Jorge Palma, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Algarve, CCMAR – Centre of Marine Sciences of the Algarve

Jorge Palma finished his PhD degree in Marine Sciences (specialising in Marine Zoology) at the University of the Algarve in 2002. Between 2003-2006 he developed a post-doctoral work plan focused on the production of live diets for aquaculture species. Since 2007 he has focused his research on the biology, ecology, and captive breeding production of seahorse species. 


Scientific illustration is an important part of the Biological Sciences and biologists often must be able to produce good quality scientific drawings regardless of their artistic ability. Drawings not only allow us to record an image of the observed specimen, but more importantly, they enable us to remember the most important features of the specimen. This course offers a broad introduction to scientific illustration and its application to the Biological Sciences. It is intended to provide an overview of the different techniques, with special emphasis on black and white technique and some insights into the use of watercolours. See the programme for details.


4th April 2016 (twice a week, evenings)


Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), University of the Algarve, Faro, Portugal

The Centre of Marine Sciences (Centro de Ciências do Mar, CCMAR) is an independent multidisciplinary, non-profit institute located on the Gambelas campus of the University of the Algarve in Faro with ~250 members and a mission to promote research and education in the marine sciences.

Faro is the capital city of the Algarve region of southern Portugal and borders the Ria Formosa National Park. The Algarve boasts > 300 days of sun per year, stunning beaches and mountain vistas, opportunities for diving, golf, and other sporting activities, and a unique traditional regional cuisine (esp. seafood). A variety of optional social activities will be organised to coincide with the course and special events can be organised upon request for participants and/or accompanying persons (diving, surf, stand-up paddle, windsurf, kayaking, horse-riding, tennis, bird-watching, nature walks, boat guided tours, fishing, etc).


Enthusiastic and motivated biologists who want to gain a better understanding of scientific illustration

registration fee

REGISTRATION FEE: 150€ (maximum number of participants 16)


  • 1st class – Overall introduction to scientific illustration. Materials and techniques will be explained within the context of the course
  • 2nd class – Continuous tone, shades and contrasts
  • 3rd class - Lines and contours
  • 4th class – Initiation to the black and white technique. The use of color gradients
  • 5th class – Continuation of the previous class. Image decal and stippling
  • 6th class – Start of the course scientific illustration project
  • 7th class - Scientific illustration project (continuation)
  • 8th class - Scientific illustration project (continuation)

Scientific Organization

Jorge Palma, Researcher CCMAR -

Advanced Technologies and Training programme @ CCMAR 2016

Marine Sciences in the Algarve
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at UAlg Campus
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in the Algarve
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Ria Formosa
The Lagoon
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Algarve coast