Seminário de Formação Avançada em Jardins, Paisagens e Ambiente

The AQUA Project - HORTO AQUAM SALUTAREM - Water Wise Management in Gardens in the Early Modern period, with the support of FCT, invites to the monthly edition of the 'Seminário de Formação Avançada em Jardins, Paisagens e Ambiente'.


July Edition_2022


June Edition_2022

Margarita Eva Rodríguez García has a Master Degree in Latin-American History (Universidad Internacional de Andalucía. La Rábida, 1997) and a PhD Degree in Modern History (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2002). Her main research topic is the History of Spanish Empires and Colonial America, with special attention to the Peruvian political history and women history in the18th century. In 2007 her career in research brought her to Portugal, as an FCT postdoctoral fellow in the Centro Científico e Cultural de Macau, in Lisbon, with a project on the historical relations between Asia and Latin America. In 2008 she won the research contract Ciência FCT of Portugal. 


May Edition_2022

Mila Avellar Montezuma is an Architect and Urban Planner (UFPE); Master's student in Climate-Resilient Cities (IHE-UNESCO, TU/Delft, IHS-Erasmus). Vice-President of the International Students Association IHE-UNESCO. Developed projects of adaptability and resilience in the Amazon awarded internationally with the Architectural Association-UK (AA). She published two books on Pandemics, Cities and Climate Change. Researcher at RXH – awarded as International Good Practices. Executive Coordinator of Recife Exchanges on sea level rise in coastal hotspots

April Edition_2022

Victoria Sot Caba - Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Facultad de Geografía e Historia, Faculty Member. Obtiene el Grado por la realización de la Memoria de Licenciatura con el título Introducción al estudio de los jardines madrileños en el siglo XIX. Doctora por la Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia el 23 de Diciembre de 1987, tras la defensa de la tesis doctoral con el título La ceremonia de la muerte en los Borbones: un estudio de arquitectura efímera en el Barroco Español (1689-1789)

Sergio Román Aliste es Profesor Ayudante Doctor en el Área de Historia del Arte de la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Dpto. de Cc. de la Educación, Lenguaje, Cultura y Artes, Cc. Historico-Jurídicas y Humanísticas y Lenguas Modernas). Es Doctor Europeo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2015) y Licenciado en Historia del Arte (UCM, 2006), además de haber cursado estudios en el Máster en Patrimonio Virtual (Universidad de Alicante).

February Edition_2022

Desidério Batista is a Landscape Architect, Master in Architectural and Landscape Heritage Recovery and PhD in Lanscape Arts and Techniques from the University of Évora (Portugal). He is profesor at the University of Algarve where is Director of the Masters in Landscape Architecture. He is a researcher at CHAIA/UÉ and CEAACP/University of Coimbra. He is also member of Aqua Project.

January Edition_2022

Joana Gaspar de Freitas is a researcher at the History Center of the University of Lisbon. She coordinates the ERC project "Sea, Sand, and People. An Environmental History of Coastal Dunes" (2018-2023).

She is also interested in Human / Coastal Environments interactions: consequences, risks and vulnerabilities, ecological traditional knowledge, tangible and intangible heritages, transformation of landscapes and integrated coastal zones management.

December Edition_2021

Leonardo Aboim Pires has a degree in History (2015), a master’s degree in Contemporary History (2018) from NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Since 2018, he is PhD candidate in Sustainability Science at the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS-UL). 

Doctoral Researcher on "ReSEED – Rescuing seed’s heritage: engaging in a new framework of agriculture and innovation since the 18th century" a research project led by historian Dulce Freire, based at the University of Coimbra and funded by the European Research Council ( 

His research areas have been the rural and agrarian history and environmental history, with special focus on social transformation and economic development of rural spaces between 19th and 20th centuries in Portugal. He also developed studies on corporatism, organised interests and the State. 

November Edition_2021

July Edition_2021

José António Tenedório is a Portuguese Geographer, Associate Professor at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities (NOVA FCSH), Lisbon, Portugal, and Visiting Professor at Polytechnic University of Catalonia, BarcelonaTech (UPC), Faculty of Architecture, CPSV, Spain. Integrated Researcher at CICS.NOVA. He has been a member of the NOVA FSCH Faculty Council since February 2021. He is currently Director of the PhD in Geography and Territorial Planning at NOVA FCSH.

June Edition_2021

The AQUA Project - HORTO AQUAM SALUTAREM - Water Wise Management in Gardens in the Early Modern period, with the support of FCT, invites to the june edition (2021) of the ´Seminário de Formação Avançada em Jardins, Paisagens e Ambiente`, which will be held on the 16th of june, at 3:00pm, Lisbon hour, presencial at Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, and online via Facebook, with the aim presenting, ´Uma Década de Viagem Rumo a uma Infraestrutura Verde`. Duarte d`Áraújo Mata gives de presentation.
Landscape architect, graduated from Instituto Superior de Agronomia in 2000. He was a designer and in this context collaborated on several plans and projects. At Lisbon City Hall, he has been working for the last decade in the area of ​​environmental public policies, namely in terms of green infrastructure and specifically focused on the importance of the NBS strategy (nature-based solutions) for climate adaptation in urban areas.
Assistant to the Councilor for the Environment, Green Structure, Climate and Energy since 2015, he has worked on the articulation between the climate strategy and the implementation of green infrastructure as a new urban reality that promotes urban services, having participated in Lisbon's candidacy for European Green Capital 2020, in the design of the LIFE LUNGS climate adaptation project and is also the CML manager of the H2020 CONEXUS project for the co-definition of natural-based solutions and ecosystem restoration in 7 cities in Europe and Latin America.

May 2021_edition

Alexandru Mexi is a landscape architect currently working as a researcher at the National Institute of Heritage in Romania and as an associate professor at the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Bucharest. His interests are related to topics associated to Romanian and European garden history, inventorying and research of historic gardens and cultural landscapes in Romania, as well as restoration of historic parks and gardens.


Alexandru Matei will speak about the issues in water features in the historic Romanian gardens presented. The speaker will lecture about the utility and art of the waterwork and water features, from the nineteenth century to the decline of castle gardens during the communism in Romania, which led to the water garden waterless.

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April 2021_edition

Teresa Andresen is a landscape architect. She concluded her master’s degree on Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts in 1984 and her PhD on Environmental Sciences from the University of Aveiro in 1992. She taught at ISA, University of Aveiro and University of Porto. She won the Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles prize in 2020. Her work has been recognized worldwide.


Following Teresa Andresen’s work as president of the Associação Portuguesa de Jardins Históricos, she has organized the exhibition ‘Jardins Históricos de Portugal. Memória e Futuro’ to commemorate the LisbonGreenPrize 2020. In this exhibition, the last nucleus to be shown was the bibliographic sources of Ilídio de Araújo, which complemented the launching of the second edition of his book. 

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March 2021_edition

Josefina Domínguez-Mujica (PhD) is professor of human geography at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Her line of investigation is broad and covers Geodemography, Sociodemographic Processes and Territory, International Migration, Geography of Canarias Urban Geography, and Geography of Tourism. She also collaborates in architecture and urban planning projects.


Through her extensive knowledge of the territory of the Lanzarote Island (Gran Canaria, Spain), a UNESCO’s area of preservation, the specialist will discuss about a unique volcanic landscape in the world. Over conical holes, called “geria”, agriculture is developed in the region, producing quality wines. She will also highlight the history of the region, important characters and architectural features that demarcate the landscape.

February 2021_edition

Oana Matei is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bucharest and Western University “Vasile Goldis” Arad. She has been researching topics such as epistemology, vegetable philosophy, experiments with plants and history of western philosophy, comprehending the inter-relations between natural and experimental history with the history of political thought and history of philosophy.


Oana Matei will present part of her research, related to an upcoming book proposal by the speaker. She will construct an argument that will claim that in the middle seventeenth century in England a new discipline in vegetation science emerged, called Vegetable Philosophy. This new discipline was concerned about understanding the fundamental processes of nature, using plants as instruments to do so, distinguishing it from other of that period.

January. 2021_edition

Teresa Portela Marques is an investigator at CIBIO-InBIO and Professor in Department of Geosciences, Environment and Spatial Planning, in the University of Porto. Born in Porto (1964), she has completed her PhD in Landscape Architecture in the High Institute of Agronomy of the Technical University of Lisbon (2010). Her main areas of research are History of Landscape Architecture and Landscape Conservation and Restoration. She is also the author of the book “Jardins do Palácio de Cristal”.

The specialist will address horticulture and art in the gardens of the city of Porto, through the knowledge on parks and green areas designed by landscape gardners from Porto, in the final decades of the nineteenth century and early decades of the twentieth century, before the implementation of Landscape Architecture teaching in Portugal and the blooming of modernism in garden art. 

December 2020_edition

Eduarda Paz is the Director of the International Camellia Society, which you can visit at She is a biologist who has studied garden conservation in the United Kingdom. Since them she has engaged on several activities to foster the preservation of camellia gardens, such as the Festival of Camellias in Porto. Moreover, she is the director of Caminhos de Portugal, an enterprise specialised on Garden tours. 


Her presentation focused on the route camellias took to reach Europe, namely Portugal. Not only the varieties found in Portugal, the several uses of camellia to perfumes as well as tea, and the multiple gardens in which the predominance of camellias is evident, have driven her talk. 

November 2020_ edition

Dulce Freire is the Principal Investigator of the ReSEED Project and an assistant professor at the Faculty of Economics in the University of Coimbra. She has focused her research on rural and agrarian history within Portuguese and Iberian contexts. In recent years she has been coordinating various scientific projects related to changes in agriculture, food, society, and public policy. Inês Gomes is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the ReSEED Project. She also held a postdoctoral position at Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia and collaborated with the Institute of Contemporary History. She is dedicated to history of science, history of collections and scientific heritage studies.


Dulce Freire and Inês Gomes will present the ReSEED Project – Rescuing seed’s heritage: engaging in a new framework of agriculture and innovation since the 18th century, based at the University of Coimbra and with funds from the European Research Council (ERC). ReSEED project aims to examine the historical changes in agriculture related to cultivated seeds, environment, and human action from 1750 to 1950. The study will contribute to understanding the socio-economic and ecological impacts of the crops from the new worlds across Europe. 

October 2020_edition

Renata Faria Barbosa is a PhD candidate (ISCTE Lisboa). She  worked as an architect for the Tomar municipal government (2013-2015). She was an Erasmus Mundus grant holder (UTAD, Portugal). She studied architecture in the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (Brazil).


Renata talked about the industry history and the industrial heritage of Tomar, the principal issue of the doctoral thesis that she is finishing, where there is special relevance to three case studies: the Real Fábrica de Fiação, de Levada de Tomar and Paper Sobreirinho factory. For Renata it has been possible to achieve good results in the restoration projects when the archaeology team works together with the governmental institution of heritage and with the construction company, respecting the constraints of each one. 

March 2020_edition

Ana Duarte Rodrigues is professor of History of Science at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. She is the coordinator of the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology and the coordinator of the research project AQUA (2018-2022). She is the editor of Gardens & Landscapes journal, published by Sciendo. She researches gardens and landscapes through the perspective of the history of science.


The gardens of the Palace of Fronteira built by D. João de Mascarenhas in the seventeenth century have been totally transformed into a gardenesque garden in the nineteenth century by the 8th Marquis of Fronteira. Educated in Great Britain, he came to Portugal at the age of 26 to marry, but he maintained the cultural British influence throughout his life. His taste for gardening and horticulture, for flowers’ collections, hybridization and exotics resorted in the transformation of the baroque garden into one with palm trees, a large collection of flowers and plants in vases and plants’ identification as if it was a botanic garden. 

February 2020_edition

Paulo Pimenta de Castro is the president of Acrescimo – Associação de Promoção ao Investimento Florestal. Forester (Instituto Superior de Agronomia), he has been a lobbist for the Confederação de Agricultores de Portugal (CAP) between 1994 and 2002, and a policy adviser for the Portuguese government between 2001 ans 2004 (Conselho Consultivo Florestal).


Paulo Pimenta de Castro presented some of the outcomes described in his last book, “Portugal em Chamas: Como resgatar as Florestas”, published in 2018. In the book, he made the report between the Eucalyptus Epidemic, the Vicious Circle of Fires, the effects of Climate Change and the near future.  In 2017 there were the biggest forest fires ever in Portugal, with an impressive number of deaths. But the conditions that propitiate the repetition of tragedies of this magnitude remain unchanged. In the last decades, Portugal has always led the table of the European countries that burn the most. What influence did the cellulose industry have on the sphere of political power? How can we rescue the forests from this infernal cycle?

January 2020_edition

Nuno Oliveira is a forester currently working as an expert at the Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua public company in Portugal. His interests are related to topics associated to European garden history, inventorying and research of historic gardens and cultural landscapes, as well as restoration of historic gardens.

Nuno talked about his experience in the heritage, conservation, planning, cultural and green space sectors. He commented several issues about the conservation and maintenance of historic Parks & Gardens in Sintra Unesco World Heritage Site. He offered tips to identify/secure funding to ensure sustainability, and to support the delivery of the strategic plan of the heritage institutions.