Topic of high relevance: Neglected Diseases
- Strategic partnership wwu.usp supports Workshop and Summer School in Ribeirão Preto
From September 11th to September 15th, 2017 PhD students from both universities, WWU and USP, attended a Summer School at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at USP Ribeirão Preto. It is titled “Science beyond the borders: actions against neglected diseases". Professors from USP and WWU held lectures on various interdisciplinary research field related to neglected tropical diseases.
The Summer School was combined with a workshop, headed by Prof. Dr. T.J. Schmidt (Coordinator of the WWU.USP Neglected Diseases project on the WWU side). Group leaders from WWU’s Faculty of Chemistry met colleagues of USP in order to further develop a joint coordinated research proposal.
The vice-rector of the USP Prof. Dr. V. Agopyan and the Director of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Prof. Dr. Maria V.L.B. Bentley, officially opened the meetings with a public ceremony. Prof. Vahan Agopyan emphasized the importance of the cooperation agreement between USP and WWU, which is not simply a "piece of paper". Among the 300 USP-agreements with universities all over the word, WWU belongs to the most active ones and is considered as one of few genuine strategic partners. Subsequently, the German Honorary Consul in Ribeirão Preto underlined the significance of activities, such as the DAAD funded project ‘wwu.usp’ for academic research and education. Finally, Prof. M. da Silva Baptista and Dr. R. Schuch presented further ongoing activities of the wwu.usp project.
The opening ceremony was completed by the representative of the DAAD at the German Center of Science and Innovation Ana Backhausen who presented the objectives of the Program ‘Strategic Partnerships and Thematic Networks’ and gave an overview on the funding opportunities of DAAD.
The scientific workshop then started with talks of the representatives of DFG Katrin Winkler and FAPESP Luis N. Oliveira, followed by a round table discussion on financial support facilities with specific regard to the cooperation agreement of DFG and FAPESP.
The event was organized in a very efficient and successful manner by Prof. Dr. Ferando B. Da Costa, who is known at WWU as the previous first holder of the Brazil chair professorship at WWU’s institute of Pharmaceutical Biology and Phytochemistry and who is the Brazilian coordinator of the WWU.USP Neglected Diseases project.
GLOBO, a Brazilian TV station, broadcasted a report on the Summer School. Please open at: