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A science popularization event is being held across the country this week

A science popularization event is being held across the country this week

The 20th session of the National Science and Technology Week (SNCT 2023) was officially opened on Tuesday (17) in Brasilia, to celebrate It was attended by representatives of federal government agencies, researchers, artists and teachers, led by students from federal institutes of higher and technical education, coming from various parts of the country to present their experiences in the scientific exhibition prepared exclusively for Memorial Week.

In 2023, the theme of the event, promoted by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), will be Basic Science for Sustainable Development, with a focus on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) stipulated by the United Nations, in an agenda that countries must achieve by 2030.

The event takes place across Brazil, from October 14 to 22. The goal is to spread science among Brazilians.

Opening of the week

Sisters Beatrice and Isabella Tuasa, aged 13 and 12 respectively, who make up the duo the great explosionThe one from São Paulo opened the twentieth edition of the event in Brasilia with the title of the youngest scientist in the country. They mentioned two Brazilian figures who inspired their contributions to the world: Santos Dumont, the father of aviation; and Bahia scientist Jacqueline Joyce de Jesus, who mapped the genome of the new coronavirus.

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Luciana Santos, emphasized that the event aims to bring people closer to science and awaken interest in the subject since childhood. “Science is not something far away from us, and it is not something complicated. Science is in everything and it exists to find answers to the problems of our time and, above all, to care for people. We do not want science to be the preserve of a few and limited to universities and research institutions.”

Science has the role of a tool for generating value through innovation, wealth and solutions to the challenges of social inclusion and improving the quality of life of our people.

Environment and Climate Change Minister Marina Silva spoke about overcoming the denialist viewpoint against scientifically proven evidence. A denialist worldview is a great economic, social, cultural and humanitarian loss.

Brasilia (DF), 10/17/2023 - Minister of the Environment, Marina Silva, during the opening ceremony of the 20th National Week of Science and Technology (SNCT) and the 3rd National Week of Vocational and Technological Education at the Ulysses Guimarães Convention Centre.  Photo: Marcelo Camargo/Agence Brasil

Marina Silva says Brazil has overcome a view that denied science Marcelo Camargo/Brazil Agency

Vice-Chair of the Federal Chamber’s Science, Technology and Innovation Committee, Rep. Dayana Santos (PCdoB-RS), highlighted the need to expand black women’s access to science and research. “The true democratization of these spaces speaks, specifically, to the social and economic development of our country.”

Health Minister Nicia Trindade acknowledged that students have always been the soul of the annual Science and Technology Week. The minister, who was president of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), an educational and research institution, stressed that the struggle for the recognition of science must continue. “Every day, we see that science cannot be in an ivory tower.”

In a speech, the Minister of Education, Camilo Santana, noted that President Lula’s third government had invested in accommodating youth access to science and technology, and that scholarships for researchers had been adjusted during this administration. “A country is sovereign, strong, independent and just only if it invests in education, science and technology for its people and its nation. This President has therefore presented to all of us, the ministers, the challenge of rebuilding this country.

In addition, Communications Minister Juscelino Filho noted that the government valued science and invested in it in various sectors, such as health, education and the environment. However, the authority stated that there is no scientific research without communication and digital inclusion. The department that he will head will be a partner in supporting educational institutions. “That we can make connectivity a reality in Brazilian public schools. Within federal institutes, it can serve students; also in universities. That we can make the Brazilian Amazon a center for biotechnology and biobusiness.”


Brasilia (DF), 10/17/2023 - Minister of Health, Nicia Trindade, during the opening ceremony of the 20th National Week of Science and Technology (SNCT) and the 3rd National Week of Vocational and Technological Education at the Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center.  Photo: Marcelo Camargo/Agence Brasil

Nicia Trinidad spoke about National Vaccination Day – Marcelo Camargo/Brazil Agency

The Ministry of Health highlighted in the scientific exhibition of the twentieth National Science and Technology Week the importance of vaccination. In an interview with Brazil AgencyNicia Trinidad spoke about National Vaccination Day, which is celebrated on October 17. “Our message today is directed, above all, to families, so that we can protect children and adolescents. This is science, this is awareness, this is education, and above all, it is the protection of life. Vaccines save lives, they are safe, and they are the great tool that Life expectancy has increased worldwide.


The science fair of the 20th National Science and Technology Week, in Brasilia, continues until Sunday (22), at the Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center, in the South Pavilion. Entrance is free, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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For those who want to know what SNCT 2023 events are scheduled for other cities, just access the website MCTI website Download the complete national program.