Researchers from Brazil and the United Kingdom discuss Climate Changes and Entrepreneurship, in São Paulo
10 March 2009
The State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the British institutions: the Institute of Physics (IOP) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) are organising at FAPESP, on 26 and 27 February, the international workshop Physics and Chemistry of Climate Change and Entrepreneurship, a symposium aimed at stimulating interaction and the exchange of ideas and experiences between Brazil and the United Kingdom on climate changes and entrepreneurship. The initiative is supported by the British Embassy in Brasilia and the national academy of sciences in the United Kingdom, The Royal Society. The workshop is one of the activities of the FAPESP Research Program into Global Climate Changes and is a result of the UK-Brazil Partnership in Science & Innovation, established between the two countries in 2006. The lectures will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation into Portuguese.
The workshop's objective is to discuss biological carbon sequestration, agriculture and technological solutions in all areas to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, such as the use of energy from renewable sources, including solar energy and biofuels and bioenergy, among others. There will be eight presentations by Brazilian researchers and eight presentations by British researchers on the theme.
Taking part will be representatives from the organizing institutions, and from seven other British research institutions – among them Imperial College and the universities of Cambridge, Bristol and Ulster –, from the National Institute for Space Research (Inpe), from the National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (Inmetro) and from the University of São Paulo (USP), Campinas State University (Unicamp) and from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).
Notes to editors
The State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) is a funding agency promoting scientific research in the State of São Paulo. All research proposals are peer reviewed. The Foundation supports fundamental research and research geared to objectives of national relevance, contributing to the advance and the dissemination of knowledge and to the education and advanced training of scientists.
Created in 1962, FAPESP is entitled by the State Constitution to 1 per cent of the tax revenues of the state of São Paulo and has an endowment that adds to these resources. FAPESP has already supported, over these 46 years, 89,000 grants and 80,000 financial awards.
In 2007 the Foundation invested US$ 280 million in research grants and fellowships in all fields of knowledge.
Royal Society of Chemistry
The Royal Society of Chemistry is an international learned society for advancing the chemical sciences and also the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists. Supported by over 46,000 members worldwide and by an internationally acclaimed publishing business, our other activities span education and training, contributing to national and international science policy, conference organization and promotion of the chemical sciences to a wider public. Our relationships with leading national chemical societies worldwide place us at the heart of a global network of 300,000 chemical scientists, and our partnerships with international companies support knowledge sharing and best practice around the world. In Africa, e.g., researchers have free access to our entire journal archive of scientific papers, and the Pan Africa Chemistry Network founded with the support of the private sector fosters collaboration and sharing of best practice within the scientific and education communities.