February, 14th
Venue: Embassy of Brazil in London

Workshop: Brazilian Diasporaof Science, Technology andInnovation in the UK

Institutional Support


This workshop will bring together members of the Brazilian Diaspora of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It aims to provide a platform for professionals to share experiences, discuss challenges and opportunities for increased collaboration with Brazilian partners, and also offer solutions (e.g. initiatives, actions and programmes) to further the bilateral dialogue and support existing STI links between Brazil and the UK.

For the purposes of this workshop, the Brazilian Diaspora of STI in the UK is defined as highly-qualified Brazilian nationals, including professionals holding university degrees (graduate and postgraduate) and working in STI fields. These could be either permanently or temporarily resident in the UK.


February 14th

  • 10:00 a.m.
    Registration and Updated Programme
  • 10:30 a.m.
    Welcome Words

    Welcome Words

    Fred Arruda, Ambassador of Brazil to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    Marco Antonio Zago, President, São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)
    Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, Scientific Director, São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)

    Fred Arruda

    Ambassador Fred Arruda was born in the city of Fortaleza, in the Northeast of Brazil, in 1957. He graduated in Economics from the University of Brasília in 1979 and joined the Brazilian Foreign Service the following year. He took office as the Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in October 2018. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Diplomatic Advisor to the President of Brazil (2016-2018).

    Ambassador Arruda has extensive experience in the field of economic multilateral negotiations. While posted to the Brazilian Mission in Geneva (1993-1995), he participated in the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations. He headed the Brazilian Mission to the International Organisations based in London, which includes the International Coffee Organisation, the International Sugar Organisation, the International Maritime Organisation, the International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation and other such bodies (2015-2016).

    Throughout his career, Ambassador Arruda was also involved in the activities of the Brazilian Congress, having served as an adviser for the Chamber of Deputies (2009-2010) and the Federal Senate (1997-2001). He wrote a thesis on the subject of parliamentary diplomacy.

    In Brasília, the Ambassador also served at the Vice-President’s Office (2011-2014), the President’s Press Office (1992) and the Office of the Minister of Justice (1991-1992). Overseas, in addition to London and Geneva, he was posted to the Consulate-General in New York (2004-2009), the Embassy in Ottawa (2001-2004), the Mission to the Organisation of American States in Washington (1988-1991) and the Embassy in Montevideo (1985-1988).

    Marco Antonio Zago

    Graduate from the Medical School of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo (USP), where he obtained the doctoral degree, followed by a postdoctoral training at Oxford University, UK. He was the President of the University of S. Paulo, Dean of Research of the same university, President of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), and the Health Secretary of the State of Sao Paulo (2018).

    He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Sciences of the State of S. Paulo and the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). He was awarded the Great-cross Medal of the National Scientific Merit by the Presidency of the Republic, the São Paulo Medal of Scientific Merit by the State Government, the Order of Naval Merit of the Brazilian Navy, and the Medal of the National Order of Military Merit of the Brazilian Defense Ministry. In 2015, he received the Octavio Frias de Oliveira Award from the Cancer Institute of the State of São Paulo, for his contribution to Oncology.

    He was the coordinator of a Cell Therapy Center, supported by FAPESP (2001 to 2015), the Clinical Director of the University Hospital of Ribeirão Preto and a member of the National Biosafety Commission (CTNBio).

    His main research interests are the hereditary anemias, human population genetics, the molecular bases of malignancies and adult stem cells, especially hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cells. He mentored more than 30 PhDs, masters and postdocs and edited the most widely used textbook of hematology in teaching health professions and specialists in Brazil. He has published more than 300 scientific articles referred in Web of Science.

    Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz

    Graduated in Electronic Engineering from ITA in 1978. Obtained the title of Master of Science in 1980 and the Doctor of Sciences in 1983, at the Institute of Physics Gleb Wataghin, Unicamp. He was avisiting researcher at the Università degli Studi in Rome, visting researcher at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, and a resident visitor at Bell Laboratories of AT&T in Holmdel, NJ and in Murray Hill, NJ. His research is in ultrafast phenomena using ultra-short laser pulses, with emphasis on the study of electronic processes in the time-scale of femtoseconds in nonlinear optical materials aimed for applications in optical communications. Brito Cruz was Director of the Physics Institute ?Gleb Wataghin?, Unicamp and the Dean for Research at Unicamp. He has been the Vice President of the Brazilian Society of Physics and member of the Advisory Board of the International Optical Society of America. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He was President of the São Paulo Research Foundation, FAPESP, from 1996 to 2002 and Rector of Unicamp from April 2002 to April 2005. He has been the President of the Board of Technology and Competitiveness of FIESP (2005-2012). Since April 2005, Brito Cruz is the Scientific Director of FAPESP.

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  • 10:45 a.m.
    Keynote Speaker
    Yevgeny Kuznetsov

    Yevgeny Kuznetsov

    Nonresident Senior Research Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute and Senior Advisor to the Skolkovo Innovation Foundation
    Lecture via internet
  • 11:05 a.m.
    Keynote Speaker
    Elizabeth B. Silva

    Elizabeth B. Silva

    Professor Emeritus of Sociology, The Open University
    Connecting dots: discoveries, dispersions, data...
  • 11:30 a.m.
    PANEL I – Engaging diasporas: international experiences
  • Elizabeth Balbachevsky

    Elizabeth Balbachevsky

    University of São Paulo
    Presentation and moderation
  • Javier Escudero Rodríguez

    Javier Escudero Rodríguez

    President of the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/CERU)
  • Luciana Mancini

    Luciana Mancini

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Brazil)
  • Stefan Bauer

    Stefan Bauer

    Chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association, UK Chapter
    The Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA): Its structure and aims
  • 12:30 p.m.
    PANEL II – Brazilian Diaspora Networks and Groups in the UK: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Ana Maria Carneiro

    Ana Maria Carneiro

    University of Campinas
    Presentation and moderation
  • Lucas França

    Lucas França

    President, Association of Brazilian Researchers and Postgraduate Students in the United Kingdom (ABEP-UK)
  • Vania Braga

    Vania Braga

    Chair, Brazil Forum, Imperial College London
  • Wen Hwa Lee

    Wen Hwa Lee

    Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Affordable Medicines, University of Oxford
  • 01:30 p.m.
    Lunch Will be Provided
  • 02:30 p.m.
    Working Groups

    Working Groups

    Participants will be invited to join working groups to discuss major challenges and opportunities for engaging with the Brazilian diaspora in the UK and later report their thoughts during a plenary session. The outcomes of this activity will be made available to Brazilian researchers in the field and will also inform policymaking by the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • 04:30 p.m.
    Closing Discussion
  • 05:30 p.m.
    End of the Worskhop


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14-16 Cockspur St, St. James's, London SW1Y 5BL, UK