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Southern states identify 58 proposals for promoting and popularizing science

Southern states identify 58 proposals for promoting and popularizing science

With the participation of the scientific community, the productive sector and public bodies, the states of Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina highlighted 58 recommendations in support of the National Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy (ENCTI), for the period from 2024 to 2030. These proposals were discussed during the Fifth Southern Regional Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation, Which was held on April 25 and 26 in Curitiba.

This year, the regional event was organized by the Government of Paraná, through the Secretariat of Science, Technology and Higher Education (Seti), in partnership with the Secretariat of Innovation and Digital Transformation (SEI), and the Secretariats of Science, Technology and Higher Education. Innovation from Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina.

Among the most prominent proposals presented by the South Region is the development of an information management system with indicators and evaluation metrics on the characteristics and occupations of each state and small region in Brazil. The idea is to reduce regional differences, ensure continuity of professional talent in the country and improve the use of public resources.

Another recommendation from the countries that make up the region concerns investing in actions and projects aimed at popularizing science, in order to strengthen the scientific culture in Brazil. The proposal consists of giving priority to allocating resources to scientific publishing, through the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (FNDCT) and the State Funds for Science, Technology and Innovation. Participants also proposed creating tax incentives for programs and projects targeting scientific culture.

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According to the Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Aldo Bona, the listed proposals reflect demands that include the thematic themes of science, technology and innovation conferences. “It is necessary to note how the proposals are tangentially related to the thematic axes of the main STI conferences in Brazil and the world, so that it will be possible to identify the relevance and alignment of the new National Strategy for STI. Innovation with global trends in the scientific sector.”

It highlights the Paraná government's commitment to increasing investment in research. “In Paraná, we are committed to expanding the knowledge base to contribute to strengthening the capacity of Brazilian scientific research, thus reducing inequality in access to science,” he explains.

practical Currently in the formulation phase, the new ENCTI is based on the same guiding principles of the National Strategy 2016-2022 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN 2030 Agenda, a global plan to eradicate poverty and promote equality. The quality of life of people around the world. The aim is to position Brazil as a reference in the fields of science, and to promote the sustainable and comprehensive development of the country, without losing sight of the challenges and opportunities in the current social, political and economic context.

The Congresses of the States of Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and the Southern Regional Congress brought together nearly 3,000 participants, including 1,336 people, including teachers, students and researchers, as well as representatives of environments that encourage innovation, productive agents, government managers and technicians. The three state congresses listed 220 proposals, of which 150 were from Paraná, 40 from Rio Grande do Sul and 30 from Santa Catarina.

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In the South region, participants from the three states discussed short-, medium- and long-term proposals for Brazilian science, in five working groups: re-industrialization and support for business innovation; Strategic programs and projects; Social development; Popularization of science; And expanding the national science, technology and innovation system. It has been defined 33 proposals In GTs added In addition to 25 during plenary sessions. The report with regional findings is currently being finalized and will be published soon Event page.

youths – In the southern region National youth reportfrom the Fifth National Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation (CNNCTI 2024), a document that included more than two thousand students and indicates the procedures for each stage of Brazilian formal education.

Among the suggestions are installing laboratories in public schools, supporting the retention of undergraduate students, including housing, transportation and food, and including graduate students in the retirement policy. Paraná was the only one who included the topic of youth in the program of the State Congress for discussion in GTs.

partnership – Throughout the country, state and regional conferences are an integral part of the 5th National Science, Technology and Innovation Conference, which will be held by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, from June 4 to 6, in Brasilia (DF).

In Paraná, Citi organized the events with the support of the Araucaria Foundation and the Federal Technological University of Paraná (UTFPR), which hosted both meetings. At each meeting, representatives of other public and private higher education institutions in Paraná, civil society organizations and caste organizations participated in the program.

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Conference sessions, lectures and plenary sessions State of Paraná that it Southern regional It was broadcast on the YouTube channel of the Virtual University of Parana (UVPR).