6th Annual Meeting of BRAGECRIM – Brazilian German Collaborative Research Initiative on Manufacturing Technology

(15.12.2014) The 6th annual meeting of BRAGECRIM – the Brazilian-German Collaborative Research Initiative on Manufacturing Technology – took place from 25 to 28 November 2014 at the Department of Computer Integrated Design (DiK) at TU Darmstadt.

Delegates at the 6th annual meeting of BRAGECRIM in Darmstadt

Delegates at the 6th annual meeting of BRAGECRIM in Darmstadt

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The aim of the meeting was to present and discuss the latest results from the funded projects and to identify topics for future collaborative research under the auspices of BRAGECRIM.

The meeting was attended by a total of 70 researchers from the two countries. In opening speeches, Dr Dietrich Halm, Head of the DFG Office Latin America and Amanda Olímpio Menezes, Programme Director of the partner organisation CAPES, emphasised the importance of innovation-related research under BRAGECRIM for bilateral research and for the joint training of early career researchers. There have so far been over 200 visits between the two countries by researchers, including some at the start of their careers.

Spokesperson for BRAGECRIM, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tilo Pfeifer from the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) at RWTH Aachen University, emphasised that the initiative had achieved high standing in the international research community beyond the bilateral collaboration between Germany and Brazil, thanks to the quality of the complementary research projects and to publications and patents.

BRAGECRIM was launched in 2009 with 16 projects. From July 2012 to the end of 2014, 21 projects have been jointly funded with the Brazilian Federal Agency for the Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). A third funding period is due to start in 2015 with 8 projects.

BRAGECRIM is one of the largest German-Brazilian collaborative research initiatives. Over 300 researchers from numerous German and Brazilian universities and non-university research organisations have investigated key issues affecting all the stages of the production cycle, with research in materials science in addition to manufacturing, metrology and logistics.