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1/10/2019
After two intense weeks of lectures and experiments at ESOC and GSI, the "1st ESA-FAIR Summer School" was closed on October 1, 2019, with the award ceremony at GSI, which is is the European facility selected by ESA to perform research into the biological effects of space radiation. Eighteen students from 8 different countries submitted beam time applications in different fields of space radiation research. The proposals were evaluated by a panel composed of members from ESA and the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR). The panel has selected the top three proposals, and the proposal from PhD student Lígia Coelho was considered to be the second best proposal. www.gsi.de/esa-fair-summer-school.htm1

Photo: ESA/ Petr Shlyaev

06/09/2019
Researcher Catarina Miranda was accepted into the MSci of Chemistry at IST.

08-10/07/2019
Zita Martins was the Commissioner for Ciência 2019, the annual meeting of Portuguese researchers, which took place from 8 to 10 July 2019, and this year featured the United Kingdom as a guest country.
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Photo - Encontro Ciência 2019 (Daniel Espírito Santo, Ciência Viva)

21/06/2019
Zita Martins was invited to be an Editorial Board Member of the Astrobiology Journal.

22/06/2019
Zita Martins is a Team Member of the Comet Interceptor, which has been selected today as ESA's new F-class space mission in its Cosmic Vision Programme (PIs Geraint Jones and Colin Snodgrass).http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/ESA_s_new_mission_to_intercept_a_comet?fbclid=IwAR2_kZ9W-AQqcpEecY5D9xdJ5FV8NSEjnSXry4esn5_EMPGvt0uvbw4yWtAImage
01/06/2019
Zita Martins contributed to the planning and organization of the special issue of the Portuguese Chemistry Society Bulletin about "Man on the moon: 50 years later".

22/05/2019
PhD student Lígia Coelho, won a scholarship from the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) to participate on the "Arctic Science Summit Week" in Arkhagelsk, Russia.

16/05/2019
Congratulations to our PhD students Lígia Coelho and Manuel Almeida, the finalist team EM²C, which was selected to represent Portugal on the Blue Origin Student Payload Competition!The experiment, officially named Effect of Microgravity on Microbial Chlorophyll (EM²C), will study the effects of parabolic flight (such as altered gravity) on the photosynthesis and survival of microorganisms. https://www.mitportugal.org/news/2369-blue-origin-student-payload-competition-finalist-team-announced?fbclid=IwAR0LfG6F4TSEUjJNVxVR3Hu7-93VoUKdVIbDm7ztfKkI1fno16_PKT4QEY4

14/05/2019
Zita Martins was considered "Excellent Professor" (in the evaluation system of the Pedagogical Council of IST) based on the students evaluation on the 1st semester of 2018/2019.

10/05/2019
Zita Martins was invited to be a Member of the Leonard Medal Committee of the Meteoritical Society.

06/05/2019We welcome our newest member Undergraduate Student Joana Carneiro.

06/03/2019
Zita Martins has been nominated as the national Co-Director of the MIT-Portugal program.https://www.dn.pt/vida-e-futuro/interior/astrobiologa-zita-martins-nomeada-codiretora-nacional-do-programa-mit-portugal-10694996.html

11/02/2019
We welcome our newest member Undergraduate Student Tiago Ramalho. He will be working with us as part of his University Curricular Unit "Estudo Orientado em Biologia Celular e Biotecnologia".

07/01/2019
We welcome our newest member Researcher Catarina Miranda, who will be working on the PHOBOS Project. This is funded by FEDER - Fundo Europeu de Desenvolvimento Regional funds through the COMPETE 2020 - Operacional Programme for Competitiveness and Internationalisation (POCI), and by Portuguese funds through FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia in the framework of the project POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029932 (PTDC/FIS-AST/29932/2017).

We welcome our newest members MIT-Portugal Program PhD students Lígia Coelho and Manuel Almeida.

29/11/2018
Zita Martins was considered "Excellent Professor" (in the evaluation system of the Pedagogical Council of IST) based on the students evaluation on the 2nd semester of 2017/2018.

10/01/2018
PI Zita Martins has started as Associate Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST).