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Ronaldo Sousa was one of three main authors (equal contribution as first author) of the study “Conservation status of freshwater mussels in Europe: state of the art and future challenges” that call attention for the conservation status of freshwater mussels in Europe. The paper was published on Biological Reviews, one of the most prestigious international scientific journals.

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The article “Social Norms of Cooperation in Small-Scale Societies” by Pacheco et al was cover of PLOS computational biology. Indirect reciprocity, besides providing a convenient framework to address the evolution of moral systems, offers a simple and plausible explanation for the prevalence of cooperation among unrelated individuals. By helping someone, an individual may increase her/his reputation, which may change the pre-disposition of others to help her/him in the future. This, however, depends on what is reckoned as a good or a bad action.

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The article “Ingestion of marine litter by loggerhead sea turtles, Caretta caretta, in Portuguese continental waters” involving a collaboration between CESAM, SPVS and CBMA, reports for the first time the presence of marine litter in the digestive tracts of loggerhead sea turtles found stranded dead along the Portuguese continental coast. Threats of marine litter to marine life are primarily mechanical due to ingestion and entanglement in plastic packing straps, discarded fishing gear and other floating litter objects. The increment of plastic litter is becoming an increasingly problem and some marine animals are more prone to consume or get entangled during their life cycle. The frequency of marine litter in the digestive tracts (59.0%) indicates that litter ingestion is relatively common in loggerhead turtles using Portuguese continental waters.

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The project “Capredux - Redução das Capturas Acidentais de Aves Marinhas na Zona de Proteção Especial Aveiro- Nazaré”, a joint collaboration of SPVS (Sociedade Portuguesa de Vida Selvagem) with the Universities of Minho and Aveiro, was the winner of "InAqua -- Fundo de Conservação by Oceanário de Lisboa e National Geographic Channel".

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With more than 40 years of tradition, the International Colloquium on Amphipoda consists on the most relevant meeting point for several generations of amphipodologists, and an exciting forum for scientific exchange among researchers interested in all aspects of amphipod biology and ecology, where students find a unique environment to meet and connect with senior researchers. Organized for the first time in Portugal, the Colloquium had more than 100 participants from 20 countries around the globe. The 16th ICA was a joint organization of the ?Universidade do Minho (Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental - CBMA)? and of the ?Universidade de Aveiro (Departamento de Biologia & Centro de Estudos do Mar e Ambiente CESAM)?. The event was held at Universidade de Aveiro. Colloquium Conveners: Filipe Costa (CBMA) e Marina Cunha (CESAM).

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The 32nd Symposium of the European Society of Nematologists will take place in Gualtar Campus of UMinho, Braga, from August 28th to September 1st, 2016. This symposium is an international forum to gather researchers from around the world, to share and discuss their findings regarding the broad and interdisciplinary field of Nematology. Deadlines: Early registration - May 15th, 2016 Abstract submission - May 31st, 2016

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CBMA will organize the National Congress of Biochemistry. The Congress will take place at campus de Azurém in Guimarães, between 8-10 December.

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Women in Science is an exposition that joins several portraits of portuguese researchers representing a tribute to female researchers that greatly contributed to the internationalization and progress of the National Science and Technology. Cláudia Pascoal was one of the honored researchers present in the book ?Mulheres na Ciência?, published by Ciência Viva. The book was released March 8th in Pavilhão do Conhecimento, Lisbon.

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Ricardo Franco-Duarte and Susana Chaves participated in the 2016 edition of Futurália between 16-19 March. This events aims at mobilizing schools from all over the country from 9º to 12º grade, to think about future employment, and live the magic of knowledge, science and technology, stimulate the interaction between offer and demand of education/training in an ample space of exposition and experimentation.

This year advanced courses covers a variety of fields from Biopolymers, Protein degradation and trafficking, Nanoparticles, Invasive Ecology, River restoration, Programmed Cell death, and Genomics, Metagenomics and bioinformatics.

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The workshop took place on January 21st and 22nd 2016 in IST - University of Lisbon.
The Doctoral Program in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (DP_AEM) is jointly organized by Universidade do Minho (UMinho), Universidade de Lisboa (UL) and Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) enrolling research centres with a long-standing tradition of excellence in research in biosciences. DP_AEM is a flexible, state-of-the-art, research oriented program targeted to train highly motivated students offering a high-quality, versatile and up-to-date formative offer in Microbiology. The program was designed aiming at filling the gap between the academia scientific knowledge and the industry demand.
BIOTECnico is an interdisciplinary four-year’s Doctoral program that provides PhD students with training in Biotechnology and Biosciences. The BIOTECnico PhD program is designed to prepare a new breed of creative researchers to translate basic bioscience discoveries into technological innovations in the fields of Industrial, Agro-Food, Health and Environmental Biotechnology.

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Organized by finalists of the course in Applied Biology this annual event is an academic tradition at University of Minho. This scientific meeting gathers former Applied Biology students and prominent researchers from different domains of Biological Sciences. Workshops were also organized enabling students to access several areas of Biological Sciences.

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Urban Algae Folly was a public event organized by CBMA, INL (International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory) and the city of Braga. Bruno Castro was one of the invited researchers in the open lecture ?Cidades bio-inspiradas e alavancadas pela Nanotecnologia - Detetar, alimentar e comunicar são algumas das características distintivas de organismos vivos?. February, 26th.

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ON BEHALF OF CBMA, THE EDITORIAL BOARD ACKNOWLEDGES AND CONGRATULATES ALL THE PHD CANDIDATES THAT SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THEIR ACADEMIC DEGREES.
  • Ana Oliveira. Development of Monoolein-based lipofection vectors for therapeutic siRNA delivery. January 8th, 2016.
  • João Silva. The role of monocarboxylate transporters in 3-bromopyruvate effect in cancer cells. February 11th, 2016.  
  • André da Costa. Functionalization of protein-based polymers for advanced biomaterials. April 20th, 2015.

As inovações e a cultura campaniforme marcaram o velho continente, diz o geneticista Pedro Soares, do Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental (CBMA), em reportagem ao jornal Online UMINHO e Diário do Minho..
"As inovações e a cultura ibéricas, sobretudo lusitanas, marcaram a Europa há quatro e cinco milénios. Pedro Soares, investigador do CBMA da UMinho, quer confirmar esta teoria nos próximos três anos - coordena um projeto que inicia este mês e deve envolver parcerias com arqueólogos, antropólogos, linguistas e geneticistas de Huddersfield (Inglaterra), Pavia (Itália), Santiago de Compostela (Espanha), Porto e Algarve."

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Judite Almeida, membro do CBMA, participou na rúbrica Ciência do Correio do Minho, com um artigo intitulado "A PEGADA HÍDRICA - incentivo ao consumo responsável da água (parte1)". Esta rúbrica tem também como objectivo criar uma relação entre leitores e investigadores.

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Mosteiro de S. Martinho de Tibães - Braga                 
domingo, 22-05-2016

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The event was organized by the direction of MEAIC(Mestrado em Educação de Adultos e Intervenção Comunitária - Master in Adult Education and Community Development) and took place at Instituto da Educação - Universidade do Minho on 4th of May. The last session on "Non-formal adult education using experimental science activities" was filled with the master projects developed in collaboration with STOL. Session moderation by Alexandra Nobre.

"Sailing through Science" is a project to be held in the scope of Chisoka Simões´s internship (Master in Adult Education and Community Intervention - Institute of Education, University of Minho) under the guidance of Professor Clara Costa Oliveira in collaboration with  STOL - Science Through Our Lives, and will take place in Braga delegation of the Portuguese Association of War Veterans (APVG) (http://www.apvg.pt/index.php).
More specifically, "Sailing through Science" consists of several non-formal education sessions on various science topics and technological phenomena (in the context of astronomy, geography and health), that will happen periodically using different pedagogical approaches. The topics to be addressed emerged following the diagnostic evaluation tuned with the interests and needs of the target audience and the institution.
"Stars and us" - 7/1/16 - The session consisted in the presentation of different concepts related to astronomy (stars, constellations, distances and positions of celestial bodies), in the viewing of two videos on the subject and in the recreational and in the educational activity " Detective of constellations" (adapted by Luis Cunha and Teresa Viseu).

Elderly Age - Session on Health Education  in collaboration with two students of the Nursing School (Minho University). In this session were presented concepts associated with "Health in elderly age" in particular relationship issues, the main pathologies and food / diet practises. During the session, several methodologieswere utilised including: collective brainstorming, group discussions, video viewing and the creation of illustrative models of the different stages of atherosclerotic plaques.

Gailivro, a portuguese book publisher organizes a Congress dedicated to  knowledge updating and sharing of practices, focusing on 1st grade themes of the disciplines. several investigators connected to research, teaching and training, including, Alexandra Nobre (STOL - Science Through Our Lives) who presented a communication entitlet "Interdisciplinarity inthe 1st grade", were invited. The parcipants reached three hundreds.
23 of January, Fundação Dr. António Cupertino De Miranda/ Porto 
30 de Janeiro, Centro Congressos Cardeal Cerejeira, Univ. Católica/ Lisboa

The PubhD UMinho (from pub + PhD) is an event organized in a monthly basis by STOL - Science Through Our Lives, consisting of individual presentations of PhD projects. Each intervenient has a white board, one pen and 10 minutes, which are followed by 20 minutes where the assistance can put questions. The great challenge of this initiative is to approach Science from common citizens and to evoke other perspectives that can open new opportunities of research. The idea started in a pub in Nottingham in 2014 and reached Portugal (Lisbon) in 2015.

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Inauguration of the photography exhibition "Three Shades of Green" simultaneously with the Science Coffee of Lanscape Laboratory. The photos of Daniel Ribeiro (STOL member), Paulo Guimarães and Pedro Alves, all graduated in Applied Biology, compose one of the three display views (shades). The other two belong to senior citizens and to students of a technical photography course. This initiative results from a partnership established between the STOL group - Science Through Our Lives and the Municipality of Guimarães, under the scope of  PEGADAS program.

?Ciência Acontece!?, organized by Experiment@Ciência (Project SCIENTIA.COM.PT) in partnership with NEBAUM, is a scientific interdisciplinary hands-on activity that challenges children from 11 to 12 years old to be scientists for two hours at the Library Lúcio Craveiro da Silva. ?Ciência Acontece! BATE BATE CORAÇÃO?, February 20th, 2016.