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2023

’23 september 22 and 23

We were at CONFAGRI’s headquarters for the 1st National Meeting of FENAFLORESTA Technicians, which was attended by the sector’s leading experts to discuss forestry policy through the presentation of inspiring projects and public policies for land use planning and forests. The meeting was closed by João Paulo Catarino, Secretary of State for Nature Conservation and Forests, and Maria do Céu Antunes, Minister for Agriculture and Food.

’23 september 20 and 22

Pedro Britto, Senior Researcher at CoLAB ForestWISE, represented our CoLAB at this international symposium in Florence, where he presented three projects from the transForm Agenda, within the scope of digitalization and Forest 4.0 for the decarbonization of the sector. The first project was on the “Challenges and opportunities of using digital technologies in forestry operations in Portugal”, followed by a “Roadmap to boost electric motorization in the Portuguese forestry sector” and a “New methodological approach to facilitate the measurement of wood piles through smartphone applications”.

(Project/Investment supported by the PRR – Recovery and Resilience Plan and the NextGeneration EU European Funds)

 

’23 september 14 and 15

At this meeting, co-organized by IAPMEI and ANI, and attended by the Prime Minister, António Costa, the Minister for the Economy and the Sea, António Costa Silva and the Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Elvira Fortunato, the progress of the implementation of each of the 53 Agendas was presented. Carlos Fonseca, CTO of CoLAB ForestWISE, took part in this event, representing the transForm Agenda, presenting the figures for this Green Agenda.

(Project/Investment supported by the PRR – Recovery and Resilience Plan and the NextGeneration EU European Funds)

’23 september 14 and 15

The ForestWISE CoLAB team, with the support of the Vale do Sousa Forestry Association, together with CEABN InBIO and the Center for Forestry Studies, held the 2nd demonstration session in Penafiel of the FIRE-RES Geo-catch app, a way of capturing the forest. The session was attended by Rodrigo Lopes, a Penafiel town council member, and a number of organizations, including the municipality’s Forestry Technical Office, the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests, Altri Florestal, 2bForest, CIM do Tâmega e Sousa and the Parque das Serras do Porto Association, as well as several forest owners and technicians from Forestry Producers’ Associations.

’23 september 5

Senior researcher Pedro Britto participated in the panel entitled “Forest of the future”, in which he spoke about new technologies for more productive, resilient and sustainable forests, some of which are under development in the projects in which CoLAB ForestWISE participates.

’23 august 9 to 11

CoLAB ForestWISE was at Expo Forest 2023, the largest dynamic forestry fair in the world. The 5th edition of this Brazilian Forestry Fair, which was held in Guatapará (Brazil), was a unique opportunity to learn about the best done in world technology related to the timber production from planted forests, fostering smart management. CoLAB ForestWISE was present at this great event and brought many projects and initiatives developed in order to stimulate collaboration between Portugal and Brazil.

’23 august 10

CoLAB ForestWISE was invited to participate, in Ribeirão Preto, on the 15th Affiliate Meeting of the Cooperative Program on Forest Mechanization and Automation, of the Institute of Forest Research and Studies, an institutional and international partner of our CoLAB.

’23 august 8

CoLAB ForestWISE attended this meeting in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, which preceded Expo Forest 2023. At this event, which aimed to promote technical-scientific exchange between professionals and institutions working in the forestry field, several topics related to the silviculture of cultivated forests in Brazil were discussed.

 

(Photo: Municipality of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo)

’23 august 3

CoLAB ForestWISE participated in this technical visit, together with the REACT MORE project partners, Florestgal and APATA, attended also by the Secretary of State for Nature Conservation and Forests, João Paulo Catarino, the Mayor of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Carlos Condesso, the Regional Directors of ICNF, North and Center, Sandra Sarmento and Fátima Reis and the National Focal Point for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Dr. Isabel Santos.

 

’23 july 7

CoLAB ForestWISE and Instituto Superior de Agronomia, with the support of the National Fire School, were in Lousã to demonstrate this application, which aims to capture and store georeferenced forest photos that will be stored and analyzed by artificial intelligence to create a pan-European fuel map. The session was attended by different entities, namely the Lousã City Council, ICNF, AGIF, ANEPC, The Navigator Company and other local and operational strategic actors.

’23 june 28 and 29

RESIST partners, including CoLAB ForestWISE, will gather in Turku, Finland, for the second meeting of the project consortium. The meeting will serve as a platform for collaboration and knowledge exchange.

’23 june 21

CoLAB ForestWISE attended this event, which took place at the Creative Science Park – PCI, in Aveiro, and aimed to discuss and identify the main capacity building needs of intermediary organizations in Portugal and present the results of the capacity building actions for technology infrastructures promoted by ANI. Besides the Collaborative Laboratories, the initiative was attended by Technology and Innovation Centers, Technology Transfer Offices and other R&D Valorization Infrastructures.

’23 june 20

CoLAB ForestWISE was, by invitation of Forestis, at the Seminar “Forest Bioeconomy in Challenging Times – Technologies, Markets and Policies”, at Cupertino de Miranda Foundation (Porto), to talk about the importance of technologies applied to the forest sector, integrating the entire value chain, some of which were developed in the rePLANT project.

’23 june 7

This seminar organized by the University of Minho and APCMD aims to explore the possibilities and challenges of construction with wood, discussing the latest technological advances and best practices in terms of sustainability. Alexandra Marques, Coordinator of the Circular Economy and Value Chains, will participate in this seminar with a presentation about the national forest and the wood availability to enhance sustainable construction.

’23 june 5 and 6

Organized by CIM Coimbra Region and the Foundation for Science and Technology, this event took place in the auditorium of the Superior Institute of Accountancy and Administration of Coimbra, under the scope of the IndustForest Fire project. Ana Sá, Co-Coordinator of the Risk Management Line, from CoLAB ForestWISE was invited to be a panel moderator at the conference.

’23 june 5

The second workshop for transForm Agenda project coordinators and work package leaders took place at the RAIZ headquarters in Eixo (Aveiro). Dedicated to collaboration, communication and intellectual property, this workshop aimed to inform and capacitate project coordinators for the tools available for the valorization and exploitation of the results of this Agenda.

’23 june 1

rePLANt, one of the projects with the ForestWISE mark, presented at Central Tejo three years of collaborative work between the 20 business and academic partners that were part of this unprecedented consortium. The event brought together more than 120 people, including directors from The Navigator Company, REN, E-REDES and Altri, and was wrapped up by Pedro Cilínio, Secretary of State for the Economy.

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’23 may 30

CoLAB ForestWISE participated in the second edition of this meeting promoted by ANI, in Quinta das Lágrimas, Coimbra, which aimed to promote the transfer of technology and knowledge between companies and the different entities of the National Scientific and Technological System.

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’23 may 24

Held for the fifth consecutive year, this conference aimed to contribute to the debate about best practices in fuel management and its compatibility with biodiversity. João Torres participated in this event where he gave a progress report on the study on compatible occupations.

’23 may 23

The ForestWISE CoLAB was at the Forest Plantations Congress, in Piracicaba (São Paulo, Brazil), in which Carlos Fonseca presented our CoLAB in a plenary session, invited by the Institute of Forest Research and Studies (IPEF). The researcher Pedro Britto made an oral communication about the “Challenges and opportunities of using new digital technologies in forest harvesting operations in Portugal”. In this congress an agreement was signed between IPEF and CoLAB ForestWISE that will frame future partnerships and exchanges between these institutions.

’23 may 16 to 19

CoLAB ForestWISE participated in this conference that brought together the world’s leading experts in the field of rural fires. In addition to the area dedicated to the mobilizing project rePLANT, our CoLAB also contributed to the transfer of knowledge in several sessions. Risk communication for the reduction of ignitions, innovative technologies and socio-economic solutions for more resilient territories in Europe (FIRE-RES project), readiness and prevention, stakeholder involvement, strategies to maximize the impact of research on rural fires and measures for forest resilience through projects such as RN21, were some of the topics addressed by the entire ForestWISE CoLAB team.

’23 may 15

One of the technical visits at the 8th International Wildland Fire Conference took place at the Parque das Serras do Porto and was hosted by REN and CoLAB ForestWISE. In this session, the company presented its strategy for vegetation management and a forest monitoring system which simulates and predicts fire behavior (a project involving the University of Coimbra and whereness) and our CoLAB presented a study on Resilience Networks held in this park.

’23 may 15

rePLANT, the first initiative and operational project of CoLAB ForestWISE, held its second demonstration action, at Parque das Serras do Porto. About 150 people, including forestry companies, academia and forest owners were part of this great event focused on innovative technologies for the valorization of forest and fire.

’23 may 12

As partners of the be@at consortium, CoLAB ForestWISE was present at the launch event, at the Cruise Terminal, in the Port of Leixões, where was able to interact with all the project’s ambassadors and professionals.

’23 may 12

João Torres, Senior Researcher at CoLAB ForestWISE, joined the group of trainers of this course promoted by Instituto Superior de Agronomia. The session about products of the Copernicus program, with potential utility in methodologies for carbon calculation and quantification of Ecosystem Services was held by ForestWISE as Copernicus Relays.

’23 may 10 to 13

Joana Vieira, Senior Researcher from CoLAB ForestWISE, participated in this conference that took place in Coimbra, with a poster about the influence of drought and high temperatures on the growth decline of Pinus halepensis, in the High Atlas region of Morocco.

’23 may 4

The working sessions of this workshop allowed us to contextualize the challenges posed by climate change, future forecasts and their estimated impacts on water resources and agroforestry systems, coastal erosion and fires. CoLAB ForestWISE participated in this workshop, which resulted in proposed measures for mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

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’23 may 2

Ana Sá, Senior Researcher at ForestWISE, represented our CoLAB in this conference that discussed the importance of the forest as a generator of value and its relevant role in the decarbonization of industry, energy efficiency, innovation, and circular technologies.

’23 apr. 28

Brigite Botequim, Senior Researcher from CoLAB ForestWISE, participated in this technical and scientific seminar, whose themes were directly related to WP5 – FIRE-RES, about the Innovation Actions that our CoLAB leads.

’23 apr. 18

The public presentation of the Red Book of Mammals of Mainland Portugal took place at the National Museum of Natural History and Science, in Lisbon. João Paulo Catarino, Secretary of State for Nature Conservation and Forests, opened the launching ceremony of this important work that provides information on the current status of each mammal that can be found in our country. Carlos Fonseca, co-editor of the book, participates in the round table, as a member of the Technical-Scientific Commission and Coordinator of the actions directed to carnivores and artiodactyla.

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’23 apr. 17 to 19

rePLANt, the first CoLAB ForestWISE initiative and operationalization project, was presented in Frankfurt by three consortium partners: REN, whereness and the University of Coimbra, which presented the support systems for the management and resilience of gas and electricity infrastructures against the risk of forest fires.

’23 apr. 17

CoLAB ForestWISE was represented by the Project Manager Marta Martins, in this event organized by CCDR-NORTE, at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, which was attended by António Cunha, President of CCDR-NORTE, Ana Abrunhosa, Minister of Territorial Cohesion, and Isabel Ferreira, Secretary of State for Regional Development.

’23 mar. 28

Organized by ANI, TECH4INNOV is an initiative that aims to showcase new technologies and discuss new perspectives and solutions, with discussion panels with national and international guests. It also intends to show successful cases from National Innovation System entities, such as the Collaborative Laboratories. CoLAB ForestWISE participated in this event with a demo of the rePLANT’s surveillance system and fire propagation simulator, developed by REN, the University of Coimbra and whereness.

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’23 mar. 28

Rogério Rodrigues, from CoLAB ForestWISE, attended the Agriculture Week, at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, where he presented our activity, highlighting the major collaborative forestry projects that have the ” label” ForestWISE: rePLANT, RN21 and transForm. He also integrated the round table, where was discussed the theme “Agroforestry as a central system in land management.

’23 mar. 28

Rui Pinto was at the launch event of the International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists, declared by the UN for the year 2026. Several organizations and public, private, national and international entities related to the LIFE Maronesa project, Terra Maronesa Association, Rebanhos + and the PASTOpraxis project, were in Serra do Alvão, to attend this initiative and prepare the year of 2026 to promote the pastoral activity in the Portuguese territory and its participation in such sensitive issues as the management of rural fires.

’23 mar. 23

rePLANT, the first major initiative and operational project of CLAB ForestWISE, had its first demonstration action in Mata do Braçal, Lousã, as the result of almost three years of collaborative work between the 20 partners of the consortium.

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Image: Integrated landscape management area delimitation map, by General Department of Territory 

’23 mar. 22

CoLAB ForestWISE participated in this discussion promoted by Quercus and the City of Penacova, which intends to discuss the need to change the criteria of the Fuelbreak Management. Carlos Fonseca was part of the round table that, together with other guests, discussed these issues in the perspective of the academia, public entities and civil society.

’23 mar. 21

APATA promoted, in Bragança, the participative workshop “AIGP in a Natural Park – Visions and Opportunities”. This initiative was part of the celebration of the International Forest Day, under the FoRES project, and was attended by the Secretary of State for Regional Development, Isabel Ferreira, the President of APATA, Armando Pacheco, the Mayor of Bragança, Hernâni Dias, the President of CONFAGRI, Idalino Leão and the FoRES project coordinator, David Carvalho, from the University of Aveiro and CESAM. CoLAB ForestWISE, with Sandra Valente, Virgínia Rocha and Carlos Fonseca, attended this workshop, as a FoRES partner.

’23 mar. 17

Prime Minister António Costa and a government delegation were received by Altri, at the Caima factory in Constância, to learn about the developments of the transForm Agenda. This visit was part of the RRP Roadmap initiative that travels all over the country, in the first months of this year, and that aims to verify the implementation of the projects running with RRP funds, under the Mobilizing Agendas and Green Agendas for Business Innovation. CoLAB ForestWISE was part of this visit, as technical and scientific coordinator of this consortium.

’23 mar. 17

The University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro organised the convention “Agricultural Education in Portugal. Which future?”, an initiative that had the High Support of the President of the Republic and was attended by the Minister of Agriculture and Food, Maria do Céu Antunes, and the Secretary of State for Higher Education, Pedro Nuno Teixeira. For this meeting, students, teachers, researchers, associations and companies of the agricultural sector were challenged to find solutions for a greater atractiveness of agrarian and forestry based degrees. Carlos Fonseca was part of the thematic group discussing the needs of the agricultural and forestry business sector.

’23 mar. 8

The IGnacia project, coordinated by AGIF and CIG, celebrates International Women’s Day with the 1st edition of IGnacia – Women of Fire, a meeting with several women related to professional areas of the Integrated Management System of Rural Fires who shared their stories about how is to be a woman in this sector. Sandra Valente is part of the group of guests from AGIF that will share her story.

’23 feb. 28

Organised by Dueceira, with the support of the Town Council of Vila Nova de Poiares, these technical seminars were part of the LIFE Lignobio project closing. The event aimed to present the main results of this project and reflect on its applicability in rural territories. CoLAB ForestWISE was invited to integrate Panel II, in which Carlos Fonseca presented the projects that our CoLAB has been developing for a more resilient forest.

’23 feb. 22

The Advisory and Supervision Board of the integrated project RN21, the highest governing body of the consortium structure, met at UTAD, to discuss several topics within the management of the integrated project. CoLAB ForestWISE hosted this enriching and collaborative meeting in which the partners of this project participated.

(Photo: Youtube República Portuguesa)

’23 feb. 16

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This event took place at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and its opening session was a.ttended by the Minister of the Economy and the Sea, António Costa Silva, and was closed by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Action, Duarte Cordeiro. In this event, Boston Consulting Group presented the study ” Perspectives for the valorisation of the Portuguese Forest”. The session also included the intervention of Tiago Oliveira, from AGIF, and a round table with Carlos Moreira da Silva, Fernando Oliveira Batista, João Ferreira do Amaral and Helena Freitas, chaired by the journalist Ana Fernandes. CoLAB ForestWISE attended this session, as well as several stakeholders of the Portuguese forest.

’23 feb. 09

The CoLAB ForestWISE’s CTO was a guest speaker at the 5th edition of Alto Minho Firecamp, a biennial cross-border event promoted by CIM Alto Minho that is dedicated to forest fires, in the context of the problematic of risks and climate change. The participation was in panel I, on “The Role of Public Administration in the Prevention and Extinction of Forest Fires”, in which Carlos Fonseca presented our CoLAB and some of the activities we develop in the scope of Risk Management.

’23 feb. 1

The transForm partners met in this workshop, which aimed to consolidate and identify collaboration opportunities between the Agenda’s projects. To this purpose, CoLAB ForestWISE and Altri Florestal created group dynamics in which participants identified synergies, ambitions and challenges, contributing to its better performance.

’23 feb. 1

CoLAB ForestWISE was invited by REN to participate in a reforestation project with 600 oak trees at Parque Serras do Porto. This initiative involved municipal authorities, companies such as The Navigator Company, and entities such as the Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas and AGIF. The event also involved around 150 children and teachers from schools from the areas surrounding the park, who helped plant native species.

’23 jan. 18

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The European RESIST project was launched in Coimbra, in the presence of all partners, namely the CoLAB ForestWISE. Coordinated by SINTEF, in collaboration with INOVA+, the project also has the participation of the Commission for Coordination and Regional Development of the Centre, the CIM Coimbra Region and the Intermunicipal Community of Médio Tejo, among other partners.

2022

’22 dec. 14

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The launch event took place at the Dr. António Cupertino de Miranda Foundation, in Porto, and was attended by the authors, editors, ForestWISE’s executive team and several relevant guests from the forestry and fire sectors in Portugal.

’22 dec. 6

The CIM from Tâmega e Sousa received this FIRE-RES workshop, organized by ForestWISE, in collaboration with INESC TEC. Part of the work package of advanced technologies, equipment and decision support systems, the session was attended by participants from the forest fire team and local fire commands, as well as ICNF and ANEPC, which promoted the activities for the co-creation of the “Future Firefighter”, which implies the improvement of the monitoring of the physiological conditions of the teams and the environment and the vehicles monitoring for a more effective, safe and optimized combat in the field decision support.

’22 dec. 6 and 7

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Promoted by ANI, the third edition of this annual meeting was attended by Collaborative Laboratories from all over the country, which presented the progress and results of their activities, as well as their integration in regional ecosystems. ForestWISE was present on this event and made a presentation, on the panel dedicated to the use of natural resources in a sustainable way. 

’22 nov. 28 to dec. 30

At the 1st FIRE-RES General Assembly, at Wageningen University & Research (Netherlands), Brigite Botequim presented the progress of the tasks from the innovation actions in the Portuguese “Living Lab”, highlighting the creation of CWI and its involvement in the activities to be implemented in the second year of the project.

 

’22 nov. 24

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The Science Coffee Series “Our Planet, our Health” count with the participation of experts in different areas with the aim of, in a relaxed atmosphere, address issues such as health for people, animals and the environment. Carlos Fonseca was one of the guests to discuss the sustainability of terrestrial ecosystems, namely forests, in a co-authorship presentation with Henrique A. Pereira.

’22 nov. 24

Promoted by E-REDES and co-organized by ForestWISE, the High Tec rePLANt Breakfast, which took place in Lisbon at Leap Amoreiras, was intended to present to public entities, Government and SGIFR entities the technological innovations of this mobilizing project for the valorization and defense of the Portuguese forest.

’22 nov. 21

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As part of the celebrations of the National Day of the Autochthonous Forest, the Sement Event 2022, organized by the Mata do Bussaco Foundation, focused on the themes of conservation of the national forest, namely the “propagation of native species, the enhancement and renaturalization of degraded spaces and control of invasive exotic species”. Carlos Fonseca has participated with a presentation in collaboration with Henrique A. Pereira about “Forest: sustainability and threats”.

’22 nov. 11 to 18

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This international conference addressed the main topics on forest fire management and the latest developments on science and technology in this area. ForestWISE was present in this event organized by CEIF – ADAI, University of Coimbra, with Rui Pinto, Co-Coordinator of ForestWISE’s Risk Management line, who was in the opening session, and Brigite Botequim, Senior Researcher of the same line, who was Co-Chairperson in a session about risk reduction and who also represented our CoLAB, in the scope of FIRE-RES, a European project of which we are partners and co-leaders of the Portuguese Living Lab.

’22 nov. 14

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INIAV organized the first edition of the CoLABs Meeting, at Fonte Boa Research Pole, in Vale de Santarém. This meeting intended to promote knowledge sharing, synergies and networking between the multiple CoLABs and this institution, under the premise of research and cooperation between both and the promotion of synergies, opportunities and present and future challenges. ForestWISE was present in this meeting as one of the CoLABs with INIAV involvement.

’22 nov. 4

The first workshop of FIRE-RES, a consortium coordinated by CTFC having the partnership of ForestWISE, also being the leader of the demonstration area of the Portuguese Living Lab, located in Serra da Lousã, took place in Ecomuseu, Lousã. In the scope of this European project, ForestWISE and ISA organized this workshop, which was attended by several public and private entities from the forestry sector, working together on challenges and solutions for their intervention territory.

’22 oct. 22

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Occurred in Arganil, the Resiners’ Day, was promoted by Resipinus. Under the topic “The resin industry in the sustainability and future of the forest”, this event was attended by the Secretary of State for Nature Conservation, Forests and Territory Planning, João Paulo Catarino, and had the contribution of several entities of the resin industry and the Pinhal Interior territory, being an opportunity to discuss the main opportunities of the sector. ForestWISE was present at this meeting, highlighting the role of the integrated project RN21 in the valorisation of the sector and the national forest.

’22 oct. 10 to 14

The city of Funchal hosted the 9th National Forestry Congress, which debated the current state of the Portuguese forest, its challenges and the forestry models for the future. Organized by the Portuguese Society of Forest Sciences, with the theme “Sustainability of the Portuguese forest: enhancing to overcome challenges”, the 9th edition of this congress was sponsored by ForestWISE. Our CoLAB was also represented in the Organizing Committee and in the Scientific Committee of this national event that will give a strong focus on science, research, innovation and knowledge transfer in the forestry area.

’22 oct. 11 and 12

This summit, which this year’s theme was focused on innovation as a driver for the sector, was focused on technologies as a solution for the agro-business. ForestWISE was represented by the presence of the INIAV associate that exposed a poster about our CoLAB.

’22 sep. 15 and 16 | 09am

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ForestWISE promoted, in collaboration with the Spanish foundation CESEFOR and More CoLAB, the INBEC for the future, a workshop aimed to improve the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises in Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro region, in the scope of agroforestry bioeconomy and circular economy.

’22 jun. 27 and jul. 1

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ForestWISE and ISA presented a poster about “Estimating fuel complex height in brush communities without tree cover from low-density LiDAR data”. The study demonstrated the usefulness of LiDAR metrics from the Plan Nacional de Ortofotografía Aérea (PNOA) flight in fuel mapping and accuracy in information to be integrated into fire behavior simulators.

’22 jun. 23

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The sixth scientific conference of FCT’s 25th anniversary celebrations, which took place at UTAD, was dedicated to “R&D Programs and Projects”. Carlos Fonseca was invited to join the discussion panel on “The role of R&D projects in science and development”.

’22 jun. 17

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Sandra Valente and Carlos Fonseca were present in this event aimed to discuss the fight against desertification and mitigation of the effects of drought. On this day, the FoRES project contract was signed, led by the University of Aveiro and having as partners NIBIO (Norway) and ForestWISE.

’22 jun. 14 and 15

Paulo Fernandes, Senior Researcher at ForestWISE, spoke as keynote on ecological foundations for fire-resilient landscapes. Brigite Botequim, also a Senior Researcher at our CoLAB, lectured on participatory mechanisms for risk awareness and communication.

’22 jun. 2

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At this conference about sustainability in industry, Joana Vieira, Senior Researcher at ForestWISE, was one of the invited speakers, in a plenary intervention about the potential of forest products for sustainability.

’22 may 3

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This conference aimed to discuss best practices in fuel management and contribute to the correct coexistence of power lines with the forest. João Torres, Senior Researcher at ForestWISE, presented “Compatible Occupations”, as part of a collaboration between our CoLAB and E-REDES.

’22 may 20

This conference aimed to discuss best practices in fuel management and contribute to the correct coexistence of power lines with the forest. João Torres, Senior Researcher at ForestWISE, presented “Compatible Occupations”, as part of a collaboration between our CoLAB and E-REDES.

’22 may 17

This presentation had the collaboration of ForestWISE as an entity of the National Scientific and Technological System, in the area of forestry and fire. The document addresses the issue of the search for technology and innovative solutions to face the problem of fires,. Those solutions raise important issues such as protection through patents.

’22 may 6

In this meeting dedicated to Forest Firefighters and all Civil Protection forces, the theme “The Past, Present and Future of Forest Firefighters” was debated. Sandra Valente, Senior Researcher of ForestWISE, and Rui Pinto, Project Manager of this CoLAB, attended this event in Vila Nova de Paiva.

’22 may 5 and 6

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At this annual meeting, which debated “Grazing as an activity for territorial valorisation”, Carlos Fonseca presented, as a guest, an opening conference on the project for the Revitalisation of the forestry sector in the Pinhal Interior and the role of extensive grazing and transhumance.

’22 may 4

This conference discussed the future of Portuguese forestry, its territorial relevance and the strategies to be implemented to promote a more sustainable future for the various forestry sectors and their contribution to economic, social, environmental and climate issues. This event, which gathered the most important players in the Portuguese forestry sector, included the participation of Carlos Fonseca as guest speaker on the first panel on: “2030 – A forest and a territory with a future”.

’22 apr. 29

In these working sessions, which were attended by the Secretary of State for Regional Development, Prof. Isabel Ferreira, and the President of the Commission for Regional Coordination and Development, Dr. Isabel Damasceno, representatives of various institutions of the Central Region contributed to the participative construction of the “PROT-Centro”. ForestWISE was present at these sessions, focusing on the analysis of the themes Forest, Environment, Territory and Natural Resources and the strategy of this region to answer the challenges for the next 10 years.

’22 apr. 6 – 9

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This event was attended by around 40 national and national and international speakers who shared knowledge about Nature Tourism, Health and Wellness Tourism and the consequent economic enhancement and sustainable development of natural heritage. Carlos Fonseca, CTO of ForestWISE, was one of the invited speakers, addressing a topic developed in CoLAB about the
strategy for the forest in Pinhal Interior.

’22 apr. 5 and 6

This event brought together seven European projects funded by the Green Deal, Horizon 2020 and Cost Action in the theme of forest fire management. One of the projects is FIRE-RES, of which ForestWISE is a partner. Brigite Botequim, Senior Researcher of our CoLAB, participated in a working group in which case studies of the countries involved were presented in order to later prepare a plan for collaboration and synergies between the various projects.

’22 apr. 25 and 26

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ForestWISE was one of the entities invited to attend this meeting, which included a visit to Alvão mountains to meet projects that promote the native breeds of cattle and goats of the region. The event also included a seminar in Braga, where was debated the importance of grazing for the development and sustainability of the territories.

’22 mar. 24

The seminar discussed the National Fire Fighters Programme and the results of improving the performance of those technical teams. Sandra Valente, Coordinator of the Work Line 4, and Virgínia Rocha, Project Manager of the same line, attended this event, as the responsible for the evaluation of the Forest Fire Fighter Programme, in collaboration with ICNF.

’22 mar. 21

To commemorate this day, Arganil City Council organised an educational event in the Açor mountains with the purpose of taking care of the trees planted. ForestWISE was one of the entities invited to be present.

’22 mar. 16

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In this session, Jorge Cunha, ForestWISE’s Project Manager, presented the rePLANt project, namely its mission and activities developed for the integrated management of forest and fire.

’22 feb. 25

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Carlos Fonseca was at the presentation event of the fifth volume of the magazine Lucanus – Ambiente e Sociedade. As founder and editor of the magazine, he spoke to the guests about how challenging and gratifying it is to contribute to this publication which has increasingly diverse articles from national and international authors.

’22 feb. 23

ANI organized six sessions across the country, in which had clarified questions about the recognition of Centres for Technology and Innovation (CTI) and the funding of Collaborative Laboratories (CoLAB). Carlos Fonseca and Alexandra Marques participated in one of these sessions representing ForestWISE.

’22 jan. 18 – 20

ForestWISE was remotely present at this initial event which took place in Solsona with all the consortium partners. During these three days, the various activities of this European project were presented, with interventions from external experts and a visit to burned areas in Catalonia.

2021

’21 nov. 9th and 10th | 9.30 am

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Carlos Fonseca, CTO of ForestWISE, represents this CoLab at ANI’s annual meeting. His participation will be part of the «Parallel Session: Agrifood, Energy and Sustainability; Biodiversity and Forest, Social Services and Tourism»

’21 nov. 3rd´| 10 a.m.

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Carlos Fonseca, CTO of ForestWISE and Professor at the Department of Biology at the University of Aveiro, participates in this first meeting in Zamora entitled “La Economía Circular como respuesta al cambio climático”, in which he spoke on the theme “Border natives resource-based sustainable raw materials”.

’21 jul. 15th | 2.30 p.m.

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Carlos Fonseca, CTO of ForestWISE, participates in the Dialogue II on the debate about Economy & Sustainability: an outside view

’21 jul. 14 and 15th | 10 a.m.

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This initiative from ANI brought together the best business ideas from scientific and/or technological knowledge of students and researchers. Carlos Fonseca was part of the jury in the thematic area: Tourism, Cultural and Creative Industries and Resources for the Valorization of the Interior.

´21 jun. 1st | 10 a.m.

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Alexandra Marques, from the Circular Economy and Value Chains work line and member of the Executive Coordination of ForestWISE, participated in the panel discussion of this event.

’21 may 14th | 11 a.m.

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At this event, ForestWISE presented the project áGiL.TerForus, namely the preliminary results of the LiDAR flight in seven pilot territories and the first phase of the SGIFR Interoperable Platform (Integrated Rural Fire Management System). 

’21 may 31th | 11 a.m.

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Carlos Fonseca was invited to participate in the Q&A panel of invited experts at this conference where best practices in fuel management were discussed.

’21 apr. 19th 

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Carlos Fonseca participated in this conference, addressing the importance of Innovation for the revitalization of the forest sector in the Pinhal Interior.

’21 nov. 9th and 10th | 9.30 am

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Carlos Fonseca, CTO of ForestWISE, represents this CoLab at ANI’s annual meeting. His participation will be part of the «Parallel Session: Agrifood, Energy and Sustainability; Biodiversity and Forest, Social Services and Tourism»

’21 nov. 3rd´| 10 a.m.

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Carlos Fonseca, CTO of ForestWISE and Professor at the Department of Biology at the University of Aveiro, participates in this first meeting in Zamora entitled “La Economía Circular como respuesta al cambio climático”, in which he spoke on the theme “Border natives resource-based sustainable raw materials”.

’21 jul. 15th | 2.30 p.m.

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Carlos Fonseca, CTO of ForestWISE, participates in the Dialogue II on the debate about Economy & Sustainability: an outside view

’21 jul. 14 and 15th | 10 a.m.

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This initiative from ANI brought together the best business ideas from scientific and/or technological knowledge of students and researchers. Carlos Fonseca was part of the jury in the thematic area: Tourism, Cultural and Creative Industries and Resources for the Valorization of the Interior.

´21 jun. 1st | 10 a.m.

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Alexandra Marques, from the Circular Economy and Value Chains work line and member of the Executive Coordination of ForestWISE, participated in the panel discussion of this event.

’21 may 14th | 11 a.m.

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At this event, ForestWISE presented the project áGiL.TerForus, namely the preliminary results of the LiDAR flight in seven pilot territories and the first phase of the SGIFR Interoperable Platform (Integrated Rural Fire Management System). 

’21 may 31th | 11 a.m.

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Carlos Fonseca was invited to participate in the Q&A panel of invited experts at this conference where best practices in fuel management were discussed.

’21 apr. 19th 

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Carlos Fonseca participated in this conference, addressing the importance of Innovation for the revitalization of the forest sector in the Pinhal Interior.

2020

’20 jul. 7th

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ForestWISE intends to contribute to the great challenge caused by COVID-19 in the forest and fire areas. So, has organized this initiative which included a panel of experts who reflected on issues such as the impacts of the pandemic and what will change in the forest and fire sectors.

’20 feb. 10th

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This meeting has the participation of a renowned group of specialists and intended to open the way for more and better contributions from Portuguese science in response to the country’s great challenge to the integrated management of rural fires. 

2019

’19 jan. 17th

This workshop was attended by 30 stakeholders who reflected about the priority projects in the area of rural fires and forest and fire governance.

2018

’18 dec. 4

This Workshop brought together several stakeholders to reflect on research topics and priority projects for the Portuguese forest.

’18 marc. 16 th

This meeting that took place in the center of the country, determined the birth of CoLAB ForestWISE with the signing of the Memorandum between the Foundation for Science and Technology and this Collaborative Laboratory. 

’18 mar. 6th

INESC TEC hosted Canadian expert Kelvin Hirsch for this workshop, which focused on the strategic concerns of rural fire management and governance, taking into account the situation and approach adopted by Canada.

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