I was invited by Prof. Fernando Buarque (UPE) to participate in the Brazilian-German Frontiers of Science and Technology (BRAGFOST), in September 2015, co-organised by Brazilian funding agency CAPES and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The event took place in Aachen and Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, in Germany. We were first brilliantly received by Prof. Bernd Markert for the Pre-BRAGFOST Workshop in Aachen, where we visited Aachen University and had a full agenda.
Then off to Bad-Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, where Brazilian and German researchers from four themes presented their work and exchanged ideas: “Adaptive techniques for individualized learning”, “Effective chemical sequestration methods aiming at protecting the environment”, “Functional brain mapping for understanding and treating the CNS”, and “New engineering technologies for future medicines”. I was chosen as a presenter for the first track, and for the rest of the time did my best to understand the other talks and ask questions, as we are very encouraged to do.
BRAGFOST was an amazing experience. I am still not sure how I ended up there, but it was an excellent opportunity for networking with Brazilian colleagues Seiji Isotani, Ig Bittencourt, Sean Siqueira, Thaís Castro and Ellen Francine, besides meeting German colleagues. The event was a perfect balance of science and leisure!
I was extremely impressed by the German organisation, as the whole event was perfectly ran, everything on time and all as expected. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation accommodated us in a luxury hotel in this lovely village of Bad-Neuenahr, where we also visited to European Academy of Technology and Innovation. In every place we visited, people took time to receive us with kindness and attention, always offering tea, coffee and food (oh, and food was delicious).
I am very thankful to CAPES and Prof. Fernando Buarque, and whoever pointed him my name, still unkown to me. Well, if you ever read this, thank you! 😉