Book “Green Book for Rural Development in the Central Region”

By the end of 2017, CERNAS launched the book Green Book for Rural Development in the Central Region. Edited by CERNAS researchers António Ferreira, Ryunosuke Kikuchi, Célia Dias Ferreira, Rui Costa, Maria José Cunha and António Moitinho Rodrigues, the book aims to contribute to the urgent discussion on the sustainable development of the Central region of Portugal.

Book “Manual of Good Practices for the Culture of the Strawberry Tree”

The IPC | ESAC | CERNAS launched the “Manual of Good Practices for the Culture of the Strawberry Tree”, coordinated by the Researcher Filomena Gomes, with researchers Goreti Botelho, Rosa Guilherme, Rosinda Leonor Pato and Rosemeyre Cordeiro in the editorial commission.

With a growing and widespread interest in this culture, this manual bridges a gap felt by all those directly or indirectly working with it, such as, among others, producers, future producers, processors, educational and research institutions, trainers, or technical bodies of local, regional and central authorities.

Contribution of CERNAS researchers to the book “Animal Welfare”

Kikuchi, Rosário P. R. Costa, and M. Kanoun-Boule, researchers at CERNAS, contributed to the development of the book “Animal Welfare” published by the US publisher Nova Science Publishers (ISBN 9781536102932). The chapters: cruelty (unacceptable suffering) to animals, veterinary science against suffering and the protection of wild animals are of its authorship reflecting the respective fields of research.


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CERNAS 2013|2014 ACTIVITIES REPORT available for download

CERNAS 2013|2014 Activities report is now available for free dowload.

This publication resumes the effort made by CERNAS researchers in the materialization of the research center vision and strategy in its three domains of activity: Agrarian Sciences, Food Science and Engineering and Environment and Society.

In the end of the year CERNAS 2015|2016 Activities report will be publish and posted for free download.


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CERNAS’ researcher José Gaspar invited to H2020 Project








CERNAS’ researcher José Gaspar was invited to join the Social Innovation Think Tank (SITT) of the project – Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas – SIMRA (Project 677,622 – H2020-EU.3.2, SOCIETAL CHALLENGES Topic: ISIB-03-2015) . The project is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Maria Nijnik of The James Hutton Institute – UK and the SITT SIMRA consists of 32 experts.

This project involves 26 partners: 8 universities and 2 research institutes, 8 non-profit organizations, 5 SME’s NGO’s and networks, and 3 international organizations (15 countries).

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Ciência Viva honors CERNAS scientist Dr.ª Celia Ferreira

To Dr.ª Celia Ferreira our congratulations!


The coordinator of the Environment & Society research group from CERNAS, Célia Ferreira,is one of the faces of the InitiativeWomen in Science, of Ciência Viva.Ciência Viva honors the Portuguese scientists with the book Women in Science, which brings together more than one hundred portraits of Portuguese researchers. Pays tribute to Portuguese scientists women. They represent 45% of researchers in Portugal and their outstanding work has been fundamental to the progress of Portuguese Science and Technology in  recent decades.

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EuFooD-STA to improve Industry-Academia collaboration

The Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra is a partner in the EUFooD-STA, an Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance, started in January 2015. This KA intends to improve the collaboration between the food industry and academia on the training of food graduates and food professionals. This aim will be supported by a skills need and demand analysis for workers in the food industry which will form the ground for the continuous professional development actions and plan of food study programmes. Rui Costa and Sara Proença are the CERNAS researchers that compose the team the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra.

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Chairman of the General Council of Coimbra Polytechnic pass away

On the 13 October the President of the General Council of the Polytechnic of Coimbra (IPC) , Manuel Fernando de Miranda Páscoa pass away.

Fernando Páscoa

Fernando Páscoa, held a degree in Forestry, a Master in Plant Production and was a Doctor of Forestry with aggregation across Forest Economy. Member of the IPC General Council since 2010  was elected Chairman of this body in the same year been re-elected for the same position in 2013.

Was Coordinating Professor, Chair and Member of the Installation Committee of Coimbra College of Agriculture ( ESAC), acting President and IPC Student Ombudsman.

It was also responsible for establishment of CERNAS – CERNAS – Research Centre for Natural Resources, Environment and Society in 2002 , assuming the role as scientific coordinator from 2002 -2013.

We express our most heartfelt thanks , in a message that however complex , falls short of translating the enormous professional and Man yhat was Doctored Professor Manuel Fernando de Miranda Páscoa.

Return to nature of a booted eagle in Coimbra College of Agriculture

On the last 5th of September, a booted eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus) returned to nature in the Coimbra Superior School of Agriculture (ESAC). This initiative was carried out by the CERVAS (Centre for Ecology, Recovery, Vigilance of Wild Animals) with the support of the ESAC and the CERNAS (Research Centre for Natural Resources, Environment and Society).

cervas devolução a natureza


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