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CNPq chief says: 'Science should be close to society'

CNPq chief says: ‘Science should be close to society’

The 74th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC), which opened last Sunday (24th), is the largest scientific event in Latin America.

The event has the participation of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) – one of the largest research funding platforms in the federal government. Evaldo Ferreira Villella, President of CNPq, spoke today (26) in an interview with A Voz do Brasil about the importance of promoting research and science in society and about women’s entry into the scientific environment.

“Research is for people to better understand the generation of knowledge. And knowledge is very important for human evolution. Science should be close to society,” he said.

Among the attractions, one draws the attention of the public. “When Everything Wasn’t Ice – New Discoveries in Antarctica” collects 160 pieces from Paleoantar, a National Museum project linked to the Brazilian Antarctic Program and funded by CNPq.

The project is dedicated to collecting and studying Antarctic rocks and fossils. Among the objects on display are eight pieces that were rescued from the ruins of the National Museum after the fire that devastated the building in 2018, as well as bones and replicas of prehistoric animals.

“It is an event that brings science to the community. It is a passion of all of us, scientists, to meet people and be able to talk about science, the benefits and what science itself is, which is a value to contemporary societies.”

On Wednesday (27th), the event plans to hold a roundtable on the theme “Youth in Science”, consisting of scholarship winners for the Excellence in Science and Technology (PICT) Start-up Award.

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Watch the interview: