Advanced Course

November 22, 2021


Advanced courses

Advanced Course on Ecosystem Services: from concepts to applications


Ecosystem services (ES), as the contributions of nature to people, are increasingly prominent in the research, political and business agendas. Through a collaboration between CIBIO and CBMA, this course will cover scientific, economic, and socio-political dimensions of ES through a mix of theory and hands-on sessions, and interactions with different specialists. The course is developed for students, post-doctoral researchers, and professionals. Participants will be able to:

  • explore different tools and methods to evaluate and monitor ES;
  • perform a valuation of the benefits and contributions from biodiversity to people;
  • recognize the opportunities and risks of ES at the business-political-society interface.



The course will have both online and in-class sessions. Days 1 and 4 will be online, using the ZOOM platform (link to be shared in advance). Days 2 and 3 will be in-class and will take place at BIOPOLIS/CIBIO-InBIO facilities (Vairão, Porto).


DAY 1 (November 22) – Biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and services (Online)

09h30 – 10h15: Introduction to ecosystem services (theory) – Guest speaker: João Honrado (BIOPOLIS/CIBIO-InBIO)

10h15 – 11h00: Biophysical structure and ecosystem functioning (theory) – Guest speaker Cláudia Pascoal (CBMA)

11h00 – 11h15 Break

11h15 – 12h00: Evaluation and monitoring of ecosystems (theory)

12h00 – 13h30 Lunch break

13h30 – 15h30: Modelling ecosystem services’ supply on water: INVEST (applications 1)

15h30 – 15h45 Break

15h45 – 17h30: Modelling ecosystem services’ supply on water: SWAT (applications 2)


DAY 2 (November 23) – Ecosystem services, governance and corporate strategy (In-Class)

09h30 – 10h15: Ecosystem services in the political agenda (theory)

10h15 – 11h00: Market schemes for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (theory)

11h00 – 11h15 Break

11h15 – 12h00: Ecosystem services in the corporate strategy (theory) – Guest speaker: Mafalada Evangelista (BCSD; Online)

12h00 – 13h30 Lunch break

13h30 – 17h30 – Hands-on session: Natural Capital group challenge (applications 3)!

DAY 3 (November 24) – perceptions and values of ecosystem services (In-Class)

09h30 – 10h30: The social side of ecosystem services (theory)

10h30 – 11h00 Break

11h00 – 12h00: Ecosystem services values and valuation (theory)

12h00 – 13h00 Lunch break

13h30 – 15h30: Mapping ecosystem services’ supply and demand (applications 4)

15h30 – 15h45 Break

15h45 – 17h30: Socio-economic valuation of ecosystem services (applications 5)

DAY 4 (November 25) – Ecosystem services applications and initiatives (Online)

09h30 – 10h15: Earth observation of ecosystem services – Guest speaker: Domingo Alcaraz-Segura (Univ. Granada)

10h15 – 11h00: Ecosystem services and wildfires – Guest speaker: Jose V.- Roces-Diaz (CREAF)

11h00 – 11h30 Break

11h30 – 12h15: Ecosystem services of freshwater biodiversity – Guest speaker: Ronaldo Sousa (Univ. Minho)

12h15 – 14h00 Lunch break

14h00 – 14h45: The IPBES initiative – Guest speaker: Joana Vicente (BIOPOLIS/CIBIO-InBIO)

14h45 – 15h30: Nature Based Solutions and Ecosystem services – Guest speaker: Emmanuelle Cohen-Shacham (IUCN)

15h30 – 15h45 Break

15h45 – 16h30: Ecosystem services in the urban environment – Guest speaker: Marisa Graça (CITTA)

16h30 – 17h15: Ecosystem services in the private sector – Guest speaker: Nuno Oliveira (NBI)

17h15 – 17h30: Wrap-up!

Hours: 24


Cláudia Carvalho Santos | University of Minho


The course will be open to a maximum number of  20 participants.

 Priority will be given to:
• 1st year and other PhD students attending the BIODIV Doctoral Program;
• PhD students attending other courses;
• Other post-graduate students and researchers.

4 slots are reserved for students of the Doctoral Program in Molecular and Environmental Biology (DPMEB) from the University of Minho.


Participation is free of charge for BIODIV and DPMEB students
80€ – students
150€ – other participants
CIBIO-InBIO members will have an additional discount of 20%


Please note the rules apply for all BIODIV students


Registration deadline: November 04, 2021
All applicants will be notified about whether they are accepted until November 12, 2021


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