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Interested audience


Daniel Shechtman, Nobel Chemistry laureate, packs the auditorium in São Luís (MA)ANTONIO CRUZ/ABR

A review of the 64th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science (SBPC), held between July 22 and 27 in the city of São Luís, indicated that there were 11,912 registered people from 700 Brazilian cities, which was more than the 9,022 who registered for the 2011 meeting in Goiânia. The audience attending the 48 talks, 55 round tables, 46 minicourses, 5 meetings and other activities was significantly greater than the number of those registered. The estimate is that around 25,000 people a day were present on the campus of the Federal University of Maranhão (Ufma), where the meeting was held. With its central theme of Science, Culture and Traditional Knowledge for Confronting Poverty, the meeting received 4,009 articles from researchers from all over Brazil. One of the highlights was the talk by Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of quasicrystals, which won him the prize. The president of SBPC, Helena Nader, praised the interest of participants. “What also drew my attention was the huge attendance of young undergraduates,” she said. The SBPC meeting in 2013 is planned for Recife, the capital of Pernambuco state.