For immediate Release
September 25 2013
FAPESP and British Council announce support for international workshops
FAPESP and British Council will announce on 25 September, in London, UK, the results of the Call for Proposals launched by the two organisations, regarding support for the development of workshops in any area of scientific and technological knowledge. The objective is sharing competencies and exchange among researchers in the UK and Brazil.
The announcement will be made during the opening of FAPESP Week London, a symposium organised by FAPESP at the Royal Society in London, between 25 and 27 September, with the support of the British Council, as part of the celebrations for the foundation’s 50th anniversary. The gathering aims at broadening the possibilities for cooperation research among Brazilian and European scientists.
The seven awarded projects propose the organisation of workshops in São Paulo with the participation of researchers linked to universities and other research institutions in the State of São Paulo and in the UK. Each of the scientific gatherings will be coordinated by two researchers, representing the São Paulo and British organisations involved in the process, focusing on specific areas or interdisciplinary themes.
“We have launched the Researcher Links programme in 18 countries. Brazil was the one with the higher number of applications: 40 Brazilian and British institutions were able to present 58 workshop proposals in just one month,” says Eric Klug, Director Partnerships at the British Council.
According to Celso Lafer, President of FAPESP, “The increase in international collaboration for researchers and higher education institutions in the State of São Paulo generates and broadens knowledge in all the areas. In the contemporary world, science is an activity that depends more on this effort, especially when many of science’s most important phenomena do not occur only on a national level.”
The selected projects are: Evidence-based practice in a global context: building sustainable communities of practice; Beyond Digital: collective memory, social networks and global conflicts; Psychiatry meets criminology towards bio social understanding; Trends in future communications: high performance network infrastructure for future internet; Flouride metabolism and public health question of detail; Responsible innovation and the governance of social controversies; Comparative approaches to security sector reform with special focus on the penal systems.
The Brazilian coordinators of the approved workshops are connected to USP – University of São Paulo, UNICAMP, State University of Campinas, CPqD – Telecommunications Centre for Research and Development and SEADE – Data Analysis State System Foundation, connected to the State of São Paulo Regional Secretariat for Planning and Development. The British coordinators have a link with the Universities of Nottingham, Warwick, Cambridge, Bristol, Newcastle, London College and Bradford.
Up to 20 researchers from each country will participate in the events. Sessions will be organised so as to stimulate and share competencies and knowledge exchange. The seven scientific meetings will happen from 10 February 2014 to 29 March 2014. The support for the events covers air tickets between the UK and Brazil, local travelling costs in each country, event management support and staff support.
You can find out more about the British Council researcher Links workshop by clicking here to visit the British Council site.
São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) is a public foundation with the mission of supporting research and scientific and technological development in the State of São Paulo. This is taken forward through research projects developed in Universities and research institutions, in all fields of knowledge. For more information, please visit: www.fapesp.br/en
About the British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for education opportunities and cultural relations. Its work aims at establishing experience exchange and creating bonds for the two countries through knowledge and ideas exchange among people worldwide. The British Council in Brazil works in five areas: Education, English language, Arts, Sports and Exams. The organisation is present in 223 cities and 109 countries, with partners such as governments, on different levels, non-governmental bodies and the private sector. For more information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.org.br
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