UiO cooperates with Brazilian partners on a wide range of research fields as well as student exchange, and is the only Norwegian university that offers Brazilian Portuguese language and culture studies. Major focus areas are the changing energy landscape, and biodiversity and climate.

This tiny wasp (appx. 3 mm) was discovered in Brazil 2014. This is part of the project Biodiversity in the Amazon, a cooperation between UiO, Norsk Hydro, The Federal University of Pará (UFPA), The Emilio Goeldi museum of Pará (MPEG) and The Federal Rural University of the Amazon (UFRA). Photo: César Favacho (MPEG).

UiO's cooperation with Brazilian partners covers a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplinary areas within Mathematics and Natural Sciences, but also Political Science, Law, Medicine and Dentistry. Several of UiO's researchers are involved in activities linking education and research collaboration with innovation and industry.

Collaboration on research, education and innovation with Brazil

Several Norwegian research and higher education institutions have joined forces in a network (SINOS) to forge and foster partnerships with universities and industry within energy and related fields in Brazil. The members are:

SINTEF, IFE  (Institute for Energy Technology), IRIS (International Research Institute of Stavanger), NTNU, University of Oslo, and Simula Research Laboratory.

    UiO is a founder member of SINOS and is actively involved in the annual November Conference in Rio in cooperation with Innovation Norway. The SINOS Network has established a partnership with a group of leading Brazilian universities through the ReNoBra project, funded in 2014-15 by the Research Council of Norway, in order to enhance cooperation on research and higher education in the field of sustainable energy research within both fossil and renewable energy.

    Research on Biodiversity

    UiO has established the Biodiversity Research Consortium (BRC), for research collaboration in the field of biodiversity and climate in the East Amazon region.

    Our partners are:

    • Hydro AS in Brazil
    • The Federal University of Para
    • The Federal Rural University of the Amazon
    • The Museu Paraense Emilio Goëldi 
    A considerable part of the Amazon biodiversity is still not described by science. Here, Einar Timdal doing fieldwork in Paragominas. Photo: Torkjell Leira, NHM

    Co-authored publications

    The growing number of co-authored publications bears witness to productive research collaboration over time within the following areas:

    • molecular life sciences
    • biodiversity and biology
    • geosciences
    • fluid mechanics
    • public health and dentistry
    • informatics
    • nuclear and solar physics and space science
    • social sciences and humanities (Portuguese language and culture)

    Educational cooperation under the CAPES-SIU programme

    The Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) and the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) support joint collaborative projects between institutions of higher education and research in Brazil and Norway. 

    Between 2013 and 2015 UiO had two projects with Brazilian partners under the CAPES-SIU programme, one with the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) on the diversity of fungi in Brazilian forest ecosystems, and the other on academic exchange and research within the area of Petroleum Geophysics/Image analysis, with the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP).

    Did you know that...

    • UiO Arctic research expertise can be applied to understand climate, flora and fauna in the Amazon jungle? 
    • UiO is developing a collaboration with Brazil on solar energy?
    • Between 2013 and 2016, UiO received over 70 exchange students under the Brazilian Science without Borders (SwB) programme?  

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    Anette Løken

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