Identify future trends, opportunities and barriers for cooperation in research and innovation (R&I) between Brazil and the European Union (EU).
This was the goal of the INCOBRA "Strategic Foresight Workshop (SFW)" which brought together more than 40 Brazilian and European experts from the public and private sectors on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th November in Campinas (State of Sao Paulo, Brazil).
The SFW was built on a set of plenaries and working group sessions, and inputs for the discussions were based on a synthesis of foresights studies carried out in Brazil and Europe, a bibliographical analysis of co-publications and co-patents, and the contributions obtained through INCOBRA public consultation.
The afternoon of November, 17th was dedicated to plenary sessions. The goal was to provide general information on the analysis conducted by the INCOBRA team and prepare participants for the following discussions on emerging topics for R&I collaboration projects in the following six priority areas: Bioeconomy; Energy; Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Marie Science; Nanotechnology; ICT and Grand Challenges.
During the second day, experts from Brazil and Europe were divided into six thematic groups and were asked to identify specific topics of mutual interest for collaboration between Europe and Brazil within each priority area. After meeting for more than four hours, each group listed up to 12 topics which will be brought to the attention of a second group of experts that will gather in Frankfurt for a second SFW.
According to Dr. Nicolas Vonortas, associate professor at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), "The workshop was fundamental to move forward. We aimed to understand which the opportunities for Europe and Brazil collaboration are. We hope that from the information gathered in Campinas a road map will be elaborated in the future. The idea is to contribute to the policy dialogue on R&I between Brazil and the EU".
According to Leandro Berti, Executive Secretary of the Arrangement for Promotion of Innovation in Nanotechnology (API.NANO), one of the experts who took part into the SFW, the event was an opportunity to exchange information and, in particular, to discuss strategic issues.
"In the case of nanotechnology, two topics defined as fundamental to both sides were Nanosecurity and Regulation, which are issues that need to be better discussed. They cover the whole industry", Berti said.
In January 2017, INCOBRA will organise a complementary workshop in Frankfurt, Germany. In this event, Europeans will have the opportunity to discuss the same thematic areas more broadly. If interested in this second SFW, please contact Chiara.Davalli@ebn.eu
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