4th Brazilian-German Frontiers of Science and Technology Symposium 2013

September 12 – 15, 2013
Potsdam, Germany

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.

CAPES activities can be clustered in the following lines of action, each one carried out by a structured set of programs:
  • Assessment and accreditation of Master and Doctoral courses in all fields of study. This is done through a process of analysis of proposal for the opening of professional Master, Master of Arts, MSc and PhD courses and also through triennial evaluations of those courses already in place. The courses are ranked according to their quality and the recommended ones will then formally accredited by the National Council for Education.
  • Scholarship Awards for undergraduate and graduate studies and post-doctoral activities in Brazil and abroad. CAPES has granted over 140,000 scholarships yearly in several types of grants, such as for Master and full PhD to be done in Brazilian universities and in the best universities worldwide.
  • Financial grants to graduate courses. CAPES provides resources to graduate courses in order to foster projects regarded as strategic fields for the development of knowledge such as Engineering, National Defense, Nanobiotechnology, Oceanography and Marine Sciences, Medical Research, Morphology, Gender Studies (with emphasis in studies on violence against women), Educational themes (including Special Needs issues), Bio-energy and Bio-fuels, among others.
  • International cooperation agreements. Through institutional partnerships based on the principle of equitable funding, CAPES has developed an impressive network of international partners that include governmental agencies, consortia of universities and research centres. The main objective is to promote mobility of Brazilian students, docents, scientists and researchers to the main international centres of research and to foster the visit of experts and scientists to Brazilian institutions as well.
  • Virtual library (through internet access to scientific journals). In the year of 2000, CAPES started subscribing the main world databases, scientific journals and research publications offered online. Today, the service named Portal de Periódicos-CAPES allows access to more than 32,000 international journals, 140 databases and several thousand books. In practice, CAPES acquired a crucial role in providing free access to up-to-date scientific publications for all public and private universities that have high quality graduate courses and research centres. This initiative has changed the local scenario of scientific research and publications within Brazil. As a result, students, researchers and scientists have access to the same up-to-date literature as their peers in the best universities in the world.
  • Teacher training for basic education. In order to improve the quality of teaching in basic and secondary education in public schools, CAPES funds teacher training programs providing scholarships for professional development and to attract undergraduate students to the teaching career. CAPES also provides opportunities to study abroad for students in the educational fields as well as for Brazilian teachers of English as a foreign language.
  • The Open University of Brazil (UAB) complies of a network of public universities offering undergraduate courses and professional training through distance education courses to those without access to conventional study opportunities. Priority is given to teachers, school directors, managers and employees already working within the field of basic education. UAB also aims at fostering digital inclusion for Brazilian citizens who live in remote regions.
Another relevant aspect of CAPES’ work is the management of “Ciencia sem Fronteiras”, a bold national program to finance up to 100,000 scholarships abroad until 2015 in order to build up a highly qualified workforce in science, technology and innovation. To cope with this mission, CAPES budget reached an amount of two billion US$ in the year 2012.

Find out more about CAPES on the website: http://www.capes.gov.br
Access to the chart of services via www.capes.gov.br/cartadeservicos

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany. To this end it grants more than 700 research fellowships and research awards annually. These allow foreign scientists and scholars to conduct a research stay in Germany and to collaborate closely with their hosts and partners. Scientists or scholars from Germany can carry out a research project abroad as a guest of one of well over 26,000 Humboldt Foundation alumni around the globe – the Humboldtians. Nowadays the foundation’s network embraces scientists and scholars from all disciplines in more than 130 countries - including 49 Nobel Prize winners.
Each year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants

  • 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;
  • Georg Forster Research Fellowships to postdoctoral and experienced researchers from emerging and developing countries;
  • Humboldt Research Awards to internationally recognized foreign scholars and scientists (nominations by German scholars/scientists);
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards to outstanding scholars and scientists from abroad who have completed their doctorates less than eighteen years ago;
  • 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 twelve years ago (experienced researchers), enabling them to spend periods of research abroad;
  • 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);
  • Max Planck Research Awards to highly-qualified German and foreign scholars and scientists for international cooperation;
  • German Chancellor Fellowships for prospective leaders from Brazil, China, India, Russia and the USA which are engaged in a broad range of areas such as politics, economics, the media, administration and culture;
  • additional research fellowships in special programs; for example, Anneliese Maier Research Awards (by nomination) for researchers from the fields of the humanities and social sciences, and Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards for scientists and scholars who completed their doctorates with distinction less than six years ago.

This program is financed by the:

Frontiers of Research Symposia

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