U.S.-Brazil Celebrate Fifteen Years of Science and Technology Cooperation

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 20, 2009

United States and Brazilian representatives met today at the U.S. Department of State to mark 15 years of science and technology cooperation at a U.S.-Brazil Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation. Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, led the U.S. delegation which included high-ranking representatives from more than a dozen U.S. government agencies and research institutions. Minister Sergio Rezende of the Brazilian Ministry for Science and Technology headed the Brazilian delegation.

Dr. Nina Fedoroff, Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State and Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, made welcoming remarks at the opening session. Dr. John Holdren described the Obama Administration’s strategy for American innovation and presented the United States government’s newly invigorated outlook for scientific and technological cooperation. Minister Rezende provided an overview of Brazil’s expanding science and technology initiatives as well as directions for future U.S.-Brazilian collaboration.

The U.S. and Brazilian delegations discussed a range of ongoing bilateral cooperation and joint research endeavors relating to space and earth observation, climate change, agriculture, biofuels, emerging green energy technologies, and public health. Delegates also agreed that it would be mutually beneficial to increase university-to-university student and faculty exchanges and to promote science and technology innovation as engines of economic development. Delegates also explored further collaboration in agricultural research between the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Brazilian Agency for International Cooperation, and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) to benefit Mozambique.

The Governments of the United States and Brazil signed two cooperative memoranda during the one-day Joint Commission Meeting. Dr. Patrick Gallagher, Director of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology and Dr. João Alziro Herz da Jornada from the Brazilian National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade signed a memorandum furthering technical cooperation in chemical, physical and engineering measurement sciences.

Dr. Richard Wyatt, Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center, and Dr. Jorge Almeida Guimarães, President of the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education Foundation, presided at the memorandum signing ceremony on post-doctoral training and professional development in the health sciences.

PRN: 2009/1162