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Minister visits Campinas to attend the inaugural class of CNPEM School - Hora Campinas

Minister visits Campinas to attend the inaugural class of CNPEM School – Hora Campinas

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Marcos Pontes, will be in Campinas on Monday (7) to accompany the start of the activities of the first semester of the Illum School of Sciences, affiliated with the National Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM). The inaugural class will be delivered to 40 students who have been approved for a Bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology and Innovation. The ceremony is scheduled for 4 pm.

Ilum is a free school of higher education and was launched last year at the initiative of CNPEM. Innovative, emerged with the aim of training, within three years and with full-time classes, a new generation of scholars in an interdisciplinary manner and an active teaching methodology. Students will have a solid theoretical foundation, combined with practice in the school’s state-of-the-art teaching laboratories and immersion in CNPEM.

Half of the places are reserved for students coming from public schools.

The number of candidates registered in the selection process reached 943 candidates. Of this total, 72.6% were enrolled in high school in public schools. The list of approved forty gathered students from all regions of the country and women were the majority of those selected.

Facade of the Ilum Science School in the CNPEM complex, in Campinas, second pole of the high-tech image: disclosure


A sophisticated and effervescent environment for research and development, unique in Brazil and present in a few scientific centers in the world, CNPEM is a private non-profit organization under the supervision of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI). The center operates four national laboratories and is the birthplace of the most complex project in Brazilian science, Sirius, one of the world’s most advanced synchrotron light sources.

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With multi-subject teams that are highly specialized and open to the scientific community, CNPEM is an environment driven by the search for solutions with impacts on agriculture, health, energy, environment, and new materials, among other areas. The complex is located in the Polo II of High Technology in Campinas, in the Bosque das Palmeiras district, near the BarĂ£o Geraldo district.