The University of Algarve (UAlg) and the Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA) organised a International Conference "Sustainable Development of the Oceans: A Useful Utopia: A Useful Utopia" in honour of Professor Mario Ruivo,  last 14th and 15th of November (Green auditorium, University of Algarve). The objective was "to evoke the contribution of this marine biologist, an honorary doctor of UAlg, for the development of marine sciences and technologies, with notable impacts at national and international levels."
The initiative also had the support of the EurOcean Office and the following research centres: CIIMAR (University of Porto), CESAM (University of Aveiro) and MARE (several Portuguese universities).

 

The Center of Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA) of the University of Algarve collaborated in the "Pollution of the Sea" exercise, promoted by the Serviço do Combate à Poluição do Mar (SCPM) of the Direção-geral da Autoridade Marítima (DGAM) that took place on October 18 and 19, 2017 in Vila Real de Santo António.

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Doctor Sónia Cristina was awarded  a Prize in Sciences on 02/10/2017 at a ceremony at the Algeciras Campus of the University of Cadiz. The PhD thesis of Sónia won the second prize for the best thesis of the year from the University of Cadiz.

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The article "Natural Agent" was published in the National Geographic (Portugal) based on an article from the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin by CIMA-UAlg Researchers Liliana Carvalho, Jaime Anibal and Cristina Veiga-Pires, in collaboration with Carlos Rocha and AlexandraFleming from Trinity College Dublin.
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The MORE team of the Centre for Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA) from the University of Algarve has installed a scaled Evopod tidal energy unit off Portugal.
The Evopod E1 tidal energy device, leased from the UK-based Oceanflow Energy, was installed at Ria Formosa, a coastal lagoon located in the south of Portugal, on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

The 1:10 scale device will remain in place for the next three months as part of the SCORE project, according to CIMA-MORE team.

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M. J. Bebianno published an article about the effect of paracetamol on oyster resulting from the research activity developed with the Research Group of the Laboratory of Biomarkers of Aquatic Contamination of the Department of Biochemistry of the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil.
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Microplastics drifting in the sea detected in fish and shellfish. Scientists study the consequences for human health. The CIMA Coordinator is evaluating the consequences of the accumulation of microplastics on clams on the Algarve coast and notes that "some analysis reveals tissue inflammation and changes in DNA.
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CIMA researchers published a book chapter on John Wiley & Sons, Lda, about submerged landscapes: N. Flemming, J. Harff, D. Moura, A. Burgess & G. N. Bailey (eds.) 2017. Submerged Landscapes of the European Continental Shelf - Quaternary Paleoenvironments. John Wiley & Sons, Lda.
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Maria João Bebianno, currently coordinator of CIMA and member of the United Nations Expert Group for the Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment presided the 1st Workshop of 5 adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations. This workshop was organized by the Departments of Oceans and Law of the Sea of the United Nations, and took place on the 14th and 15th of September at the Fundação Oceano Azul in Lisbon.
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VIDEO: First implementation of a new waste recovery technology converting carob, citrus industrial residues and cheese whey into alcohol fuel. A new environmental friendly bioprocess to obtain renewable and non-fossil energy. (Video)
CIMA coordinator, Maria João Bebianno was nominated in a Group of Experts of the United Nations for the second cycle of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-economic Aspects (General Assembly resolution 65/37).
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The researcher Susana Costas, in collaboration with researchers from Lisbon University and abroad institutions, have recently published at Geomorphology journal “How did the AD 1755 tsunami impact on sand barriers across the southern coast of Portugal?”, a work highlighted at TSF: Caçadores" do tsunami de 1755 encontram sinais da onda em praias do Algarve”de 13 de JULHO de 2016 - 08:48

On 11th July 2016, a protocol has been signed between CIMA-UAlg and INEGI - Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering. 

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