3rd Brazilian-German Frontiers of Science and Technology Symposium 2012

November 8 – 12, 2012
Brasília, Brazil

The Brazilian-German Frontiers of Science and Technology Symposia (BRAGFOST) are a series of interdisciplinary binational conferences which are co-organized by the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. They bring together approximately 60 outstanding young postdoctoral engineers and natural scientists from a wide range of disciplines (30 each from Germany and Brazil). The conference format allows for the exchange of ideas across disciplinary as well as national boundaries and, at the same time, provides opportunities for future binational collaborations and networking. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will support such collaborations between German and Brazilian participants with its special follow-up program "CONNECT". Conferences take place once a year alternately in Brazil and in Germany. Funding on the German side is provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES)

CAPES is a public foundation of the Ministry of Education (MEC) established in 1951 as the agency responsible for the recognition, evaluation and promotion of graduate studies in Brazil. CAPES is also an important agency for the development of science, technology and innovation in the country.

Its main goals are:
  • Assessment of Courses, Promotion and Evaluation of the entire Graduate System of Education in Brazil;
  • Promote the development of education at all levels, from primary school to graduate studies;
  • Promote the development of science, technology and innovation in the country, linked to graduate courses.
CAPES' main actions:
  • Graduate Scholarship in the country and abroad: 42,000 grants in the country and 4,215 abroad, in 2008;
  • Institutional grants for graduate programs;
  • Support and Evaluation 4.184 graduate study programs (2,750 Master´s and 1,434 Ph.D. degrees), covering all fields of knowledge;
  • International Cooperation through joint research projects and university partnerships;
  • Provide access to scientific production (virtual library);
  • Teachers training programs for elementary and secondary education (new mission).
The objectives and goals of the International Cooperation are:
  • To support Brazilian research groups mainly through international exchange programs, searching graduate studies excellence in the country;
  • To develop Brazilian graduate studies in the world context;
  • In 2008, 4,215 scholarships were granted in 42 countries, covering the following modalities:
    - Doctoral Programs;
    - Post-Doctoral;
    - Ph. D. “Sandwich”; and
    - Undergraduate “Sandwich”.
  • Special Programs of scholarships for students from Africa and Latin America;
  • Joint Research Projects with Germany, France, the United States, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Cuba, Uruguay and the Netherlands: 559 projects in 2008;
  • Partner University: Germany, France, United States and Argentina: 180 projects in 2008.

Website: http://www.capes.gov.br

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, originally established in 1860 in memory of the eminent scientist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), devoted itself until 1923 to sponsoring research travel abroad by German scholars. A new Alexander von Humboldt Foundation was established by the German Reich in 1925. Its main purpose was now to support foreign students and later academics and doctoral candidates during their stay in Germany. In 1945, the Foundation ceased functioning. Today’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation was established by the Federal Republic of Germany on 10 December 1953 as an independent foundation with headquarters in Bonn. Since then the Foundation has sponsored more than 25,000 scholars and scientists from all disciplines. It has been maintaining a network of Humboldtians from 130 countries worldwide - including 48 Nobel Laureates.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation annually enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. Each year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants

  • approximately 600 Humboldt Research Fellowships to highly qualified foreign scholars and scientists, who have either completed their doctorates in the last four years (postdoctoral researchers) or less than twelve years ago (experienced researchers), enabling them to undertake long-term periods of research in Germany;
  • approximately 60 Georg Forster Research Fellowships to postdoctoral and experienced researchers from emerging and developing countries;
  • up to 100 Humboldt Research Awards to internationally recognized foreign scholars and scientists (who are nominated by recognized German scholars/scientists);
  • up to 25 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards to outstanding scholars and scientists from abroad who have completed their doctorates less than 18 years ago;
  • up to 150 Feodor Lynen Research Fellowships to highly qualified German scholars and scientists, who have either completed their doctorates in the last four years (postdoctoral researchers) or less than 12 years ago (experienced researchers), enabling them to spend periods of research abroad;
  • up to 10 Alexander von Humboldt Professorships to top-rank researchers of all disciplines working abroad who are eligible to be appointed to full professorships in Germany to carry out ground-breaking and long-term research (nominations by German Universities);
  • 2 Max Planck Research Awards to highly-qualified German and foreign scholars and scientists for international cooperation;
  • up to 20 International Climate Protection Fellowships for prospective leaders from non-European emerging and developing countries who are engaged in the field of climate protection and resource conservation in academia, business and administration;
  • additional research fellowships in special programs.

This program is financed by the:

Frontiers of Research Symposia

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