Lyon hosts the official launch of the first FAPESP WEEK in France

From November 21, 2019 to November 22, 2019

Alliance Brazil

The FAPESP Week, organized jointly by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the Université de Lyon, was officially launched in Lyon on November 21 and 22, 2019. This two-day symposium is a testimony to the site's scientific potential, as well as the importance the alliance between the Université de Lyon and the State of São Paulo.

The FAPESP Week’s symposium brought together the Brazilian presidency of the FAPESP (São Paulo State Research Support Foundation), decision-makers from the University of São Paulo (USP), the Campinas State University (UNICAMP) and the Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP), and scientists from the Université de Lyon’s member institutions to discuss matters of joint interest. The main aim of this event was to strengthen major international collaborations.

Jacques Comby, President of the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 and Vice-president for the Université de Lyon’s international strategy, highlighted the long-standing research collaborations and the friendship that has developed between São Paulo and Lyon. These are reflected in the first FAPESP WEEK held in France and its launch in Lyon. The President of the FAPESP, Marco Antonio Zago, highlighted the increasing number of student and researcher exchanges, as well as the joint diplomacy that has long been supported by the FAPESP's Administrative Director, Fernando Menezes.

The technical sessions were an opportunity for French and Brazilian researchers and research lecturers to discuss the scientific issues concerning Machine Learning and Data Science, Photonics, Philosophy, Urban Issues, Atmosphere and Health Issues, and Micro-be-have (the behavior of micro-organisms).

The institutional presentations provided clear insights into the partners' expectations and objectives, as well as the international collaboration strategy, with presentations given by IDEXLYON, the Lyon and Saint-Étienne sites, and the FAPESP.

The symposium was concluded with a lecture given by Professor Paulo Artaxo of the University of São Paulo's Institute of Physics, entitled “Amazon and Climate Research”.

The outlook is promising for both the natural and experimental sciences, as well as the Social Sciences, with new collaborative projects expected to be launched between the Lyon Saint-Étienne site and the State of São Paulo in the near future.

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