All posts by Gonçalo Vieira

Investigador e Professor universitário na área da Geografia Física e alterações climáticas, especialmente interessado na dinâmica ambiental das regiões polares e de montanha.

Support for young researchers to attend international conferences

The College on Polar and Extreme Environments (Polar2E) of the University of Lisboa (ULISBOA) is accepting applications to request financial support for young researchers to attend international conferences. Applications are evaluated in March, June, September, and December each year. Applications to request financial support must be submitted at least 90 days before the international conference.

The following rules apply:

  • Master and PhD students, and early career post-docs (up to 5 years after the PhD defense) may apply.
  • Awarded funding will cover the registration fee of the international conference plus travel costs, up to a maximum of 500 EUR.
  • Any young researcher from ULISBOA may apply, but preference will be given to the ones who belong to the schools associated with the Polar2E College.
  • The subject of the conference abstract must be associated with the research performed by Polar2E.
  • Preference is given to participation in key international conferences in the strategical research areas covered by Polar2E.

In order to be considered to the review process the application must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae of the young researcher exported through the CIÊNCIAVITAE platform.
  • Abstract submitted to the international conference that the candidate requests funding for.
  • Motivation letter (1 page) for attending the conference and how it fits the Polar2E goals.

Application must be submitted to Professor Ricardo Trigo ( Evaluation will be performed by the Board of Directors of Polar2E.

The supported applicants will be contacted with funding guidelines. Note that no refunds will be made, and all the bookings (registration, flights, etc.) will need to be conducted through Polar2E administrative procedures.

Call for Applications for PhD graduates 2021

Polar2E – The University of Lisbon College on Polar and Extreme Environments opens a call for expressions of interest for PhD graduates to apply for the FCT Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus – 4th Edition. Polar2E is the new interdisciplinary ULISBOA College, joining the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, the ISCSP – Social and Political Sciences, the Faculty of Sciences, the IST-Técnico, with researchers from various research centres from the University of Lisbon.

We are accepting applications on Polar and/or Extreme Environment research under the following Polar2E Strategical Areas:

– Biogeochemistry of extreme environments,
– Changes in Polar marine ecosystems,
– Climate modelling,
– Cryosphere / Permafrost,
– Polar and extreme ecosystems,
– Remote sensing,
– Social and Political Sciences,
– Space environment,
– Sustainable architecture in extreme environments.

Other topics may be accepted, if within the scope of Polar2E (

The applications will be pre-evaluated by the research centres of Polar2E for assessing the possibilities for support and integration as host institution. For this initial step, candidates must submit until 29 January 2021 to the Board of Directors of Polar2E the following documents: 1) a short cv with key publications, 2) a summary of the research plan (max 5,000 characters) and 3) a motivation letter, indicating the reference level to which will be applying (Junior, Assistant, Principal or Coordinating Researcher). 

After the acceptance at the host research centre, the candidates must submit the full application to the FCT Call until the 26 February 2021, following the guidelines* available at:

*Please note that the English version of the guidelines is not yet available at the FCT site, but last years’ call may give you an overview of previous guidelines:

Send you application to

EU-Polarnet publishes important white papers

EU-PolarNet published this week the Integrated European Polar Research Programme, the White Paper on Infrastructure Access and Interoperability and the White Paper on Status of Stakeholder Engagement in Polar Research.

These very relevant documents will help support Europe in strengthening the impact of its research in the Polar regions, linking science and societal needs, while aligning infrastructure with the main research questions and objectives.

The Polar team of CEG/IGOT, part of Polar2E, contributed to the Integrated Polar Research Programme and coordinated the White Paper on Infrastructure Access and Interoperability.

Polar2e autumn 2020 newsletter



Welcome to the 2nd Newsletter of the University of Lisbon College on Polar and Extreme Environments (Polar2E).  This season newsletter has several announcements, including the appointment of Gonçalo Vieira, Director of Polar2E as vice-president of the International Permafrost Association. Other news includes grant-winning by members of Polar2E, ongoing project highlights, peer-review publications by members, and participation in outreach activities and fieldwork. The newsletter also focusses on the research performed by Polar2E Early Career Researcher (ECR), through interviews and by Webinars. The Polar2E Early Career Researcher (ECR) Webinars are open to the Polar2E community, typically taking place on Wednesdays at 17:30 Lisbon time. They are 10 to 15 minutes’ presentation on the ongoing research by ECRs. Finally, upcoming events and opportunities are also highlighted in this newsletter.
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Zita Martins (Sub-Director of Polar2E)

Gonçalo vieira is vice-president of the international permafrost association

Gonçalo Vieira, Director of the University of Lisbon College on Polar, was elected member of the Executive Committee of the International Permafrost Association in the last Council Meeting in June . He agreed to serve as one of the IPA Vice-Presidents and was appointed to this position by the Executive Committee for the period of 2020-2024.

The Executive Committee of the IPA for 2020-2022 is:
– Christopher Burn (Canada), President
– Isabelle Gärtner-Roer (Switzerland), Vice-President
– Gonçalo Vieira (Portugal), Vice-President
– Kjersti Gisnas (Norway)
– Michael Krautblatter (Germany)
– Yuanming Lai (China)
– Fritz Nelson (USA)

The International Permafrost Association, founded in 1983, has as its objectives to foster the dissemination of knowledge concerning permafrost and to promote cooperation among persons and national or international organizations engaged in scientific investigation and engineering work on permafrost.

More information at

newsletter 1 | June 2020 is now available

With the excellent support of the students of Polar2E which make up the Editorial Team, the 1st issue of the Polar2E Newsletter has been published today. If you are interested in following our activities, please subscribe it here, or just pay a visit to our website every couple of months.

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Polar2e logo is ready


With the support of the ULisboa rectorate communication team, the POLAR2E logo is out!

The symbol shows a very stylized P2E, with the blue for cold regions, cryosphere, ocean and atmosphere, the green for biosphere and the orange for the hot arid regions, the waves depicting the interactions in the linked Earth System, and saturn identifying extraterrestrial environments.