Nomeada para o Comitê Científico do Programa de Ciências Básicas da UNESCO

Fui recentemente nomeada para o “Board” do Comitê da UNESCO IBSP – International Basic Sciences Program – e participo dias 27 e 28/11 da sua reunião na sede da UNESCO em Paris para discutir ações para promover a ciência básica como uma alavanca para o desenvolvimento humano.

Textos extraídos do livro de apresentação do IBSP: (1) O papel da ciência básica

The Basic Sciences, namely Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology and their application, are the tools for elucidating our world and the laws that govern it, and are therefore public assets of humanity. They also underwrite technological advances. Today, the need for science-based sustainable development is greater than it has ever been before. An important example of this is taking scientific approaches in developing solutions to the challenges that humanity faces in relation to the environment, health, food, energy, climate, water, and other natural resources.

(2) Desafios atuais no mundo: 

UNESCO Science Reports indicates that large regions of the world, such as Africa, South and Central Asia, South America and the Middle East, produces only about 15- 20% of global scientific knowledge combined (articles, patents). The number of researchers trained or working on the African continent, for example, is relatively low: Africa counts an average 90 scientists per million people, while Brazil counts 660, and the world average is more than a thousand per million inhabitants.

Third announcement of IAU Symposium 359 – Register by December 10!

This is the third announcement of the IAU Symposium 359 – Galaxy Evolution and Feedback across Different Environments (GALFEED) to take place between March 2 and 6, 2020 at the Dall’Onder hotel, in the town of Bento Gonçalves, south of Brazil.

An important deadline is coming:  December 10 is the deadline for general registration and abstract submission as well as the payment of the early registration fee (250 EUR).

The payment of the registration fee can be done through money transfer or using a credit card via Paypal; see instructions in the Symposium homepage.

Goal of the IAU Symposium 359 – GALFEED: Bring together the Galaxy Evolution and AGN communities in order to advance our understanding of the interplay between these processes via observations and models across different environments and cosmic time.

Extra-science attractions:  The town of Bento Gonçalves is located at the center of the wine county in the south of Brazil, home of prize-winning wineries and of a beautiful countryside, that can be explored via hiking, biking and picturesque tram rides.

VISA: There is no need of VISA to enter Brazil (only a valid passport) for citizens of the following countries: United States, Canada, countries of Europe, Australia, Japan and most countries of Latin America. If you are in doubt if your nationality requires a VISA to enter Brazil, please consult the official  list from the Brazilian government .

More details on the “IAU SYMP. 359 – GALFEED” can be found via the: homepage: and  e-mail contact:

Hoping to welcome you at our Symposium,

Thaisa Storchi Bergmann & Rogério Riffel (In the name of the SOC and LOC)