Summer Course

The topic of the 2017 edition is “Earth-system processes in the Atlantic” and the course will be held in Terceira Island, Azores from the 2nd to 7th of July.

Taking the opportunity of the “Aerosol and Cloud experiments in the Eastern North Atlantic (ACE_ENA)” campaign, which is bringing to the Azores a group of scientists to study processes in the maritime atmosphere, the University of the Azores (through IITAA at the Faculty of Agrarian and Environmental Sciences), the University of Lisbon (through Institute Dom Luiz at the Faculty of Sciences), the Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) and the ACE_ENA team offer a 1 week workshop/summer_course on earth-system processes. The course will look at the Azores region as a natural laboratory for Earth studies, where the atmosphere, the ocean, the geosphere and the biosphere interact, defining the local climate but also constraining climate on the global scale.

  • The course will start with a field trip to key volcanic sites on Terceira Island;
  • Students are invited to present their research in a short (10 min) talk;
  • Small changes in the schedule may occur due to the ACE_ENA campaign requirements.


There is no registration fee. However, students are required to cover their travel/accommodation expenses.
The EARTHSYSTEMS PhD program will support a number of students from the University of Lisbon.
Applicants should send a short motivation letter, and (optionally) the title of a short (10 min) presentation to present at the course  to Ricardo Serpa <> until 1 June 2017.


Past Editions

2016 edition: Introduction to numerical modelling using Underworld software
Lecturer: Dr. Nicolas Riel, University of Durham, UK

Crash course on MATLAB basic programing before the 2016 Summer Course
Lecturers: Filipe Rosas, Pedro Miranda, Rui Taborda and Mário Abel Gonçalves
Day 1 Material
Day 2 Material
Day 3 Material
Day 4 Material
Day 5 Material

2015 editionCoastal Meteorology and Oceanography.
Collaboration between IDL,  the Portuguese Naval Academy, the Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon University and the Stockholm University – Meteorological Institute.

Field Trip: Arrábida mountains and Algarve Basin
2017 edition – 26, 27 and 28 May

Organizers: Pedro Terrinha, Filipe Rosas, Francisco Fatela, César Andrade, Pedro Costa, Susana Custódio

Detailed Information:

  • Three day geological field trip held together with undergraduate Marine Geology students (Geology degree, FCUL);
  • Day 1: Arrábida chain (to the South of Lisbon, near Setúbal);
  • Day 2: Algarve basin, Sagres region (in SW tip of Portugal);
  • Day 3: Algarve basin, Albufeira region (in the central southern coast);
  • We will be traveling by bus for the whole of the 3 days;
  • We will stay in a camping site in Sagres during the two nights (students shall provide their own tents);
  • Students shall take their own food or buy it in a supermarket (there will be at least one stop per day for this);
  • On Saturday night a joint barbeque will take place in the camping (we’ll buy together meat and fish in a nearby supermarket).

 Youtube video of the 2015 field trip

See here the field trip guide from a previous year (PT).

Multidisciplinary Course

Coordinators: Susana Custódio, Ana Amorim, Emanuel Dutra
Detailed Information 2017 (rational, activities, evaluation, etc.):

Classes will take place in:

  • Room 8.2.13 (Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 AM)
  • Room 8.2.04 (Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 PM)
  • Room 6.2.52 (Thursdays 10:00 AM-1:00 PM)

Statistics Course

Coordinators: Marília Antunes, Lisete M. Ribeiro de Sousa
Detailed Information 2017 (rational, activitites, evaluation, etc.):

  • Calendar 2017
  • Information about the room will be available soon

Soft Skills Course

Course on Scientific Writting: 2017 edition is being prepared and will be similar to the previous year: 2-day intensive workshop coordinated by John Dixon.

Programme 2016 2-day workshop
Course Material 2016 edition

Journal’s Club

Coordinator: Miguel Nogueira

Journal’s Club is an informal weekly scientific meeting where the Earthsystems PhD program students present, review and discuss relevant articles from all earth sciences topics. The main goal is to broaden the scientific discussions, contributing to a wider view of the earth sciences as a whole, within a more comprehensive and multidisciplinary intellectual environment. It also allows the students to practice their ability to present and discuss varied science topics in public, with the help of more experienced researchers.

Short Course on Scientific Programming (Pyton or MatLab)

The course will be coordinated by Prof. Pedro Miranda and the respective schedule is still being prepared (additional information soon).