On July 25th 2011, President Dilma Rousseff’s announcement echoed through the world and was translated into one hundred languages by the break of dawn: Brazil would soon begin sending 101,000 students overseas to study science, technology, and engineering, among other fields. It was called Ciência sem Fronteiras or ‘Science Without Borders’—a bold way of developing the nation’s most talented students, across all borders. Overnight, new ETS sites (the test centers where English proficiency exams are offered) had to be built and, to accommodate the demand, testing services had to be offered even in neighboring Argentina. GOL and TAM reservation systems shut down. Car rentals so Brazilian nationals could take the exam in neighboring countries tripled. This would be one of the largest education development and mobility projects in the history of our planet.
Five years later, BRASCON—a network of Brazilian graduate students carrying out their degree and research programs primarily in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics—has organized a wonderful event to celebrate the stories and achievements of some of Brazil’s most talented scholars doing their graduate studies here in the United States. Meet the organizers and several of the participants:
The conference will also feature guest speakers based out of Brazil and the U.S. and will be held at Harvard University on March 12th and 13th (Saturday & Sunday). Registration is required and available online.
The Sirocco Blue team is looking forward to this event especially having worked so closely with the Ciência sem Fronteiras program and the incredible scholars here in the United States!