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Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo

FAPESP promotes symposium in Canada to discuss scientific cooperation with Brazil

As part of FAPESP Week 2012 in North America, the meeting in Toronto brings together scientists from the two countries to debate advanced scientific topics on October 17

The most recent scientific advances and the new technological developments obtained by researchers in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, working in cooperation with research institutions and companies in Canada over the last years will be the topics of debates for scientists from the two countries during FAPESP Week 2012. The meeting will be held on October 17 at the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, at University of Toronto (U of T).

Coordinated by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the U of T, the symposium will expose local researchers to Brazil's most advanced scientific production and open debate on some of most impressive scientific results obtained by both countries. The symposium is expected to broaden the already significant existing bilateral partnerships in areas such as Life Sciences, Physics, Engineering and Geosciences.

The FAPESP Week 2012 program includes three other symposia from October 22-24, 2012 in the United States. These scientific meetings will take place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, on the 22nd; at the Brazil Institute, linked to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C., on the 23rd; and at the University of West Virginia in Morgantown, on the 24th. At all three institutions, the program includes opening the exhibition Brazilian Nature – Mystery and destiny that show aspects of Brazilian biodiversity (see: www.fapesp.br/publications/braziliannature/photos.php?lang=en). The complete agenda is available at: www.fapesp.br/week2012/northamerica.

FAPESP is a public research foundation. The state of São Paulo has 41 million people, holds 34% of Brazil's GDP, graduates 45% of PhDs in the country and produces 50% of Brazilian science.

According to Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, FAPESP's scientific director, "scientific collaboration is key to FAPESP's strategy for developing science and technology in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Researchers in Canada, particularly at the University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario, were among the first in these collaborations. FAPESP wants to celebrate and make this partnership highly visible through the one-day workshop it will hold at the University of Toronto."

FAPESP Week 2012, which also celebrates the Foundation's 50th anniversary, is happening at a time when Brazilian research has reached high international visibility, affirming the country's significant participation in the global science and technology system. During FAPESP Week 2012 in Toronto, researchers will highlight the results of their research developed in cooperation on the frontiers of sciences in different areas as neurosciences, geosciences and health on topics including: the treatment pulmonary obstruction, soil and water remediation to neutralize the harmful impacts on life on the planet, utilization of residues from bioenergy industry for applications in biodegradable packaging and equipment for the telecommunications industry and satellite data transmission.

"Scientists share in common language, the language of rationality. They have a common aim related to the enlargement and expansion of frontiers of knowledge. Science unites scientists and thus favors cooperation," says Celso Lafer, president of FAPESP. "The inclusion of a symposium on the scale of FAPESP Week among the commemorative events for the Foundation's 50th anniversary is a constructive way of recognizing the importance of strengthening interaction among scientists in a globalized world," he adds.


The meeting in Toronto will open with a presentation on the scenario for international collaboration in Sao Paulo and the activities of the Virtual Research Institute-FAPESP Microsoft, created in 2006. The following sections will focus on projects supported by cooperation agreements between FAPESP and the universities of Toronto and Western Ontario, and ISTPCanada (International Science and Technology Partnerships Program) with the participation of researchers from these institutions and the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp), University of São Paulo (USP) and two Brazilian companies, Plasmacro and Orbital Engineering.

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