Brazil Ireland Research Event – 12-13 April 2018

Event co-organised by the Irish Embassy in Brazil, the Higher Education Authority (HEA), the Irish Research Council (IRC), the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 12-13 April 2018

The Brazil Ireland Research Event brought together over 100 researchers from both countries to build on the foundation laid at the 2015 meeting and the partnerships created under that International Strategic Co-operation Award (ISCA) SFI initiative. With contributions from CAPES*; FAPERJ*; FAPESP*; EMBRAPII*; CNPq* and EURAXESS, the Irish Higher Education Authority (HEA), the Irish Research Council (IRC), the Irish University Association (IUA), the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) and the Irish Embassy in Brazil, among the objectives, were the following:

 The projected outcomes from the event:

• To demonstrate to the Brazilian higher education sector and federal/state agencies that Ireland intends to be a long-term partner;
• To advance existing research collaborations and establish new projects of co-operation in line with the objectives of the Irish and Brazilian Governments’ International Education Strategies;
• To commence the process of concluding an MOU with key research funding agencies in Brazil;
• To build on the success of SWB and RBI (SFI investment) by facilitating the dialogue between existing and new Brazil-Ireland Research partners;
• To advance the research agenda of the sector and meet international objectives under the Irish Government’s International Education Strategy and IRC’s International Engagement Strategy;
• To strengthen the research alliance with Brazil as a priority country;
• To agree on a communications network (virtual and physical) appropriately supported to enable Irish and Brazilian researchers to continue to share information and ideas.

** Brazilian funding agencies
– CAPES – Coordination of Improvement of Higher Level Personnel
– FAPERJ – Research Support Foundation of the State of Rio de Janeiro
– FAPESP – Research Support Foundation of the State of São Paulo
– EMBRAPII – Brazilian Agency for Industrial Research and Innovation
– CNPq – National Council for Scientific and Technological Development

Co-organisers of the Brazil Ireland Research Event and guest of honour, Professor José Celso Freire Junior - President of FAUBAI and UNESP Associate Provost for International Affairs

Over 100 participants engaged in a full day programme geared to future Brazil Ireland research collaborations

Peter Bronw from the Irish Research Council presenting on the Research Funding Landscape in Ireland

Presenters of Plenary Session on Successful Research Partnerships: Facilitator: Miriam Ryan - THEA; Professor Michael Devereux - DIT; Dr Raquel Harper - CONNECT e TCD; Larissa Macêdo Cruz de Oliveira - Universidade de Sergipe and UCC; Dr. Mairéad Moriarty - UL; Professor Mary McNamara - DIT

Presenters of Supporting Future Research Partnerships session: Gerry O'Sullivan - HEA; Ambassador Brian Glynn; Cyntia Sandes Oliveira - CAPES; Professor Luiz Nunes Oliveira - FAPESP; Facilitator: Professor Paul Fanning - UCD

Poster Exhibition - approximately 50 research posters were displayed during the event

Professor Laura Izzarra da Unviersidade de Sao Paulo (USP)