Raul Cerveira PS Lima (b. 1969) is a lecturer ("Professor Adjunto") of Physics at the Escola Superior de Saúde do Politécnico do Porto (ESS | PPorto) since 1998 and member of the Institute for Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA) since 2021. He has a degree (“licenciado”) in Physics/Applied Mathematics (Astronomy) from FCUP, a master's degree in Biomedical Engineering (FEUP) and a PhD in Physics Engineering (Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra), with a thesis on light pollution (radiative transfer, modelling of the propagation of artificial light in the atmosphere) and on the increase in artificial sky brightness, also his current research areas. Member of the Inter-Division B-C Commission Protection of Existing and Potential Observatory Sites of the IAU (International Astronomical Union) and member of the Sociedade Portuguesa de Astronomia (SPA). Member of international multidisciplinary research networks (REECL - Red Española de Estudios en Contaminación Lumínica, LoNNe - Loss of the Night Network [COST Action ES1204]) and collaborator of the Photonics4Life group - University of Santiago de Compostela, among others.
Besides his research and scientific articles as author or co-author, and the participation on conferences and instructor of short courses on light pollution, he also published several articles in the press in the same field. Organizer and collaborator in awareness-raising activities and on the definition of policies and regulations for artificial light at night in Portugal and Europe. Has several works on site assessment, including the assessment of the region of the lake Alqueva for the application as a Starlight Tourism Destination dark sky reserve. Among other advisory activities, he was a member of the working group for the definition of the Public Lighting Management Plan for the municipality of Porto, guided by the Porto Energy Agency (Agência de Energia do Porto). Coordinator of the citizen science initiative ELP - Education on Light Pollution (included in the project H2020 #688135, Stars4All), in partnership with Galician researchers and astronomical associations. Founding member of the Galician-Portuguese Forum Calidade da Noite. He was director of FAPAS (Fundo para a Protecção dos Animais Selvagens) and editor of the quarterly magazine Tribuna da Natureza, of which he was also co-founder.
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