DFG Office Latin America and DWIH São Paulo Participate in XXV ICORS Conference in Fortaleza – Intensification of Scientific Relations in the Field of Photonic Technologies

Kathrin Winkler presents the DFG and its funding opportunities for German-Brazilian research cooperation

© Marcio Weichert/DWIH-SP

(07.09.16) The 25th International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS) took place in Fortaleza between 14 and 18 August 2016. Leading researchers from many different countries also took part. During the conference, scientific questions, applications and the latest developments in Raman spectroscopy in all areas of science were presented. As well as method-based talks on Raman spectroscopy and imaging techniques, there were presentations on their use for research in materials science, biology, archaeology and art.

As part of the conference, the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz-IPHT) in Jena hosted a workshop on the topic “Photonic Technologies in Healthcare” on Wednesday, 17 August. Representatives of German and Brazilian institutions presented technological solutions for medical applications. The purpose of the event was to identify complementary core research areas and synergies for future research projects. More than 50 representatives from the research community and industry took part in the workshop. In addition to scientific talks, the event provided an opportunity to highlight the latest trends in instrumentation development and funding opportunities for joint research projects. The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) contributed in the form of a talk by Dr. Kathrin Winkler, who presented the latest developments in German-Brazilian cooperation and the possibilities for bilateral project funding. The German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) São Paulo sponsored the Leibniz Institute’s participation and was also present at the accompanying industry and science exhibition of ICORS 2016.

Following the workshop, seven institutions from Germany and Brazil signed a joint declaration stating Brazilian and German research institutions' intention to cooperate more closely. On the German side, the key participants are the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) in Jena, the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut/Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH) in Berlin and Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The Brazilian signatories came from the Federal University of Ceará (UFC), the University of Vale do Paraíba (UNIVAP), the Federal University of Pernambuco/Recife (UFPE) and the Center for Lasers and Applications (IPEN-CNEN) at the University of São Paulo.

The bilateral partnership is intended to step up scientific and economic relations between the two countries in the field of photonic technology.