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Ocean Literacy is particularly important in EMEPC's mission as we promote knowledge and changing attitudes about the Ocean among younger people and society. Bearing in mind that it operates unique technological equipments in Portugal, with emphasis on the ROV Luso, EMEPC promotes the contact of future generations with this reality.
We are available to carry out online activities, for teachers / classes.
School activities at the EMEPC headquarters as well as and lectures at schools are suspended until October 10th, 2021. After this date, a reassessment of conditions will be carried out in accordance with the rules of the Ministry of Health. 
Interested teachers should contact us by email: monica.albuquerque@emepc.mm.gov.pt

Preliminary notes:
If you need help choosing the activity contact us by email.
We also hold lectures and activities for civil society, senior universities and organized groups of stakeholders.

LECTURES

The new dimension of our country - Extension of the Continental Shelf

Lecture for students about the Portuguese Continental Shelf Extension Project, its importance for the Portugal, the ongoing process, the new Map of Portugal and the existing resources. The session, when held at the EMEPC headquarters, can be accompanied by a visit to ROV Luso, a robot that dives to 6000m deep.
For whom: 1st Cycle, 2nd Cycle, 3rd Cycle, Secondary
Number of participants per action: Variable (at the  EMEPC the limit is 25 students)
Where: At School - All over the country (up to the limit of the estimated budget), at the EMEPC facilities - Oeiras and Online
Duration: 1 hour at school and online, 2 hours at EMEPC (may include visit to ROV Luso)
Cost of action (if applicable): Free
Email: Mónica Albuquerque - monica.albuquerque@emepc.mm.gov.pt
Telephone: Mónica Albuquerque - 213 027 383 or 213 004 165
Blue School Privilege: Priority Access

 

Rov Luso Discovering the Deep Sea

Lecture for students about the Rov Luso, the remote operating vehicle that dives to 6000m deep and collects samples for the Continental Shelf Extension project. Let's talk about what is a ROV? And a ROV pilot? How deep does it descend? What mysteries are discovered at the bottom of the sea? Dive with us to find out more about  ROV Luso, its characteristics and potential, The oceanographical campaigns and the different environments explored. It may include a visit to ROV Luso in Paço de Arcos, at the EMEPC headquarters.
For whom: 1st Cycle, 2nd Cycle, 3rd Cycle, Secondary
Number of participants per action: Variable (at the  EMEPC the limit is 25 students)
Where: At School - All over the country (up to the limit of the estimated budget), at the EMEPC facilities - Oeiras and Online
Duration: 1 hour at school and online, 2 hours at EMEPC (includes visit to ROV Luso)
Cost of action (if applicable): Free
Email: Mónica Albuquerque - monica.albuquerque@emepc.mm.gov.pt
Telephone: Mónica Albuquerque - 213 027 383 or 213 004 165
Blue School Privilege: Priority Access

Deep Sea Communities and Living Marine Resources

Lecture for students about the deep sea communities and the Marine Living Resources in the Sea of Portugal. During the campaigns of the Extension Project and other projects, EMEPC gathered a collection with a significant number of samples comprising fauna, water samples and sediments mostly collected at great ocean depths (depths greater than 1500 m). This collection has been enhanced in academic studies on biodiversity and genetic resources. However, there is still a long way to go before applications can be developed within the framework of the so-called “blue biotechnology”. The lecture will focus on the Biodiversity in the communities living in the Sea of Portugal, as well as their living resources, their importance and what is their use.
For whom: 1st Cycle, 2nd Cycle, 3rd Cycle, Secondary
Number of participants per action: Variable (at the  EMEPC the limit is 25 students)
Where: At School - All over the country (up to the limit of the estimated budget), at the EMEPC facilities - Oeiras e Online
Duration: 1 hour at school and online, 2 hours at EMEPC (may include visit to ROV Luso)
Cost of action (if applicable): Free
Email: Mónica Albuquerque - monica.albuquerque@emepc.mm.gov.pt
Telephone: Mónica Albuquerque - 213 027 383 or 213 004 165
Blue School Privilege: Priority Access

Biodiversity of the Sea of ​​Portugal

Lecture to students about what Marine Biodiversity is, its importance and what we do to protect it. Marine biodiversity is the name given to the variety of organisms that live in the ecosystems of seas and oceans. Two thirds of the Earth's surface is covered by seas and ocean and we still know only a small part of everything that exists in the sea. In this lecture we will learn how marine animals and plants are classified, which are the main groups, which are protected and why, among other issues.
For whom: 1st Cycle, 2nd Cycle, 3rd Cycle, Secondary
Number of participants per action: Variable (at the  EMEPC the limit is 25 students)
Where: At School - All over the country (up to the limit of the estimated budget), at the EMEPC facilities - Oeiras e Online
Duration: 1 hour at school and online, 2 hours at EMEPC (may include visit to ROV Luso)
Cost of action (if applicable): Free
Email: Mónica Albuquerque - monica.albuquerque@emepc.mm.gov.pt
Telephone: Mónica Albuquerque - 213 027 383 or 213 004 165
Blue School Privilege: Priority Access

Marine Mineral Resources

Lecture with students about marine resources in the extended continental shelf. The non-living resources of the seabed will be a source of resources, as an alternative to their exploitation on land. As the scarcity of resources increases in continental areas and as prospective and extractive technology progresses, the exploitation of mineral, energetic resources (which include methane hydrates) in the seabed becomes more and more feasible. Many of these resources are found on the continental shelf and in their extension zones, making these areas of soil and subsoil a new heritage for the coastal state. The scientific exploitation of national seabeds is still small and they are poorly characterized. The data and knowledge obtained over the years through scientific research campaigns and on the dedicated cruises of the Extension Project allow us, however, to anticipate a vast potential for the different resources existing on the continental shelf of Portugal. We will talk about the resources of the Portuguese continental shelf, its potential, needs and opportunities.
For whom: 3rd Cycle, Secondary
Number of participants per action: Variable (at the  EMEPC the limit is 25 students)
Where: At School - All over the country (up to the limit of the estimated budget), at the EMEPC facilities - Oeiras e Online
Duration: 1 hour at school and online, 2 hours at EMEPC (may include visit to ROV Luso)
Cost of action (if applicable): Free
Email: Mónica Albuquerque - monica.albuquerque@emepc.mm.gov.pt
Telephone: Mónica Albuquerque - 213 027 383 or 213 004 165

Blue School Privilege: Priority Access

Pilot Rov: The Astronaut Who Doesn’t Leave Our Planet

Lecture to students about the ROV Pilot profession. What does a ROV pilot do and the importance of teamwork in an adverse environment. The different environments visited by ROV Luso and how it feels to discover a new world. What are the challenges you face in each sea campaign and in each dive, when you descend into the unknown. The funniest stories that happened to the pilots.
For whom: 1st Cycle, 2nd Cycle, 3rd Cycle, Secondary
Number of participants per action: Variable (at the  EMEPC the limit is 25 students)
Where: At School - All over the country (up to the limit of the estimated budget), at the EMEPC facilities - Oeiras e Online
Duration: 1 hour at school and online, 2 hours at EMEPC (includes visit to ROV Luso)
Cost of action (if applicable): Free
Email: Mónica Albuquerque - monica.albuquerque@emepc.mm.gov.pt
Telephone: Mónica Albuquerque - 213 027 383 or 213 004 165
Blue School Privilege: Priority Access

The adventures of a marine biologist?

Lecture to students about how to study the biology of the seabed. Life on board. How to be a marine biologist. Our work, what equipment we use, how to do a scientific study. Some stories of marine biodiversity studies. The most beautiful images of marine biodiversity inventory campaigns.
For whom: 1st Cycle, 2nd Cycle, 3rd Cycle, Secondary
Number of participants per action: Variable (at the  EMEPC the limit is 25 students)
Where: At School - All over the country (up to the limit of the estimated budget), at the EMEPC facilities - Oeiras e Online
Duration: 1 hour at school and online, 2 hours at EMEPC (may include visit to ROV Luso)
Cost of action (if applicable): Free
Email: Mónica Albuquerque - monica.albuquerque@emepc.mm.gov.pt
Telephone: Mónica Albuquerque - 213 027 383 or 213 004 165
Blue School Privilege: Priority Access

 

Sea Experience: What Does a Marine Geologist Do?

Lecture for students about how to study the geology of the seabed. Life on board a ship on an oceanographic expedition and the work of the marine geologist on board.
For whom: 1st Cycle, 2nd Cycle, 3rd Cycle, Secondary
Number of participants per action: Variable (at the  EMEPC the limit is 25 students)
Where: At School - All over the country (up to the limit of the estimated budget), at the EMEPC facilities - Oeiras e Online
Duration: 1 hour at school and online, 2 hours at EMEPC (may include visit to ROV Luso)
Cost of action (if applicable): Free
Email: Mónica Albuquerque - monica.albuquerque@emepc.mm.gov.pt
Telephone: Mónica Albuquerque - 213 027 383 or 213 004 165
Blue School Privilege: Priority Access

 

Invasive Species: Where they come from and how they affect our Biodiversity

Did you know that the introduction of non-indigenous species is a pressure, and is one of the points of assessment of the Good Environmental Status of the marine environment in Portugal, one of the most serious after the marine litter. We will talk about what alien species are, some examples of species that exist in Portugal and what precautions we should all take to avoid their spread. Practical examples of the impacts that humans can have on the dispersion of problems in the environment.
For whom: 2nd Cycle, 3rd Cycle, Secondary
Number of participants per action: Variable (at the  EMEPC the limit is 25 students)
Where: At School - All over the country (up to the limit of the estimated budget), at the EMEPC facilities - Oeiras e Online
Duration: 1 hour
Cost of action (if applicable): Free
Email: Mónica Albuquerque - monica.albuquerque@emepc.mm.gov.pt
Telephone: Mónica Albuquerque - 213 027 383 or 213 004 165
Blue School Privilege: Priority Access

 

Banco Gorringe a unique ecosystem on the Seabed

Did you know that there are also mountains at the bottom of the sea and that some are so important that they are protected? Come see the work biologists do and that helps to protect the places that are relevant at the bottom of our sea!
This session  explains what is Banco Gorringe and why it’s  a protected biodiversity hotspot. You can watch a video session illustrating the location of a scientific laboratory in our sea.
For whom: 1st Cycle, 2nd Cycle, 3rd Cycle, Secondary
Number of participants per action: Variable (at the  EMEPC the limit is 25 students)
Where: At School - All over the country (up to the limit of the estimated budget), at the EMEPC facilities - Oeiras e Online
Duration: 1 hour
Cost of action (if applicable): Free
Email: Mónica Albuquerque - monica.albuquerque@emepc.mm.gov.pt
Telephone: Mónica Albuquerque - 213 027 383 or 213 004 165
Blue School Privilege: Priority Access

Selvagens Islands adventures!

Lecture for students about the most southern point of the national territory - The Selvagens Islands. They are of volcanic origin and consist of two islands: Selvagem Grande and Selvagem Pequena, and also by a series of islets, the main one being Ilhéu de Fora, and throughout the adjacent marine area. These Islands were the first Nature Reserve created in 1971 in Portugal. We will talk about this territory, its inhabitants and its biodiversity. In 2010 we travelled to these islands and realized their importance for our marine biodiversity. Hear about our personal experience: scientists are not always in the laboratory wearing white gowns! We unveil the adventures lived during the 30 days in these islands.
For whom: 1st Cycle, 2nd Cycle, 3rd Cycle, Secondary
Number of participants per action: Variable (at the  EMEPC the limit is 25 students)
Where: At School - All over the country (up to the limit of the estimated budget), at the EMEPC facilities - Oeiras e Online
Duration: 1 hour
Cost of action (if applicable): Free
Email: Mónica Albuquerque - monica.albuquerque@emepc.mm.gov.pt
Telephone: Mónica Albuquerque - 213 027 383 or 213 004 165
Blue School Privilege: Priority Access

 

Marine Protected Areas of Portugal

Lecture with students about what are Marine Protected Areas and what areas exist in Portugal.
Over the years, many scientific campaigns have been carried out in marine protected areas of our country. In this session we will address in particular 3 marine areas very different from each other, we will tell stories about them, why they are important in their own way, why they were created and how etc. The Marine Protected Areas included in this lecture are: Selvagens Islands, the first Marine Area created in Portugal in 1971, Banco Gorringe, a mountain in the middle of the Atlantic and the Lucky Strike Hydrothermal Field in the Mid Atlantic Ridge. 
For whom: 2nd Cycle, 3rd Cycle, Secondary
Number of participants per action: Variable (at the  EMEPC the limit is 25 students)
Where: At School - All over the country (up to the limit of the estimated budget), at the EMEPC facilities - Oeiras e Online
Duration: 1 hour
Cost of action (if applicable): Free
Email: Mónica Albuquerque - monica.albuquerque@emepc.mm.gov.pt
Telephone: Mónica Albuquerque - 213 027 383 or 213 004 165
Blue School Privilege: Priority Access

 

The Wonderful World of Marine Mollusks in Portugal

Lecture to students about what marine mollusks are, their taxonomic tree and why they are so important in the study of biodiversity. Practical example of how to conduct a scientific study to find out which species of molluscs exist in a given area.
For whom: 2nd Cycle, 3rd Cycle, Secondary
Number of participants per action: Variable (at the  EMEPC the limit is 25 students)
Where: At School - All over the country (up to the limit of the estimated budget), at the EMEPC facilities - Oeiras e Online
Duration: 1 hour
Cost of action (if applicable): Free
Email: Mónica Albuquerque - monica.albuquerque@emepc.mm.gov.pt
Telephone: Mónica Albuquerque - 213 027 383 or 213 004 165
Blue School Privilege: Priority Access

Let's Explore the Seabed

In addition to sand, fish and sunken ships, the Portuguese sea hides many other treasures. But many kilometers deep and in the most absolute darkness, there are many challenges that face all who try to explore the deep sea. In this activity, we will understand how to prepare an oceanographic campaign, what equipment we need and who should be part of the work teams. Practical activity using board game materials.
For whom: 3rd Cycle, Secondary
Number of participants per action: Variable (at the  EMEPC the limit is 25 students)
Where: At School - All over the country (up to the limit of the estimated budget), at the EMEPC facilities - Oeiras
Duration: 1h30m at the School; 2h30m at EMEPC (may include visit to ROV Luso)
Cost of action (if applicable): Free
Email: Mónica Albuquerque - monica.albuquerque@emepc.mm.gov.pt
Telephone: Mónica Albuquerque - 213 027 383 or 213 004 165
Blue School Privilege: Priority Access

OFFER NOT AVAILABLE IN COVID TIME

 

Lecture with the marine biologist

Mónica Albuquerque is passionate about biodiversity, especially marine mollusks, photography and the Selvagens Islands. From a young age she heard her Madeiran grandfather tell stories about the sea. She has a master's degree in marine ecology and has worked at the EMEPC since 2009. Her work as a marine biologist includes the identification and inventory of marine biodiversity in the Portuguese sea, having participated in 15 oceanographical campaigns since 2006.
This activity is an informal conversation (not a lecture) about the marine biologist profession. The biologist will stimulate students' interest in life linked to the sea, talk about her daily activities and tell odd stories that  may lead the students to a profession linked to the sea or, at least, to be better informed about these activities

Includes a question and answer period.

For whom: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Cycle, Secondary

Number of participants per action: Variable (at the  EMEPC the limit is 25 students)

Where: Online and at school - All over the country (up to the budget limit); or at the EMEPC facilities - Oeiras

Duration: 1 hour online and at school, 2 hours at EMEPC

Cost of action (if applicable): Free

Email: Mónica Albuquerque - monica.albuquerque@emepc.mm.gov.pt

Telephone: Mónica Albuquerque - 213 027 383 or 213 004 165

Deep Sea video session

Every year the EMEPC organizes an oceanographic campaign with the ROV Luso, the remote operating vehicle that dives up to 6,000m deep and collects videos and samples for our work. We have fantastic images from the deep sea organisms and habitats in the Portuguese Sea, going back to 2008. In this video session we will show you the best moments  from the last 12 years! During the online session a biologist / geologist will explain  what you are watching.
Includes a question and answer period.
For whom: 2nd Cycle, 3rd Cycle, Secondary

Number of participants per action: Variable (at the  EMEPC the limit is 25 students)
Where: At School - All over the country (up to the limit of the estimated budget), at the EMEPC facilities - Oeiras e Online
Duration: 1 hour at school and online, 2 hours at EMEPC (may include visit to ROV Luso)
Cost of action (if applicable): Free
Email: Mónica Albuquerque - monica.albuquerque@emepc.mm.gov.pt
Telephone: Mónica Albuquerque - 213 027 383 or 213 004 165
Blue School Privilege: Priority Access