Germany Seeking Science Links

Scientists from Germany will be prominent at the July 12th – 18th annual meeting of SBPC, the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science that represents the nation’s academics and science professionals.

Their presence indicates the growing importance of cooperation with German institutes of learning, and the prominence that Berlin is giving to links with São Paulo state – Brazil’s economic and scientific powerhouse.

These ties are coordinated by the German House of Science and Innovation – São Paulo (DWIH-SP), which since 2009 has been charged with increasing the visibility in Brazil of Germany as a scientific and technological center. São Paulo is also the largest centre of German industry outside Germany.

As part of the general displays at the 67th SBPC annual event (held in São Carlos, SP) there are stands representing the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); the German Research Foundation (DFG); the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; Berlin’s Freie Universität; the Munich Technical University; the Frauenhofer Society and Baylat, Bavarian University Center for Latin America.

Lectures by German scientists at SBPC include:

  • “Transformations of Economic Systems: The Bioeconomy Case”, by Andreas Pyka, of the University of da Hohenheim
  • “Bose-Einstein condensation of atoms and photons – A tentative overview about similarities and differences”, by Axel Pelster, of the Kaiserslautern Technical University
  • “Managing higher education in relation to government policy and performance rankings” by Philipp Pohlenz, of the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg.

Portuguese readers can access the full programme for the SBPC meeting by  clicking here.

Both Germany and Brazil consider science and innovation to be key areas  for ensuring  economic, social and sustainable environmental development. For over 40 years, the two countries have promoted comprehensive and fruitful scientific cooperation.

DWIH-SP brings together representatives of several German institutions of research and funding in one space, presenting Germany as a partner of excellence and high competitiveness in science and innovation. The centre’s facilities in São Paulo are  coordinated by the German-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK Brazil).

Lights, Science, Action at Brazilian Scientists' meetup

Lights, Science, Action at Brazilian Scientists’ meetup

The city of São Paulo was selected for its representation in the international scientific scene, its history of cooperation with Germany and the prospects of success with partnerships. A place of strong German immigration, the city is home to educational, cultural and economic foundations and scientific institutions, as well as numerous German companies and agencies, which deal with exchange and cooperation between the two countries.

In October 2014 the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) held a weeklong symposium in Munich, Germany, at the Deutsches Museum. This was sponsored by the Bavarian State Ministry for Education, Science and the Arts. You can read about this event by clicking here.

Along with the São Paulo state capital, the German Houses of Science and Innovation are present in four other cities, located in strategic countries around the world: Moscow, New Delhi, New York and Tokyo.  More recently, the German government has also opened a German Science Centre (DWZ) in Cairo.

At SBPC, one of the procedural tasks for delegates will be to approve the re-election of Helena Nader as president of the society for another two years. This biochemist and professor of the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP) is also a member of the coordinating committee for biological research at FAPESP. Two other senior scientists representing FAPESP – Walter Colli and Vanderlan da Silva Bolzani – were also named in support roles for Prof Nader.

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