Sea For Society summer activities in Portugal as part of Ciência Viva’s “Science in Summer” programme
The Sea For Society summer activities in Portugal were launched last Wednesday, June 16th in Peniche, by Ciência Viva. Among all Ciência Viva’s “Science in Summer” activities, two were developed in scope of the Sea For Society project: a series of meetings entitled "Encontros Frente ao Mar" and the guide "The most popular species of the Portuguese sea".

“Science in Summer” is a very popular Ciência Viva, SFS partner and Area Leader for Portugal, dissemination campaign, organized since 1996 in partnership with scientific institutions and associations, museums, science centres and companies, involving thousands of people across the country. The activities are free, open to everyone and lead by experts. Last year the programme had about 35 000 participants.

 

Launching of the “Science in Summer” programme, with a special emphasis on the Sea for Society initiatives. Photo Credit: Ciência Viva
  This was a good opportunity to continue disseminating the aims and objectives of the Sea for Society (SFS) project and to start mobilizing Portuguese society for Ocean issues in scope of the project activities. In order to achieve these objectives Ciência Viva’s reinforced the dissemination of marine science and technology in this year “Science in Summer” programme. More than 160 activities in the areas of biology, geology and engineering were organised, addressing topics that are of main concern in Portugal, from coastal erosion to the economic growth generated by maritime activities and to the seafood consumption.

 

Among the several marine science and technology activities two were developed in scope of the SFS project: a series of meetings entitled "Encontros Frente ao Mar" and the guide "The most popular species of the Portuguese sea".

 

  • “Encontros Frente ao Mar” 

The Portuguese west coast was particularly affected by violent storms during the last winter. Within “Science in Summer” Ciência Viva is organising "Encontros Frente ao Mar" (in English, “Meetings by the Sea”), 6 special activities in the most affected beaches: Praia da Barra - Aveiro, Quarteira - Algarve, São João - Costa Caparica. These activities include field trips for the general public with researchers from geology and the social sciences and, in September, will be followed by debates with local authorities and stakeholders.

 

 

 

  • "The most popular species of the Portuguese sea"

Seafood consumption is very popular in Portugal, particularly during the summer. With the aim to mobilise the Portuguese society to take conscious decisions in what concerns seafood consumption, a guide to "The most popular species of the Portuguese sea" with scientific and technical support from the main research institutions and public authorities in this field was produced. The booklet features species that are easily found in markets and restaurants and which are not endangered. It is written in Portuguese, English and Spanish and can be downloaded here. The guide will be distributed to about 4500 restaurants throughout the country in collaboration with the Portuguese association of hotels and restaurants. 

 

 

 

The “Science in Summer” programme, with a special emphasis on the Sea for Society initiatives, was launched last Wednesday, June 16th, at Escola Superior de Turismo e Tecnologia do Mar (ESTM-IPL),  Peniche, with the participation of the Secretary of State of the Sea, Manuel Pinto de Abreu, and the Secretary of State of Science, Leonor Parreira.

 

Launching of the “Science in Summer” programme with the participation of the Secretary of State of the Sea, Manuel Pinto de Abreu, and the Secretary of State of Science, Leonor Parreira, with a special emphasis on the Sea for Society initiatives. Photo Credit: Ciência Viva

 

Download here the "Encontros Frente ao Mar" (in English, “Meetings by the Sea”) leaflet - Only in Portuguese

Download hereThe most popular species of the Portuguese sea” guide - In Portuguese, English and Spanish

Download here the full booklet of Ciência Viva “Science in Summer” - Only in Portuguese

 

 

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