31 Mar 2011

Brazilian PRO-IDEAL event connects ICT research to BNDES

The PRO-IDEAL “Creative Currencies Mesh and ICT in the Knowledge Economy” event, held at the campus of the University of São Paulo on 22-26 March 2011, has staged an open discussion of FP7- ICT cooperation results in Brazil which centered on a critical evaluation of conditions of access as well as impact of projects and networks.

The sessions were broadcasted live to over 1.000 people in different time zones, using the IPTV infrastructure at the University of São Paulo´s auditorium. The PRO-IDEAL event was sponsored by the Brazilian National Social and Economic Development Bank (BNDES), the Ministry of Culture and Mozilla.

PRO-IDEAL partner and coordinator of the event, Gilson Schwartz, opened the March, 25 roundtable on ICT dialogues and international cooperation with a call to constructive criticism. According to Schwartz, “we have witnessed once and again the organization of bureaucratic events, but the PRO-IDEAL agenda focuses on policy dialogues and this has been a forum with strategic sponsorship by BNDES, so it has been an opportunity to foster a direct dialogue with the most important development finance institution in Brazil to support research cooperation with Europe”.

Angel Landabaso (S&T counsellor at the EU Delegation in Brasilia), Paulo Egler (leader of the B.Bice project), Nestor Bercovich (leader of @lis2 at ECLAC in Santiago, Chile), Yolanda Ursa (PRO-IDEAL Coordinator), Arthur Battaglia (member of FORESTA) and José Roberto Amazonas (partner of CASAGRAS2) responded to the provocation with an open appraisal of challenges and shortcomings of the ongoing cooperation processes between the European Union and Latin America.

For Landabaso, there are still cultural barriers to be overcome. Paulo Egler concurred and brought to the fore the importance of audiovisual means of diffusion. Yolanda Ursa summed up the session by stressing the methodologies used by the PRO-IDEAL project so as to overcome the challenges and create opportunities for cooperation in ICT via capacity building and certification of Project Angels.

The week-long event at USP also comprised the presentation of project ideas by candidates to Project Angels (27 ideas), a roundtable on ICT research trends and a final session on the future of the cities with Emerson Fittipaldi, the Brazilian Formula 1 champion and business leader.

F1 Champion Emerson Fittipaldi and Prof. J. R. Amazonas (USP) at the closing session of the PRO-IDEAL event in Brazil.

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