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Trinity Hosts Head of São Paulo Research Foundation for Brazil-Ireland Science Week

Posted on 24 February 2015

FAPESP Head Professor Lafer Juliette Hussey Vinny Cahill Antonio de Lineares Aisling Hume Mauro FerreiraTrinity College Dublin was honoured to receive the director of prominent São Paulo research foundation and funding agency, FAPESP, onto campus yesterday. Professor Lafer was joined by his wife, Professor Mary Lafer, who is a Professor of Greek at the University of Sao Paulo. Professor Lafer is himself a Professor of Law at the same university.

The delegation was hosted by Dr Juliette Hussey, Vice President of Global Relations; Professor Mauro Ferreira, Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning of the School of Physics; Ms Aisling Hume Science Foundation Ireland coordinator for Trinity College; the Dean of Research, Professor Vinny Cahill; and members of the Global Relations team.

The visit to Trinity comes as part of the first annual Brazil-Ireland Science Week, which is coordinated by Research Brazil Ireland, and Science Foundation Ireland. During Brazil-Ireland Science Week Brazilian research delegates will meet with their Irish counterparts during the three-day conference, entitled “Collaborative Research for a Better Future” in an effort to strengthen research ties between the two nations.

Ireland is recognised as a world-class location for research, development and innovation with a proven track record of aligning activity to the current and emerging needs of industry. Brazil is an emerging economy with the ambition, capacity and resources to become a world leader in high-level scientific research.   Both countries have a well-established and respected profile amongst the global science community and are increasingly focused on looking outwards and internationalising their research activities. 

The Lafers’ visit to the historic Trinity College campus included meetings with specific departments, a tour of campus, and a trip to the Old Library and Book of Kells. All delegates attending the Brazil-Ireland Science Week have been invited to a day of activities on Trinity’s campus on Thursday 26 February as part of the conference programme.

 Details of the conference programme are available online.