In the extensive agenda of the BRICS Summit, science, technology & innovation (CTI) issues are gaining momentum through various cooperation initiatives among the group’s nations. From joint research to market expansion for startups, the projects developed in recent years open opportunities for academics, enabling them to advance in countries’ innovation systems.
Brics is the name of the economic group of countries considered “emerging”, currently formed by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
To organize research cooperation activities, working groups were created covering various topics, such as prevention and monitoring of natural disasters; new and renewable energy and energy efficiency; materials science and nanotechnology; information and communication technologies; and high performance computing.
Other topics included in joint knowledge production programs are astronomy; biotechnology and biomedicine; ocean and pole related science and technology; geospatial technology and its applications; and photonics. The groups meet once a year, but keep talking and developing joint work.
One of the actions was the launch of joint project calls conducted by universities from different countries in the group. Since 2016, 91 projects have been selected from 1,100 submissions, involving 3,400 researchers. The research deadline is 2020, when its results will be evaluated and a new cycle will begin.
In the area of ocean sciences, the dialogue has already resulted in joint cruises with representatives from different countries. A nation that would make a trip makes room for researchers from other locations in the group.
Source: Brazil Agency – EBC
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