Organization committee


University of Évora SECIL – Companhia Geral de Cal e Cimento, S.A.     Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa


Alexandra Silva

Alexandra Silva collaborates with SECIL-Companhia Geral de Cal e Cimento S.A. since 2005, and currently, she is the head of Biodiversity, Environment and Sustainability Department. She is involved in projects related to biodiversity, quarry rehabilitation, environment and sustainability in different cement plants of the Group and also in scientific projects as a result of a partnership between SECIL and different Universities: Universidade de Évora and Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL). Alexandra represents SECIL and the National Association of Cement in working groups at national and international level as: Business & Biodiversity, Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) of WBCSD and CEMBUREAU - The European Cement Association.

Carmo Silva
Universidade de Évora

Carmo Silva is a Research Technician at the Conservation Biology Lab (University of Évora). She has worked in several projects aiming the conservation and rehabilitation of fauna in human impacted sites, as quarries and linear infrastructures. Her research areas focus on the relation between Nature conservation and human activities, seeking compromises that uplift the sustainable use of resources. Currently, Carmo is working in a project related with the rehabilitation of quarries, aiming not only the impact assessment but also to study the implications of the rehabilitation on functional responses of fauna communities. Although she is specialized in mammal, she has also worked with other groups like birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects.

António Mira
Universidade de Évora

António Mira is a Professor of Conservation Biology, Natural Resources Management and Mammalogy at the University of Évora and is in charge of the Conservation Biology Lab since 2003. His research area ranges between "Applied Population and Community Ecology" and "Landscape Ecology". António’s main topics of interest are: Implications of land use changes on landscape functional connectivity; Effects of transport infrastructure on wildlife; and Biocontrol services. Since 2007, he is the Scientific Coordinator of a project resulting from a partnership between SECIL and University of Évora, aiming biodiversity recovery and habitat rehabilitation in changed and degraded areas, focusing on the promotion of fauna communities in quarries of Portugal.

Otilia Correia
FCUL - Universidade de Lisboa

Otília Correia is an Associate Professor at the Plant Biology Department of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and the leader of the Environmental Stress and Functional Ecology group (ESFE) of cE3c. Currently, her research topics are related with the ecophysiological and phenological patterns of Mediterranean species, underlying responses to environmental stresses. Otília studies aim to understand the impacts of abiotic and biotic drivers in ecosystems structure and functioning, in particular the effects of fire, water stress and invasive species; and the role that restoration might play in reducing human impacts on biotic communities and in developing techniques to increase and accelerate successional processes in restored sites.

Cristina Branquinho
FCUL - Universidade de Lisboa

Cristina Branquinho is an Associate Professor of the Faculty of Sciences of University of Lisbon, leading the Ecology of Environmental Change research group of cE3c (Centre for Ecology and Environmental Changes). Her research focuses on the ecological patterns at the ecosystem level in response to environmental changes. She has studied the impact of anthropogenic activity in the structure and functioning of ecosystems. Cristina’s main topics of research are: structure and functioning of dryland ecosystems under environmental change scenarios; ecological indicators of environmental change factors and ecotechnological solutions for restoring ecosystems; the role of urban green areas and of its biodiversity in ecosystem functioning and services.

Local Organizing Team:

Pedro Salgueiro (Universidade de Évora)
Sofia Eufrázio (Universidade de Évora)
Vânia Salgueiro (Universidade de Évora)
Vanesa Rivera (Universidade de Évora)