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Symposium in Madrid and Salamanca

Fernando Henrique opened the series of conferences in Salamanca, Spain

LORENA Á. S. PARRÉSFernando Henrique opened the series of conferences in Salamanca, SpainLORENA Á. S. PARRÉS

“Frontiers of Science: Brazil and Spain in the 50 years of FAPESP,” a symposium sponsored by FAPESP and held in the cities of Salamanca and Madrid, Spain, December 10 – 14, 2012, brought together researchers from the state of São Paulo and from a variety of Spanish teaching and research institutions.  The symposium offered an intensive and diversified program, open to the public to commemorate the 50th anniversary of FAPESP.  The conference was opened by sociologist and former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, who gave a presentation on the panorama of political science in Brazil and its prospects for the future.  The first day of the event included an announcement of the first call for proposals within the scope of the scientific cooperation agreement between FAPESP and the University of Salamanca (Usal).

The symposium program brought together researchers from both countries to discuss the advances made in recent years in the areas of health, political and human sciences, nanotechnology, materials science and photonics.  “Brazil is a strategic partner to Spain, but more collaboration in science and technology is still needed, and there is plenty of room for this,” says Román Arjona, Secretary General of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain, who participated in the opening of the Madrid phase held December 13, 2012.  “FAPESP can be an instrument to bring about this increase,” he said.