Knowing and protecting nature:
2010 International Year of Biodiversity
April to November 2010
Angra do Heroísmo, Açores, Portugal
CITAA – Grupo da Biodiversidade dos Açores
Paulo A. V. Borges1, Rosalina Gabriel1, 2, Ana Moura Arroz1, Alfredo Borba3, Rui Luís3, Ana Maria
Ávila Simões1, Alison Laurie Neilson2, Tânia Fonseca2, Paulo Barcelos4 & Hélder Xavier2
1- Grupo da Biodiversidade dos Açores – CITAA, Universidade dos Açores, Campus de Angra do Heroísmo
2- Direcção do RCE Açores – Universidade das Nações Unidas
3 – Centro de Informação Europe Direct – Açores
4 – Os Montanheiros
Partly financed by the Project DRCT- M.4.2.2 / I / 002 / 2010
Knowing and protecting nature:
2010 International Year of Biodiversity
Our main goal is to develop and share knowledge concerning biodiversity on islands with the local
2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity (http://www.countdown2010.net/year-biodiversity) and
we want to celebrate biodiversity in the Azores. This opportunity is reinforced by our responsibility in
belonging to the RCE AÇORES (Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable
Development) and by the publicly expressed priorities of the government. Therefore, the Azorean
Biodiversity Group will host a Conference Cycle on Island Biodiversity, including a number of lectures,
workshops and exhibitions to enhance the discussion possibilities and the interest of the community
The general objectives of this Conference Cycle are:
- to promote awareness about the importance of biodiversity to the human species;
- to gain in-depth knowledge from the visiting scientists and
- to engage in fruitful discussions with the attendants of the lectures, inspiring us all to work
together for a sustainable future, that surely will include the conservation of local
The operational objectives of this Conference Cycle are:
- to provide a stimulating context for the learning about biodiversity;
- to develop the knowledge about different components of biodiversity, including among
others, ecology, evolution, biogeography, conservation, environmental education and
- to further the professional development of all the participants, namely students and
- to foster the collaboration among the University of the Azores, schools, museums, parks,
NGOs and other political and economic organizations.
The invited speakers are international leaders in their areas, and attending their lectures will be a way
of learning about the recent advances in the science of islands biodiversity and conservation. Besides
these senior scientists, a number of post-graduated students (PhD’s and Post-docs) will also present
the results of their most recent studies concerning biodiversity in the Azores.
The lectures will be interesting to a wide audience, including students, educators, conservation
managers, tourist operators, environmentalists, researchers and the general public.
DURATION of the CONFERENCE CYCLE
In order to be able to focus on distinct components of biodiversity, this meeting will be spread through
all the year, with conferences occurring from April to November 2010, keeping the subject present in
the minds and hearts of people.
SCHEDULE and VENUE of the CONFERENCE
Most of the lectures will take place in the new Campus of Pico da Urze (Universidade dos Açores,
Angra do Heroísmo), from 17h30 – 19h30, preferentially on Fridays, on dates to be announced each
month, as they suit the lecturers (but see provisional program).
The main language of the conference cycle is Portuguese. Besides Portuguese, and in the spirit of
diversity, other languages will be used during the lectures, according to the speakers’ preference
(Spanish, French, Italian and English).
Simultaneous translation will not be provided however, a Portuguese outline of each lecture will be
available for each lecture and questions from the audience will be translated to the speakers. The
language of communication of each of the presentations is indicated in the Program.
The attendance of the lectures will be free for all, and in the end of each session, all the participants
that so wish, will receive a presence certificate. Nevertheless, the participants are invited to contribute
with a fund to buy trees to compensate the carbon emissions associated with the lecture.
Four book launchings will occur in the 2010 – International Year of Biodiversity. The first three are
partially funded by DRCT (Direcção Regional da Ciência e Tecnologia); the fourth is financed by the
FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia):
1. Borges, P.A.V., Costa, A., Cunha, R., Gabriel, R., Gonçalves, V., Martins, A.F., Melo, I.,
Parente, M., Raposeiro, P., Rodrigues, P., Santos, R.S., Silva, L., Vieira, P. & Vieira, V. (Eds.)
(2010). A list of the terrestrial and marine biota from the Azores. Princípia, Oeiras, 388 pp.
2. Gabriel, R., Arroz, A. M., Borges, P. A. V., Rodrigues, A. F., Sousa, J. R. (coords.) (in prep.).
Abordagens do ambiente em contexto educativo. Universidade dos Açores, Angra do
3. Arroz, A. M., Borges, P. A. V., Rodrigues, A. F., et al. (in press). Para uma gestão de risco
informada pelas perspectivas dos cidadãos: Riscos ambientais em contexto açoriano.
Universidade dos Açores, Angra do Heroísmo.
4. Serrano, A. R. M., Borges, P. A. V., Boieiro M. & Oromí, P. (eds.). (in prep.). Terrestrial
arthropods of Macaronesia – Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution. Sociedade
Portuguesa de Entomologia, Lisboa.
Following the 2nd Competition on Biodiversity Photography in the Azores, directed to all the schools
of the archipelago, a public exhibition of photography will be arranged and the best photographs will
be displayed in various public places.
Considering that biodiversity includes a great number of associated disciplines, some thematic
workshops will be held during 2010, allowing participants to further their instruction on selected
1. A workshop, focusing on environmental education, will be held on the 24th of April, animated
by Professor Linda Cronin-Jones and different teachers and colleagues of the University of
The organizing committee will try to minimize the carbon emissions associated to the event. There will
be virtually no printing and all the lecture materials will be available on-line. We will try to engage
several groups on the plantation of trees in the University campus in Angra do Heroísmo.
To divulgate the event there will be a poster placed in several strategic places in Terceira Island
(Museums, Schools, ONG’s, etc.). We will also use sms’s and e-mail. Besides, all the information
regarding the lectures will be available on-line in the Azorean Biodiversity Portal
(http://www.azoresbioportal.angra.uac.pt), in the Azorean Biodiversity Group webpage
(http://cita.angra.uac.pt/biodiversidade/) and the RCE AÇORES webpage
The Azorean Biodiversity Group and the RCE AÇORES are responsible for the organization of this
event, together with the funding institutions (SRCTE – Secretaria Regional da Ciência, Tecnologia e
Equipamentos da Região Autónoma dos Açores e Universidade dos Açores; Project DRCT- M.4.2.2 /
I / 002 / 2010; “Os Montanheiros”; “Europe Direct”). The following projects also support the trips of
FCT - PTDC/BIA-BEC/104571/2008 – “What can the Macaronesian islands teach us about
speciation? A case study of Tarphius beetles and Hipparchia butterflies”
FCT- PTDC/BIA-BEC/100182/2008 – “Predicting extinctions on islands: a multi-scale assessment”
FCT - PTDC/AMB/70801/2006 - Understanding Underground Biodiversity: Studies of Azorean Lava
DRCT - M.2.1.2/I/003/2008 “Consequences of land-use change on Azorean fauna and flora - the
DRCT - M221-I-002-2009 TERMODISP - A térmita de madeira seca Cryptotermes brevis (Walker)
nos Açores: Monitorização dos voos de Dispersão e prevenção da colonização.
DATE LECTURERS AREA TITLE L
9 José A. P. Marcelino Agro-Ecology
Arthropod bioindicators as a biological tool to
assess anthropogenic impacts in Azorean
16 Ana Costa Biogeography
Marine biodiversity in Azores: Unveiling the
past, picturing the present and foreseeing the
16 António Onofre Soares Agro-