CAPES - Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel

A cooperation agreement with the largest Brazilian funding agency CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior) has been in place since 2010. This was negotiated by the Brazil Centre in order to link WWU institutionally not only with universities but also with funding agencies in Brazil.

Within the framework of this cooperation, the so-called Brazil Chair ("Cátedra Brasil") was established at WWU. This guest chair for Brazilian academics is financed by CAPES and covers a period of six to 24 months. There are more than ten such guest chairs worldwide, including at the universities of Oxford, Harvard, Cambridge, Sorbonne, Bologna, Coimbra as well as Bonn and Tübingen. This guest professorship is linked to the Brazil Centre and is open to all disciplines. Interested faculties can apply in an internal WWU call for applications organized by the Brazil Centre.

The overall goal of the Brazil Chair is to intensify cooperation between researchers from WWU and Brazilian universities as well as to build and expand scientific Networks. In addition, the Brazil Chair is intended to create greater visibility for the achievements of outstanding Brazilian academics at the WWU and in Germany as a whole.

In the current call for applications (No.39/2022), the following two Brazil Chairs are available at WWU:

Visiting professorship starting in March/April 2023:
Topic: „Understanding the Tumor Environment as a Target in Cancer Therapy“
Institut für Physiologische Chemie und Pathobiochemie
Host Professor: Prof. Dr. Johannes Eble

Visiting professorship starting in September 2023:
Topic: „Smart Cities and Political Online Participation“
Institute of Political Sciences
Host Professor: Prof. Dr. Norbert Kersting

The current call for proposals provides funding for two CAPES Brazil Chairs with a 18-month visiting professorship at the WWU each. The selected researchers will be able to indicate one postdoctoral researcher and one doctoral student for a 6-12 month research stay.

You can find the news on CAPES Brazil Chair call in our "Funding opportunities" section.

Brazil Chair - Professors (2012-2019)

Prof. Dr. Marcos Wachowicz
Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Faculty of Law, Curitiba/Paraná

Research topic:
Blockchain and intelectual property right: legitimacy of smart contracts for personalized management of copyright in the information Society

Hosting institute:
WWU Institut für Informations-, Telekommunikations- und Medienrecht (ITM), Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren

12 months, 2018-2019

Homeapge M. Wachowicz

Guest Lectures at WWU:
June 4, 2018
July 12, 2018

Dr. Gilberto Câmara
National Institute for Space Research. (bras. Akronym: INPE), São José dos Campos/São Paulo

Research topic:
Data‐intensive Geoinformatics: using big geospatial data to address global change questions

Hosting institute:
Institute for Geoinformatics,  Prof. Dr. Edzer Pebesma

 2 years, 2013-2015

Homepage G. Câmara

July 2013
December 2013

Prof. Dr. Fernando Batista da Costa
University of São Paulo, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirão Preto

Research Topic:
In silico‐tools to assess the bio‐and chemodiversity of Natural Products with respect to their potential as new lead compounds against Neglected Diseases

Hosting institute:
Institute for Pharmaceutical Biology and Phytochemistry, Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmidt

 8 months, 2012-2013

Homepage F. da Costa

September 2012
March 2013