Birds of the Alentejo: a flight for the conservation of ecosystems!

The AviSkola Project ran from 2006 to 2008, and was funded by the POCI2010 Science and Innovation Operational Program through the Ciência Viva Agency.The project was based on birds as a reference model, focusing on the understanding of the structure and dynamics of ecosystems, and having a School and its agents and actors as a target.

Why the AviSkola Project?

The AviSkola Project was based on research activities developed at the LabOr – Laboratory of Ornithology at the University of Évora, on bird ecology and conservation. In essence, the Project resulted in an interest on the team in promoting scientific dissemination on the specific area of ​​its competences: Ornithology.

The AviSkola Project aims at the use of some studies on birds conducted in LabOr as an instrument of environmental awareness and as a brigde between the school community and researchers, particularly schools of the 3rd Cycle of Basic and Secondary Education.


– Disseminate the results of LabOr research projects in the field of the ecology and conservation of birds;

– Support the learning of biological sciences in complementarity with curricular programs, promoting interdisciplinarity and experimental teaching;

– Increase the positive perception of the public face to scientific research;

– Increase attractiveness of careers and activities in the field of biological sciences.

Visits to the Experimental Farm of Mitra (University of Évora)

Teachers and students had the opportunity to visit the Farm Herdade da Mitra, to contact the research work developed by the team of LabOr – Laboratory of Ornithology and to participate in activities that support the experimental teaching of biological sciences.Scientific dissemination sessions, nature interpretation courses, games, laboratory visits … and much more, in a trip to the world of scientific research.


Overall coordination:
João Eduardo Rabaça (Assistant Professor)

Pedagogical Coordination:
José Luís Ramos (Associate Professor)

Scientific commission:
Jorge Quina Araújo (Full Professor)
Diogo Caeiro Figueiredo (Full Professor)
Paulo Nuno Lopes Pinto (Associate Professor with Aggregation)

Technical team:
Inês Margarida Roque (Biologist)
Carlos António Godinho (Biologist)
Webmaster/Graphic Design: Pedro Lopes (Núcleo Minerva)