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Recognition by the British

Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, scientific director of FAPESP, receives the honor of Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Márcio BrunoCarlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, scientific director of FAPESP, receives the honor of Officer of the Order of the British EmpireMárcio Bruno

On May 20, 2015, Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, scientific director of FAPESP, was designated an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his work at the Foundation in expanding and strengthening partnerships in scientific cooperation between Brazil and the United Kingdom.  He is the first Brazilian in the past 10 years to receive the honor, which recognizes the value of an individual’s work in the arts, science, and public service.  The ceremony was held at the São Paulo residence of British Consul General Joanna Crellin.  “From both the personal and institutional standpoints, this recognition reflects the achievements by FAPESP throughout its history and, especially in more recent times, its development of international cooperation in research,” said Brito Cruz.  He also mentioned the current “more complex and complete” stage of FAPESP-United Kingdom cooperation.  During the ceremony, particular attention was given to Brito Cruz’s role in encouraging scientific exchanges between researchers from the United Kingdom and São Paulo and to his efforts as Scientific Director to forge research cooperation agreements.  Today, the Foundation has 35 agreements with British funding, education and research institutions, as well as with companies.  On awarding the medal, instituted in 1917 by King George V, British ambassador to Brazil Alex Ellis said that FAPESP has contributed to a change in scientific relationships between the two countries.  “The achievement of an agreement with the Research Councils of the United Kingdom in 2009 was a momentous event in terms of the flow of knowledge between the institutions of the two countries,” the ambassador said.

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