Event brings together researchers from different fields to discuss sustainability, representation, and scientific outreach
On Monday, September 9, another major event on the Brazilian calendar related to Science and Technology began. The University of Brasília (UnB) is hosting the 23rd Young Scientists Conference of the World Academy of Sciences Regional Partner for Latin America and the Caribbean (TWAS-LACREP) and the 2nd Regional Conference of TYAN for Latin America and the Caribbean, until Wednesday, September 11.
The event in the federal capital brings together young international researchers from different areas of Exact Sciences, Innovation, and Technology. On the first day, the Conference featured lectures on Climate Change and Sustainability, given by researchers Paulo Artaxo, from the University of São Paulo (USP), and Pablo Bolaños, from the University of Costa Rica.
In the afternoon session, Jaqueline Mesquita, President of the Brazilian Mathematical Society (SBM), was the host of the plenary session on Statistics, Mathematics, and Engineering for Sustainability, led by professors José Alexander Araújo, from UnB, Oscar Hernández, from USP, and Alexander Arbieto, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).
Jaqueline also participated in the opening panel of the Conference in the presence of six other authorities in the field in Brazil and Latin America, including Ricardo Galvão, President of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Maria Emília Walter, Dean of Research and Innovation at UnB, Inácio Arruda, Secretary of Science and Technology for Social Development of the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MCTI), Franco Cabrerizo, Chair of TYAN, Ricardo Ruviaro, Director of the Institute of Exact Sciences at UnB, and Fabio Naro, Scientific Attaché of the Italian Embassy in Brazil.
Carlos Alberto Aragão de Carvalho Filho, Director of Scientific and Technological Development at the Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos (Finep), also attended the opening day of the Conference, and sees the event as a fundamental initiative for the evolution of research and scientific technologies in Brazil.
“We believe that Latin America and the Caribbean face a major challenge to develop national systems and artifacts for the areas of Science, Technology, and Innovation. That is why this event is vital for the discussion and proposals for the advancement of Science on the continent. In this Conference, we have discussed several rich and interconnected topics such as Sustainability, Planning of Initiatives in favor of the Environment, Biotechnology. The idea is that Science is the engine, the essential component for us to achieve sustainability together. I believe that all of you will return from this Meeting with this message,” Aragão said.
Fabio Naro, Scientific Attaché of the Italian Embassy in Brazil, agrees with the point of view and believes that events like the Conference in Brasília only make cooperation between countries even more powerful to boost progress in Science.
“It is an excellent initiative to develop institutional scientific research. In recent years, Italy has made significant advances in the field of Science and we believe in this project as a vision for technological development between our collaborations,” he points out.
The Conference at UnB is celebrated by the Brazilian government, as it proves that Science is once again a protagonist of the proposals in the National Congress. Inácio Arruda, Secretary of Science and Technology for Social Development of the MCTI, approves the event and the relevant topics for discussion, such as sustainability, the increase in the representation of minority groups in Science, and the dissemination of quality research.
“I am very happy, on behalf of the MCTI, in this special moment, as it confirms our return to the appreciation of Science, which is also a mechanism of social transformation. It is a Conference of very high level, with the support of the main research centers in the country, of the Academy, all of this makes the event even more grandiose and complete in its purpose,” Arruda highlights.
The activities continue on Tuesday, September 10, at the Institute of Chemistry (IQ) of UnB, with plenary lectures, thematic sessions, and panels distributed from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm. The expectation is the presence of around 100 leading researchers from all over the world.
The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) focuses on bringing together young researchers to contribute to communication and cooperation between the new generations of scientists. You can check the daily schedule of the event at this link.
In addition to TYAN and TWAS-LACREP, the event is funded by IQ/UnB, the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation of the Federal Government, the Fundação de Empreendimentos Científicos e Tecnológicos (Finatec), the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the Department of Mathematics of the Institute of Exact Sciences at UnB, and the Instituto Serrapilheira.