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Science under debate in Recife

From July 22 to July 26, 2013, the Federal University of Pernambuco, in Recife, hosted the 65th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC), whose theme was Science for the New Brazil. More than twenty-three thousand students, researchers and administrators participated in 266 activities, including talks, round tables, courses and special sessions. One of the most sought after talks was given on July 23rd by the German researcher Ulrich Glasmacher, of the University of Heidelberg, on climate change. A wide range of topics was discussed, including innovation in pharmaceuticals, the applications of stem-cell therapies, the challenges of oceanographic research and the quest for Brazilian research with greater impact. “Brazil is responsible for 2.7% of worldwide scientific production, but occupies the 58th place in the ranking of the most innovative countries in the world,” said SBPC president and biochemist Helena Nader. “The new Brazil, which is already the seventh largest economy in the world, has to overcome great challenges to really be a part of the knowledge economy.” In 2014, Rio Branco, the capital of the Brazilian state of Acre, will host the SBPC’s 66th Meeting.