Between 27-29 May 2014, the event “The London School and Brazil: Science and Collaboration” (“Brazil Day”) took place at LSHTM.
A popular question asked is: Why collaborate with Brazil?
Answer: “Because the Brazilian research output is growing 3 times faster than the world average, the funding for Biomedical research is larger than in the UK, and Brazil has an outstanding programme of internationalization”
The Science without Borders programme
In 2012, Brazil launched a federal government programme, Ciencia sem Fronteiras, “Science without Borders” aiming to promote consolidation, expansion and internationalization of Brazilian science, technology, innovation and competitiveness through international exchange and mobility in both directions. This includes visiting professors fellowships in both directions, `young talent` (post PhD) fellowships to work with established groups in Brazil from 1 to 3 years, PhD fellowships (full or sandwich) and undergraduate exchange grants. They aim to send 100 000 students and scientists to international institutions in 5 years. Since the start of the programme, LSHTM received 10 PhD students, 10 post docs and was awarded 2 Professores Visitante Especiais (in UFBa and FMG) and has recently offered places to 10 undergraduates to attend the MScs in Epidemiology, Demography and Health, and Reproductive Health Research.
Is LSHTM making the most of the possibilities for collaboration?
The School has recognized Brazil as one of the strategic countries for collaborations. The LSHTM received many post-graduate students from Brazil during the 1980s and 1990s, when Brazil made a strong investment in international training. Since then Brazil’s research capacity increased very fast, with expansion of post-graduate programmes, and expansion in research funding. LSHTM has an established presence in universities in Brazil where many of our alumni from the 1980s and 1990s are now research leaders. There is a shared vision of research excellence, equal partnerships and commitment to health equity; we are in a good position to establish new collaborative links. We recently signed Memorandum of Understanding with USP, UFBa, UFPE, UPE, and FIOCRUZ- Recife and FIOCRUZ-Salvador.