knowledge goes, there are no studies regarding NP […]

29/09/2018 - 28/09/2022

NASCADIA – Natural photonic nanostructures: From implications in diatoms towards next generation nanobiodevices

While the global demand for high technologies rises, their production still widely relies on unsustainable and environmentally unfriendly production techniques, and mining of critical raw materials. Photonic crystals are among highly demanded technological components, as they can manipulate light at the nanoscale with implications ranging from optoelectronics, telecommunication and information technologies, opto-medical and pharmaceutical devices, […]

17/01/2022 - 15/03/2025

NAVSAFETY – Emergent Remote Sensing technologies in real-time support to security navigation in harbour areas

The main purpose of this project is to develop innovative technologies that allow the monitoring, in almost real time, of harbour inlets. The system to be developed will collect sea bottom data and local hydrodynamics, namely, the parameterization of the three-dimensional position of the submerged bar and physical parameters – wave height, wave period and […]

01/07/2019 - 30/09/2022

NEAR-U – Understanding the Ecology and Transmission of Antimicrobial Resistance in Ungulates

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a significant threat to human health, food safety and the global economy, yet knowledge concerning AMR bacteria circulating in wildlife remains relatively unknown. Our prior research at EcoARUn demonstrated the presence of AMR bacteria in wild ungulates, raising concerns about their ability to act as reservoirs and dispersers of AMR. As […]

22/12/2023 - 21/06/2025

NEMATRANSFER – Can the Pine Wilt Disease cycle be broken? Decoding transfer mechanisms of the pinewood nematode Bursaphelenchus xylophilus between its insect-vector Monochamus galloprovincialis and the host tree Pinus pinaster

The Pine Wilt Disease (PWD) is a complex interaction established between three very distinct organisms: the Pine Wood Nematode (PWN), Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, an insect-vector (gen. Monochamus) and a conifer tree host (insect species and tree species varies throughout the world). The nematode its native from North America, where it doesn’t causes disease to the native […]

01/04/2016 - 31/03/2019

NEPTUNUS – Water-energy-seafood nexus: eco-innovation and circular economy strategies in the Atlantic area

The NEPTUNUS project aims to promote the sustainable development of the seafood sector in the Atlantic area by supplying a consistent methodology for products eco-labelling and defining eco-innovation strategies for production and consumption under a circular economy approach. This project will provide key actions for resource efficiency based on life cycle thinking, incorporating producers, policy […]

30/06/2019 - 31/12/2022

NETA- New Strategies for Waste Water Treatment

The NETA Project – New Strategies in Wastewater Treatment, presents an innovative opportunity to develop a process that aims at the valorization of wastewater (AR) transforming them into a source of nutrients and water resources, destined essentially to the agrifood sector, with the simultaneous application of new industrial solutions. Thus, from the conversion of AR […]

01/01/2021 - 30/06/2023

NETTAGPlus – Preventing, avoiding and mitigating environmental impacts of fishing gears and associated marine litter

NETTAG+ aims to provide a portfolio of three suitable innovative smart and sustainable solutions to address the negative impacts of fishing gears on marine life and habitats, in line with the second issue of the call “Environmental impacts of fishing gears”. NETTAG+ will be based on synergistic activities between the fisheries industry, scientists and NGOs […]

01/05/2023 - 01/05/2026

NEXTRA – Enabling the NEXT Generation of Smarter TRAnsformers

The project NEXTRA aims to explore the value chain on EFACEC’s transformers portfolio, with the goal of presenting to the market a new generation of thermally more efficient, reliable, flexible, compact and sustainable transformers.

01/04/2019 - 30/09/2022

NIPOGES – Current status of the Manila clam populations of the Ria de Aveiro, lagoon of Óbidos and estuaries of Tagus and Sado – scientific bases for a sustainable management of the resource

The NIPOGES project focuses on the sustainable management of the manila clams by transferring knowledge from scientists to fishermen / catchers local communities depending on this species in the following locations: Ria de Aveiro, Lagoa de Óbidos, Tagus estuary and Sado estuary.

01/01/2018 - 30/06/2021

NutriMo – Development of handmade diets for tilapia nutrition in community based aquaculture in Mozambique

Freshwater fish farming in Cabo Delgado emerged in the 2000s, with the development of tilapia fish production. However, this activity has never been sustainable due to the lack of: quality juveniles, technology transfer, adequate feed, and technical capacity to transfer technology. The inexistence of fish feed factories in several geographic locations implicate fish feed importation […]

01/10/2018 - 31/03/2023

NYMPHE – New system-driven bioremediation of polluted habitats and environment

The objective of Nymphe is to develop bioremediation/revitalization strategies based on the assembly of systems of available and new biologics (enzymes, microorganisms, bivalves and earthworms, plants and their holobiont) developed and applied on matrices from different EU contaminated sites: groundwater, sediments (hyporheic zone), wastewater as well as industrial, and agricultural soils. The assembly of systems […]

01/01/2023 - 31/12/2026

OCEANTREE – Mechanisms of reproductive allochrony in endemic Portuguese seabirds: implications for population divergence and response to climate change

Allochrony, or the asynchrony in breeding times, between conspecifics can lead to reproductive isolation due to temporal assortative mating, and so to population divergence and speciation. In sympatry, allochrony may be the key driver of reproductive isolation. Alternatively, it can enhance isolation and genetic divergence between allopatric taxa through reinforcement following secondary contact.The NE Atlantic […]

01/10/2018 - 30/09/2021

OCEANWEBS – Ocean trophic networks: using spatial data, dietary information and top predator biomarkers to reveal the structure and functioning of subtropical pelagic ecosystems

Large marine predators are key elements in ocean ecosystems, acting as regulators of ecosystem services and many have high economic and social value. As such, their rapid and widespread decline as a result of overexploitation and other human impacts has aroused great concern among both scientists and policymakers. In response to this situation, resources and […]

01/04/2016 - 31/03/2019

Omics4Algae – Lipidomic tools for chemical phenotyping, traceability and valorisation of seaweeds from aquaculture as a sustainable source of high added-value compounds

The growing interest in cultured macroalgae for food, feed and pharma in Western countries demands a new knowledge on their constituents and new tools for traceability. Macroalgae’s polar lipids have nutritional, health benefits, and bioactive properties, contributing to their valorisation. Lack of knowledge on their polar lipidome hinders their full biotechnological potential. Lipids, pigments and […]

01/07/2018 - 30/06/2021

OPTIMAL (Optimisation, Apple, Alcobaça)

The guidelines that have been followed in the “Maçã de Alcobaça” sector are the result of the convictions that technicians and producers have acquired during international technical visits to the main competing areas. In the absence of a coherent model, the aim is to gather specific knowledge about apple growing in the PGI region, which […]

01/07/2017 - 31/12/2022

OptWire – Next-Generation Optical Wireless Communications Enabled by Artificial Intelligence

The exponential increase in mobile traffic demand is driving numerous research efforts towards the development of next-generation 6G communications, which are expected to support peak data-rates up to 1 Tbps, thereby requiring the development of novel ultra-high-capacity wireless communications technologies. Within this context, the OptWire project will exploit the usage of free-space optics (FSO) for […]

01/01/2022 - 31/12/2024

PAMP_it_UP – PAMPas grass control in the University of Aveiro campus, in marginal areas of Ria de Aveiro

PAMPitUP aims to contribute to solve an increasing ecological problem at national and regional levels, which is the invasion by the pampas-grass, Cortaderia selloana (Schult. & Schult. f.) Asch. & Graebn.The main objective of the project is to control this invasive species in the interface between the University Campus and the Special Protection Area of […]

01/01/2021 - 30/03/2022

PARC – Partnership for the Assessment of Risks from Chemicals

PARC is an EU-wide research and innovation partnership programme to support EU and national chemical risk assessment and risk management bodies with new data, knowledge, methods, networks and skills to address current, emerging and novel chemical safety challenges. PARC will facilitate the transition to next generation risk assessment to better protect human health and the […]

01/05/2022 - 30/04/2029

PASTURE+ Adaptive and resilient pastures: biochar-based agroecology for improving ecosystem services above and belowground

Context: Increasing pressures from intensive land management and climate change threaten the capacity of Mediterranean pastoral systems to maintain productivity for livestock, while supporting other key ecosystem services. Amending agricultural soils with biochar (carbon-based product of biomass pyrolysis) showed potential increases in crop yield via improved soil structure, water, nutrient and carbon dynamics. In pastoral soils, […]

01/11/2022 - 30/11/2025

PLANTA II- Role of salt-marsh plants in the mercury cycle under climate change scenarios: tracking the fate in light of toxicokinetic-toxicodynamic data

Recently the Minamata Convention on Mercury (2013) recognized mercury (Hg) as a chemical of global concern. Owing to its long-range atmospheric transport and persistence in the environment Hg can ultimately cause significant negative effects on human health. Although anthropogenic Hg emissions have been reduced by half in the last decades, ongoing contamination is still a […]

10/08/2018 - 09/08/2021

PLIMpine- Pine protection against Pitch canker through genetic resistance and Plant Immunization

Pinus is one of the most ecologically and economically significant tree genera in the world having an extreme economic importance to wood and paper industries. Pine pitch canker, caused by the fungus Fusarium circinatum, is an introduced non-native pine disease in natural and planted stands of Europe subject to quarantine measures. To date, there are […]

01/08/2018 - 30/07/2020

PoliTechWaste – Policy and Technology Analysis of Waste/Biomass Residue Gasification for Energy Production in Portugal

The main goal of this proposal partnership is to understand the viability of using MSW and biomass blends to produce cheaper and high quality syngas for energy purposes (complementary solution to current grid infrastructure), as will as to understand the environmental, health and climate change consequences of this technology use.

01/09/2018 - 31/08/2019

POLLINATE – Can biochar-engineered soils boost habitat use for pollinators in Portuguese sown biodiverse pastures?

Unsustainable soil management has led to well-documented declines in abundance and diversity of flora and increased pesticide usage, leading to a global overwhelming loss of habitat use by pollinators in intensive grasslands (pastures). Pastoral systems are increasingly challenged in their efforts to secure productivity and livestock, while supporting other ecosystem services, such as pollination. But […]

04/01/2022 - 31/01/2025

PORBIOTA – Portuguese E-Infrastructure for Biodiversity Information and Research

PORBIOTA is a distributed e-infrastructure for managing national biodiversity data, with a view to integrating it into the European e-Science infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystems research LIFEWATCH (ESFRI Roadmap 2016 Landmark). Adapted according to national needs (research, management, policy, administration, citizen science), but compatible with the requirements of LIFEWATCH and other international initiatives, PORBIOTA aims […]

01/06/2017 - 15/12/2022

PORBIOTA – Portuguese E-Infrastructure for Information and Research on Biodiversity

PORBIOTA is a Portuguese distributed e-infrastructure to manage biodiversity data, which will be integrated in the European e-Science infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem research (LIFEWATCH), an ESFRI Roadmap 2016 Landmark. Tailored according to the national needs (research, management, policy, governance, citizen science) but compliant with the requirements of LIFEWATCH and other international initiatives, PORBIOTA aims […]

01/06/2017 - 15/12/2022

PORP2PS – Development of PORphyrin-triPhenylPosphonium PhotoSensitizers for photodynamic inactivation of microorganisms

The PORP2PS project has as the main goal to develop new derivatives based on the conjugation of easily accessible porphyrin scaffolds with triphenylphosphonium salts and to exploit their efficacy as non-immobilized and immobilized photosensitizers (PS) in the photodynamic inactivation (PDI) of pathogenic microorganisms (MO), namely the multidrug-resistant (MDR) ones.Currently, one of the greatest public health […]

01/01/2022 - 31/12/2024

PRATYTECH – Biotechnology approaches towards the control of the root lesion nematode Pratylenchus penetrans

Phytoparasitic nematodes are responsible for major losses in various crops totalling up to 118 billion dollars a year. In terms of economic impact, root lesion nematodes (RLN), Pratylenchus spp. are in 3rd place, which is directly related to the number of host plants, more than 400 plant species (important agricultural crops, ornamentals, and fruit trees, […]

01/05/2016 - 30/06/2019

PRECIUS – Procurement Educational Consortium for Innovationsourcing Using Sustainability

In the European Union, public procurement by national and local authorities like provinces, municipalities, waterboards, and semi-public institutions (e.g., hospitals or universities) counts for 14% of the Gross Domestic Product (GPD), i.e., € 2 trillion every year. The European, national and local public procurement policy fosters sustainability and resilience and builds innovation capacity. It holds […]

31/05/2022 - 31/05/2025

PREVINE – Innovative approach for the PREVention of parasitosis and associated INfections that affecting farmEd fish

Currently, aquaculture contributes for more than 40% to the total fish production and the market of aquaculture products is expected to grow significantly. Disease outbreaks are responsible for about 20% of the estimated financial losses in aquaculture production and can significantly endanger both consumers and the environment. The presence of potentially dangerous populations of microbial […]

02/11/2018 - 01/10/2021

PRo-TECh-CLnA: Microbial production of bioactive conjugated linolenic acid isomers to obtain functional ingredients and foods

Conjugated linolenic acid (CLnA) isomers are promising compounds due to their chemical similarities with the healthy omega 3 and Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and bioactivity at lower doses than this former compound[1, 2]. Moreover, some bacteria from foods transform linolenic (ALA) into CLnA and improved the in vivo fatty acid (FA) composition of liver, adipose […]

01/02/2017 - 31/01/2020

ProBioMar – Modelling processes and functions of lagoon ecosystems: a better management and conservation of marine biological resources

ProBioMar aims to contribute for the protection and restoration of aquatic biodiversity and aquatic ecosystems within the framework of sustainable fishing activities, contributing to the effective management and conservation of marine biological resources, taking Ria de Aveiro as a case of study. Combining ecology-based knowledge and modelling expertise, ProBioMar emerges in the sense of improving […]

01/01/2020 - 31/12/2022

PRORIFT- Rifting processes and lithospheric structure at the continent-ocean transition in the South China Sea and the West Iberia margin

This joint project aims to better understand continental breakup, factors influencing mantle exhumation and processes in the rift to drift transition at the ContinentOcean Transition (COT) through a comparative study of the South China Sea (SCS) and the West Iberian (WI) continental margins. In the SCS, a multichannel seismic reflection survey with deployment of ocean […]

01/10/2017 - 30/09/2021

PROTEUS – Products and technologies for the Eucalyptus globulus sector

The PROTEUS project aims to develop new products, alternative raw materials and technologies associated with the valorisation of by-products resulting from pulp and paper production, from a circular economy perspective. The by-products considered in PROTEUS are dregs, grits, fly ash and sludge (biological and calcareous), as well as specific liquid effluents (alkaline and D0 – […]

01/10/2016 - 30/09/2019

PRUNING – Mapping open burning of agricultural residues from Earth Observations and modelling of air quality impacts

The field burning of pruning material and other agricultural residues is an important source of atmospheric pollutants, with a strong impact on air quality, in several regions of the world. In Portugal, burning material of pruning permanent crops such as vineyards, olive groves and other orchards, is a common practice that takes place usually from […]

01/03/2023 - 31/08/2024

PRUNUS FITO: Assessment of the impact of some enemies (pests and diseases) on prune crops in the Cova da Beira region and evaluation of the effectiveness of different control methods in controlling them

The importance of biodiversity for ecosystem functioning has been a central focus of discussion, since the growth of intensive agriculture. In recent years, this practice has caused an erosion of functional biodiversity, resulting in a decrease in the arthropod fauna activity and the destruction of habitats (food resources and hibernation sites) critical to species survival. […]

01/09/2016 - 30/06/2022

PUFApods – Merging blue and green food systems – Using marine gammarid amphipods supplied with plant food processing side streams to produce n-3 LC-PUFA

Globally, there is a generalised crisis on the supply of ingredients to formulated aquafeeds with suitable levels of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA), namely those from the n-3 family (popularly known as omega 3). These aquafeeds are paramount to successfully culture marine fish and shrimp, whose demand continues to increase worldwide. Because of such crisis, […]

01/01/2023 - 31/12/2025

R3FOREST Using exotic biomass for post-fire restoration: Reuse, Regenerate and Reforest

The R3forest project aims to implement and evaluate an array of technical solutions simultaneously, which use best practice synergies to achieve a healthy soil, tackle erosion, increase biodiversity, manage invasive species and maintain forest production at the same time.

01/04/2018 - 31/03/2022

RadoNorm – Towards effective radiation protection based on improved scientific evidence and social considerations – focus on radon and NORM

The RadoNorm project will support European Union Member States Associated Countries and the European Commission in the implementation of the Council Directive 2013/59/EURATOM laying down Basic Safety Standards (BSS) for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation at the legal, executive and operational level. The project aims to significantly reduce scientific, societal […]

01/09/2020 - 31/08/2025

RaMP – Rapid-response to Marine Pollution

This proposal proposes the development and empowerment of low-cost autonomous air, surface and submarine vehicles for operations of prevention, monitoring, surveillance and response to marine pollution events. In conjunction with current numerical modelling tools, it aims to minimize the inherent costs to operations, increase their speed and facilitate the identification of polluting sources. Through the […]

15/01/2020 - 14/01/2022

ReACT – Risk assessment in Fildes Peninsula: improving knowledge towards environmental protection ACTions in the Antarctica

However, the integration of chemical assessment (environmental burden), ecological data (effects in the biota) and ecotoxicological evidences (cause-effect relationships) is still scarce. This project intends to apply a structured Environmental Risk Assessment framework collecting data from and integrating these three lines of evidence to the Fildes Peninsula, which has been highlighted as a hotspot of […]

20/02/2018 - 31/12/2019

REDEEM – Resilience of anthozoan corals to deep-sea mining, an holobiontic approach

Commercial-scale mining for polymetallic nodules could have a major impact on the deep-sea environment, but the effects of these mining activities on organisms are very poorly known. In addition to the removal of nodules, that are essential for many species, nodule mining will also cause sediment plumes that may bury or smother seafloor organisms and […]

22/07/2018 - 21/07/2021

REDRESS- Restoration of deep-sea habitats to rebuild European Seas

REDRESS aims to provide a key contribution to the EU commitments towards restoring degraded ecosystems, especially in the deep sea. REDRESS will provide solutions to prioritize future restoration actions, extend deep-sea restoration to previously neglected habitat types, and demonstrate the feasibility, potential, and value for success of deep-sea ecosystem restoration. The project will focus on […]

01/02/2024 - 31/01/2028

REFINECYANO – Using biorefinery to value cyanobacteria pigments

The environmental management of cyanobacteria blooms driving eutrophication and potentially representing environmental and human health risks is critical. Here, an add-on to typical management strategies is proposed and explored through the commercial valuation of this nuisance biomass, following-up on previous projects by the research team addressing similar rationales. Although the potential of cyanobacteria as sources […]

27/07/2018 - 26/07/2021

Rem-Aqua – Photosensitized degradation as a remediation process for the removal of pharmaceuticals from aquaculture effluents

Aquaculture has developed strongly in recent decades, leading to highly sophisticated fish farms, making considerable use of feed, hormones and antibiotics, with a recognized environmental impact. To guarantee the economic sustainability of the sector, production has been intensified using water recirculation systems and appropriate treatments to optimize the use of this valuable resource. Concerns about […]

22/06/2018 - 21/06/2021

RemediGrass – Seagrass beds as green and blue infrastructures for ecosystem restoration

“With the implementation of WFD, contemporary trace element contamination issues in aquatic systems will occur through internal loading from sediment contaminant sinks. Such events result in loss of ecosystem services and biodiversity, and may implicate rehabilitation. Therefore, the development of rehabilitation strategies to remediate these historically contaminated areas is a challenge to the scientific community.The […]

13/12/2018 - 12/12/2022

ReMoliço – Reabilitação de zonas contaminadas da Ria de Aveiro através da recolonização com moliço

The WFD implementation set limits for contaminant discharges into aquatic ecosystems. Therefore, current contamination events result mainly from geochemical processes involving contaminants stored in sediments. These processes result in the loss of ecosystem services, such as the loss of recreational value in impacted areas, reduced biodiversity, fish and other food and feed resources contamination, and […]

01/01/2019 - 31/12/2021

RESTORE4Cs – Modelling RESTORation of wEtlands for Carbon pathways, Climate Change mitigation and adaptation, ecosystem services, and biodiversity, Co-benefits

RESTORE4Cs aims to assess the role of restoration action on wetlands climate change mitigation capacity and a wide range of ecosystem services using an integrative socio-ecological systems approach. Focusing on coastal wetlands across Europe, RESTORE4Cs will deliver standardised methodologies and approaches for the prioritisation of restoration promoting carbon-storage and greenhouse gasses (GHG) emissions abatement, while […]

01/01/2023 - 31/12/2025

Review of Red Book of Mammals in Portugal and evaluation of the conservation status

This project is part of the legal provisions on the environment that form part of the Habitats Directive on the Preservation of Natural Habitats and Wild Fauna and Flora (92/43/CEE) and regulate the Natura 2000 Network, the Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Zones. More specifically, this project aims to: i) update information on […]

01/05/2019 - 30/11/2022

REWRITE – REWilding and Restoration of Intertidal Sediment Ecosystems for Carbon Sequestration, Climate Adaptation and Biodiversity Support

Within European coastal zones, intertidal areas consisting of soft sediment emerging during each low tide, form complex seascapes covering more than 10 000 km2 along the 35 000 km of the tidal coastline. These habitats provide multiple ecosystem services with great potential to cope with the biodiversity-climate crisis by contributing to carbon neutrality, climate resilience […]

01/10/2023 - 30/09/2028

RhizoMiS – Redesigning the rhizosphere microbiome of Salicornia for exploitation of bioproducts and improvement of bioprocesses

This project aims at formulating cocktails of autochthonous plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) suitable for targeted manipulations of the rhizosphere of the halophyte Salicornia ramosissima. The objective is to modulate the metabolome of the plant towards the production of high added value metabolites, while improving stress tolerance to climate change and environmental deterioration. The work […]

15/10/2018 - 14/04/2022

RiskBenefit4EU: Partnering to strengthen the risk-benefit assessment within EU using a holistic approach

Human diet may present both potential risks and benefits to consumers. The balance between risk and benefit is of interest to food authorities developing food policy and consumer advice, to businesses developing new food products, and to consumers considering dietary changes. The risk-benefit assessment (RBA), a relatively new discipline, intends to estimate the benefits and […]

17/01/2018 - 17/10/2019

rWILD-COA-Ecological challenges and opportunities of trophic rewilding in Côa Valley

The rupestrian marks identified over the Côa Valley are the evidence that the link between ungulates and Humans is a long tradition that dates back to the Palaeolithic period. By harnessing animal traction, humans have shaped Mediterranean landscapes for centuries, causing the degradation of ecosystem services and the extirpation of biodiversity, including wild ungulates. Today, […]

01/06/2020 - 31/05/2023

SafeApple – Alcobaça Apple Quality Conservation: zero waste target

With the SafeApple project, and through the use of more ecological methodologies that have already been studied and developed on a laboratory scale, the aim is to preserve the distinctive quality characteristics of the Alcobaça apple for a longer period of time. The aim is also to increase the value of this product, since the […]

02/01/2018 - 31/12/2022

SALTFREE II – Salinisation of coastal ecosystems due to climate change: validating safety levels to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services

In the last century sea level rose 12-22 cm on a global average and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reiterates sea level will continue to rise. Major concerns regard the intrusion of seawater into coastal low-lying ecosystems; most host a large/unique biodiversity and are vital for nature conservation (targeted by EU environmental-related Strategies/Directives, e.g. […]

01/06/2018 - 31/05/2021

Sandtrack – Beach nourishment: an integrated methodology for coastal management support

Artificial beach nourishment constitutes an effective and environmental friendly protection that guarantees existing standards of coastal defence and management against coastal erosion while preserving beach recreational values. To improve the design and performance of such operations, a comprehensive understanding of the processes governing nourished beach evolution is needed. The quantification of morpho-sedimentary changes involving artificial […]

10/08/2018 - 28/02/2022

SAYFERT – Safety and effectiveness of Estarreja-based fertilisers under circular economy principles

The SAYFERT project regards valorisation of local-available biomass to design innovative and safe fertilisers, especially by using residual biomass resulting from forest cleaning operations. Despite the well-known value of biochar in carbon sequestration and soil amelioration, the state-of-the-art of biochar applications is still lacking of a full validation on its environmental merit, namely on ecotoxicity […]

01/01/2023 - 31/12/2024

SCREEN and TOXIN – Looking for the interference of sunscreen products on the accumulation of marine biotoxins in shellfish (Donax trunculus) and for “green” alternatives: innovation for environmental and socioeconomic sustainability

The contamination of bivalve molluscs by lipophilic toxins is responsible for human intoxications with manifestations that can be severe. In Portugal, the most common toxins are those of the okadaic acid (OA) group, associated with diarrheic intoxications called DSP (Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning). Given the danger of these intoxications, several species of bivalves with commercial interest […]

01/01/2021 - 30/06/2023

Sea2See: Innovative blockchain traceability technology and Stakeholders’ Engagement strAtegy for boosting Sustainable sEafood visibility, social acceptance and consumption in Europe

Current seafood traceability tools and services have the potential to take advantage of novel blockchain technologies to obtain a wide range of data making sustainable seafood practices more visible to consumers. Sea2See project will fill in existing seafood traceability gaps through development of an innovative end-to-end blockchain model and professional and consumer applications to increase […]

01/07/2022 - 30/06/2026

SEAMIGRANT – Causes and consequences of individual variability in the migratory strategies of a pelagic seabird, with relevance for marine monitoring in a context of global changes

Animal migration is a permanent source of wonder. Billions of birds connect regions (and people!) widely separated, redistributing themselves over the planet. Migratory birds also are amongst the most threatened by global change. But our understanding of migration is still limited in multiple aspects, which has implications for our ability to conserve species and to […]

01/04/2016 - 31/03/2019

SEARCHLIGHT – Diatom motility as driver of estuarine microphytobenthos productivity: species-specific photobehavior, photoprotection strategies, and light sensing mechanisms

Diatoms are single-cell microalgae renowned for their uniquely complex and beautifully intricate silica-based cell walls. Diatoms are evolutionarily diverse and extraordinarily successful, and of major ecological importance. Their photosynthesis captures 40% of the total carbon fixed by marine ecosystems, the equivalent to 20-25% of the total carbon fixation by all aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems combined. […]

01/01/2022 - 31/12/2024

SEEBug – Development of a SEnsor for the Rapid and Effective Detection of Pathogenic Bacteria in Bivalves

Bivalve production in Portugal has been increasing substantially, leading the mollusc commercialisation rankings in some national production areas, so its economic impact on the domestic and export markets is increasingly relevant. However, bivalve production sites are often affected by faecal contamination, promoting the accumulation of pathogenic bacteria in these filter organisms. The need to apply […]

08/07/2020 - 30/06/2023

SEEBug – Develoment of a sensor for the fast and efficient detection of pathogenic bacteria in Bivalves

The production of shellfish in Portugal has been increasing substantially, leading the ranking of mollusc marketing in some areas of national production, so its economic impact on the domestic and export market is increasingly relevant. However, the bivalves production sites are frequently affected by fecal contamination, what promotes the accumulation of pathogenic bacteria in these […]

08/07/2020 - 30/06/2023

SENSECOR – Immunosensory integrated system for a fast and efficient detection of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

In view of the worldwide pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, it is urgent to create user-friendly and cost-effective tools capable of providing an early, fast and efficient diagnostic of infection by citizens. In this sense, the SENSECOR project aims to develop Proof of Concept of an innovative and unprecedented system that integrates several units: immunosensory […]

01/02/2020 - 31/05/2022

ShareForest – Sharing decisions in forests: participatory methodology for public and stakeholder engagement in the protection and valorisation of forests in Portugal

The catastrophic wildfires of 2017 have triggered in the civil society a broad debate about future decisions and actions towards the rehabilitation and valorisation of Portuguese forests. Although sustainable forest management is a central pillar on public policies in Portugal, the decision-making processes are still traditional and centralized and have evidenced limitations both in the […]

01/03/2021 - 29/02/2024

Ship Clones – Characterization and search for biomarker of marine transmissible cancers

Transmissible cancers are passed between individuals through the transfer of living cancer cells. In nature, there are only three types of transmissible cancer, affecting dogs, Tasmanian devils and marine bivalve molluscs. In the former two mammals, transmission occurs during mating, whereas in molluscs it is possible that cells colonise new hosts through ocean currents or […]

01/09/2022 - 31/08/2024

SIMAtlantic – Supporting Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Atlantic

The Supporting Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Atlantic (SIMAtlantic) project aims to support the establishment and implementation of the Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in five European Atlantic countries. This objective will be achieved by building capacity for transboundary cooperation and undertaking concrete actions of direct relevance for competent authorities tasked with developing maritime […]

01/07/2019 - 01/07/2021

SIMBIOSALT

The SimbioSalt project aims to investigate an alternative valorization of those residues whereby, through the combination of technologies, a solution will be developed to obtain a commercially valuable product – purified brine – with two potential uses: (i) use within the industry that generated the brine, or (ii) use within the tanning industry (for skin […]

30/09/2020 - 30/06/2023

SisMAR – Maritime Safety Support System

The SisMAR project aims to develop a risk analysis support system for sea operations based on predictive and monitoring components of the marine environment and vessel location, seeking to promote a significant increase in inland waterway safety by fishing and recreational vessels. It also intends to develop and install a visibility measurement and forecasting system […]

01/04/2019 - 30/09/2021

sleep – shedding light on freshwater ecosystems under environmental change and pollution

Light pollution due to human activities has become an emergent issue of environmental concern. Numerous human health and ecological detrimental effects of anthropogenicinduced changes to light conditions and especially of artificial light at night (ALAN) have been identified during recent years. Most studies have been conducted on terrestrial ecosystems and/or on vertebrates showing that ALAN […]

01/03/2021 - 29/02/2024

SMART – diStributed AI systeM for mArine plastic debris monitoring

Marine plastic pollution is a substantial threat to wildlife and human health. The ability to detect floating plastic debris in short periods after they enter the ocean is a mitigating factor, which avoids the degradation of the macroplastics into smaller pieces and the consequential threat to the food chain. Leveraging on the breadth of experience […]

01/02/2022 - 31/01/2024

SMARTAQUA – Development of SMART nanostructured layers for sensing corrosion in AQUAtic structures

Corrosion is a result of thermodynamically-driven processes which occur due to the interaction of active metal alloys with the surrounding environment, leading to the degradation of metallic structures. This problem is particularly relevant in offshore structures (oil platforms, windmills, etc.) due to particularly aggressive conditions such as high salinity and humidity. Although there are several […]

01/03/2018 - 28/02/2021

SmartBioR – Smart Valorization of Biological Marine Resources

The Integrated Programme SmartBioR is composed by a single research line entitled Smart Valorization of Endogenous Marine Biological Resources Under a Changing Climate. It addresses The Valorization and Efficient Use of Endogenous Natural Resources, a priority for Portugal Centro-Region. It aims to strengthen regional scientific research, technological development and innovation through the recruitment of highly […]

03/04/2017 - 31/12/2020

SmokeStorm – Forecasting and communicating wildland fire smoke effects

The main purpose of the SmokeStorm project is to develop, test and operationalize a web platform delivering near-real time smoke dispersion forecasts, as well as user friendly information on the potential effects on human health and visibility, to be used by Portuguese stakeholders. In fact, the Extreme Wildfires Events (EWE) recently registered in Australia, United […]

01/02/2021 - 31/01/2024

SO-TOX – Source and toxicological profile of airborne particles in an african megacity

SO-TOX is a HORIZON-WIDERA project coordinated by the Center for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) of the University of Aveiro, in collaboration with the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança and the Agostinho Neto University, in Luanda, Angola. SO-TOX complements APAM, a project funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology that began in March 2023. […]

14/02/2024 - 13/02/2026

Soil@INT – Soils: monitoring to mitigate the effect of climate change

Soils are a vital resource, providing and regulating numerous ecosystem services (ES), but they are highly vulnerable to degradation. The inland region of the Iberian Peninsula is one of the most threatened by desertification, with high levels of aridity, risk of erosion and declining soil productivity. Paradoxically, this is one of the region’s most dependent […]

01/10/2023 - 01/10/2026

SOILCOMBAT – Engineering the sponge function of Portuguese pasture soils to sustainably combat desertification

Desertification is a growing concern in Portugal as models predict decreasing annual precipitation, and higher intensity events especially in the winter season, and increased potential evapotranspiration. SOILCOMBAT’s idea is to adapt the sponge function of pasture soils by engineering them with designer biochar to raise the organic matter saturation several times, without the need for […]

01/06/2021 - 31/05/2024

SOLVO – Solutions to restore degraded Soils in mediterranean OLive orchards Via Organic mulch and biochar from olive industry waste

The recent introduction of superintensive irrigated olive groves in the Mediterranean, with up to 2000 olive trees per ha, poses new concerns about poses new concerns about soil and water resources. Unsustainable management practices will trigger desertification, and lead to land degradation by soil erosion and soil fertility losses, compromise long-term food security as well […]

01/01/2023 - 31/12/2025

SOPRO – Chemical and toxicological SOurce PROfiling of particulate matter in urban air

Air is a natural resource that is part of local and global ecosystem services. The latest burden estimates reflect the impressive role air pollution, and principally particles lower than 10 and 2.5 um (PM10 or PM2.5), plays in cardiorespiratory illness and premature deaths. Also, air pollution and climate change are closely related. While technological progresses […]

26/07/2018 - 25/07/2021

SPACE FOR SHORE 3.0

With ESA Coastal Erosion Evolution, our ambition is to reaffirm that the coastal erosion issue from space has to be tackled in close connection with the coastal community and stakeholder requirements, in order to align the satellite products with coastal areas particularities and the end user needs. But in the meanwhile, the satellite products cannot […]

28/07/2021 - 31/07/2022

SPACE FOR SHORE 4.0

The Space for Shore consortium in the framework of the ESA Coastal Erosion program has been working since 2019 to engage coastal managers in charge of beach and shoreline planning in the adoption of EO-based satellite products fed by satellite data coming from various historical and ongoing EO missions. In this new phase is intended […]

10/01/2023 - 31/08/2023

SPORE – space for shore

The use of new technologies for shoreline monitoring has significantly increased during the past 20 years (airborne lidar topographic surveys, photogrammetry, in situ laser scanning) but their definitive adoption still depends on their cost to effectiveness ratio. At the same time, previous work has shown high-resolution (Pleiades-like) optical satellite remote sensing to be adequate and […]

01/02/2019 - 01/02/2021

SPRINT – Sustainable Plant Protection Transition: A Global Health Approach

The SPRINT project will make an internationally valid contribution to assess integrated risks and impacts of pesticides on environment and human health, both at regional and European level. SPRINT will inform and accelerate the adoption of innovative transition pathways towards more sustainable plant protection in the context of a global health approach.

01/09/2020 - 31/08/2025

STEP – Schools Tackling Estarreja Air Pollution

Children are in school for one-third of their normal day where bad indoor air quality (IAQ) emerges as a real problem. As in most countries, schools in Portugal are not subject to regular monitoring of IAQ and its health effects. STEP has Estarreja as a case study, and aims to answer the following 3 main […]

01/12/2022 - 30/11/2024

Strandings network in the North of Portugal: marine mammals and seaturtles

The main objective of the project is to ensure the implementation of the National Strandings Network in the North of Portugal, to gather data on the occurrence and distribution patterns of the main species of marine mammals and reptiles in the region, to evaluate their main mortality causes and to collect biological samples. This will […]

01/01/2020 - 30/11/2020

Study of Degraded Areas Recovery with Nanostructured Particles

Industrial development provides benefits to society, but also leads to significant environmental changes often traduced in reducing the quality of soil, air, and water. In this scope, industrial activities, mining and agricultural sectors can be cited. Nanostructured materials have been receiving significant attention for remediation of degraded areas and treatment of liquid effluents. Materials like […]

01/05/2018 - 30/04/2021

Study of the influence of microplastics on water resources

Microplastics are contaminants found in aquatic environments, caused by the intentional production or fragmentation of larger plastics. Their accumulation and persistence in the environment, the potential to interact with other pollutants and organisms, as well as altering the abiotic characteristics of ecosystems, can lead to environmental consequences. It is estimated that more than 80 per […]

01/01/2020 - 31/12/2022

Supporting the national strandings network: North of Portugal

Monitoring sea turtle and marine mammal populations on the Portuguese coast allows to quantify mortality rates for each of the species that occur in the Continental Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Sea turtle and marine mammal strandings occur in all regions where these specimens are present. The main objectives of this project taking place in the […]

19/02/2021 - 30/11/2021

SUShI – SUStainable use of Insect protein in aquaculture feed

SUShI aims to contribute to the delivery of sustainable solutions to the protein supply crisis in aquaculture using insects. To meet the demands of a growing population, is necessary to produce sustainably enough nutritious food. Aquaculture is a growing and efficient food production system, which has apparently reduced the pressure on ocean fisheries in line […]

22/06/2018 - 22/06/2022

SUSPHOTOSOLUTIONS – Sustainable Photovoltaic Solutions

Societies with ambitious programs on renewable energies and seeking carbon neutral energy mixes (e.g. Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Scotland, Iceland, Portugal) besides the development of sustainable solutions for photovoltaic (PV) energy conversion, are seeking a variety of energy storage concepts to deal with the high variability and intermittence of renewable energies, and corresponding supply-demand gaps. This […]

01/05/2017 - 30/04/2020

SusPiRe – a tool towards sustainable management of Pinus pinaster (Ait.) forests based on the prediction of spontaneous regeneration

Replacement of pine by eucalypt plantations is a common forest conversion in Portugal after fire and after clear cutting of mature pine plantations. Abundant spontaneous pine regeneration, however, is often observed in new planted eucalypt stands and, to a lesser degree, in newly planted pine stands, particularly in Central Portugal, implying that forest management planning […]

01/07/2018 - 31/12/2020

Symbioreactor – Sustainable Production of Bioactive Metabolites from Microbial Symbionts of Marine Sponges and Corals

This research proposal unties three Excellent Portuguese R&D Units from the public and private sectors, formalized as consortium partners, in addition to one biotechnology-based company specialized in bioprocess optimization and one foreign consultant with outstanding expertise in analytical chemistry. Featuring a highly multidisciplinary team with 15 doctorates, this project fosters excellent scientific dissemination, training and […]

01/10/2019 - 31/12/2022

SYNERGY – Upgrading wastewater treatment via synergistic adsorption-degradation of organic microcontaminants by enzyme-modified carbon materials

Scientific and technological developments of the last century undeniably contributed to achieve current lifestyle standards. Yet, such progress also resulted in an undesirable heritage of anthropogenic contaminants that are seriously affecting water quality. That is the case of organic microcontaminants, such as pharmaceuticals, which end up in wastewaters as a result of human and veterinary […]

01/01/2023 - 31/12/2025

TERRA – Climate change impacTs in EstaRRejA region

Although great efforts have been made over the last years, climate change continues to impact our planet.According to IPCC predictions, atmospheric CO2 levels and mean temperature are expected to continue rising jointly with the frequency/intensity/duration of extreme weather events (e.g., droughts and floods). The impact of climate change may be exacerbated in metal(loid)-contaminated areas, such […]

01/09/2022 - 31/08/2024

The use of physical, chemical and biological tools to evaluate the water resources under the influence of the Norsk Hydro Mining Company (Paragominas-PA)

The current proposal has the general aim of evaluating the environmental quality of the water and sediment of the Potiritá and Capim rivers in the Paragominas region, under the influence of the Norsk Hydro Mining company. An integrated approach using physical, chemical and biological tools through examining metal concentrations, histopathological and biochemical biomarkers; and population […]

01/01/2019 - 31/12/2019

TID4AGRO – Advanced, innovative, and digital technologies for the agri-food sector of EUROACE

EUROACE presents a wide margin for improvement in innovation capacity, especially in converting research results into options applicable to the productive fabric. To achieve this, it is necessary to increase spending on I+D+i, as well as increase the relative weight of personnel who develop technological and knowledge activities, especially women. Furthermore, in a territory with […]

01/01/2024 - 31/12/2026

Trace elements biogeochemistry in marine systems: interplay of climate change and biological influence

Coastal systems often serve as sinks for toxic elements, and changes in salinity, pH and temperature, predicted to occur in the next decades due to global climate change, are expected to influence elements geochemistry in aquatic systems. The effects of these changes may also alter biota sensitivity and elements uptake rates. These fluctuations can lead […]

01/09/2018 - 25/07/2022

TRANSKEW – Measurements of sand transport induced by skewed waves and currents

Transnational Access to Hydralab Major Research InfrastructureAccess to the Large Oscillating Water Tunnel (LOWT) of WL|Delft Hydraulics The knowledge and modelling of sand transport induced by waves and currents still has considerable shortcomings. Two large knowledge gaps in sand transport processes are: i) sand transport induced by skewed waves and ii) sand transport due to […]

17/09/2017 - 03/12/2017

TraSeafood – Tracing the Geographic Origin of Seafood as a Pathway Towards the Smart Valorization of Endogenous Marine Resources

Project TraSeafood aims to determine elemental and/or biochemical fingerprints present in marine endogenous resources captured and/or cultured along the Atlantic western and south-western Iberian coast that can be used to trace their place of origin. The following species will be addressed in this unprecedented effort to develop an integrative framework towards the traceability of geographic […]

01/06/2018 - 31/12/2021

TROJAN RATS – Travellers in Transit: seaports as gateways for the arrival and spread of rodent-borne pathogens

Worldwide, rats are responsible for major economic losses, including damage to human dwellings and food spoilage. Rats are also important vectors for the spread of numerous diseases to humans and animals. Globalised trading routes facilitate the dispersal of rats and their pathogens, with seaports constituting pivotal entry points and potential hotspots of disease. Rodent control […]

01/10/2018 - 30/09/2021

TRUESOIL – True SOC sequestration: understanding trade-offs and dynamic interactions between SOC stocks and GHG emissions for climate-smart agri-soil management

Agricultural soils are depleted of organic carbon (OC) and have the potential to sequester substantial amounts of C, contributing to climate change mitigation. An increase in soil organic carbon (SOC) has additional benefits, including improvements in soil fertility, water retention and texture, which supports crop productivity and biodiversity. Restoring and maintaining SOC can be achieved […]

01/07/2022 - 01/07/2025

UMBERT-eco – Ecosystem services on horticulture: value of native mirid species

Mirid bugs are important biological control agents mainly in protected but also in field vegetable crops. Several species are zoophytophagous meaning they can feed on both animal and vegetable food sources. In Portugal growers have been releasing Nesidiocoris tenuis (Nt) into tomato greenhouses, to control whiteflies and leaf miners, and recently Tuta absoluta. Nt is […]

10/01/2020 - 31/12/2022

UNaLab – Urban Nature Labs

UNaLab will develop, via co-creation with stakeholders and implementation of ‘living lab’ demonstration areas, a robust evidence base and European framework of innovative, replicable, and locally-attuned nature-based solutions (NBSs) to enhance the climate and water resilience of cities. UNaLab focuses on urban ecological water management, accompanied with greening measures and innovative and inclusive urban design. […]

01/06/2017 - 31/05/2022

UNRAvEL – Understanding the Mechanisms of Toxicity of NanomateRials – EnvironmentaL impact Assessment

Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) have a global spreading in the environment. Once in the environment, biota will uptake them. Their chemical nature is diverse, from inorganics (e.g. SiO2) to organics (e.g. carbon nanotubes-CNTs). Currently, of major concern, are also nanoplastics (considered here as a group of ENMs) enclosing polymer binders and nano-fillers/additives. Additionally, ENMs can be […]

01/07/2018 - 31/03/2022

Unravelling evolutionary physiology landscapes of coastal marine fauna under extreme temperatures using a multi-layer Systems Biology approach

ExtremeOceans proposes that the understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying plasticity, adaptation and vulnerability of species subjected to ocean warming and heat waves can help us predict consequences beyond the narrow time-frame of climate change effects-oriented research. The main aim of ExtremeOceans is to unravel the genomic basis of adaptation and the role of epigenetics in […]

29/03/2021 - 28/03/2025

UNTIE – UNravelling the role of emerging parasitic diseases in the structure and function of coastal communiTIEs and ecosystems

Trematode parasites are usually omnipresent in coastal and transitional waters, but their pathogenicity is considered low due to lack of overt signs of disease. This often the case for the final and second intermediate host (usually an invertebrate) but not true for the first intermediate host (always a mollusc), where infection can lead to death […]

01/01/2023 - 31/12/2025

URGENTpine2.0 – Desenvolvimento de uma floresta resiliente com base na plataforma experimental Pinus-Fusarium circinatum: do conhecimento à ação.

The forest is an essential strategic resource for a green economy. About 10 million hectares of pine forest are at risk from resinous pine canker (CRP), an infection caused by the fungus Fusarium circinatum. Integrated forest disease management is not a simple path but rather a set of complementary measures, including but rather a set […]

01/07/2022 - 30/06/2023

VESPRA – Vulnerable Elements in Spain and Portugal and Risk Assessment

VESPRA arises for the improvement of the risk management mechanisms, focusing in the border area between Spain and Portugal both for local risks as forest fires, and for other general ones such as the affectation by adverse meteorological phenomena or the dispersion of pollutants in wide areas. Within the project, an international protocol will be […]

01/01/2021 - 31/12/2022

VitroTox – Linking in vitro to in vivo toxicity of pharmaceuticals: An integrative approach

Since the early 90s, the continuous input of pharmaceuticals into the environment has brought environmental chemists and toxicologists to join forces in order to tackle obstacles and answer questions regarding the eventual risk posed by such compounds to human and environmental health. One of the main challenges in the area of analytical chemistry is the […]

29/03/2021 - 28/03/2024

WaderTrack – High precision tracking system of waders

[Only available in Portuguese]Este projecto irá originar novo conhecimento sobre as interacções de espécies prioritárias com habitats protegidos na Zona deProteção Especial (ZPE) do estuário do Tejo. Para tal, pretende-se implementar um sistema inovador de alta precisão noseguimento remoto de aves limícolas, tanto na área intertidal como nos habitats supralitorais. O sistema tem por base […]

23/09/2020 - 31/12/2020

WAFLE – Water footprint profile assessment of forests – the case of eucalypt

The depletion of water resources and decline in water quality is one of the greatest challenges to meet sustainable development. The quantification of water use is crucial for identifying potential opportunities to reduce water consumption and pollution. In this context, the water footprint (WF) has been proposed recently as a tool based on life cycle […]

01/01/2019 - 30/06/2022

WasteMAC – Industrial wastes as new resources for micro-wave assisted production of magnetic activated carbons – application in the removal of pharmaceuticals from water

The development of efficient and cost-effective methodologies to remove pharmaceuticals from contaminated effluents constitute a key point to reduce the input of these pollutants into water resources. Removal of pharmaceuticals from water by adsorption onto activated carbons (AC) is considered one of the most powerful solutions for this problem, but the high costs of commercial […]

01/07/2018 - 31/12/2021

WasteZero-PCBs – A sustainable and nearly waste-zero technology for recycling waste printed circuit boards

Waste printed circuit boards (PCBs) account for about 3% of nearly 50Mt/year global E-waste generation. They are constituted by a heterogeneous mixture of metals, ceramic and plastics. Among these fractions, the driving force for recycling waste PCBs is the recovery of metals (in particular Au). Because PCBs contain many base and precious metals (PMs), which […]

25/07/2018 - 30/06/2022

WE-NEED – WatEr NEEDs, Availability, Quality and Sustainability

Groundwater (GW) is a major source of water supply in Europe. This natural resource is endangered by several factors, such as improper water management policies, including over-exploitation, and contamination by anthropogenic activities. Ignoring the profound consequences of GW depletion and quality deterioration is the foundation on which unsustainable water policies are built. The goal of […]

20/04/2016 - 19/04/2019

WildForests – Wildlife conservation and exotic production forests: the need for a bidirectional relation in sustainable landscapes

Conversion of native ecosystems to agriculture, agro-forestry or forestry systems is considered a major threat to biodiversity, since it induces changes in the composition and structure of communities, and likely the modification of ecological processes. Despite its negative effects, converted systems can still sustain wildlife, including some menaced species, which manage to adapt to new […]

01/06/2018 - 31/05/2021

WIN-BIG – Women in Blue Economy Intelligence Gathering and Capacity Boosting 

Empowering Women in Blue Economy across EU  The WIN-BIG project seeks to address the current knowledge gaps regarding women’s role and participation in the Blue Economy across Europe. By conducting extensive surveys and data mining, the project aims to provide widespread and accurate information on gender status and the extent of women’s involvement in the […]

01/05/2023 - 30/04/2026

WinTherface – Mass exchange driven by wind and temperature in lake-wetland interfaces

WinTherface addresses the study of thermally driven exchange flows in lake-wetlands interfaces. The project motivation arises from the relevant ecological and environmental impacts of exchange flows in lake-wetland interfaces, playing a key role in the transport of nutrients and pollutants. Despite of the advances on isolated mechanisms, the interaction of buoyancy, drag and wind forces […]

04/10/2018 - 03/10/2021