Education, Science and Technology: the Pillars of Development in Brazil

November 11, 2014, Birkbeck Institute for Humanities, Room G03, 30 Russell Sq.

Speaker: Glaucius Oliva, President, Brazil National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq)

As President of CNPq, Professor Oliva oversees the promotion and quality of science and technological research across Brazil. He is Director of Brazil’s prestigious Science without Borders programme, and was previously Director of the Institute of Physics of São Carlos, University of São Paulo (IFSC/USP) where he has taught since 1982.  Professor Oliva’s main research interests are the structure and function of biological macromolecules and their application to the development of new drugs to treat tropical and infectious diseases. He currently leads a team of some 80 researchers, including physicists, biologists and chemists.

As Director of Science without Borders, Oliva has been keen to reinvigorate the country’s programme of sending students abroad. He adds: ‘In the 1980s we came here to learn everything we could. Now we have a very strong science base in Brazil that allows us to go abroad again in a more collaborative way, and to look at problems that can be solved together.

Professor Oliva is being made a College Fellow on 11th November.

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Posted: October 28, 2014