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FAPESP and JSPS organize Japan-Brazil Symposium

The March 15-16, 2013 conference promotes international research collaboration between scientists in the state of So Paulo and in Japan through discussions on research in strategic areas

A symposium jointly organized by the So Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) will be held at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, March 15-16, 2013. Scientists from Japan and Brazil will come together to discuss scientific advances the two countries have made in the areas of Culture and Society, Economics and Development, Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation, and Medicine and Pharmacology. The event is supported by the Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo.

Held within the context of FAPESP's 50th anniversary celebration, the schedule for the Japan-Brazil Symposium on Research Collaboration includes talks by researchers from educational and research institutions from the state of So Paulo and Japan. The objective is to promote the cooperation of scientists from the two countries on future research projects.

FAPESP president Celso Lafer points out that the Foundation has presented scientific conferences in several countries together with universities and local scientific institutions as part of its strategy to increase collaboration between researchers from So Paulo and the rest of the world. He goes on to say that, "Japan is one of the countries that FAPESP sees as a priority due to the proven excellence of its scientific institutions and the significant impact its researchers have had on scientific and technological production."

All sessions at the Japan-Brazil Symposium will address research topics of interest to both countries. On March 15, researchers will discuss immigration in the Amazon region, the Japanese cultural representation in Brazil, the requirements for agribusiness development and sustainability, the monitoring and conservation of biodiversity, agro-forestry systems for sustainable rural development in Brazil, and research on biofuel production, among other topics.

On March 16, the program will present researchers' findings on obesity, Chagas disease, the diagnosis of viral diseases, and the development of vaccines against malaria and factors associated with its emergence.

The full program is available at:

Exhibit on biodiversity

One of the activities slated for the Japan-Brazil Symposium will be the March 14 opening of the 'Brazilian Nature' exhibit in the Espao Cultural at the Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. Result of a partnership between FAPESP and the Berlin Botanical Museum, the exhibit displays the documentation of German botanist Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius (1794-1868) in his work Flora brasiliensis, which, 172 years after its first publication, still stands as the most complete survey of Brazilian flora ever made.

The botanist's work also led to the project Flora Brasiliensis On-line and Revisted' that includes an updated nomenclature of von Martius' original work along with recent information and illustrations of species described after the initial publication. The exhibit also presents a comparison of the 19th century drawings and current photographs of plants and biomes, and depicts some of the findings of research performed under the scope of the project 'Phanerogamic Flora of the state of So Paulo' and the BIOTA-FAPESP program on biodiversity, which for 13 years has conducted research for the description, conservation, recovery and sustainable use of the biodiversity.

Conceived on the basis of data obtained through these three projects sponsored by FAPESP, the exhibit features 37 panels with reproductions of prints and illustrations along with explanatory text. The sample that will travel to Tokyo has already been viewed in Madrid and Salamanca (Spain), Berlin, Bremen, Leipzig, Heidelberg and Eichsttt (Germany), Toronto (Canada), and Washington, DC, Columbus, Cambridge and Morgantown (United States).


Contact: Fernando Cunha
Fundao de Amparo Pesquisa do Estado de So Paulo

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