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27 to 29 of september, 2018
Local: University of Évora, Portugal.

The Organizing Committee of the Symposium for the Conservation of Freshwater Fish and Habitat Rehabilitation, is pleased to invite you to attend this scientific meeting hosted by the University of Évora in Portugal, from 27 to 29 September 2018, and held in the scope of the European Life project focusing on the “Conservation of Saramugo, (Anaecypris hispanica), in the Guadiana river basin (Portugal)” (LIFE13 NAT/PT/000786).

This Symposium aims to bring together scientists, students, technicians and environmental managers involved in the conservation of freshwater fish and ecosystem rehabilitation, and provide a forum for networking opportunities, sharing ideas, experiences and perspectives.
The event will cover three full days and will include plenary speaker presentations, general oral and poster sessions, a discussion session and a field trip.

We hope to receive contributions (oral and/or poster presentations) on the following topics:

• Threats to native freshwater fish and future management options/solutions

• Impacts of climate change on freshwater ecosystems and mitigation measures

• Freshwater habitats conservation and rehabilitation

• Future challenges for the conservation of endangered freshwater fish species and riverine ecosystems

• Cross meeting LIFE projects


The Symposium will take place at the University of Évora – Jesuite College (Colégio do Espírito Santo) in room 124 (the necessary directions will be placed at several points of the building). The University is located in the city centre of Évora and is easily accessible by walking. There is a city map attached with the location of the Symposium.



The Symposium will include four sessions with plenary presentations of 30 minutes from keynote speakers, followed by regular oral presentations of 15 minutes. Poster presentations will be exposed throughout the event, although a specific session is planned. A provisional time schedule of the programme will be available soon.

Get to know our keynote speakers in the tab on the right of this page.
Acknowledged keynote speakers invited for the plenary sessions:

Emili Garcia-Berthou | Institute of Aquatic Ecology, University of Girona, Spain
Plenary session 1: What is going on with riverine biotic communities?

Rui Cortes | University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Plenary session 2: Habitat conservation and rehabilitation

Jörg Freyhof | Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Germany
Plenary session 3: Challenges for the conservation of endangered fish species

Carla Pinto Cruz | Department of Biology, University of Évora, Portugal
Plenary session 4: Experience from LIFE Projects

Please find attached the Symposium Programme (september 2018). The detailed daily programme is now being prepared and will be available soon.


This visit takes us to one of the most important tributaries of the Guadiana River, the Vascão river, where Saramugo´s present an important population. The Relíquias Picnic Park is the starting point for a small pedestrian walk while we will be talking about the LIFE Saramugo Project, with focus on concrete actions of habitat management, namely the desilting of an important summer refuge habitat (a summer pool) and the stabilization of river banks using bioengineering.



Oral presentations:   

• Regular oral presentations will have a time limit of 15 minutes, including discussion.
• PowerPoint files (*.ppt or *.pptx files) will be uploaded to a central computer. The authors are kindly requested to upload their presentations in advance.
• A laser pointer will be available on-site to operate PowerPoint slides.


• The recommended format for poster presentations is A0 (841 x 1189 mm), positioned vertically.
• The material needed to mount the posters will be available on-site or at the registration desk.
• Posters will be available to the participants throughout the Symposium, though a specific session is planned, along with a cultural moment.
• The authors are kindly requested to remove their presentations after the end of the Symposium.




Registration at the symposium is free and includes admission to the scientific programme, symposium materials and coffee breaks. Lunches are not included in the programme of the days 27 and 28, being subject to reservation and payment. The symposium dinner and the field trip are optional and subject to payment. The field trip includes lunch and is dependent on the registration of a minimum number of 25 participants.

Lunch (each) = 10€
Simposyum dinner = 25€
Field trip = 35€

The registration must be made using the template provided here and sent to: lifesaramugo2018@uevora.pt, referring the intention to subscribe lunches, the symposium dinner and the field trip. After registration, participants will receive a confirmation email with payment instructions

Closing date for registration: july 15, 2018.


Both oral and poster presentations are accepted. Abstracts should be prepared using the Microsoft Word template provided here and the submission should be made through the email lifesaramugo2018@uevora.pt.

The evaluation and selection process will be made by the Scientific Committee, which includes experts in various subject areas. Submissions will be evaluated within a month after submission deadline and presenters will be informed of the outcome of their submission through email.

Deadline for abstract submission: june 30, 2018.


The symposium will be held at the University of Évora, in the centre of Évora, a city located in the south of Portugal that is easily accessible by train, bus or car. Évora is a museum-city, considered World Heritage by Unesco since 1986. Its walls guard streets and buildings almost unchanged throughout the centuries. A wealth of history and culture that attracts more and more national and foreign visitors. The city centre is not too big and can easily be visited on foot. Around the city there are also many places of historical, cultural and natural interest that can be easily visited. The gastronomy is rich and much appreciated, as are the wines of the region. The city has many places of accommodation with prices for all budgets. The organization is in contact with several hotel units to obtain more favourable conditions for the participants.

Reservations are subject to availability at time of booking e-mails should refer to the "Symposium for the Conservation of Freshwater Fish and Habitat Rehabilitation 2018" in order to get special rates. Whenever the hotel requests a certificate to the participants for booking purposes, the Organizing Committee will provide in advance a certificate of attendance.

The list of hotel units offering special rates to the participants can be consulted here.

For any additional information, please contact us through the email of the symposium lifesaramugo2018@uevora.pt.



Maria Ilhéu, Universidade de Évora
Ana Manuel Costa, Universidade de Évora
Paula Matono, Universidade de Évora
Janine da Silva, Universidade de Évora
Ana Cristina Cardoso, Instituto de Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas
Sónia Fragoso, Liga para a Proteção da Natureza
Natasha Silva, Liga para a Proteção da Naturezaaria Ilhéu, University of Évora
Paulo Pinheiro, Aqualogus – Engenharia e Ambiente, Lda.


Maria Ilhéu, Universidade de Évora
João Manuel Bernardo, Universidade de Évora
Paula Matono, Universidade de Évora
João Paulo Almeida Fernandes, Universidade de Évora
João Alexandre Corte-Real, Universidade de Évora | Universidade Lusófona
Paulo Pinto, Universidade de Évora
Maria Filomena Magalhães, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa
Maria Teresa Ferreira, Instituto Superior de Agronomia
José Maria Santos, Instituto Superior de Agronomia
Joana Robalo, MARE-ISPA
Jorge Bochechas, Instituto de Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas