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Science is the most relevant topic in times of pandemic

Science is the most relevant topic in times of pandemic

There hasn’t been as much talk of science as there has been in this period of the pandemic. From those who are grateful and appreciative of the work of scientists to those who prefer to deny or question its value, one thing is certain: it is on people’s lips. In the fight against the epidemic, Brazil has shown a repertoire that is growing only in quantity and quality. This is beginning to be reflected in the actions companies, governments and universities are taking to make knowledge more accessible and, at the same time, less vulnerable to waves of fake news.

Brazilians’ confidence in science and scientists increased from 87% to 91% during the country’s first year of the pandemic, reveals the annual State of Science Index study, conducted by 3M in 17 countries between February and March 2021. In the survey, 93% of Brazilians (vs. 91%) realized globally) that scientists are important to the future well-being of the population. As a result of this pro-science wave, 78% of Brazilians say they believe that during the pandemic, scientists and doctors have inspired new generations to pursue a science-based career.

Illum, School of Science

A curious young man with a genuine interest in science is the intended student profile of Ilum – Escola de Ciências, which opens the selection process in November to fill a projected 40 places in her first class. Located in the Santa Candida region, in Campinas, in February 2022, the free Bachelor’s course in Science, Technology and Innovation begins, and lasts for three years full-time.

The course will be free to the student and vacancies will be selected based on the sprint result, a letter of intent written by the candidate and an interview. Teachers are hired and will be trained to assist future students in their intended immersion in the environment of research and technological innovation. The curriculum includes subjects such as Mathematical Languages, Life Sciences, Materials Science, Humanities, and Entrepreneurship.

“The project’s mission is to educate citizens and professionals aware of global scientific, technological and economic challenges, ready to be champions of necessary transformations such as clean energy, agricultural production, sustainability, health, pharmaceuticals, materials, and strategic minerals, among others,” explains Adalberto Fazzio, Director Ilum and one of the project’s creators.

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The initiative to create Ilum belongs to the National Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM), which is linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Not-for-profit and funded by the Ministry of Education (MEC), the unit is announced as a university school established to train professionals in areas that require a solid scientific and technological base.

The school is being implemented on the same site as, in 1987, the team that developed the first synchrotron light source in the Southern Hemisphere and later hosted the Business Incubator (Ciatec). Between 2019 and 2020, the building was renovated and adapted to Ilum’s pedagogical proposal. Rua Lauro Vanucci – 1020, Santa Candida Province.

world pastor

They say August is mad dog month, usually the period of rabies vaccination campaigns in dogs and cats. So it is worth noting that it was the French scientist Louis Pasteur who invented the first rabies vaccine in 1885. The immunizing agent is just one of the world’s many contributions to modern life. Its history, discoveries and curiosities are collected in the Gallery Pasteur, the Scientist, which is free to visit in Sesc-Campinas, where it runs until December.

Anyone who attends the exhibition will also see a large painting detailing in a playful way his discoveries, which are closely related to people’s daily lives. Such as pasteurization of milk, wine fermentation, vaccines and various developments for the benefit of industry, medicine and agriculture. Visit from Tuesday to Saturday, free entry, with prior appointment at:

Knowledge and hope

To celebrate science and show that it is the solution to the world’s greatest challenges, two companies from Sumaré (SP) – 3M and PPG – launched the Science is Hope initiative, which aims to bring art and thinking about science to the general public through an exhibition of art installations in Brazil, Colombia, Panama and Mexico. In São Paulo, three large paintings are on display at the Sé subway station in São Paulo until next 22 (Sunday), one of which was made by the artist from Campinas, Ruggero Pedro.

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Inspired by the mantra of science as a tool for hope for the future, the installations express the relationship between science, gender diversity, and sustainability, as well as the importance of careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The panels measure 4m x 2.2m and are installed in a structure close to the subway turnstiles. The exhibition is a vehicle for valorisation, with the transformative power of culture, the heroism and relevance of science, says Louise Seraphim, Brand and Communications Leader at 3M do Brasil.

The three works on display in São Paulo were designed and signed by artists Ruggero Pedro, of Campinas (SP) and Prie Barbosa and Felipe Borges, both from São Paulo. With works already on display in Brazil and around the world, Ruggiero studied plastic arts at PUC-Campinas where he met Lucien Moreira and together they set up a studio (estudiorolu) in the city. He chose to work on the board with the theme of sustainability and diversity, believing that they both go together. Her idea is to train and raise awareness to create a more prosperous and sustainable environment and reduce social impacts.

Brie Barbosa, a visual artist, muralist, and illustrator from São Paulo, introduced two women into a scene to study and investigate the work of Para Que Eu Cultiva and Que Me Cultivam, and suggested thinking of science as something collective and in homage to Graziela Barroso, a Brazilian naturalist and botanist. He says that science is where everyone is. On the other hand, artist Felipe Borges has been working on graffiti since 1998 and his art is heavily influenced by African traditions. In creating the painting, he represented, through an Afrofuturist theme, scientific figures to stimulate the imagination on new facts and search for black scholars who have left their mark on history. More details about the artists and their work at:

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Curious Physics

Friday is an eagerly awaited day, as it usually means relaxing and meeting friends. But it’s also a day to learn about physics, at least for the curious science enthusiast. But on the first Friday of the month, at 7 pm, Unicamp’s Glebe Wattagen Institute of Physics (IFGW) brings people interested in current scientific topics together and promotes lectures and discussions. Initially they were held in person, but currently the meetings are virtual through a zoom platform.

Science in a pandemic: how to navigate a sea of ​​misinformation, black hole physics, quantum entanglement, and global climate change. These are just some of the topics covered at the Institute’s monthly meetings, under the Physics for Curious programme. Since 2018, it aims to present current topics to the public, in open and free lectures, for scholarly publication and interaction with the general public. Follow the schedule through the IFGW social networks or through the website:

The program opened in 2018 with a discussion on science and pseudoscience, with Unicamp Dean Marcelo Noble. The public interest already indicated the importance of the topic and the demand for open spaces to discuss science with the community, which is the program proposal. Known and award-winning science publisher Knoble has taken advantage of the pandemic to organize his texts and recently launched his first book, A Ilusão da Lua, by Editora Contexto, addressing everyday life to show that science is around us all the time. When preparing roast meat for example: the skin becomes crunchy as it loses fluid, but the inside softens due to the degradation of collagen molecules. And so on…