Brazil and UK commit to strengthening science links
Signing at Rio+20 summit set to lead to development of Innovation Park in Brasilia
The Brazilian and UK governments have signed a commitment at the Rio+20 environmental summit to strengthen science and research ties between the two countries, which is expected to lead to the development of a BRE Innovation Park in Brasilia.
BRE’s head of international affairs, Orivaldo Barros, gave a presentation on the proposed project, called PISAC (Parque de Inovaçao e Sustentabilidade para Ambientes Construidos, which means park for innovation and sustainability in the built environment) in the UK pavilion at the summit. This was followed by the signing of the memorandum of understanding by the Brazilian minister of science, technology and innovation Dr Marco Antonio Raupp and the chief scientific advisor for the UK government, Sir John Beddington.
The Brazilian minister welcomed the collaboration on the delivery of the innovation park, where BRE is working with the University of Brasilia, the Brazilian Chamber of the Construction Industry and other partners, adding, “The private sector in Brazil must innovate and engage in more science and I support the partnership with BRE”. Sir John Beddington said, “The UK is the second biggest partner of Brazil in science, technology and innovation and the British government wishes to continue and strengthen our ties with Brazil on those fields."