CIMA will host candidates who wish to apply for the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) Programme Stimulus of Scientific Employment. This Call concerns PhD holders (National, Foreign and Stateless) who wish to conduct scientific research in Portugal.

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CIMA in Cadiz, represented by Professor Flávio Martins on the First International meeting InnovAzul, focused on innovation for the sea-related economic sectors in the Iberian Peninsula:

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A Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa (SGL), o Gabinete do Almirante Chefe do Estado-Maior da Armada e Autoridade Marítima Nacional, o Comité Português para a Comissão Oceanográfica Intergovernamental

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On the occasion of the official visit of the Kings of Belgium to Portugal, FCT (Portugal), AIR Center and VLIZ (Flanders Marine Institute, Belgium) organized a seminar under the theme "Ocean Science for a Sustainable Blue Economy" on October 24, at the University of Porto.

The participation of CIMA, represented by the Researcher João Janeiro, was very relevant, taking into account the context and the themes discussed.


Last year, an International Conference took place at the University of Algarve to pay tribute to the late Professor Mário Ruivo, a renowned biologist, oceanographer, humanist, democrat and a well-known advocate for the ocean.

The debate that took place at the conference resulted in an e-book entitled “Sustainable Development of the Ocean: A Necessity”, soon hereby attached.

With this book, we hope to continue to stir the much needed debate concerning the sustainable development of the ocean and, in this manner, to honour the memory of Professor Mário Ruivo.




"On 11 October, the Ambassador of South Africa visited CIMA and attended a general presentation of the activities that the center is carrying out in various areas. 
A cooperation was discussed with South Africa, in particular because of the common connection with the Atlantic Ocean and the possibilities for collaboration within the Air Center.
Afterwards, CIMA's facilities and laboratories were visited, and the Ambassador was able to contact the excellent research carried out here.
It was agreed the possibility of a more detailed visit, with participation of key-stars scientists of South Africa. "

Maria João Bebianno, currently a member of the Expert Group for the Evaluation of the Ocean State, including socio-economic aspects of the United Nations known as the Regular Process, participated in Valletta, Malta. Professor Maria João attended a Workshop on the North Atlantic, the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea region, organized by the Government of Malta. The purpose of this workshop was to discuss the structure of the second State of the Ocean Assessment, as well as to identify the most internationally qualified experts from these regions to integrate this assessment into the different thematic areas on the Ocean.

According to the mandate of the United Nations, this evaluation should be completed by the end of 2020. During the Workshop, Professor Maria João Bebianno was mandated to make several interventions, one of which was to inform participants of the results of the Workshop on the Atlantic Ocean held at the Lisbon Oceanarium the previous year.

Directed the Working Group corresponding to Chapter 11 on changes in the introduction of the marine environment from land (including through groundwater), through effluents and atmosphere, from ships and offshore installations of:

(a) persistent organic pollutants (including the use of agricultural pesticides);

(b) metals;

(c) radioactive substances (including natural radioactive material);

(d) Personal hygiene products, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals;

(e) Atmospheric pollutants (NOx (but not in its role as a nutrient) and SOx);

Taina Garcia da Fonseca and Maria João Bebianno participated in Porto at the 31st Congress of the European Society of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry organized by CIMAR and Taina Fonseca presented a communication entitled COMPARATIVE EFFECTS OF THE IMPACT OF IN VIVO AND IN VITRO EXPOSURE OF HUMAN CELLS AND MARINE ORGANISMS TO TAMOXIFEN by Tainá Fonseca; Tânia Carriço, Elna Fernandes; Nélia Mestre; Denis Moledo Abessa.

Maria João Bebianno and Álvaro Tavares, in collaboration with the CESAM Group of the University of Aveiro, presented another communication entitled IMPACT OF MULTIPLE STRESSORS ON THE PROTEOME OF C. ANGOLA AND C. GIGAS by Anthony Moreira; Etelvina Figueira; Amadeu Soares; Rosa Freitas; Maria João Bebianno.

In addition to these papers, M. J. Bebianno, who was also a member of the Scientific Committee of the meeting, moderated the session Climate Changes and Anthropogenic Stressors

CIMA participation to the Fiducial Inter-Comparison Experiment for Sentinel-3 at the "Acqua Alta Oceanographic Tower" 8 – 18 July 2018
To ensure the capability to perform ground-based measurements of ocean color parameters traceable to SI standards, CIMA took part to the field experiment organized by ESA within the “Fiducial Reference Measurements for Satellite Ocean Colour” project.

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CIMA participated in the 5th edition of Conferences of Hydrographic Engineering 2018 organized by the Hydrographic Institute that was realized from 19 to 21 June. CIMA’s coordinator Maria João Bebianno was a member of Scientific Commission and was moderator of the Chemical Oceanography Session.

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CIMA participates actively with different themes on the meeting “Ciência 2018”, organized by Foundation to Science Technology and  (FCT) in collaboration with Nationatinal Agency of Scientific Culture and Parliament Commission of Education and Science and the institutional support of Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education. This meeting has the base of the schedule 2030 of the United Nations Organization and the 17 Objectives of Sustainable Development (OSD) and it includes debates about many strategic challenges associated to OSD goals and about science and innovation that’s realized in Portugal.

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A research team from CIMA lead by Sara Raposo is making a new strategy to promote the technological development of micro seaweeds biotechnology on the energy, health, cosmetic and aquaculture sectors within the international network “Algared+”.

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The European Parliament in Brussels, represented by Ricardo Serrão organized a workshop integrated on the initiative AZORES

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The CIMA-UAlg researchers are welcoming collaborations with outstanding postdoctoral researchers in the frame of the 2018 Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA IFs).
Specifically, we are keen to host potential candidates for 2 years working on projects that relate to:
-          marine energy
-          environmental impact of deep-sea resource exploitation
-          climate change (looking to the future from the past and present)
-          operational modelling for the benefit of society
Please get in touch no later than 25th May 2018 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It is now open a call for 1 Research grant for Doctor post in Coastal Oceanography, within the project MONITOR - Multi-model investigation of tidal energy converter reliability (EAPA_333/2016), co-funded by Interreg Atlantic Area.

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It is estimated that there are currently 150 million tons of plastics in the oceans, and that by 2050 they could reach 850 million tons, when more plastic is expected to be available than fish in the ocean. CIMA - Center for Marine and Environmental Research of UAlg, aware of this serious problem, is carrying out several research on the effect of microplastics on bivalve molluscs, and recently published the latest findings in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science (FMARS). "


This publication was the result of a collaboration with the University of Antwerp in Belgium and the Man-Technology-Environment Research Center (MTM) of the University of Orebo, Sweden.

Held under the JPI Oceans EPHEMARE project, research focuses on the ecotoxicological effects of microplastics with other contaminants (petroleum components, tanning agent components) absorbed in marine ecosystems. Microplastics are plastics smaller than 5 millimeters, which result from the degradation of plastic in the ocean.

In the now published article it was concluded that microplastics have an inflammatory effect on the species studied and are also a source of contamination with other contaminants such as those derived from hydrocarbons to marine organisms.

It should be noted that in an article published in 2017 in the magazine Marine Pollution Bulletin by the CIMA team, in collaboration with researchers from the Molecular Chemistry-Physics Center and the Institute of Nanosciences and Nanotechnology of the Instituto Superior Técnico, that these bivalves can accumulate microplastics in their tissues. This accumulation gives rise to oxidative stress, neurological and genetic effects. Even after exposure to microplastics is complete, the total elimination of the tissues of these bivalves takes more than a week, indicating that these accumulated microplastics can be transferred to higher trophic levels.

Reference of the article: "Ecotoxicological Effects of Chemical Contaminants Adsorbed to Microplastics in the Flat Scrobicularia Clam", Sarit O'Donovan, Nélia C. Mestre1, Serena Abel, Tainá G. Fonseca1, Camilla C. Carteny, Bettie Cormier, Steffen H. Keiter and Maria J. Bebianno. Fronteirs of Marine Science (doi: 10.3389 / fmars.2018.00143).




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