‘Nobel Maths Prize’ for Brazilian

Young Brazilian mathematician Artur Avila is one of the four 2014 recipients of the prestigious Fields Prize – recognized by academics as the equivalent  of a Nobel Prize. It is awarded by the International Mathematical Union and the winners were announced 13th August. Paris-based Dr Avila, who is director of research at the  CNRS   …Continue Reading

Brazil Shows UK its “Living Amazon Laboratory”

Brazilian science and technology took centre stage at one of the world’s leading public galleries during July, when London’s Science Museum staged a special exhibit of all things Brazilian to catch the uplift in popular interest generated by the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The free-access Science Museum attracts almost three million visitors a year and   …Continue Reading

Celso Lafer named ‘Doctor of the University’ in Birmingham

The president of Brazil’s Research Council for the State of São Paulo (FAPESP), Celso Lafer, received the title of Doctor of the University from the University of Birmingham. Lafer was recognized for his leadership in promoting cooperation in scientific research. Under his presidency, FAPESP has become an increasingly important international player in research funding and   …Continue Reading

GSK Funds Target Discovery in Pharma

UK-based pharmaceuticals giant GSK is contributing to a US$10 million ($1.5 million a year) Centre of Excellence for Research in Target Discovery, now being established in Brazil. The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and Glaxo SmithKline Brasil (GSK) signed on June 24th, 2014, a new cooperation agreement. This  lays down conditions for selection and funding   …Continue Reading

Science Seeking Sport’s Reflected Glory

Football takes centre stage in the global imagination as the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil dominates the airwaves. But this spectacle generates a broad halo of media attention, offering walk-on parts and supporting roles for science as well as sport. The hunt for football’s reflected glory explains why prestigious science publication Nature has dedicated   …Continue Reading

World Cup Winners

Predicting the victor nation of the 2014 World Cup is an art-form. During  the 2010 event, Paul the Octopus,  a marine creature living in a tank  at the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany,  won worldwide fame for his divination skills. The creature correctly predicted a win for Spain against the Netherlands in the World   …Continue Reading

São Paulo: Sick Megacity

Scientists are at last discovering what São Paulo residents have long known instinctively – urban stresses from the exasperating yet invigorating lifestyle of this south American megacity can drive you mad, as well as making you ill. So if foreign visitors who visited the pollution-girt skyscrapers, gnarly traffic and gritty pavement life of São Paulo   …Continue Reading

Green shoots for  São Paulo research budgets

SPRINT Toward Knowledge Society

Scientists in Brazil are taking a definite step toward collaboration with their international peers, thanks to a new programme designed to promote the advancement of scientific research. The SPRINT programme (São Paulo Researchers in International Collaboration www.fapesp.br/en/sprint), teams up scientists at research institutions in Brazil’s most economically advanced state, with overseas colleagues. You can   …Continue Reading

Unneeded A* for C-Sections

Here’s an interesting piece we are republishing from The Conversation-UK, an open-source online news resource  funded by universities in the UK and from its parent organisation in Australia. The story highlights the anomaly of Brazil’s extraordinary statistical addiction to Caesarian births. Not just for middle class mothers with private health plans, but for those in   …Continue Reading

Scientists Must Heed Society

Ordinary Brazilians have only the scantest information about the country’s science infrastructure or the benefits that medical science can bring to their lives, despite widespread popular discontent with deficiencies in the country’s two-tier health and education systems, a survey has found. The survey delivers a wake-up call to Brazilian universities that have operated too long   …Continue Reading

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Researching in Brazil

Brazil’s best-known scientist, the veteran nuclear physicist  José Goldemberg,  in September 2015 took office as the president of  the São…

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