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public Launch of polar2e

The University of Lisbon College on Polar and Extreme Environments was launched in the 6 March 2020 in a public event with the participation of the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Prof. Manuel Heitor, and the Rector of the University of Lisbon, Prof. António da Cruz Serra. The session was jointly organized with the new Tropical College and included a round-table and debate with the public on the objectives of the colleges. The questions from the public focussed on the possibilities of extension of Polar2E to other schools of ULisboa, especially in the area of Social Sciences, as well as on the potential for cooperation on Antarctic research with Angola.

Public launch of the new colleges of ulisboa

The two new colleges of the University of Lisbon: Polar2E – Polar and Extreme Environments and CTrop – Tropical will be presented next friday at 15:00 at the Salão Nobre (Reitoria da Universidade de Lisboa, Alameda da Cidade Universitária).

The session will consist on an introduction by the Rector of ULISBOA, followed by a presentation of the colleges and their objectives by the respective directors. The opening will be followed by a round-table with researchers of the two colleges including a debate with the public.

An ice-breaker and an opportunity for networking will take place at 17:15.

The session is open to the public and you are most welcome to attend.

Permarsenic team in the Canadian Sub-Arctic

João Canário and Diogo Ferreira from Polar2E – CQE/IST are now at the Centre of Northern Studies (CEN) research station at Kuujjuarapik/Whapmagoostui in Northern Quebec, for the winter campaign of the project “Arsenic speciation and biogeochemistry in Permafrost Thaw Lakes – Permarsenic” funded by the FCT through the Portuguese Polar Program. Permarsenic involves an interdisciplinary team of Polar2E and of CEN.

PROPOLAR Flight punta arenas-king george island in 13 february

The DAP BAE-146 aircraft in the Teniente Marsh Airfield runway in King George Island arriving from Punta Arenas in the 13 February 2020.

The Portuguese Polar Program flights linking Punta Arenas (Chile) and King George Island in Antarctica took place in the 13 February with about 24h delay due to poor weather at the Teniente Marsh Airfield. The PROPOLAR flights are a contribution to the international logistics in the Antarctic Peninsula and this year supported a total of 62 scientists and technicians from PROPOLAR and six other partner programs. The Portuguese Antarctic campaign has 10 projects in the field, with 20 scientists. PROPOLAR is funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia and the logistical operator is IGOT, member of the College Polar2E-ULISBOA.

Scientists in King George Island.
Portuguese team upon arrival in Punta Arenas back from the Antarctic Season.

Call for Applications for PhD graduates

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 – 3rd Edition. Polar2E is the new interdisciplinary College ULISBOA, joining the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, the Faculty of Sciences and the IST-Técnico, with researchers from several 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 (Coord: João Canário, joao.canario@tecnico.ulisboa.pt),

– Changes in Polar marine ecosystems (Coord: Vanda Brotas, vbrotas@fc.ul.pt)

– Climate modelling (Coord: Emanuel Dutra, endutra@fc.ul.pt),

– Cryosphere / Permafrost (Coord.: Gonçalo Vieira, vieira@igot.ulisboa.pt),

– Polar and extreme ecosystems (Coord: Cristina Branquinho, cmbranquinho@fc.ul.pt),

– Remote sensing (Coord: carlamora@campus.ul.pt),

– Space environment (Coord.: Paulo Gil, paulo.gil@tecnico.ulisboa.pt).

– Sustainable architecture in extreme environments (Coord: Manuel Guedes, manuel.guedes@tecnico.ulisboa.pt)

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 (deadline: 14 February). Then, the candidates should submit the application to the FCT Call following the guidelines available at https://www.fct.pt/apoios/contratacaodoutorados/empregocientifico/ceec_ind_3.phtml.en (deadline: 26 February).

For the evaluation at Polar2E, candidates should submit: 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 is applying (Junior, Assistant, Principal or Coordinating Researcher). 

Applications for pre-evaluation by Polar2E should be submitted to the coordinator of each Strategical Area, with cc to vieira@igot.ulisboa.pt until 14 February 2020. Please read carefully the FCT call at https://www.fct.pt/apoios/contratacaodoutorados/empregocientifico/ceec_ind_3.phtml.en before applying.

Polar2e with 7 teams in antarctica

Researchers of Polar2E projects ANTERMON, PERMANTAR and VEGETANTAR in King George Island in January 2020.

The Antarctic summer season of 2019-20 is on and Polar2E will have seven teams in the field under the logistical framework of the Portuguese Polar Program:

  • Project ANTERMON – ANTarctic Electrical Resistivity Monitoring Network, lead by Mohammad Farzamian (IDL).
  • Project FACT – Links between phytoplankton dynamics and climate Forcing in NW AntarCTica, lead by  Ana de Brito (MARE).
  • Project LICHEN EARLY METER 2 – Development of an ecological indicator to monitor the effects of climate change in polar regions based on lichen functional traits, lead by Paula Matos (CE3C).
  • Project NUNANTAR – Analysis of nunataks of the Antarctic Peninsula as multiproxy data sources on environmental change and climate Dynamics, lead by Marc Oliva (CEG).
  • Project PERMANTAR – Permafrost and Climate Change in Western Antarctic Peninsula, lead by Gonçalo Vieira (CEG).
  • Project POLAR LODGE – Performance Evaluation of a Resilient Shelter for Research Development in the Antarctic, lead by Manuel Guedes (CITUA).
  • Project VEGETANTAR 2 – Multitemporal vegetation mapping in the Antarctic Peninsula through multiscale remote sensing, led by Pedro Pina (CERENA).