In the last two decades the University of Aveiro has defined the areas of Marine Sciences and of Environmental Sciences as two of the strategic areas for the development of the academic and research programmes of the University.
This strategy has been developed through offering of a set of training programmes with a interdisciplinary and interdepartmental character, such as the 1st cycles on Marine Sciences and on Meteorology, Oceanography and Geophysics, of a 2nd cycle on Sciences of the Sea and the Costal Zone, and 3rd cycles on Marine and Environmental Sciences, and on Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation, this last one in co-operation with the MARES consortium.
The other face of this strategy is implemented through the Centre for Marine and Environmental Studies (CESAM), currently classified as an Associated Laboratory. CESAM is the largest Portuguese research unit in the area of Marine and Environmental Sciences, with a staff of over 170 professors, researchers and post-doc fellows from five departments (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Environment and Planning) and a variety of specialised areas, which currently supervise more than 350 post-graduated students. CESAM is a partner of several national and international networks and organizations on marine and environmental sciences: International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, Census of Marine Life, European Consortium for Ocean Drilling, Group on Earth Observations, Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning. International Long-Term Ecological Research Network.
The University of Aveiro will participate in the project by providing training courses, internships and thesis subjects.
Regarding the training courses, several of the expert and transferable skills courses included in the curricula of the programmes listed above can be offered to EMBC+ students. Expert courses offered by the University of Aveiro that can be of special interest for EMBC+ are those on Marine Ecology and Recruitment, Connectivity and Dynamics of Marine Populations, and on Deep Sea Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation, which complement the curricula of the institutes and universities associated to the consortium.
Several nationally- and internationally- funded projects provide resources and a stimulating research environment for training through research in the area of Marine Biology and Conservation. These projects will generate a diverse list of topics for internships and thesis research, far beyond those listed as examples in the current application.