Brazilian Science Goes to China

The “B” and the “C” in BRIC scientific cooperation were highlighted April 15th-18th when researchers from China and Brazil met in the Chinese capital for a high-level symposium.

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The event focused on materials science, the environment, renewable energy, agriculture, life sciences, medicine and health. You can read a full account of the event  by clicking here.

The event took place at Peking University (also known as Běidà) and was aimed at strengthening the strategic ties between China and Brazil in science and technology. It expands existing relationships between researchers from the state of São Paulo and those from research institutions in China.

Fang Jun, Deputy Director of International Cooperation of China’s Ministry of Education, highlighted the existing cooperation between the two countries in education and research.  Added Enge Wang, Peking University president: “It is a great honor for Peking University to be able to host FAPESP Week Beijing, FAPESP’s first international symposium in China.”  He also said:  “International collaboration is essential for the future of our institution, and therefore the partnership with FAPESP is an important means of broadening the exchange between Brazilian and Chinese researchers.”

There were Conference modules for:

  • Materials and Nano Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Renewable Energy Sciences
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • Medical and Life Sciences

You can see more conference and speaker details by clicking here.

 

Working examples of  Brazil-China collaboration include the CBERS [China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite] Program, which is already providing useful data to African nations.

On the Chinese side,  significant investments in science and technology are transforming the country into a global leader for research. Peking University (founded in 1898) is a national key university and incorporates Beijing Medical Hospital with a string of affiliated hospitals and teaching hospitals.

FAPESP is Brazil’s leading regional research council, supporting scientific and other research at institutions in São Paulo state with taxpayer-funded grants. As well as being the nation’s economic powerhouse, São Paulo also produces around half of Brazil’s PhDs and their published scientific research.

“Past FAPESP Weeks have established opportunities for international collaborative projects, so we hope to forge ties with researchers in China, especially those at Peking University, which is responsible for a significant share of Chinese scientific production,” said FAPESP scientific director Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz.

Since 2012, the Foundation has held similar scientific symposia in Washington, DC, Morgantown, Cambridge, Charlotte, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh (US), Toronto (Canada), Salamanca, Madrid (Spain), Tokyo (Japan) and London (United Kingdom).

You can read a full press release about the event and see further details by clicking here.

During the Beijing event there will be regular news bulletins published by FAPESP News Agency  which can be  accessed clicking here.

 

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