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1º aniversário do IB-S

Convite para celebração do 1º aniversário do IB-S na próxima 5a f, 11 de Outubro, da parte da manhã, no auditório B1 (CP2), no campus de Gualtar, em Braga.

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IV Simpósio do Programa Doutoral em Biologia Molecular e Ambiental

We are pleased to announce the IV Symposium of the Doctoral Program on Molecular and Environmental Biology that will take place on October 25th at IB-S (Auditorium – 5th floor).

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Structural and temporal patterns of the first global trading market

A multidisciplinary research coordinated by Jorge Pacheco, a researcher at the Centre for Molecular and Environmental Biology (CBMA), was published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, comparing financial networks with 500 years of difference, following the cash flow (Structural and temporal patterns of the first global trading market).

Researchers in History, Physics and Computational Science looked at thousands of documents by Simón Ruiz, a 16th-century businessman, and made a quantitative comparison between the sixteenth century and the current financial market, noting striking similarities between these two networks transactions.

The comparison between these two periods allows concluding that the main features of what was the first global transaction market remained robust and unchanged through time. The text also suggests the existence of transaction patterns that remain unchanged over time.

In the period of time to which the work is reported, rapid adaptations of the network were evidenced in response to the geopolitical agitation of that time, indicating that there are ways to face current financial crises, since they resemble those of the 16th-century.

For more information: http://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/5/8/180577

R. Soc. open sci. 2018 5 180577; DOI: 10.1098/rsos.180577. Published 22 August 2018


Let's help us to save the planet from plastics!

Let's help us to save the planet from plastics!

The Project Bio3Pas intends to use aquatic fungi to degrade plastics. Using fungi from the collection of the Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology, with a high capacity to break chemical bonds similar to those found in plastics, we hope to achieve a way to help the planet to be free of plastics, minimizing their negative impacts on aquatic fauna, especially birds, turtles, and cetaceans.

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The Cooperative Study on Prevention and Treatment of Neurological Disorders by Medicinal Plants

On July 12 and 13 we had a visit from an official Chinese delegation at the University of Minho, related to the SINO-PT Project, "The Cooperative Study on Prevention and Treatment of Neurological Disorders by Medicinal Plants", jointly funded by FCT and MOST (Ministry of Science and Technology of China).

This visit included an elite Chinese group, including representatives of Southwest Medical University (SWMU, Sichuan, China), from the Chinese Ministry of Health, as well as a large representation of the Chengdu Federation of Industry and Commerce which included several companies from the Sichuan province.

During the visit, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between UMinho and SWMU, and the "SINO-PT Research Center for Medicinal and Food Plant Resources" was inaugurated at IB-S. At this ceremony were present, among others, Professor Rui Vieira de Castro (Rector of UMinho), Dr. Ricardo Rio (Mayor of Braga), Professor Manuela Corte-Real (President of ECUM), Dr. Wang Lei (representing the Chinese Embassy), Professor Yanzheng He (President of SWMU) and Dr .Shen (Director General of Sichuan province).

The ?SINO-PT Research Center for medicinal and food plant resources? intends to be an international cooperation Center, devoted to food and herbal medicine R&D, product and registration, Chinese herbal medicine planting, joint postgraduate training, and talent Exchange.


Mafalda Almeida was awarded the prize Prof. Doutor Amândio Tavares for best oral presentation

Mafalda Almeida, master student of Molecular Genetics, was awarded the prize Prof. Doutor Amândio Tavares for best oral presentation in the XLII Portuguese Genetics Conference by “Sociedade Portuguesa de Genética” (SPG) with the talk: M Almeida, T Rito, T Shoeib, D Vieira, A Brandão, S Moreira, J Guimarães, A Azevedo, B Yao, F Gandini, M Pala, L Pereira, S Oppenheimer, MB Richards, P Soares. The genetic impact of the foraging-based “Coastal Neolithic” and Rice Neolithic in Mainland Southeast Asia.

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GREENFEST Braga 1st edition

GREENFEST Braga 1st edition took place from 1-3 of June in the renovated Forum Braga. GREENFEST is the largest sustainability event in Portugal where is celebrated the best that is done in the Environmental, Social, Economic and Cultural aspects. It is a platform for sharing ideas, experiences and best practices, addressing current trends and contributing to greater visibility of projects and initiatives of companies, institutions and citizens who care about the future. The University of Minho and the IB-S Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio Sustainability were partners of GREENFEST in its 1st edition in Braga.

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Seminário "Nau da Biodiversidade”


Seminário  "Nau da Biodiversidade”, é organizado pelo Laboratório de Biologia Costeira da Universidade do Minho em parceria com o CBMA (Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental),IB-S (Instituto da Ciência e Inovação para a Bio-Sustentabilidade) e o Mosteiro de Tibães. Este seminário decorrerá no dia 16 de Junho de 2018 no IB-S (Instituto da Ciência e Inovação para a Bio-Sustentabilidade), do campus de Gualtar. 

Laboratório de Biologia  Costeira  tem como objetivo principal dar a conhecer o património natural português e as diferentes abordagens científicas e didáticas em volta do mesmo. Pretende ainda reunir investigadores, estudantes, professores e entusiastas da natureza, com o intuito de promover o intercâmbio de informações e a discussão de experiências visando a valorização da Biodiversidade.

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School of Nature wins the European Citizen's Natura 2000 Award

“School of Nature” won the European Citizen's Natura 2000 Award by public vote in an online poll of 25 finalists in the Natura 2000 Network competition. The project was promoted by the Câmara de Viana do Castelo and coordinated by the Center for Environmental Monitoring and Interpretation of Viana do Castelo.This project was developed by Alumni of the Master’s degree in Ecology, namely Susana Pereira, Marisa Gomes and Fábio Faria together with Pedro Gomes, researcher at CBMA - Center for Molecular and Environmental Biology.  “School of Nature” was funded by "Portugal 2020" and has as partners the municipality of Esposende and Vila Nova de Cerveira, the University of Coimbra, through the Institute of the Sea, and the scientific and technical support of CBMA of University of Minho and the Center for the Conservation of Butterflies of Portugal.  The Pan-European Prize, recognizes excellence in the management of Natura 2000 sites and conservation work, showing added value for local economies and raising public awareness of Europe's valuable natural heritage.



Câmara Municipal de Viana do Castelo News »»

Diário de Notóicias news »»

Biosfera RTP (19`50``) »»

Vídeo 1 - European Natura 2000 Award Ceremony 2018 (42`10``) »»

Vídeo 2 -  European Natura 2000 Award Ceremony 2018 »»

Vídeo 3 - European Natura 2000 Award Ceremony 2018 »»

Vídeo 4 - European Natura 2000 Award Ceremony 2018 »»

Fotos - European Natura 2000 Award Ceremony 2018 »»



Research at the service of ecosystems and human well-being”: CBMA under the spotlight in the portuguese newspaper “Público”.


Fernanda Cássio, director of Centre for Molecular and Environmental Biology (CBMA) at the University of Minho presents the research centre, its mission and the strategic plan for the coming years.

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Open Weekend” 2018 - 2ª edição


Another edition of UMinho's "Open Weekend" was held in April. Over two days the Biology Department provided visits to the High School students (Friday) and to the general public (Saturday). One hundred and fifty High School students had the opportunity to contact with researchers from eight different laboratories and learn about the research developed in those labs. On Saturday, visitors, including families, were able to meet the IB-S- Institute of Science and Innovation for

Biodiversity and Bio-sustainability, and its current and future potential.


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