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Brazilian EULAC-FOCUS project workshop

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The EULAC FOCUS Project workshop: “Brazil in the context of EU-CELAC relations” took place at IRI-USP Institute of International Relations of the University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil on 23 November 2017.

The main goals of the workshop were:

  • to present and disseminate to the Brazilian academic community the EULAC FOCUS Project and its current results
  • to analyse Brazil’s position in terms of institutionalised relationship in the political and legal context between EU and CELAC (and its LAC precursors).
  • to present the Brazilian vision and participation in the cultural, scientific, social relations and in the economic partnership developed between EU and LAC in the last decades.
  • to present researches developed inside the EU-LAC cooperation, with Brazilian participation, and its results.
  • to present the cooperation between the two regions in Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, with Brazilian participation.

Speakers emphasized the importance of an event discussing EU-CELAC relations as a great opportunity to explore possibilities for knowledge and research collaboration between the two regions.

It is within this context that Ms Barbara Göbel of IAI, leader of WP2 transectrial pathways of EULAC-FOCUS presented the project to the workshop participants, explaining that the project goes beyond classical relation between universities, bridging universities with institutions such as Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnologia y Innovación Productiva (MINCYT) from Argentina, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Zentrum fur Soziale Innovation (ZSI) from Austria, bringing networks of universities which creates a poli-logic experience. Projects looking at EU-CELAC relations usually analyse the Science Policies between the regions from an economic point of view. EULAC-FOCUS is set apart by focusing on three dimensions: scientific, cultural (which is very fragmented and less developed) and social (as an example, migration).

Presentations were also made by:

  • Prof. Paulo Roberto Feldmann, FEA USP (Faculty of Economics and Administration of the University of São Paul) and Fudan Latin America University Consortium on “Central Europe and Latin America: two very similar regions that should complement more”
  • Dr.Paulo Siqueira,CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) on “the Potentials and challenges of EU-CELAC relation on R&I”

After round table discussions focussing on the importance of internationalisation and where the focus of current efforts from the EU lie, the workshop finished with reflections on how EU and CELAC can improve collaboration and participants pointed out that the discussions presented in the event were very important to disseminate crucial knowledge to widen collaboration.

Video recording of the workshop can be found on the project Youtube page on: https://youtu.be/ITBtR5YC6dA. The full report can be downloaded here. Photos of the event can be viewed on the project Instagram page on: https://www.instagram.com/eulac_focus/

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