In March 2009, Germany and Brazil initiated a dialogue on Research for Sustainability. The first German-Brazilian workshop on this issue took place in Sao Paulo as collaboration between the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT) in preparation for the German-Brazilian Dialogue on Science for Sustainability (D4S). The BMBF conducts this dialogue with a number of emerging economies, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. On April 12, 2010, the proceedings of this first German-Brazilian Conference on Research for Sustainability were presented in Sao Paulo during the official inauguration of the bilateral German-Brazilian Year of Science, Technology and Innovation.
Amongst the findings of the workshop, participants stressed the necessity to think of research for sustainability integrated in a system, taking into account the role of environmental services and economic and socio-cultural factors. A simultaneous consideration of ecology, technology and socio-economic factors was seen as crucial – instead of just focusing on each of the aspects in isolation.
Find out more about these and other topics, including Brazilian experiences and engagements in the Amazonas Region, the use of energy from organic waste or the Guarani aquifer system for groundwater in the brochure “Science for Sustainability – The Potential for German-Brazilian Cooperation”.
The brochure can be requested free of charge from the International Bureau of the BMBF c/o DLR by sending an e-mail to the address given below or be downloaded from the website www.dialogue4s.de/en/147.php.
International Dialogue on Science for Sustainability (D4S)
International Bureau of the
Federal Ministry for Education and Research
at the German Project Management Agency
c/o German Aerospace Center
53227 Bonn, Germany
Phone: +49 228 3821-477
Fax: +49 228 3821-444