Since symbiosis is a difficult concept to understand, although a key component of ecosystem functioning and stability, we focus on disseminating these concepts transversely, covering informal education and scientific communication. We also intend to develop work in tight collaboration with the communication department of the cE3c, in order to attract students and early stage scientists.
SymEduC research is focused on:
• promoting ecology and plant biology to school-age students through a variety of direct formal and informal education spaces.
• following Continued Professional Development and Training to biology teachers
• using web-based channels and social networks for cE3c science communication
Dias, T., Crous, C., Liberati, D., Munzi, S., Gouveia, C., Ulm, F., Afonso, A.C, Ochoa-Hueso, R., Manrique, E., Sheppard, L., Martins-Loução, M.A., da Silva, A.B. & Cruz, C. (2017) Alleviating nitrogen limitation in Mediterranean maquis vegetation leads to ecological degradation.Land Degradation & Development, 28(8), 2482-2492. DOI:10.1002/ldr.2784 (IF ; Q1 Soil Sciences)
Barata, R., Castro, P. & Martins-Loução, M.A. (2017) How to promote conservation behaviours: the combined role of environmental education and commitment.Environmental Education Research, 23(9), 1322-1334. DOI:10.1080/13504622.2016.1219317 (IF2016 1,709; Q1 Education & Educational Research)
Gaio-Oliveira, G., Delicado, A. & Martins-Loução, MA. (2017). Botanic Gardens as communicators of plant diversity and conservation.Botanical Review, 83(3), 282-302. DOI:10.1007/s12229-017-9186-1 (IF2016 2,769; Q1 Plant Sciences)