Health - COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Announcements to the community of the Faculdade de Ciências (regularly updated information). 

Prevent the spread of COVID-19

 

Attendance - Office Hours and Contacts

Following the plan of gradual resumption of face-to-face activities in Ciências ULisboa, the contacts of the various services and procedures to be taken into account are as follows:

(please contact us preferably by e-mail)

Regularly updated information

 

Service Unit E-mail
Telephone / Extension
Telephone support schedule (working days) Attendance schedule, by appointment (e-mail or telephone booking)
Academic Unit: 1st Cycle (Bachelor and Integrated Master Degree) ua@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 502
217 500 503
217 500 311
10 am - 1 pm Tuesday: 10 am - 12.30 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 12.30 pm
Academic Unit: 2nd Cycle, 2nd Cycle of Integrated Master Degree and Non-Awarding Degree Programmes gepg@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 549
217 500 240
217 500 791
10 am - 1 pm Tuesday: 10 am - 12.30 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 12.30 pm
Academic Unit: 3rd Cycle/PhD doutoramentos@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 240
217 500 791
217 500 549
10 am - 1 pm Tuesday: 10 am - 12.30 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 12.30 pm
Academic Unit: Issues related to the Teaching Administration Office gop@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 102
10 am - 1 pm -
Financial Resources and Assets Unit: Cashier Office / Issues relating to payments tesouraria@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 498
10 am - 1 pm Tuesday: 10 am - 12.30 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 12.30 pm
Financial Resources and Assets Unit: Assets and Purchases Area (Contracts Office) apc@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 110
10 am - 12 pm
2.30 pm - 4.30 pm
-
Financial Resources and Assets Unit: Financial Area area.financeira@ciencias.ulisboa.pt 10 am - 12 pm
2 pm - 4 pm
-
Financial Resources and Assets Unit: Financial Area (Payrolls) vencimentos@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 026
10 am - 12 pm
2 pm - 4 pm
-
Financial Resources and Assets Unit: Financial Area (External Invoicing) faturacao.clientes@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 983
10 am - 12 pm
2 pm - 4 pm
-
Financial Resources and Assets Unit: Financial Area (Invoicing - Students) faturacao.alunos@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 559
217 500 498
10 am - 12 pm
2 pm - 4 pm
-
Financial Resources and Assets Unit: Financial Area (Suppliers and Payments) tesouraria@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 215
10 am - 12 pm
2 pm - 4 pm
-
Financial Resources and Assets Unit: Financial Area (Budgets and Financial Reporting) gopcontas@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 215
10 am - 12 pm
2 pm - 4 pm
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Human Resources Unit dprh@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 543 / ext. 25118
217 500 544 / ext. 25117
217 500 392 / ext. 25115
10 am - 12.30 pm
2 pm - 4.30 pm
 
IT Services Unit suporte@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 067 / ext. 21248
9 am - 5 pm  
R&D Unit: Project Management Area areagp@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 241 / ext. 25109
217 500 721 / ext. 25125 
10 am - 12 pm
2 pm - 4 pm
 
R&D Unit: Research Support Office projectos@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 720 / ext. 25354
217 500 623 / ext. 25336
217 500 238 / ext. 25356
9.30 am - 12.30 pm
2 pm - 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 am - 12.30 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 12.30 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 12.30 pm
R&D Unit: Transfer of Technology Support Office / Tec Labs mail@teclabs.pt
217 500 006 / ext. 20105, 20103
9 am - 5 pm  
Student Mobility and Support Area internacional@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 443 / ext. 24115
10 am -12.30 pm
2 pm - 4 pm
 
Student Mobility and Support Area: Psychological and Educational Support Office gapsi@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 435 / ext. 24125
9.30 am - 3.30 pm  
Student Mobility and Support Area: Employability Office emprego@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 029 / ext. 24119
10 am -12.30 pm
2 pm - 4 pm
 
Technical Services Area: Safety, Health and Sustainability Office g3s@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 996 / ext. 24126, 24129, 24133
9 am - 12.30 pm
2 pm - 4.30 pm
 
Technical Services Area: Works, Maintenance and Facilities Office gome@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 099 / ext. 24136, 24138, 21241
10 am - 1 pm
2 pm - 5 pm
 
Documentation and Archive Area (Library) biblioteca@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 000 / ext. 24206
10 am - 12 pm
2 pm - 4 pm
From 16 June to 31 July (Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am - 4pm) - How to apply for the book loan and return service
Communication and Image Area aci@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
info.ciencias@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 429 / ext. 25381
217 500 444
9.30 am - 12.30 pm
2 pm - 5 pm
 
Planning and Quality Area aepq@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 538 / ext. 25319
9.30 am - 12.30 pm
2 pm - 5.30 pm
 
Planning and Quality Area: Information Organisation and Management Office gogi@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 529 / ext. 25302
9.30 am - 12.30 pm
2 pm - 5.30 pm
 
Legal Office gabjuridico@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 551 / ext. 25421, 25403
10 am - 12.30 pm
2.30 pm - 4.30 pm
 
Cooperation and External Relations Office gcre@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 442 / ext. 25363
9.30 am -12 pm
2 pm - 5 pm
 
Internal Auditing and Assessment Office gqai@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 633 / ext. 24118
9 am - 12 pm
2.30 pm - 5 pm
 
Administrative Support Centre - Building C2 nucleoc2@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 416 / ext. 22240 e 217 500 224 / ext. 22239
10 am - 12 pm
2 pm - 4 pm
 
Administrative Support Centre - Building C6 nucleoc6@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 066 / ext. 26179 e 217 500 340 / ext. 26123
10 am - 12 pm
2 pm - 4 pm
 
Administrative Support Centre - Building C8 nucleoc8@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
217 500 828 / ext. 28226 e 217 500 805 / ext. 28701
10 am - 12 pm
2 pm - 4 pm
 

 

Laboratory Support

The supply of liquid nitrogen shall take place weekly on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Deliveries of hazardous waste will take place at the usual times and collection points (information available at http://www.ciencias.ulisboa.pt/residuos).

 

Announcements – Faculdade de Ciências

Announcement (03/07/2020)

Dear members of the Ciências Community,

In the last few days, we have been informed of confirmed cases of infection by SARS-CoV-2 among members of the Faculty.

In this context, the recommendations of the health authorities have been put into practice and close contacts with these cases have been identified – in such cases, return to the facilities is only permitted after the quarantine period has elapsed or after a negative test.

As the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region is currently the most active epidemiological situation in our country, unfortunately an increase in suspected and/or confirmed cases that directly or indirectly affect our community is expected in the coming days and weeks.

Being this increase in the number of cases related with the increase in the occupancy rate of buildings as a result of the measures of deconfinement, we again stress the importance of each one of us strictly complying with the general prevention measures of COVID-19 in Ciências ULisboa. Once again, we urge the community to pay special attention to the mandatory use of a well-placed mask, covering the nose and chin, inside the Faculty buildings.

We also call on community members, who have symptoms or are identified as close contacts to confirmed cases, to contact the SNS24 Line immediately (808 24 24 24) and inform the Faculty (covid19@ciencias.ulisboa.pt).

Don't neglect your own protection.

By protecting yourselves, you protect us all.

The Faculty Board

 

Recommendations for the operation of the school year 2020/2021

Dear students, teachers, researchers and non teaching and non research staff,

Considering the uncertainties about the development of the pandemic situation, it is not possible to state how the next school year will work. Ciências ULisboa has a very broad discussion going on about the teaching methods that will be used and that will allow the next semesters to be given the 'possible' normality. You can consult the current version of the document at our website.

It is already certain that, if nothing changes, in the next semester we will continue to have some distance learning classes. These classes will contribute to reduce the risk of contagion, an unquestionable priority in the ongoing discussion.

However, we are also making every effort to increase the proximity between students and teachers. At times when health restrictions allow, there will certainly be face-to-face classes.

These classes will be defined course by course, and will privilege experimental practice, a unique element of our teaching model of which we are so proud.

The adaptation to this new reality will require an effort from all, teachers and students. We count on you to transform the restrictions to which we are subject into opportunities for learning and life experience.

On behalf of the Faculty Board,

Hugo Miranda

 

Dispatch D/25/2020

Considering that:

  • in the context of measures to prevent and combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dispatch D/14/2020, of 10 March, determined the restriction of missions, namely field trips;
  • the Dispatch D/21/2020, of 1 May, determines the gradual resumption of presence activities at the Faculty.

I determine that from the present date onwards, field trips may be authorised within the scope of research projects or thesis and dissertation work for Masters, Postgraduate or Doctorate courses, provided that strict compliance with the measures set out in Annex III of the COVID-19 Contingency Plan of the Faculty (4th update) is ensured.

The restrictions and internal requirements of Dispatches D/14/2020, of 10 March, D/16/2020, of 27 March, D/19/2020, of 10 April and D/20/2020, of 24 April, and still in force, with the exception of those rules that provide otherwise of what is laid down in this Dispatch.

Faculdade de Ciências, 20 May 2020

Luís Carriço

Dean

 

Announcement (04/05/2020)

Dear Ciências Community,

Some doubts have arisen about our recovery plan and the Dispatch D/21/2020, which I will now clarify.

We are currently in phase 1 of this plan, aimed at preparing the facilities of the Faculty and acquiring the means and materials that will allow us to resume some of our activities as soon as possible. In this phase, regarding the movement of people on campus, nothing changes compared to the situation that we experienced during the state of emergency. As I'm sure you understand, the duration of this first phase depends on several factors that are external to us.

When the minimum conditions are established, and when the Faculty Board has the recovery plans requested from the R&D Units, departments and service units, we will enter phase 2, which will be duly announced through a new communication. These plans will, among other things, identify the people who necessarily have to carry out their research work at the Faculty. In this phase, we will start by testing the people who have already been at the Faculty during the state of emergency, in continuous work or in shifts, providing them with the means and materials, as well as the necessary equipment to continue their work (please read the contingency plan, 3rd update). Therefore, even in the middle of phase 2, which has not yet begun, the people authorized to work on campus are the same people who were working on campus during the state of emergency. Nothing changes, except that these people have been tested, have masks provided by the Faculty, have faster access to disinfection dispensers, have places to put the used masks... Throughout phase 2, probably in the middle/end of May, we will be able to apply this procedure to other Faculty members so that, in those conditions, they can return to their research work/research support.

In short, today nothing changes in terms of access.

With best regards,

Luís Carriço

Dean

 

Dispatch D/21/2020

Considering:

a) The recommendations of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education of 17 April, on the elaboration of plans for the progressive lifting of containment measures motivated by the COVID-19 pandemic;
b) The "Recommendation to scientific and higher education institutions regarding the cessation of the state of emergency motivated by the COVID-19 pandemic" issued by the Office of the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education on 30 April;
c) The monitoring of the evolution of the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the perspectives for the near future;

After hearing the Course Coordinators, the R&D Units Coordinators Board and the Safety, Health and Sustainability Office, I approve the 3rd update of the Faculty Contingency Plan - COVID-19, which maintains the various restrictions and constraints and reinforces the protection measures that will allow a gradual resumption of face-to-face activities.

  1. For the gradual resumption of on-site activities, the priorities are:
    i) to continue to privilege the telework regime, whenever possible;
    ii) to resume in-person activities slowly, gradually and with caution, in phases, ensuring health and safety conditions in jobs and community confidence in the measures adopted;
    iii) to provide, in PHASE 1, with the means, materials and products necessary to comply with the health and safety conditions set forth in the aforementioned plan;
    iv) to prioritise, in PHASE 2, the application of procedures that guarantee the above-mentioned conditions to the administrative, technical, and public service activities that have ensured the functioning of the Faculty until now;
    v) to prioritise, in PHASE 2, the resumption of research and innovation activities developed in the scope of the R&D Units that, due to the situation, have suspended, altered or decreased their activities, because they require the use of laboratories and materials based on campus;
    (vi) to extend, in PHASE 3, the resumption of other on-site activities, in particular those of an administrative, technical and public service nature, including the reopening of campus life support facilities;
    (vii) to maintain an ongoing assessment of the effectiveness of the measures, which will be reviewed or adapted in accordance with global and local pandemic developments.
     
  2. The academic activities shall maintain the distance learning and assessment system in accordance with Dispatch D/20/2020.
  3. The resumption of the above activities is only allowed after the Dean's authorization, which depends on the necessary conditions being met to enable the Faculty members to comply with all the protection measures defined in the Contingency Plan, namely:
    i) conducting diagnostic tests to COVID-19, within the scope of the testing program defined by ULisboa;
    ii) the mandatory use of a mask inside the buildings, except in dining rooms;
    iii) the mandatory disinfection of hands with alcohol-based solution at the entrance of the buildings;
    iv) the deposition of masks, gloves and wipes, after use, in specific containers;
    (v) the physical distance of 2 meters between people;
    (vi) the hygienisation/disinfection, by users themselves, of shared equipment, objects and surfaces before and after use;
    (vii) the non-use of lifts and sanitary facilities by more than one person at the same time - the use of lifts is not recommended, except in duly justified situations.
     
  4. Retired workers and groups subject to special protection duties are strongly discouraged from resuming face-to-face activities at the Faculty.
  5. Any member of the Faculty, with symptoms associated to COVID-19 (cough, fever and/or respiratory difficulty) or who has had close contact with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, should not access the Faculty facilities without first confirming that there is no risk to himself or others and should contact the SNS24 Line (808 24 24 24) and have that confirmation.

Faculdade de Ciências, 1 May 2020

Luís Carriço

Dean

 

Dispatch D/20/2020

Following the renewal of the declaration of the State of Emergency motivated by the COVID-19 pandemic until 2 May, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education issued a statement with recommendation and clarification to the scientific and higher education institutions, in which it advises the development of plans for the progressive lifting of containment measures motivated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Following these recommendations, the Faculty Board, in a meeting on 20 April, decided:

  1. to resume all research and innovation developed within the Faculty and the R&D Units which, due to the situation, have suspended, changed or decreased their activities, as they require the use of laboratories and materials based on campus, gradually and with due caution, bringing teachers, researchers and students in thesis/dissertation, to the extent strictly necessary and in accordance with the recovery plan being prepared;
  2. gradually and as needed, to resume administrative, technical and public service activities, in particular those related to research support, in accordance with the recovery plan under preparation;
  3. to prepare a detailed recovery plan, in order to progressively end the containment measures currently in force, ensuring working conditions within the parameters required in the current situation.

Regarding academic activities, following the declaration of the State of Emergency, the legal regime in force, the decision of 8 April of the University Coordination Council, the Dispatch D/19/2020, which keeps the suspension of classroom activities until the end of the semester and the recommendations of the Education Board, resulting from the meeting of 22 April, regarding the operation of classes and assessments in the 2nd semester, in accordance with the competences conferred to me in paragraph x) of article 50 of the Statutes of the Faculty, published in annex to the Dispatch no. 9251/2017, in the Diário da República, 2nd series, no. 203, of 20 October, amended by the Dispatch no. 220/2019, of 7 January, published in the Diário da República, 2nd series, I hereby rule that:

  1. the decision is maintained that all classes and evaluations of the current semester will be non-presential;
  2. the teachers must make available in the e-learning platform, information about the different modalities of distance evaluation that will be used in the curricular unit for which they are responsible, according to the Dispatch D/19/2020;
  3. all the final tests or exams of the second semester will be carried out in a non-presential way, using for example the Moodle platform - teachers may, regardless of the classification that the student obtains in the written test, perform an individual oral confirmation, by videoconference, of the knowledge demonstrated in the test or exam;
  4. the oral tests should be held by videoconference, with the participation, whenever possible, of at least two teachers;
  5. for tests that need to be taken by videoconference, the necessary means will be made available to students who do not have access to cameras;
  6. the beginning of each of the three exam seasons will be postponed for at least five days, according to the new exam schedule, which will be made available on the Faculty's website;
  7. the Special Season exams related to the UC that functioned in the 1st semester, may be face-to-face, provided that there is agreement of teachers and students, and that due social distance is maintained.

The Dispatch D/19/2020, of 10 April, remains in force, with the exception of those rules that provide otherwise of what is laid down in this Dispatch.

Faculdade de Ciências, 24 April 2020

Luís Carriço

Dean

 

Laboratory infrastructure | COVID-19 screening tests (20/04/2020)

Dear Ciências Community,

As we all know, the Faculty has joined, from the outset, the national efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. In this process it has relied on the solidarity of the entire community, which provided equipment, masks and other laboratory material to health institutions, volunteered to support molecular analysis, placed its capacity for innovation at the service of society through the construction of protective visors, and used its technical-scientific skills to support decision-making, either by consulting government agencies or by providing models based on scientific evidence. There are countless examples of these initiatives whose information will soon be made available on an intranet page under construction.

These initiatives have been recognised and received the support of the Faculty Board which, according to previous information, has also taken the decision to invest in the construction of a COVID Testing Centre (CTC @ Ciências), to be installed in the Tec Labs building, and which will start operating in the next few days. This Centre, which implements one of the objectives that guided the current Faculty Board's action program - optimisation of resources - represents an infrastructure for research and provision of services, transversal to the different R&D Units, currently entirely dedicated to the mitigation of COVID-19 (virus screening and immunological testing) but with high potential for future research where similar safety conditions are required. The support of our research units has, once again, been exemplary, either through the provision of equipment or by volunteering to support the most diverse associated activities.

Aware that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus represents a risk to public health, the objective of this communication is to reassure the community of Ciências that all safety conditions are assured. In this context, it is stressed that:

  • Although in the validation/certification process the new Testing Centre appears to be a place where direct biological sampling can be performed, this is not expected to happen, as partnerships have already been closed with collection sites that guarantee the full production capacity. Thus, it is expected that the Faculty will only act as a place to receive samples collected by health professionals in hospitals or clinics, who will send them afterwards, safely, to the Testing Centre;
  • In order to ensure that the "traffic" of samples on the campus of Ciências will be kept to a minimum, specific signage is already being produced, which will be placed at various points on campus, preventing the circulation of samples in the remaining buildings;
  • The biological samples will enter directly from the outside into a new biological security room, installed in the Tec Labs support building, where the inactivation and extraction of RNA from the virus will be carried out, with the adaptation of the space for this purpose and a biological containment infrastructure has been acquired in accordance with the World Health Organization's biological risk security level 3. The same infrastructure is certified in accordance with EN 1822-1 (HEPA and ULPA classification, performance testing and marking), EN 12296, EN 12297, EN 12298 (Guidelines on testing procedures for cleanliness, sterilizability and watertightness of biotechnology equipment) and EN 12741 (Guidelines for biotechnology hospital operations). The construction project complies with ASHRAE 170 (Standards for Ventilation of Health Care Facilities). This infrastructure is equipped with a class II type B2 biosafety laminar flow chamber for handling, and its processing will be carried out by specially trained investigators equipped with appropriate personal protective equipment;
  • Only after inactivation, the RNA samples, already harmless from a biological risk point of view, will proceed to the laboratory on the 1st floor of the Tec Labs Main Building where the molecular tests (RT-PCR) and genomic sequencing, or other methodological protocols that become available in the meantime, will be performed for diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2;
  • The analyses to be carried out at the COVID Science Testing Centre will be done primarily on samples whose analysis request is issued by entities associated with the Ministry of Health or other Ministries that establish partnership protocols with Ciências.

By decision of the Faculty Board, the coordination of the whole operation regarding the COVID-19 screening tests is ensured by the researcher Ricardo Dias (Researcher of Ciências associated to BioISI - Institute of Biosystems and Integrative Sciences) and all contacts regarding this matter should be addressed to fightcovid@ciencias.ulisboa.pt.

We thank once again the contribution of everyone in this new and important mission of Ciências, because together we are even stronger.

The Faculty Board

 

Dispatch D/19/2020

Following the declaration of the State of Emergency, the legal regime in force, the decision of 8 April of the Council of University Coordination and the Dispatches D/16/2020, of 26 March, and D/14/2020, of 10 March, I hereby order the following measures:

  • to maintain the suspension of all classroom activities until the end of the semester, and to promote its replacement by distance learning procedures and dissemination of content, enabling students to follow the school activities; therefore, the teachers responsible for each curricular course (whatever its nature, including laboratory and fieldwork), must define by 17 April a full plan of non-presential teaching/learning, to take place until the end of the academic calendar 2019/2020, which should be communicated to students;
  • to promote, in all evaluation activities, the evaluation of knowledge by remote means, through the existing platforms or platforms to be made available, to be defined by the teachers responsible for each curricular course by 24 April (whatever its nature, including laboratory and fieldwork); therefore, a full plan of non-presential evaluation, running until the end of the evaluation period, should be communicated to the students;
  • to ensure that all evaluation activities for the 2019/2020 school year take place by the end of the evaluation period provided for in the academic calendar, subject to the exceptions corresponding to the completion of final work of master's and doctorate;
  • to take the necessary measures to ensure the participation of all students and teachers in the activities of distance learning and evaluation;

The Dispatch D/16/2020, of 26 March, remains in force, with the exception of those rules that provide otherwise of what is laid down in this Dispatch.

With the exception of the above measures which establish later periods, all the measures are in force until 30 April and will be adjusted as necessary and as the situation develops.

Faculdade de Ciências, 10 April 2020

Luís Carriço

Dean

 

Laboratory infrastructure | COVID-19 screening tests (09/04/2020)

Dear Ciências community,

As you know, our Faculty will soon have a new laboratory infrastructure where the screening tests to COVID-19 will be carried out, under the coordination of Researcher Ricardo Dias. This initiative counts with the precious collaboration of several colleagues of the Faculty, which, shortly after disclosing its preparation and with the help of the Order of Biologists, recruited more than 350 volunteers. This extraordinary number is a testimony to the commitment of the entire community to tackling this problem. Of these, only a small group of volunteers should start the process and new groups will be called as soon as necessary. Our deepest thanks to all those who have rolled up their sleeves to set this initiative in motion, and in particular to all the volunteers!

The Faculty Board

 

Message (09/04/2020)

Dear Members of Ciências,
          
Since the beginning of this unique phase of our personal and professional lives, the Faculty has been adopting measures, as early as possible, proportional to the evolution of the COVID-19 situation.
         
The Faculty Board thanks everyone, on behalf of our entire community, for the exemplary way in which, in the various fields, they have managed to keep Ciências united and connected to the world, demonstrating an enormous commitment and team spirit in these difficult times.
 
We encourage everyone to stay up-to-date with the latest developments by reading our COVID-19 webpage and the usual communication channels (news and weekly Newsletter), recalling the need to comply scrupulously with the authorities' recommendations.
 
As we enter the Easter weekend, we hope you will take the opportunity to "hang up". Whether you are teleworking, teaching online or working on essential activities at Ciências, this has been a very intense period for all of us, and usually more demanding, for various reasons, than the work in "regular configuration". We therefore need time to rest and recharge batteries, even if we cannot spend this time in the same way we usually do, for example by visiting our families.
         
Finally, and because we believe that together we are really stronger, we suggest everyone to add the following message to their e-mail signature:
         
A Ciência não para e Ciências também não.
Distantes para nos protegermos a todos, mas ligados para continuar a responder aos desafios do futuro.
#EstamosOn #FiqueEmCasa

         
The Faculty Board wishes you all, and also your families and friends, a Happy Easter, much courage and health.

 

Dispatch D/16/2020

Following the declaration, on 18 March, of the "State of Emergency", the legal regime in force and my Dispatch D/14/2020, of 10 March, I hereby determine:

  1. The academic Master's and Doctorate examinations, provided that the mutual agreement between the jury and the respective candidate exists and is recorded and the technical conditions for the public performance of the examinations are met, will now be performed by videoconference. The marking of the exams, the conditions of public access to the virtual room where the exams will take place and the respective result must be published on the websites of Ciências ULisboa (https://ciencias.ulisboa.pt/) and ULisboa (www.ulisboa.pt).
  2. The examinations for the award of the academic title of Aggregate and the title of Specialist, provided that there is and is recorded the mutual agreement between the jury and the respective candidate and that the technical conditions for the public performance of the test are met, will now be held by videoconference. The marking of the tests, the conditions of public access to the virtual room where the tests will take place and the respective result must be published on the websites of Ciências ULisboa (https://ciencias.ulisboa.pt/) and ULisboa (www.ulisboa.pt).
  3. Jury meetings for the recruitment of teaching or research staff will now be held using telematic means, namely video or teleconference. The procedure for signing the minutes is established in paragraph 2 of Dispatch 98/2020 of the Rector of ULisboa, dated 23 March 2020.
  4. The jury meetings for the recruitment of non teaching and non researching staff shall now be held using telematic means, namely video or teleconference. The procedure for signing the minutes shall be as established in paragraph 2 of Dispatch 98/2020 of the Rector of ULisboa, dated 23 March 2020.
  5. That the school break (Easter holidays) foreseen in the school calendar 2019/2020 is maintained.
  6. That the attendance services are maintained without appointment, in the Expediente Center (C5) and in the main entrance of C8 building, for the reception and delivery of packages and other mail.
  7. The Dispatch D/14/2020 of 10 March remains in force, with the exception of the rules that have a different meaning from the one established in this Dispatch.
  8. These measures are in force until 9 April and will be adjusted according to the need and the evolution of the situation. 

Faculdade de Ciências, 26 March 2020

Luís Carriço

Dean

 

COVID-19 | Information (20/03/2020)
Constraints and changes - Faculdade de Ciências

We warn the community of the Faculdade de Ciências that, until new information is available, Director's Dispatch D/14/2020 remains in force and that, in addition, they should consider the following relevant information in this phase of exception related to COVID-19:

Emergency Management

Given the measures to promote teleworking and the restrictions on access to the Faculty's facilities, the effectiveness of emergency responses is constrained by the substantial reduction in the number of emergency team members. Thus:

  1. In the event of an emergency, you should place yourself in safety, call the emergency number of the Faculdade de Ciências (ext. 20000 or +351 217 500 600), indicate the type of occurrence and exact location and follow the instructions of the emergency teams or, in their absence, the security guards. Where appropriate, and pending the arrival of the emergency teams or security guards, you should call 112 and follow the instructions. Do not forget that if means of rescue are activated, it is essential to ensure correct routing, so you should always report the occurrence to the emergency number.
  2. In case of a fire alarm in a building, as soon as the alarm sounds you should leave the building, follow the evacuation instructions and follow the signs posted along the evacuation paths, never using the elevators and never turning back. Follow the instructions of emergency teams or security guards. As soon as you are safely outside the building, report the occurrence via the emergency number of the Faculdade de Ciências (ext. 20000 or +351 217 500 600) and follow the instructions in point 1.

Use of lifts

The lifts are kept in operation to allow the transport of heavy and/or bulky material. However, their use is advised against, except in duly justified situations.

Liquid nitrogen supply

The supply of liquid nitrogen shall take place weekly on Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Hazardous waste

Deliveries of hazardous waste will take place every fortnight (26 March, 9 April, 23 April, etc.), at the usual times and collection points (information available at http://www.ciencias.ulisboa.pt/residuos).

Faculdade de Ciências, 20 March 2020

Guida Carvalheiro

Administrator

 

Dispatch D/14/2020

Following the latest events related to the spread of the new coronavirus, I determine:

Suspension of activities

  1. The suspension, until further notice, of all public events, including national and international congresses and meetings. New exhibitions, visits to and from other schools are also suspended.
  2. The suspension of all classroom activities, replacing them whenever possible by other means of teaching, namely through distance learning instruments. For this purpose, information about the procedures to be adopted in order to allow the functioning of classes by videoconference, or other equivalent solution, is being prepared. Such procedures are expected to be in work as of 16 March, or/and as soon as possible. With this the students should preferably participate from their homes.
  3. Adaptations/changes of the programmatic contents and the evaluation methods of 1st and 2nd cycle Degrees curricular units will be allowed to the new teaching reality mentioned in 2. Such will be subject to specific dispatch.

Restrictions

  1. The restriction on public attendance in person. In all services, and until further notice, the public attendance is now being made by non-face-to-face means of communication by using the contacts available in the institutional webpage of Ciências.
  2. The face-to-face service is maintained exclusively for the delivery of mandatory and urgent documents and/or delivery of informatics equipment and activation of cards, through scheduled appointment for the responsible service. Exceptionally, face-to-face attendance is maintained at the Mailing Services (C5 Building), at the Administrative Support Centres (C2, C6 and C8 Buildings) and at the C8 Building and Tec Labs, for the reception and delivery of packages and other mailing.
  3. That missions/business travelling are restricted to those indispensable and unavoidable, expressly authorized by the Director, following a duly substantiated request to the Presidents of Departments or Service Officers.
  4. That the coming of external visitors to ULisboa, including students, is restricted to participation in acts that cannot be performed by videoconference and to indispensable and unavoidable interactions, expressly authorized by the Director.
  5. All meetings should preferably be held by videoconference.

Academic Examinations

  1. That the participation of external elements to Ciências in Master's and PhD academic examinations will now be carried out by videoconference.
  2. By means of a Rector's dispatch that authorizes it, this type of participation may be extended to the other members of the Jury, with the exception of the President who, like the student, must necessarily be present in the room where the examinaton takes place. If the President of the Jury or the candidate are in quarantine, the examination will necessarily be postponed.
  3. That the number of members attending the academic examinations referred to in the previous number be limited to a maximum of 10% of the room capacity where the act takes place.
  4. That the Aggregations Proofs and the Jury Meetings of Selection Procedures involving members outside Ciências, as they cannot legally involve any participation by videoconference, are suspended.

Access to facilities

  1. That access to all the buildings on campus will now be made exclusively through the use of a card, or authorization, except in the case of the C3 building, which will be closed. All libraries and student spaces are also closed.
  2. That the authorization referred to in the previous number to 2nd and 3rd cycle students will be given by the Director upon proposal of the Presidents of Departments for the development of Thesis or Dissertation works that manifestly require access to laboratories or other research infrastructures, calculus included.  Previously access granted authorizations to buildings are now revoked.

Enabling of telework

  1. That the Service Officers, Presidents of Department and Research Unit Coordinators identify the teaching and non-teaching staff, researchers and scholarship holders whose duties may be performed by telework and, after their agreement, propose to the Director a plan for temporary passage to this regime.
  2. The obligation of the working hours registration for all teleworkers will be suspended, without loss of entitlement to the meal allowance.

These measures are in force until 27 March and will be adjusted as necessary and as the situation evolves.

Faculdade de Ciências, 10 March 2020

Luís Carriço

Dean

 

COVID-19 | Suspension of classes and additional measures (09/03/2020)

To the members of Ciências Community,

The Directorate of Ciências is currently analysing the best way to put into practice at our Faculty the measures announced today by the Rectorate of ULisboa (available here). The implementation of these measures will be communicated again, with all classes suspended until then, starting tomorrow 10 March. 

Faculdade de Ciências, 9 March 2020

Luís Carriço

Dean

 

Announcement (09/03/2020)

To the members of Ciências Community:

Following the latest events related to the spread of the new coronavirus, the information already provided by is supplemented by the following:

  • Ciências Emergency Number: Any member of the Ciências Community who is in the Faculty and has symptoms and epidemiological link (compatible with the OVID-19 suspect case definition), should contact the Ciências Emergency Number (internal extension 20000 or direct number 217 500 600).
  • covid19@ciencias.ulisboa.pt: the preferred contact for all communications and information regarding coronavirus/COVID-19 is covid19@ciencias.ulisboa.pt.
  • Updated information: information related to COVID-19 is constantly being updated on the website of the Directorate General of Health, at https://www.dgs.pt/corona-virus and on the Ciências portal, at https://ciencias.ulisboa.pt/saude.
  • Suspension of all public events: According to the e-mail of 3 March 2020, all non-essential public events, including congresses and international meetings, are suspended until further notice. New exhibitions, science visits to other schools, as well as visits to science from other schools are also suspended.
  • Restrictions to face-to-face service at the Academic Direction: From 10 March until new information, the service at the Academic Direction will be done by phone or e-mail. The face-to-face service will be maintained exclusively for the delivery of mandatory and urgent documents (Dissertations and Thesis), and will be done by appointment, by e-mail or telephone to the respective service:
    • 1st Cycle and 1st Cycle of Integrated Master:
      Email: ua@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
      Telephones: 217500502 / 217500503 / 217500311
      Schedule: working days from 10am to 1pm.
    • 2nd Cycle, 2nd Cycle of Integrated Master's Degree and Non-Conferential Degree Courses:
      Email: gepg@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
      Telephones: 217500549 / 217500240 / 217500791
      Schedule: working days from 10am to 1pm.
    • 3rd Cycle:
      Email: doutoramentos@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
      Telephones: 217500240 / 217500791 / 217500549
      Schedule: working days from 10am to 1pm.
    • Questions related to the Pedagogical Organization Office:
      Email: gop@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
      Telephones: 217500102
      Schedule: working days from 10am to 1pm.
    • Questions regarding payments:
      Email: receita@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
      Telephones: 217 500 000 / ext. 25140 / 217 500 983
      Schedule: working days from 10am to 1pm.
  • Restrictions to face-to-face service at the IT Services Unit: From March 10th until new information, the service at the IT Services Unit will be done by phone or e-mail. The face-to-face service will be maintained exclusively for the collection/delivery of material and activation of cards, and will be done by appointment, by e-mail or telephone to:
    Email: suporte@ciencias.ulisboa.pt
    Telephones: 217 500 067 / ext. 21248
    Schedule: working days from 9am to 5pm.
  • Academic tests with international juries or coming from Portuguese districts with confirmed cases: Whenever possible, academic tests with international juries or coming from Portuguese districts with confirmed cases should take place by videoconference, for which you can consult https://ciencias.ulisboa.pt/pt/videoconferencia.
  • Cancellation of institutional trips abroad or to districts in Portugal with confirmed cases: trips abroad or to districts in Portugal with confirmed cases should be restricted to those that are indispensable and unavoidable. Travel expressly authorised by the Director on a case-by-case basis, following a duly substantiated request to the Presidents of the Departments, which must include a substitution, recovery or alternative plan for the execution of the activities foreseen for the days of departure and for the 14 days following the return, are considered essential and unavoidable. In the event of the displacement, the workers must respect a quarantine period of 14 days after their return. In addition, travel and accommodation arrangements must be made with the possibility of changing the date or cancellation where possible.
  • Restrictions to visitors from abroad or from districts of Portugal with confirmed cases: The arrival of researchers from abroad or from Portuguese districts with confirmed cases should also be avoided and restricted to indispensable and unavoidable interactions that cannot be made by videoconference. Considering that the application of a quarantine period makes, in most cases, the coming of the visitor totally useless, these visits should be cancelled.
  • Personal trips: all members of the Ciências community, including students, who go abroad or to districts of Portugal with confirmed cases, on a personal basis, are requested to inform the services of the Faculty by sending an e-mail, indicating the full name, employee/student number and date of return to Portugal, to the address covid19@ciencias.ulisboa.pt. In these cases, travellers are requested to respect the quarantine period of 14 days after their return.
  • Quarantine periods: any member of Ciências, including students who, for indispensable and unavoidable reasons, have returned from abroad or from Portuguese districts with confirmed cases must respect a quarantine period of 14 days after their return, guaranteeing the possible activity in telework. If the return trip has taken place within the last 14 days, the previous indication applies to the remaining period since the day of return, requesting an e-mail, indicating the full name, employee/student number and date of return to Portugal, to covid19@ciencias.ulisboa.pt. If the return journey took place within the last 14 days, the previous alert applies to the remaining period from the day of return. During the quarantine period they must also:
    • Pay attention to the appearance of fever, cough or difficulty breathing;
    • Measure the body temperature twice a day and record the values;
    • Check if any of the people you live with develop symptoms (fever, cough or difficulty breathing);
    • If any of the symptoms mentioned appear (in themselves or in their cohabitants), do not immediately go to the health services, stay at home, and contact the SNS24 line (808 24 24 24) and follow their directions;
    • As soon as possible, inform the Faculty by e-mail covid19@ciencias.ulisboa.pt;
    • In the 14 days after returning, promote a responsible and calm social distancing, namely, not remaining without necessity in very frequented and closed places.
  • Erasmus+ mobility:
    • Mobilities to be carried out by members of Ciências ULisboa: In the case of mobilities not yet started and not yet contracted, their contracting is suspended, and these should not be carried out. Depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 epidemic, those mobilities may take place at a later date. In the case of mobilities not yet started, but already contracted, students, teachers and employees are advised to, depending on the risk they consider to be subject, to suspend them by their own decision, and these trips may be carried out in a later period.
    • Ongoing mobility of Ciências ULisboa members: in the case of mobility already underway, students, teachers and staff should, depending on the risk they consider to be running in their destination regions, consider their suspension and their early return to Portugal. On their return, Ciências members should respect the quarantine period of 14 days after their return, reporting this information to covid19@ciencias.ulisboa.pt.
    • Mobilities to be executed to Ciências ULisboa: students, teachers and staff who are planning to move to Ciências are recommended to postpone them. If they choose not to suspend these mobilities, students, teachers and staff should respect the quarantine period of 14 days after their arrival, please report this information to covid19@ciencias.ulisboa.pt.
    • Ongoing mobilities at Ciências ULisboa: it will be up to each of the students, teachers and staff who are already in mobility in Ciências to decide, taking into account their risk assessment, if they wish to suspend this mobility.
  • General hygiene measures and respiratory label: the Ciências community should reinforce the general hygiene measures and respiratory label:

    • Wash your hands frequently, with soap and water, rubbing them well for at least 20 seconds (if these are not available, use a hand disinfectant containing at least 70% alcohol, covering all surfaces of the hands and rubbing them until they are dry; however, soap and water should be used preferably if the hands are visibly dirty);
    • Reinforce hand washing before and after food preparation, after using the toilet and whenever the hands seem dirty to you;
    • You may also use an alcohol-based solution for hand hygiene as an alternative;
    • Use tissues (single use) for blowing;
    • Throw the used tissues in a dustbin and then wash your hands;
    • Cough or sneeze into the arm with your elbow flexed, not into your hands;
    • ​Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with hands dirty or contaminated with respiratory secretions.

Guida Carvalheiro

Administrator

 

Dispatch D/12/2020 (04/03/2020)

Following today's meeting of the Coordinating Council of ULisboa, whose agenda was on the importance of strengthening prevention measures in relation to the new Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ciências Directorate reinforces the message previously conveyed that only essential and unavoidable trips abroad should be undertaken.

Also, all teaching and non-teaching staff who decide to go abroad under these conditions must respect a quarantine period of 14 days after their return. During this period of quarantine should be maintained the possible activity in telework and, in the case of teaching staff, activated the replacement provided in the request for travel.

Attention is also drawn to the fact that, at any time, more restrictive directives preventing any travel may be issued by the competent authorities.

The Dean

 

Coronavirus – Holding of events (03/03/2020)

Dear Members of Ciências,

Considering the developments of the last few days and the importance of strengthening prevention measures in relation to the new Coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with the guidelines received from the Rectorate of ULisboa, the Directorate of Ciências has decided to suspend, until further notice, all non-essential public events, including congresses and international meetings.

Information about COVID-19 is available at the Ciências webpage, at the G3S page.

With best regards,

Jorge Maia Alves

Subdirector

 

Announcements – Universidade de Lisboa

ULisboa maintains suspension of activities (08/04/2020)

As is publicly known, the Universidade de Lisboa, since 9 March, has been putting into practice a set of measures that have included the interruption of in-person teaching activities and the widespread adoption of distance learning and teleworking.

Considering the evolution of the Covid-19 situation in Portugal, and the state of emergency that has been declared in the meantime, it is necessary to perspective the University's activities until the end of the current school year, providing stability and planning capacity to its students, many of them displaced from their usual residences.

Therefore, following today's meeting of the University Coordination Council, it was decided to adopt the following measures:

  • Maintain the suspension of all classroom activities, replacing them with distance learning and content dissemination procedures that allow students to follow school activities;
  • To guarantee that all the teaching and evaluation activities of the school year 2019/2020 will take place until the end of July, without prejudice of exceptions such as the conclusion of dissertations and final master's and doctoral studies, or the accomplishment, always with exceptional character, of occasional activities related to practical and laboratorial competences acquisition;
  • To promote, in all evaluation activities, the evaluation of knowledge by remote means, through existing platforms or platforms to be made available;
  • To adopt the necessary measures to ensure the participation of all students and teachers in distance teaching and evaluation activities.

In the case of teaching and evaluation activities which, due to their specific nature, require the physical presence of students in the Schools or in other places of training, such as clinical practice in the field of Medicine, the Schools shall adopt procedures which, without compromising the training inherent in these activities, may replace them. In the exceptional case of clinical years of Dentistry, the management of the FMD may postpone the date of conclusion of the present school year.

These measures will be adjusted according to the need and the evolution of the situation, and will be published on ULisboa's websites.

Universidade de Lisboa, 8 April 2020

The Rectory

 

To all Members, staff and students of ULisboa

Given the evolution and spread of the COVID-19 virus, the academic community of the Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa) is strongly encouraged to follow the guidance below:

  • Travel, especially to regions where active transmission of COVID-19 has been reported, should be cancelled or postponed; priority should be given to working from home. The list of countries affected by the new coronavirus is being updated on a daily basis by the DGS [the Directorate-General of Health], so please refer to this site for further information (https://www.dgs.pt/corona-virus);
  • Scientific meetings or other gatherings involving international participants or large concentrations of people where the virus may be more easily transmitted should also be avoided. International congresses scheduled for ULisboa should be postponed and members of the ULisboa community should cancel their participation in similar meetings;  
  • Members, staff and students of ULisboa returning from an affected area should adopt the following measures, pursuant to 005/2020 of the DGS 
  • Be vigilant of symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath;
  • Find Out whether anyone with whom they have had close contact has developed any of the above-mentioned symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath);
  • If any member of the ULisboa community or family member present any of the above symptoms, they should not immediately go to their health services. Instead, they should call the health helpline SNS24 (National Health Service 24) (808 24 24 24), follow the given advice and inform the board of their Faculty or Institute, SCUL [University Administration] or SAS [Social Services], as appropriate.
  • Maintain responsible social distancing and avoid closed and busy spaces during the 14 days after returning from travel.

All members, staff and students of ULisboa should also follow the guidance   below, issued by the DGS:

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water and scrub them for at least 20 seconds, especially before and after handling food, before meals, after bathroom use, and whenever your hands are visibly dirty; 
  • Alternatively, use an alcohol-based hand rub;
  • Use a disposable tissue to blow your nose;
  • Dispose the tissue in the bin and wash your hands;
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm elbow flexed and not into your hands;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with hands that are unwashed or contaminated by respiratory secretions;
  • In the case of suspected COVID-19 symptoms, based on the information advanced by the DGS, namely acute respiratory infection (fever, cough or shortness of breath), possibly requiring hospitalization, having travelled to areas affected by the virus 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms, or having been in contact with an infected, or potentially infected by SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 person in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms, or a health professional or a person who has been in close contact with a health institution where COVID-19 patients are treated, should immediately contact the above-mentioned hospital helpline.
     

For more detailed DGS guidance information

Members, staff and students of ULisboa will be immediately informed of any new guidance applicable to public services in general, to public higher education Institutions and to ULisboa in particular. 

António Manuel da Cruz Serra

Rector, Universidade de Lisboa

 

Coronavirus – General information

To keep yourself informed and to collaborate in the transmission of the correct information to your contacts, regularly consult the DGS (Direção-Geral da Saúde) page here.

Information can also be found on the websites of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses known to cause disease in humans. The infection can be similar to a common flu or present itself as a more serious illness, such as pneumonia. The new coronavirus, called 2019-nCoV, was first identified in January 2020 in China, in Wuhan City. This new agent had never been previously identified in humans and caused an outbreak in the city of Wuhan. Infected people may show signs and symptoms of acute respiratory infection such as fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. There is no vaccine yet and treatment is directed at the signs and symptoms presented.

In case of symptoms suggestive of respiratory disease, before going to a health service, you should call 808 24 24 24 (SNS24), following the guidelines that may be indicated.


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 Suspected cases (click to zoom)

 

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