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Swedish research useful to Brazilian society, presented by Lund University in São Paulo on 5 Dec. 2012
Date:11/27/2012

Upon the visit of our research delegation, Lund University and His Excellency the Ambassador of Sweden to Brazil, Mr Magnus Robach, hereby cordially invite you to a seminar dedicated to Swedish research on 5 December 2012 in So Paulo.

We are honoured to visit Brazil and present the latest research from Lund University. We hope for a fruitful exchange amongst researchers, the general public, decision makers, corporate organisations, as well as former and future students of Lund University and reserachers, professors and students from universities in Brazil.

5 December 2012

13:30 - 18:00 followed by mingle

Maksoud Plaza Hotel, Alameda Campinas, 150, Bela Vista - So Paulo

Agenda

13:30 Welcome

His Excellency the Ambassador of Sweden to Brazil, Mr Magnus Robach, opens the seminar and greets welcome.

13:50 Presentation of Sweden and Lund University

14:15 Biologically active secondary metabolites

Professor of Chemistry and the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Olov Sterner, will present research on biologically active natural products. These are traditional starting points for the development of drug candidates, and a few examples of how his research group has developed plant and fungal metabolites so potentially useful compounds will be given. The projects involve natural product chemistry, organic synthesis and computational chemistry, as well as collaborations with biologists in order to characterize the biological activities.

14:45 Possibilities and challenges in a future bio-economy

Ph.D Anna Ekman will in this presentation discuss two major topics; the first one relates to bio-based chemicals and whether these always are better for the environment than conventional chemicals based on fossil raw materials. The second topic relates to how the bio refineries in which the bio-based chemicals are produced can be integrated with the infrastructure and in the society.

15:15 Coffee break

15:30 Packaging logistics for sustainable development

Jose Alcides Gobbo, Associate Professor at So Paulo State University and Visiting Professor at Packaging Logistics Lund University, will present the importance of regarding packaging and logistics as integrated systems in order to contribute to sustainable development and thus a sustainable society.

16:00 Urban transport policies, examples from the European Arena

Associate Professor, Lena Hiselius, will in this presentation discuss public transport, mobility management, and traffic planning as well as transport politics from a Swedish and European perspective. The presentation will have a focus on the implementation of car reducing measures and how these measures are perceived by the public. The National Public Transport center in Sweden (located in Lund) will also be presented.

16:30 Climate-conscious urban design in different climates

Erik Johansson from the Dept. of Architecture and Built Environment will in this presentation discuss how urban design and vegetation can be used in order to achieve a more comfortable microclimate. Examples will be shown from Brazil, Ecuador and Sweden.

17:00 Bacia do Rio Grande: A suggestion for river management to avoid "apages" and the impact of the expansion of sugar-cane plantation

Professor Cintia Bertacchi Uvo, whom originates from So Paulo herself, will present two of her research topics closely related to the Brazilian reality. The first is the performance of long-term hydrological forecast for some of the major Brazilian river basins. Such a forecast is of key importance for the management of hydro power production for avoiding "apages". The second topic is related to the impact of the expansion of sugar-cane plantations on the Rio Grande basin. How the expansion has happened, and what would be the impact for the hydrology in case the plantation scenario suggested by EMBRAPA is implemented.

17:30 MAX IV Laboratory -the world's most brilliant synchrotron radiation source

Yngve Cerenius, Project Coordinator and Industrial Liaison Officer at the MAX IV Laboratory. Two state of the art large scale multi-science research facilities will in Lund form a new hub in northern Europe for advanced photon- and neutron based research within a broad spectrum of disciplines including materials science, life science and structural biology, nano-science and technology, condensed matter physics, chemistry, energy technology, geology, and environmental sciences. When MAX IV will go into operation in 2016, it be the world's most brilliant synchrotron radiation source. Towards the end of this decade the neighbouring European Spallation Source will be the world's leading facility for research using neutrons.

18:00 Mingle

Enjoy drinks and some light food while also having the chance to mingle with both old and new friends and contacts.

RSVP is required. Space is limited. Please RSVP through the web site.

The event is free of charge.

No dress code. Casual or business casual attire is O.K.


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Contact: Helga Ekdahl Heun
helga.ekdahl_heun@er.lu.se
46-722-443-636
Lund University
Source:Eurekalert

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