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CIMO is the winner of the "O Norte Somos Nós" Awards in
the category of Research. See video HERE


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Mountain 2018 just started

Mountains 2018 started Monday, December 10, in Nova Friburgo, Brazil. The event, comprising the III Workshop on Sustainable Development in Mountain Environments and the II International Conference on Research for Sustainable Development in Mountains Regions, is the largest conference dedicated to mountains research and development ever organized in Brazil.

CIMO researchers among the most influential in the world

Three CIMO researchers are part of 2018 Clarivate Analytics list of Highly Cited Researchers. This list includes world top scientists “who have demonstrated significant influence through publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade”.

Iberian Mountain Research Network plans future in Madrid

The Iberian Mountain Research Network (RIIM) met last Tuesday, December 4, at the premises of the Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT), in Madrid.

CIMO-Cape Verde officially created

The Mountain Research Centre-Cape Verde (CIMO-CV) was officially created last Friday, November 23, in Praia, Cape Verde, by the Rector of the Cape Verde University, Judite Medina do Nascimento, and the President of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Orlando Rodrigues, who signed the protocol for its establishment in the presence of the Portuguese Secretary of State of Science, Technology and Higher Education, João Sobrinho Teixeira, and the Coordinator of CIMO, Isabel Ferreira.

Progress in cross border cooperation in mountain research and innovation recognized in the XXX Spain-Portugal Summit

The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the Prime minister of Portugal, António Costa, have expressed their satisfaction for progress made in cooperation in research across borders in the mountains regions of Trás-os-Montes and Castile and León.

Forest fire detection project in the spotlight

The project SAFe – Forest Alert System – recently selected for funding by the “Fundação La Caixa” under the Promove programme, has been covered by the national newspaper Público. Accessible and flexible detection and communications technology will be developed to be used in forest observation and detection of fires in the Nogeira mountain range.

Paula Baptista elected convenor at IOBC-WPRS

Paula Baptista was elected as the new convenor of the International Organisation for Biological and Integrated Control (IOBC-WPRS), working group “Integrated protection of olive crops”. This group fosters the exchange of knowledge and expertise on research, development and implementation of integrated and biological control strategies for olive pests and diseases.

Innovation of CIMO research recognized at the 2018 Food & Nutrition Awards

The research project HoneyOrigin received an honorable mention at the “Projects of the Future” Food & Nutrition Awards in the category of Research and Innovation. This recognition was delivered during the 2018 Food & Nutrition Annual Conference that took place in Lisbon on October 16.

Product created from the chestnut flower is being used as a wine's natural additive

CIMO's Researchers, developed a new product created from the chestnut flower, used as a natural additive in wine, that replaces sulfites.

CIMO in Citizen Science investigation for pesticides in apicultural products in Europe

CIMO/IPB is one of the 16 European institutions responsible for the Citizen Science Investigation for Pesticides in Apicultural Products – INSIGNIA action over the next 2.5 years.

CIMO researchers gave advanced training to Brazilian students

Manuel Ângelo Rodrigues, a CIMO researcher, taught an olive growing course for marginal regions in Brazil, at the invitation of the Federal Technological University of Paraná, Campus Pato Branco.

7th Portuguese Young Chemists Meeting (PYCheM)

The 7th Portuguese Young Chemists Meeting (PYCheM), a biennial scientific event promoted by the Young Chemists Group (GQJ) of the Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ), will be organized by members of CIMO and held in Bragança in 2020.

2018 Mountain Ecosystems Award

The 2018 Mountain Ecosystems Award is an initiative of the Portuguese Ecological Society (SPECO), CIMO and IPB to recognize high quality MS theses dedicated to research on mountain ecosystems.

Open Call for Presentations of Experiences on Sustainable Development in Mountains

Call for presentations of experiences on sustainable development in mountains for the III Workshop on Sustainable Development in Mountain Environments Mountains 2018 - is now open to August 31, 2018. Proposals should be sent as attachment to

Business magazine highlights promotion of olive oil quality by CIMO researchers

The contribution of CIMO researchers Nuno Rodrigues and José Alberto Pereira to the valorization of olive oil in the region of Trás-os-Montes has been highlighted in the July issue of the Portuguese business magazine "Revista Business Portugal".

CIMO researchers on national television

Several CIMO researchers in the fields of plant protection and Integrated pest management participated in the Biosfera tv show broadcast by RTP, the public television service in Portugal, last Saturday, July 7. Biosfera Episode 27 was dedicated to Pests and Pathogens in the Forest Landscape.

CIMO at Ciência 2018

CIMO participated in the 2018 edition of the annual meeting of Portuguese researchers, Ciência 2018, Lisbon, 4-6 July. CIMO members presented some of the most relevant work currently conducted at the centre in the form of oral and posters presentations, and demonstrations.

CIMO researchers demonstrate technological solutions for the agro-food sector

Demolab (workshop) was held last June 20, under the scope of INTERNOVAMARKET-FOOD project, financed by POCTEP in the activity of acceleration of technological innovation INNOVA PLUS, promoted by CIMO/IPB. Demolab's main objective was the demonstration of technological solutions for the improvement of products in the agro-food industry, in particular the extraction of high-value ingredients.

DEMOLAB - Valorization of natural resources through the extraction of high added-value ingredients for use in the food industry

"DEMOLAB" event will take place on June 20 at CIMO. This events's theme is "Valorization of natural resources through the extraction of high added-value ingredients for use in the food industry".

CIMO at the Future of Science in Portugal debate

Isabel Ferreira, CIMO Coordinator, will participate in the debate on the Future of Science in Portugal on June 4 at the i3S - Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Porto.More info at the i3S website.

Sustainability of Portuguese Mountains: realities and challenges

The final and full version of the e-book "Sustainability of Portuguese Mountains: realities and challenges" is now available to the public. This e-book, edited by CIMO members João Azevedo, Vasco Cadavez, Margarida Arrobas and Jaime Pires, was published in 2016 and covers a wide range of mountain research and development topics in Portugal.

Challenges and opportunities in River restoration in the North of Portugal

The second edition of the "River Restoration Seminar" will take place on May 25-26 at the IPB School of Agriculture in Bragança. This year's theme is "Challenges and opportunities for the North of Portugal Region" and it will addressed by an outstanding selection of specialists from the academy, enterprises, and governmental and non-governemnt organizations in Portugal and Spain. The event is organized by CIMO Topic Coordinator and researcher Amílcar Teixeira. More info on the program, speakers, and registration HERE.

XXIV Luso Galician Meeting of Chemistry

The Luso-Galician Meetings of Chemistry, held alternately in Portugal and Spain,constitute a unique opportunity for the exchange of innovative ideas between researchers and professionals from the academic and industrial circles, to work in chemistry and chemical engineering, with the aim of stimulating the creation of new collaborations in areas of common interest.

Call for abstracts: Mountains 2018

The Call for abstracts for the II International Conference on Research for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions, which takes place 12–14 December in Nova Friburgo, RJ. Brazil, is now open. The deadline for submissions is 31 May.

Culture of animal cells and clinical applications

This course aims to provide theoretical and practical preparation based on the technique of animal cell culture as well as the potential of clinical application including flow cytometry techniques. It was designed for people with little experience in cell cultures. It may be useful for people involved in research or teaching, as well as for students or laboratory technicians.

CIMO botanist in the Namib Desert

Carlos Aguiar, a CIMO botanist and plant ecologist will participate in an international expedition to the desert of Moçâmedes, Angola, that will last three weeks and where he will have a chance to see for the first time Welwitschia mirabilis.

CIMO in the Red List of Vascular Plants of Mainland Portugal

CIMO is one of the institutions that participate in the Red List of Vascular Plants of Mainland Portugal project. This is lead by the Portuguese Botany Society (CPBotânica) and the Portuguese Association of Vegetation Science (PHYTOS) in a partnership with the Institute of Nature Conservation and Forests (ICNF).

Workshop Dermopharmacy from natural products to cosmetics

Workshop Dermopharmacy from natural products to cosmetics.

More information HERE.

II Sustainable Agroforestry Management Week

The II Sustainable Agroforestry Management Week will take place in Vimioso, Portugal, from March 23 to 31, 2018. Organized by the Portuguese Animal Traction Association (APTRAN), CIMO, the Municipality of Vimioso, Aldeia, ZASNET, and the School of Agriculture of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, the event includes the II Seminar on Sustainable Agroforestry Management (23 March) and the IV Advanced Course in Animal Traction in Sustainable Agroforestry Management (26-31 March).

Prime Minister of Portugal visits CIMO

The Prime-Minister of Portugal, António Costa, visited Bragança last Friday in the second day of the "Knowledge and Innovation" Roadmap. The visit included an event dedicated to the recently approved “MORE- Montanhas de Investigação” Collaborative Laboratory in the Brigantia EcoPark where the laboratory was publicly presented and the respective contract with FCT signed.

"Food Irradiation Technologies" published

The “Food Irradiation Technologies: Concepts, Applications and Outcomes”, edited by CIMO researchers Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira and Amilcar L. Antonio, and by Sandra Cabo Verde from the “Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Nucleares” (U. Lisbon), has been published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The book was considered by Food Irradiation as “ the most comprehensive book on food irradiation ever published.

Los Angeles Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards

Terras Dazibo and Olimontes olive oils, with technology developed in collaboration with the IPB, group of Professor José Alberto Pereira, won 4 medals in Los Angeles contest, two gold and two silver.
For more information, read HERE.

CIMO on TV - Portugal em Directo (RTP)

Centro de Investigação de Montanha - CIMO - is a Research Unit that researches mountain products in order to boost innovation and value creation in the Mediterranean mountain regions. This Research Unit belongs to Instituto Politécnico de bragança - IPB - and is a multidisciplinary center that develops innovative products in the food, footwear, agricultural plagues, etc.
For more information see Portugal em Directo TV news program (RTP).

CIMO in geobotanical expedition to Angola

CIMO is one of the organizers of the international Geobotanical Expedition to the Delta of the Cunene River, Angola, from March 24 to April 10, 2018. CIMO researcher Carlos Aguiar will be one of the Portuguese botanists who, with others from Angola, France and Germany, will produce a vegetation system for the Southwest of Angola.As part of this expedition, a seminar dedicated to “Flora, vegetation and biogeography of Southwestern Angola: knowledge and sustainable development” will take place on March 26, at the University José Eduardo dos Santos, in Huambo.

CIMO in the Steering Committee of the Mountain Partnership

CIMO with EUROMONTANA are the new representatives of Major Group Organizations of Europe in the Steering Committee of the Mountain Partnership for the next four years. CIMO/EUROMONTANA were elected during the 5 th Global Meeting that took place in FAO headquarters in Rome from December 11 to 13.The Mountain Partnership is a United Nations voluntary alliance of more than 300 partners from governments, intergovernmental organizations, major groups (e.g. civil society, NGOs and the private sector) and subnational authorities.

CIMO wins "O Norte Somos Nós" award

CIMO is the winner of the "O Norte Somos Nós" Awards in the category of Research. The "O Norte Somos Nós" Awards is an initiative of the "Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte" CCDRN) to publicly recognize innovative projects that have been supported by European Union Funds during the Regional Operational Program (Community Support Framework 2007-2013). The awards were announced during the O Norte Somos Nós" Awards ceremony last Thursday in Porto. CIMO was one of the seven awardees in all categories among 21 nominated institutions/projects.

Mountains 2018 to be launched in Rome

Mountains 2018 will be launched on December 12 at the FAO headquarters in Rome during the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting. See the programme here (in Portuguese). The organizers of Mountains 2018 have also released the first leaflet of the event with new information about the concept, objectives, structure, timeframe and the the hosting city, Nova Friburgo. The deadline for the submission of symposium proposals in the II International Conference on Research for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions is January 31st 2018. For more information see HERE or visit the website of the conference.

5th edition of APTRAN Seminars dedicated to HNV areas

The Portuguese Association of Animal Traction (APTRAN) organizes its 5th Technical-Scientific Seminars on Animal Traction on December 16, in Bragança. The topic of the 2017 edition is “Management and Valorization of High Natural Value Areas” that will be presented and discussed by José Lima Santos(ISA, University of Lisbon), Alberto Gil Carrera (Natural Park Baixa Limia - Serra do Xurés, Spain), Amilcar Teixeira (CIMO/ESA-IPB) and José castro (ESA-IPB). The event includes also a practical demonstration of animal traction in riparian forests management, led by João B. Rodrigues (APTRAN).

CIMO Researchers bring Predictive Modelling in Food conference to IPB

The International Conference on Predictive Modelling in Food (ICPMF) is an international biannual conference whose mission is to catalyse the development of predictive modelling in foods to support stakeholders, risk assessors and governmental authorities. CIMO researchers Ursula Gonzales-Barron and Vasco Cadavez were successful in their bid to bring the 11th edition of ICPMF to IPB.

RNIM to be launched on International Mountains Day

The National Mountain Research Network (Rede Nacional de Investigação de Montanha - RNIM) will be launched on December 11, 2017, International Mountains Day, in a public session at the Polytechnic Institute of Guarda. The event includes presentations of RNIM, the collaborative project "MORE-Mountains of Research", and the “GeoPark Estrela” initiative. During the event, RNIM will express their support via videoconference to the Mountains 2018 event to be launched in Rome during the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting. Registration and all information HERE.

Portuguese Mountain Researh Network meets for first time

The Coordinator Council of the National Mountain Research Network (Rede Nacional de Investigação de Montanha - RNIM) met for the first time last Friday, November 3. This meeting marks the beginning of the establishment and expansion of the Network and its contribution to the development of mountain research in Portugal where nearly 40% of the country's area is mountains. The RNIM was created in April of 2017 through a Government Order (Despacho n.º 3434/2017) signed by 7 Ministers.

O Norte Somos Nós

Centro de Investigação de Montanha - CIMO is now finalist on the category “Norte Investigação” of “O Norte Somos Nós” awards, managed by CCDRN – Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte.
For CIMO to win go to "O Norte Somos Nós" awards site and vote.
Together we will be stronger.

CIMO at wildfires event

The journal Regional Science Policy and Practice, with the collaboration of the Portuguese Regional Science Association, will organize the symposium "How to recover/heal communities, wellbeing and create resilient places from the ashes of wildfires?" in Coimbra on December 20, 2017. CIMO researcher Orlando Rodrigues, is one of the keynote speakers of the event which has the support of the Mountain Research Centre (CIMO). Submitions, registration and more information at the website of the event website of the event.

Federal University of Technology - Paraná joins LuMont

The Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR), in Brazil, has become a member of LuMont, the Lusophony Mountain Research Network. UTFPR has signed a collaboration agreement with CIMO and IPB on October 12, 2017 with the goals of promoting circulation and sharing of information and cooperation of these institutions and their researchers in different domains of research.

Mountains at CIÊNCIA 2017

CIMO has participated actively in the "Meeting with Science and Technology in Portugal" CIÊNCIA 2017 that took place from July 3 to 5 in Lisbon. CIMO researchers presented numerous talks and posters in sessions under the “Agroalimentar, Florestas e Biodiversidade” thematic research and innovation agenda, as well as under Structural Programs. CIMO has also organized demonstration booths on olive oil and olive orchards genetic heritage and web-based forest management tools. Visit the website of the event to see the presentations of CIMO researchers and the interview of Isabel Ferreira to the CIÊNCIA 2017 blog.

Isabel Ferreira interviewed in TV show “Filhos da Nação”

The Coordinator of CIMO, Isabel Ferreira, was interviewed in the “Filhos da Nação” TV show on RTP this week. Watch the full interview here.

Mountain food products review published

The first review on mountain food products has been published in the journal Trends in Food Science & Technology. This review was authored by CIMO researchers Natália Martins and Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira providing an overview of mountain food products in Europe, “highlighting their contribution to the recent evolutions of the so-called modern lifestyle and of the increasing consumer demand for healthy and natural food products, and focusing on the role of certification”. Read the full paper here.

IX Iberian Congress of Agricultural Engineering in Bragança

The IX Iberian Congress of Agricultural Engineering will be held in Bragança, Portugal, from September 4 - 6, 2017. The Congress it is an opportunity to present and share ideas and experiences with researchers, technicians and other professionals in the sector of Agricultural Engineering as well as to reflect on the future of the field.

Iberian Mountain Research Network (RIIM) established in Bragança

The Iberian Mountain Research Network - Rede Ibérica de Investigação de Montanha (RIIM) - was established last Friday, May 26, 2017, in the Instituto Politécnico de Bragança through the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding among Universities and Research Centres from Andorra, Spain and Portugal.

Mountains 2018 pre-launch

Mountains 2018 is an international conference that will bring together scholars, professionals, policy makers and others involved with multiple aspects of the mountain world. The Conference seeks to stimulate and disseminate knowledge about the topic based on lessons learned from scientific research and practical experiences related to use and challenges of promoting sustainable development in mountain territories, including how mountains can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Recent Publications

Effectiveness of gamma and electron beam irradiation as preserving technologies of fresh Agaricus bisporus Portobello: A comparative study

Ancient olive trees as a source of olive oils rich in phenolic compounds

Effect of phosphorus application rate on Mentha spicata L. grown in deep flow technique (DFT)

Stability of a cyanidin-3-O-glucoside extract obtained from Arbutus unedo L. and incorporation into wafers for colouring purposes

Optimization of heat- and ultrasound-assisted extraction of anthocyanins from Hibiscus sabdariffa calyces for natural food colorants

Optimization and kinetic study of biodiesel production through esterification of oleic acid applying ionic liquids as catalysts

Kaolin and salicylic acid alleviate summer stress in rainfed olive orchards by modulation of distinct physiological and biochemical responses

Formulation of mayonnaises containing PUFAs by the addition of microencapsulated chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and baru oils

Stability of total folates/vitamin B9 in irradiated watercress and buckler sorrel during refrigerated storage

Effects of irrigation and collection period on grapevine leaf (Vitis vinifera L. var. Touriga Nacional): Evaluation of the phytochemical composition and antioxidant properties

Chemical features and bioactivities of cornflower (Centaurea cyanus L.) capitula: The blue flowers and the unexplored non-edible part

Invasive crayfishes as a threat to freshwater bivalves: Interspecific differences and conservation implications

Effects of in vitro gastrointestinal digestion and colonic fermentation on a rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L) extract rich in rosmarinic acid

Honey bees repellent device: Preliminary experimental research with the bees hearing sensitivity

Sanguinello and Tarocco (Citrus sinensis [L.] Osbeck): Bioactive compounds and colour appearance of blood oranges