‘Fostering STI twinning activities between EU and Brazil’ Online Conference
An online conference ‘Fostering STI twinning activities between EU and Brazil’ took place on Friday 22nd May. The aim of this conference was to present CT&I projects that are being carried out through cooperation and sectorial dialogue between the European Union and the Brazil. The conference brought together scientists and Brazilian and European authorities who are developing ST&I policies and research through the close bilateral relationship between the parties.
The conference presented synergies and complementarities between six pairs of identified projects comprising areas of agriculture, energy and environment, as well as diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines to Covid-19. The objective was to advance in further concrete collaboration tackling jointly common challenges. All EU projects are funded by the EU Programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020. The three Brazilian National Institutes of Science and Technology (INCTs) are funded by CNPq and the State Funding Agencies from Amazonas, Rio Grande do Sul e Paraná, while the Brazilian Covid-19 projects are funded by FINEP and the State Agencies from Minas Gerais and São Paulo.
Kevin Doolin, Director of Innovation at TSSG, was invited to present on the agriculture research in Europe with a particular focus on the H2020 funded DEMETER project which is co-ordinated by TSSG. This presentation highlighted how the project of over 60 partners, including the World Farmers Organisation, aims to build an interoperable, data-driven, innovative & sustainable agri-food sector in Europe. Speaking about the conference, Kevin said, ‘The opportunity to present our research to peers in Brazil was welcomed by the DEMETER team. Projects such as this succeed when results reach a wide audience which encourages more users to adapt to the new technology or innovation being created.’