Site Camp – serrapilheira

What is it?

How to infuse scientific thought with creativity and give it more visibility and reach? Camp Serrapilheira is a program that supports new forms of science outreach in Brazil, which includes an open call for proposals and an event.

In our first round, in 2018, we put out an open call and selected 50 Brazilian science-outreach initiatives to participate in the event.

You can find all of the content produced during the event here.

How does it work?

  • In May, we put out an open call for scientific outreach initiatives with innovative approaches. Here are the terms of the call.
  • 50 initiatives were selected to take part in an event at Rio de Janeiro’s Museum of Tomorrow in September, featuring workshops, project presentations, and collaborations.
  • After the event, the 50 participating teams were invited to submit proposals to receive financial support from Serrapilheira.
  • 14 projects were then selected to receive up to R$100,000.

Read more about the winning proposals

Speakers

Get to know the speakers at Camp 2018
Science Vs

Science Vs is a podcast created by two Australian journalists living in the United States. The podcast analyzes trending events, topics, and opinions to distinguish fact from fiction from whatever’s in between. The episodes take an informal approach to a variety of subjects, including serial killers, aliens, vaccines, and abortion.

Kaitlyn Sawrey

Curiosity Machine

Curiosity Machine is a network for scientific education in the United States, aimed at children and their families. The goal is to make kids into future leaders of innovation by helping them develop scientific projects. The challenges it provides are completely free of charge and range from artificial intelligence to art, including “Engineer a robot that turns itself off when it leaves a safe area” and “Make drawings of three-dimensional objects.”

Tara Chklovski and Rusty Nye

UFMG

An Italian physicist specializing in quantic cosmology, with a master’s in science communications, Castelfranchi has been living in Brazil since 2003. He is a professor in the social studies of science and technology and directs the science outreach program at the Federal University of Minas Gerais.

Yurij Castelfranchi

Perimeter Institute

The Perimeter Institute is a Canadian research center on theoretical physics that puts top-notch scientists alongside teachers and students to promote innovative educational approaches to physics. Teachers are trained to explain concepts in advanced physics using high-school concepts, while students learn physics through challenges, games, and videos. The public at large, meanwhile, takes part in scientific and cultural events.

Greg Dick and Dave Fish

Micro

Micro develops itinerant mini-museums in the United States, the goal being to take knowledge wherever people are. Within a 6-foot-tall box, the project can present visitors with information about topics ranging from mollusks (The Smallest Mollusk Museum) to energy (as in the Perpetual Movement Museum).

Amanda Shochett e Charles Philip

selection committee

meet the selection committee for the first stage
Natasha Felizi Natasha Felizi is the Director of Science Outreach at Serrapilheira.
Clara Queiroz Clara Queiroz is a member of the Science Outreach team at Serrapilheira.
Natasha Felizi is the Director of Science Outreach at Serrapilheira.
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Clara Queiroz is a member of the Science Outreach team at Serrapilheira.
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Gabriela Agustini Gabriela Agustini is the founder and executive director of Olabi, an organization that encourages the use of technology for social transformation. Part of the global network of fablabs, the institution runs a makerspace (for work on electronics, robotics, design, and 3D printing) in Rio de Janeiro and helps public and private organizations in Brazil to design programs and initiatives to democratize access to innovative tools. Gabriela is also a professor of culture and technology at Universidade Candido Mendes and a board member at the Instituto de Tecnologia e Sociedade do Rio (ITS Rio), the Instituto de Tecnologia e Equidade (ITE), and Global Innovation Gathering (GIG). Gabriela also co-edited De Baixo para Cima, a book on digital culture and societal transformation, and is a member of PUC-Rio’s Three-Dimensional Experimentation Group (Núcleo de Experimentações Tridimensionais, or NEXT).
Bernardo Esteves Bernardo Esteves is a reporter at piauí Magazine, where he covers science and the environment. He has a PhD in the history of science and techniques and epistemology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and is the author of Domingo é dia de ciência.
Gabriela Agustini is the founder and executive director of Olabi, an organization that encourages the use of technology for social transformation. Part of the global network of fablabs, the institution runs a makerspace (for work on electronics, robotics, design, and 3D printing) in Rio de Janeiro and helps public and private organizations in Brazil to design programs and initiatives to democratize access to innovative tools. Gabriela is also a professor of culture and technology at Universidade Candido Mendes and a board member at the Instituto de Tecnologia e Sociedade do Rio (ITS Rio), the Instituto de Tecnologia e Equidade (ITE), and Global Innovation Gathering (GIG). Gabriela also co-edited De Baixo para Cima, a book on digital culture and societal transformation, and is a member of PUC-Rio’s Three-Dimensional Experimentation Group (Núcleo de Experimentações Tridimensionais, or NEXT).
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Bernardo Esteves is a reporter at piauí Magazine, where he covers science and the environment. He has a PhD in the history of science and techniques and epistemology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and is the author of Domingo é dia de ciência.
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Carlos Hotta Carlos Hotta has taught at the University of São Paulo’s Institute of Chemistry since 2011. She studies how plants can tell time and how that helps them grow faster and better. In 2003, she started the science blog “Brontossaurs em meu Jardim” and eventually teamed up with other science bloggers to form “Science Blogs Brasil.” Beyond blogging, she promotes science by welcoming students of all ages at USP’s Institute of Biosciences, writing about science for kids, and giving talks to a wide variety of audiences. She has been working to raise the profile of science outreach within the university’s coursework.
Luisa Massarani Luisa Massarani has worked with science outreach since 1987, both practicing and researching in the field. She runs the Instituto Nacional de Comunicação Pública da Ciência e Tecnologia and heads up the master’s program in science outreach, technology, and health at Casa de Oswaldo Cruz (Fundação Oswaldo Cruz). She is also the coordinator of SciDev.Net for Latin America and the Caribbean. Massarani received a Mercosur Science and Technology Award in 2014, the Prêmio José Reis de Divulgação Científica in 2016 and a Prêmio Jabuti in 2017 (2nd place).
Carlos Hotta has taught at the University of São Paulo’s Institute of Chemistry since 2011. She studies how plants can tell time and how that helps them grow faster and better. In 2003, she started the science blog “Brontossaurs em meu Jardim” and eventually teamed up with other science bloggers to form “Science Blogs Brasil.” Beyond blogging, she promotes science by welcoming students of all ages at USP’s Institute of Biosciences, writing about science for kids, and giving talks to a wide variety of audiences. She has been working to raise the profile of science outreach within the university’s coursework.
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Luisa Massarani has worked with science outreach since 1987, both practicing and researching in the field. She runs the Instituto Nacional de Comunicação Pública da Ciência e Tecnologia and heads up the master’s program in science outreach, technology, and health at Casa de Oswaldo Cruz (Fundação Oswaldo Cruz). She is also the coordinator of SciDev.Net for Latin America and the Caribbean. Massarani received a Mercosur Science and Technology Award in 2014, the Prêmio José Reis de Divulgação Científica in 2016 and a Prêmio Jabuti in 2017 (2nd place).
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Olavo Amaral Olavo Amaral is a doctor, writer, and professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro’s Institute of Medical Biochemistry. He is the author of the Dicionário de Línguas Imaginárias and runs the Iniciativa Brasileira de Reprodutibilidade.
Katemari Rosa Katemari Rosa studied physics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)c; she has a master’s degree in the teaching, philosophy, and history of science from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), a master’s in science education from Teachers College, and a PhD in science education from Columbia University. She teaches at the UFBA Institute of Physics, where she coordinates the physics portion of the university’s teacher training program. With research experience in teaching physics and training physics teachers, she takes a feminist, post-critical, decolonial approach to her work. Her interests include science outreach, primary-school physics education, and debates that bring the intersectionality of gender, sexualities, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status to bear on the shaping and teaching science. Rosa is a member of the Sociedade Brasileira de Física, where she is part of the Working Group of Minorities in Physics and represents the Brazilian Northeast on the Commission on Physics Education. She is also a member of the American Physical Society and serves on the board of the Forum on the History of Physics. In the American Association of Physics Teachers, she is a member of the Committee for International Physics Education. Rosa is also a member of the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals and the Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadoras/es Negras/os.
Olavo Amaral is a doctor, writer, and professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro’s Institute of Medical Biochemistry. He is the author of the Dicionário de Línguas Imaginárias and runs the Iniciativa Brasileira de Reprodutibilidade.
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Katemari Rosa studied physics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)c; she has a master’s degree in the teaching, philosophy, and history of science from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), a master’s in science education from Teachers College, and a PhD in science education from Columbia University. She teaches at the UFBA Institute of Physics, where she coordinates the physics portion of the university’s teacher training program. With research experience in teaching physics and training physics teachers, she takes a feminist, post-critical, decolonial approach to her work. Her interests include science outreach, primary-school physics education, and debates that bring the intersectionality of gender, sexualities, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status to bear on the shaping and teaching science. Rosa is a member of the Sociedade Brasileira de Física, where she is part of the Working Group of Minorities in Physics and represents the Brazilian Northeast on the Commission on Physics Education. She is also a member of the American Physical Society and serves on the board of the Forum on the History of Physics. In the American Association of Physics Teachers, she is a member of the Committee for International Physics Education. Rosa is also a member of the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals and the Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadoras/es Negras/os.
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Edgard Morya Morya has a bachelor’s in physical therapy from the University of São Paulo (USP), and received his PhD and did postdoctoral work at USP’s Institute of Biomedical Sciences. He directed the AASDAP Neurosciences Laboratory at the Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa at the Hospital Sírio-Libanês. Morya currently directs research at the Instituto Santos Dumont (ISD)’s Instituto Internacional de Neurociências Edmond e Lily Safra (IIN-ELS) and teaches in the IIN-ELS master’s program on neural engineering in Macaíba, Rio Grande do Norte.
Stevens Rehen Rehen is a neuroscientist and a full professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Institute of Biomedical Sciences, as well as the research director for the Instituto D’Or de Pesquisa e Ensino (IDOR). He is a member of the Brazilian committee for the Pew Charitable Trusts and the board of the Museum of Tomorrow. Stevens, a pioneer in the study of stem cell research in Brazil, is also a member of Serrapilheira’s scientific board. H.D. Mabuse - Designer, visual artist, and musician.
Morya has a bachelor’s in physical therapy from the University of São Paulo (USP), and received his PhD and did postdoctoral work at USP’s Institute of Biomedical Sciences. He directed the AASDAP Neurosciences Laboratory at the Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa at the Hospital Sírio-Libanês. Morya currently directs research at the Instituto Santos Dumont (ISD)’s Instituto Internacional de Neurociências Edmond e Lily Safra (IIN-ELS) and teaches in the IIN-ELS master’s program on neural engineering in Macaíba, Rio Grande do Norte.
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Rehen is a neuroscientist and a full professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Institute of Biomedical Sciences, as well as the research director for the Instituto D’Or de Pesquisa e Ensino (IDOR). He is a member of the Brazilian committee for the Pew Charitable Trusts and the board of the Museum of Tomorrow. Stevens, a pioneer in the study of stem cell research in Brazil, is also a member of Serrapilheira’s scientific board. H.D. Mabuse - Designer, visual artist, and musician.
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H.D. Mabuse Designer, visual artist, and musician.
Designer, visual artist, and musician.
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selection committee

meet the selection committee for the first stage
Natasha Felizi Natasha Felizi is the Director of Science Outreach at Serrapilheira.
Natasha Felizi is the Director of Science Outreach at Serrapilheira.
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Natasha Felizi is the Director of Science Outreach at Serrapilheira.
Clara Queiroz Clara Queiroz is a member of the Science Outreach team at Serrapilheira.
Clara Queiroz is a member of the Science Outreach team at Serrapilheira.
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Clara Queiroz is a member of the Science Outreach team at Serrapilheira.
Gabriela Agustini Gabriela Agustini is the founder and executive director of Olabi, an organization that encourages the use of technology for social transformation. Part of the global network of fablabs, the institution runs a makerspace (for work on electronics, robotics, design, and 3D printing) in Rio de Janeiro and helps public and private organizations in Brazil to design programs and initiatives to democratize access to innovative tools. Gabriela is also a professor of culture and technology at Universidade Candido Mendes and a board member at the Instituto de Tecnologia e Sociedade do Rio (ITS Rio), the Instituto de Tecnologia e Equidade (ITE), and Global Innovation Gathering (GIG). Gabriela also co-edited De Baixo para Cima, a book on digital culture and societal transformation, and is a member of PUC-Rio’s Three-Dimensional Experimentation Group (Núcleo de Experimentações Tridimensionais, or NEXT).
Gabriela Agustini is the founder and executive director of Olabi, an organization that encourages the use of technology for social transformation. Part of the global network of fablabs, the institution runs a makerspace (for work on electronics, robotics, design, and 3D printing) in Rio de Janeiro and helps public and private organizations in Brazil to design programs and initiatives to democratize access to innovative tools. Gabriela is also a professor of culture and technology at Universidade Candido Mendes and a board member at the Instituto de Tecnologia e Sociedade do Rio (ITS Rio), the Instituto de Tecnologia e Equidade (ITE), and Global Innovation Gathering (GIG). Gabriela also co-edited De Baixo para Cima, a book on digital culture and societal transformation, and is a member of PUC-Rio’s Three-Dimensional Experimentation Group (Núcleo de Experimentações Tridimensionais, or NEXT).
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Gabriela Agustini is the founder and executive director of Olabi, an organization that encourages the use of technology for social transformation. Part of the global network of fablabs, the institution runs a makerspace (for work on electronics, robotics, design, and 3D printing) in Rio de Janeiro and helps public and private organizations in Brazil to design programs and initiatives to democratize access to innovative tools. Gabriela is also a professor of culture and technology at Universidade Candido Mendes and a board member at the Instituto de Tecnologia e Sociedade do Rio (ITS Rio), the Instituto de Tecnologia e Equidade (ITE), and Global Innovation Gathering (GIG). Gabriela also co-edited De Baixo para Cima, a book on digital culture and societal transformation, and is a member of PUC-Rio’s Three-Dimensional Experimentation Group (Núcleo de Experimentações Tridimensionais, or NEXT).
Bernardo Esteves Bernardo Esteves is a reporter at piauí Magazine, where he covers science and the environment. He has a PhD in the history of science and techniques and epistemology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and is the author of Domingo é dia de ciência.
Bernardo Esteves is a reporter at piauí Magazine, where he covers science and the environment. He has a PhD in the history of science and techniques and epistemology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and is the author of Domingo é dia de ciência.
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Bernardo Esteves is a reporter at piauí Magazine, where he covers science and the environment. He has a PhD in the history of science and techniques and epistemology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and is the author of Domingo é dia de ciência.
Carlos Hotta Carlos Hotta has taught at the University of São Paulo’s Institute of Chemistry since 2011. She studies how plants can tell time and how that helps them grow faster and better. In 2003, she started the science blog “Brontossaurs em meu Jardim” and eventually teamed up with other science bloggers to form “Science Blogs Brasil.” Beyond blogging, she promotes science by welcoming students of all ages at USP’s Institute of Biosciences, writing about science for kids, and giving talks to a wide variety of audiences. She has been working to raise the profile of science outreach within the university’s coursework.
Carlos Hotta has taught at the University of São Paulo’s Institute of Chemistry since 2011. She studies how plants can tell time and how that helps them grow faster and better. In 2003, she started the science blog “Brontossaurs em meu Jardim” and eventually teamed up with other science bloggers to form “Science Blogs Brasil.” Beyond blogging, she promotes science by welcoming students of all ages at USP’s Institute of Biosciences, writing about science for kids, and giving talks to a wide variety of audiences. She has been working to raise the profile of science outreach within the university’s coursework.
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Carlos Hotta has taught at the University of São Paulo’s Institute of Chemistry since 2011. She studies how plants can tell time and how that helps them grow faster and better. In 2003, she started the science blog “Brontossaurs em meu Jardim” and eventually teamed up with other science bloggers to form “Science Blogs Brasil.” Beyond blogging, she promotes science by welcoming students of all ages at USP’s Institute of Biosciences, writing about science for kids, and giving talks to a wide variety of audiences. She has been working to raise the profile of science outreach within the university’s coursework.
Luisa Massarani Luisa Massarani has worked with science outreach since 1987, both practicing and researching in the field. She runs the Instituto Nacional de Comunicação Pública da Ciência e Tecnologia and heads up the master’s program in science outreach, technology, and health at Casa de Oswaldo Cruz (Fundação Oswaldo Cruz). She is also the coordinator of SciDev.Net for Latin America and the Caribbean. Massarani received a Mercosur Science and Technology Award in 2014, the Prêmio José Reis de Divulgação Científica in 2016 and a Prêmio Jabuti in 2017 (2nd place).
Luisa Massarani has worked with science outreach since 1987, both practicing and researching in the field. She runs the Instituto Nacional de Comunicação Pública da Ciência e Tecnologia and heads up the master’s program in science outreach, technology, and health at Casa de Oswaldo Cruz (Fundação Oswaldo Cruz). She is also the coordinator of SciDev.Net for Latin America and the Caribbean. Massarani received a Mercosur Science and Technology Award in 2014, the Prêmio José Reis de Divulgação Científica in 2016 and a Prêmio Jabuti in 2017 (2nd place).
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Luisa Massarani has worked with science outreach since 1987, both practicing and researching in the field. She runs the Instituto Nacional de Comunicação Pública da Ciência e Tecnologia and heads up the master’s program in science outreach, technology, and health at Casa de Oswaldo Cruz (Fundação Oswaldo Cruz). She is also the coordinator of SciDev.Net for Latin America and the Caribbean. Massarani received a Mercosur Science and Technology Award in 2014, the Prêmio José Reis de Divulgação Científica in 2016 and a Prêmio Jabuti in 2017 (2nd place).
Olavo Amaral Olavo Amaral is a doctor, writer, and professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro’s Institute of Medical Biochemistry. He is the author of the Dicionário de Línguas Imaginárias and runs the Iniciativa Brasileira de Reprodutibilidade.
Olavo Amaral is a doctor, writer, and professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro’s Institute of Medical Biochemistry. He is the author of the Dicionário de Línguas Imaginárias and runs the Iniciativa Brasileira de Reprodutibilidade.
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Olavo Amaral is a doctor, writer, and professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro’s Institute of Medical Biochemistry. He is the author of the Dicionário de Línguas Imaginárias and runs the Iniciativa Brasileira de Reprodutibilidade.
Katemari Rosa Katemari Rosa studied physics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)c; she has a master’s degree in the teaching, philosophy, and history of science from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), a master’s in science education from Teachers College, and a PhD in science education from Columbia University. She teaches at the UFBA Institute of Physics, where she coordinates the physics portion of the university’s teacher training program. With research experience in teaching physics and training physics teachers, she takes a feminist, post-critical, decolonial approach to her work. Her interests include science outreach, primary-school physics education, and debates that bring the intersectionality of gender, sexualities, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status to bear on the shaping and teaching science. Rosa is a member of the Sociedade Brasileira de Física, where she is part of the Working Group of Minorities in Physics and represents the Brazilian Northeast on the Commission on Physics Education. She is also a member of the American Physical Society and serves on the board of the Forum on the History of Physics. In the American Association of Physics Teachers, she is a member of the Committee for International Physics Education. Rosa is also a member of the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals and the Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadoras/es Negras/os.
Katemari Rosa studied physics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)c; she has a master’s degree in the teaching, philosophy, and history of science from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), a master’s in science education from Teachers College, and a PhD in science education from Columbia University. She teaches at the UFBA Institute of Physics, where she coordinates the physics portion of the university’s teacher training program. With research experience in teaching physics and training physics teachers, she takes a feminist, post-critical, decolonial approach to her work. Her interests include science outreach, primary-school physics education, and debates that bring the intersectionality of gender, sexualities, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status to bear on the shaping and teaching science. Rosa is a member of the Sociedade Brasileira de Física, where she is part of the Working Group of Minorities in Physics and represents the Brazilian Northeast on the Commission on Physics Education. She is also a member of the American Physical Society and serves on the board of the Forum on the History of Physics. In the American Association of Physics Teachers, she is a member of the Committee for International Physics Education. Rosa is also a member of the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals and the Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadoras/es Negras/os.
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Katemari Rosa studied physics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)c; she has a master’s degree in the teaching, philosophy, and history of science from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), a master’s in science education from Teachers College, and a PhD in science education from Columbia University. She teaches at the UFBA Institute of Physics, where she coordinates the physics portion of the university’s teacher training program. With research experience in teaching physics and training physics teachers, she takes a feminist, post-critical, decolonial approach to her work. Her interests include science outreach, primary-school physics education, and debates that bring the intersectionality of gender, sexualities, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status to bear on the shaping and teaching science. Rosa is a member of the Sociedade Brasileira de Física, where she is part of the Working Group of Minorities in Physics and represents the Brazilian Northeast on the Commission on Physics Education. She is also a member of the American Physical Society and serves on the board of the Forum on the History of Physics. In the American Association of Physics Teachers, she is a member of the Committee for International Physics Education. Rosa is also a member of the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals and the Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadoras/es Negras/os.
Edgard Morya Morya has a bachelor’s in physical therapy from the University of São Paulo (USP), and received his PhD and did postdoctoral work at USP’s Institute of Biomedical Sciences. He directed the AASDAP Neurosciences Laboratory at the Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa at the Hospital Sírio-Libanês. Morya currently directs research at the Instituto Santos Dumont (ISD)’s Instituto Internacional de Neurociências Edmond e Lily Safra (IIN-ELS) and teaches in the IIN-ELS master’s program on neural engineering in Macaíba, Rio Grande do Norte.
Morya has a bachelor’s in physical therapy from the University of São Paulo (USP), and received his PhD and did postdoctoral work at USP’s Institute of Biomedical Sciences. He directed the AASDAP Neurosciences Laboratory at the Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa at the Hospital Sírio-Libanês. Morya currently directs research at the Instituto Santos Dumont (ISD)’s Instituto Internacional de Neurociências Edmond e Lily Safra (IIN-ELS) and teaches in the IIN-ELS master’s program on neural engineering in Macaíba, Rio Grande do Norte.
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Morya has a bachelor’s in physical therapy from the University of São Paulo (USP), and received his PhD and did postdoctoral work at USP’s Institute of Biomedical Sciences. He directed the AASDAP Neurosciences Laboratory at the Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa at the Hospital Sírio-Libanês. Morya currently directs research at the Instituto Santos Dumont (ISD)’s Instituto Internacional de Neurociências Edmond e Lily Safra (IIN-ELS) and teaches in the IIN-ELS master’s program on neural engineering in Macaíba, Rio Grande do Norte.
Stevens Rehen Rehen is a neuroscientist and a full professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Institute of Biomedical Sciences, as well as the research director for the Instituto D’Or de Pesquisa e Ensino (IDOR). He is a member of the Brazilian committee for the Pew Charitable Trusts and the board of the Museum of Tomorrow. Stevens, a pioneer in the study of stem cell research in Brazil, is also a member of Serrapilheira’s scientific board. H.D. Mabuse - Designer, visual artist, and musician.
Rehen is a neuroscientist and a full professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Institute of Biomedical Sciences, as well as the research director for the Instituto D’Or de Pesquisa e Ensino (IDOR). He is a member of the Brazilian committee for the Pew Charitable Trusts and the board of the Museum of Tomorrow. Stevens, a pioneer in the study of stem cell research in Brazil, is also a member of Serrapilheira’s scientific board. H.D. Mabuse - Designer, visual artist, and musician.
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Rehen is a neuroscientist and a full professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Institute of Biomedical Sciences, as well as the research director for the Instituto D’Or de Pesquisa e Ensino (IDOR). He is a member of the Brazilian committee for the Pew Charitable Trusts and the board of the Museum of Tomorrow. Stevens, a pioneer in the study of stem cell research in Brazil, is also a member of Serrapilheira’s scientific board. H.D. Mabuse - Designer, visual artist, and musician.
H.D. Mabuse Designer, visual artist, and musician.
Designer, visual artist, and musician.
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Designer, visual artist, and musician.

participants

learn more about the Brazilian initiatives selected in the open call
Adilson de Oliveira São Paulo LAbI UFSCar
Alan Brito Rio Grande do Sul UFRGS
Aline Ghilardi São Paulo Colecionadores de Ossos
Adilson de Oliveira
São Paulo / LAbI UFSCar Adilson Jesus Aparecido de Oliveira is a full professor in the physics department at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar). He served as vice-president of the university from November 2012 to November 2016, where he received his PhD in the physics of condensed matter in 1996. Oliveira is a member of the Group on Superconductivity and Magnetism (GSM), and directs Outreach and Education for CEPID FAPESP’s Center for Developing Multifunctional Materials (CDMF) and the Center of Innovation for New Energies (CINE) from FAPEPS/Shell. He founded and directs the Laboratório Aberto de Interatividade (LAbI), a laboratory which focuses on developing methodologies for science outreach. His main fields of interest are physics, with an emphasis on magnetic materials and magnetic properties, and science outreach. He heads up the science outreach blog Por dentro da ciência, and writes for Ciência Hoje and Galileu. Oliveira has published over 100 scientific papers and nearly 200 science-outreach articles.
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Alan Brito
Rio Grande do Sul / UFRGS Brito has an undergraduate degree in physics and a master’s and doctorate in astrophysics, having conducted postdoctoral research in Chile and Australia. He teaches at the Institute of Physics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), where he develops work on teaching, research, academic outreach, science outreach, and management.
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Aline Ghilardi
São Paulo / Colecionadores de Ossos I’m a biologist with a master’s degree in ecology and a PhD in geology, specializing in vertebrate paleontology. Right now, I’m working on a postdoctoral fellowship at UFSCar, studying the fossil record of dinosaur footprints in Brazil. I’ve been active in science outreach since 2006, having helped to organize a number of events, exhibitions, courses, and talks for the general public. In 2010, I ventured into online science outreach with the blog Colecionadores de Ossos, which sought to promote paleontology and related fields. The initiative was incorporated into “Science Blogs Brasil” in 2011 and has only grown ever since. Today, Colecionadores de Ossos can be found on multiple social media platforms and has produced all sorts of content, from documentaries and handbooks to books and electronic games.
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Ana Carolina Da Hora Rio de Janeiro Olabi Makerspace
Andrea Da Poian Rio de Janeiro Ser Cientista
Ana Paula Araújo Maranhão IEMA
Ana Carolina Da Hora
Rio de Janeiro / Olabi Makerspace I always wanted to be a scientist, and thanks to the grace of God, my family always supported me in that. When I first started studying computational sciences, I was drawn towards robotics and education. Today I’m on the Olabi team, where I direct “Computação Sem Caô.” I received several awards as an undergraduate, including the Prêmio Brasas de Desafio na Educação; one of my projects was selected to take part in the largest developers’ event in the world, Apple’s WWDC.
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Andrea Da Poian
Rio de Janeiro / Ser Cientista I studied biosciences as an undergraduate and got my PhD in biological chemistry, and I’ve been a professor at the Leopoldo de Meis Institute of Medical Biochemistry (IBqM) at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) since 1996, where I’m supported by a 1C research grant from CNPq and a Cientista do Nosso Estado grant from FAPERJ. I head up the Virus Biochemistry Lab, where we develop studies on the virus-cell interaction and try to understand the pathogenesis of arboviruses caused by the dengue, zika, mayaro, and chikungunya viruses. Alongside that research, for the past 10 years I’ve directed training activities for schoolteachers and students, designed to approach science through the lived experience of the process of creating scientific knowledge. This style encourages the development of critical thought and an understanding of methodology. Participants are the protagonists of their own discoveries; they come to find ways to answer their own questions on a given topic. Since 2012, I’ve also served as science editor for the magazines Ciência Hoje and Ciência Hoje das Crianças, and for the past 2 years I’ve been a member of the board for the Instituto Ciência Hoje, tasked with making the publication a more dynamic means for promoting Brazilian science.
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Ana Paula Araújo
Maranhão / IEMA I studied agricultural engineering at Maranhão State University, where I also received my master’s in agroecology and am currently concluding a course in pedagogy. Today, I oversee scientific education at the Instituto de Educação, Ciencia e Tecnologia do Maranhão (IEMA), where I direct a variety of initiatives designed to promote and popularize science, such as the Rede IEMA de Educação Científica e Tecnológica (RECITE), which has developed a program of robot clubs in communities across the state.
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Manoel Pereira Bahia Cetepi
Caren Queiroz Bahia Guardiões da Chapada
Carlla Vicna Amazonas Projeto Cosmos
Manoel Pereira
Bahia / Cetepi A native of Brazil’s Northeast with a bachelor’s in physics and a master’s in astronomy, an educator who’s passionate about teaching and always looking for ways to give students alternate ways to make science class more engaging and interesting.
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Caren Queiroz
Bahia / Guardiões da Chapada I have a degree in biology and a master’s in biomonitoring from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA)’s graduate program in ecology and biomonitoring. During my master’s, I developed research into citizen science to understand how this methodology can help train volunteers to preserve pollination mechanisms, and then proposed a conceptual model to describe the factors that affect volunteer engagement. I’m a part of Professor Blandina Felipe Viana’s research group, and the two of us are directing the transdisciplinary citizen science project Guardiões da Chapada. The project rests on three pillars: democratizing access to scientific knowledge, engaging civil society in the task of preserving biodiversity and ecosystemic services, and monitoring pollinators through photographic records of plant-floral visitor interactions in Chapada Diamantina, in Bahia. Guardiões da Chapada is part of the Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia em Estudos Interdisciplinares e Transdisciplinares em Ecologia e Evolução (IN-TREE/CNPq), where I’m a research fellow. I encourage you to check out our social media presence and become a guardian of Chapada yourself.
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Carlla Vicna
Amazonas / Projeto Cosmos Carlla Vicna, age 19, studies computational engineering at the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM). Three years ago, she and a group of friends founded Projeto Cosmos, which aims to bring astronomy and science to public schools in Manaus in the most entertaining way possible. The initiative, which began independently, has been taken on and run by UFAM since 2017.
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Cinthia Mendonça Rio de Janeiro Silo - Arte e Latitude Rural
Cristina Amorim Distrito Federal IPAM
Davi Calazans Ceará Ponto em Comum
Cinthia Mendonça
Rio de Janeiro / Silo - Arte e Latitude Rural Artist, researcher, director of Silo – Arte e Latitude Rural, an NGO dedicated to promoting science, art, and technology in rural regions and conservation areas, using immersive experiences and transdisciplinary practices as laboratories of innovation and citizen experimentation.
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Cristina Amorim
Distrito Federal / IPAM I have a background in journalism and currently work as director of communications for the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM). Having worked as a reporter at publications including the Folha de S. Paulo, O Estado de S. Paulo and Galileu Magazine, I transitioned to work at NGOs with the goal of shifting perceptions and bringing about positive transformations in society, with a focus on socioenvironmental topics and science.
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Davi Calazans
Ceará / Ponto em Comum I studied biology at the Federal University of Ceará (UFC). After I graduated, I started a YouTube channel called Ponto em Comum, where I promote science to this day. The channel was incorporated into the Science Vlogs Brasil network, where it quickly gained recognition and eventually became the largest channel for science outreach in Brazil’s Northeast, as well as winning support from YouTube NextUp in 2017.
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Denise Casatti São Paulo Pint of Science
Eleonora Kurtenbach Rio de Janeiro Espaço Ciência Viva
Elis Helena Sinnecker Rio de Janeiro Tem menina no Circuito
Denise Casatti
São Paulo / Pint of Science I’m the communications director for Pint of Science, which I was responsible for bringing to Brazil. I have a journalism background and a master’s in communication; I write pieces promoting scientific advances and serve as press officer for the University of São Paulo’s Instituto de Ciências Matemáticas e de Computação (ICMC) in São Carlos. I’m also pursuing a PhD in psychology at the Federal University of São Carlos, where I’m developing a project around metacognition and science outreach.
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Eleonora Kurtenbach
Rio de Janeiro / Espaço Ciência Viva I’m an associate professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)’s Institute of Biophysics, where I head up the Molecular Biology and Protein Biochemistry Lab. I’m also currently serving as president of the Espaço Ciência Viva (ECV), a pioneer in interactive science outreach in Brazil. Science outreach has been a part of my career since 1984, during my master’s, around the same time when ECV was starting to set up interactive exhibits in public spaces. Today, ECV has a host of professionals from a wide range of areas and backgrounds; it has played an important role in training those interested in science outreach, as many of those currently active in the field never underwent formal academic training.  We develop projects in a variety of fields and subfields, keeping up constant interaction with researchers, students of all stages, teachers, and diverse communities from a number of areas. The results are presented in workshops and interactive modules to visitors to ECV, especially on our themed “Science Saturdays.” Over the past five years, I’ve overseen two senior theses, three master’s theses, one doctoral dissertation and one postdoctoral fellowship in the field, through UFRJ’s graduate programs at the Institute of Medical Biochemistry and the Carlos Chagas Filho Institute of Biophysics and the course in Science, Technology, and Health Sciences Outreach at Fiocruz. Beyond my passion for science, I’m also an enthusiastic participant in such open-air activities as Carnaval festivities and long-distance hikes.
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Elis Helena Sinnecker
Rio de Janeiro / Tem menina no Circuito Sinnecker is a professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Institute of Physics, where she studies magnetic nanostructures. She is the cofounder of Tem Menina no Circuito and Tem Criança no Circuito, projects designed to draw girls into science careers and promote science among kids.
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Fernanda Diamant São Paulo Associação Quatro Cinco Um
Giulliana Bianconi Rio de Janeiro Gênero e Número
Graciele Oliveira São Paulo Projeto Bingo
Fernanda Diamant
São Paulo / Associação Quatro Cinco Um Diamant is a translator and book publisher with a background in philosophy.  She is currently the editor of Quatro cinco um and the curator of FLIP – the Paraty International Literary Festival. For her master’s degree, she is delving into the works of the British naturalist Charles Darwin. Diamant has worked at Publifolha, Editora 34, and Teatro Oficina, where she helped prepare publications.
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Giulliana Bianconi
Rio de Janeiro / Gênero e Número I’m a journalist and co-director of Gênero e Número, the organization I also helped found. Today, I work on the intersection of media, data, and gender, in constant dialogue with academia and researchers who work to collect and open access to data. Above all, I’m drawn to spaces where science and media intersect.
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Graciele Oliveira
São Paulo / Projeto Bingo I am a chemist with a PhD in biochemistry from the University of São Paulo’s Institute of Chemistry, currently finishing a specialization in scientific journalism through Unicamp’s Labjor program. As an educational communicator, I have contributed pieces to textbooks and science journals. I’m on the Education and Science Outreach team at Projeto Bingo, where I also serve as an administrator.
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Gracielle Higino Goiás IGNITE
Guilherme Marson São Paulo Sociedade Brasileira de Química
Guilherme Longo Rio Grande do Norte #DeOlhoNosCorais
Gracielle Higino
Goiás / IGNITE I have a master’s degree in biological diversity and conservation in the tropics, and I’m working on my PhD in ecology and evolution at the Federal University of Goiás. Ever since undergrad, when I first came into contact with open science and open access initiatives, I’ve been engaged with projects of that sort – and with science outreach, which has been a passion of mine since I was a kid. I believe that it has the potential to arm people with the tools they need to resist their oppressors, and that scientists have a lot to contribute to the struggle. That’s how IGNITE arose: it’s an open, collaborative project that looks to bring together multiple forms of knowledge to help young scientists communicate better.
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Guilherme Marson
São Paulo / Sociedade Brasileira de Química I’m a professor at the University of São Paulo’s Institute of Chemistry, I research the use of IT in teaching chemistry and promoting the field, and I’m an illustrator and visual artist. I edit the page Química Nova Interativa. I’ve been on the teams for AIQ Brasil, Global da Água (2011), USP’s Virada Científica (2014-15) and USP’s Science and Technology Week (2016-17), and I served as the director of USP’s Science Museum (2015-18).
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Guilherme Longo
Rio Grande do Norte / #DeOlhoNosCorais Longo is a professor and researcher at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, in the oceanography and limnology department, and the director Marine Ecology Lab (http://longolab.weebly.com) and the #DeOlhoNosCorais initiative, which looks to use citizen science to promote the field. He is also one of the 65 researchers selected to receive support through Serrapilheira’s First Open Call.
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Hugo Ferreira Ceará CIENTE - Núcleo de Divulgação Científica da UECE
João Cortese São Paulo Estado da Arte - Bits
José Orenstein São Paulo Nexo jornal
Hugo Ferreira
Ceará / CIENTE - Núcleo de Divulgação Científica da UECE Ferreira is a biologist with a PhD in zoology and postdoctoral work in ecology; he currently teaches at Ceará State University (UECE). At the Laboratório de Conservação de Vertebrados Terrestres (Converte), he heads up projects on ecology, defaunation, ethnozoology, and the history of zoology. He is the director of Ciente (UECE’s science outreach program), the vice-president of the Science Vlogs Brasil network, hosts Zoa, which airs on TV Jangadeiro (SBT Ceará), and writes a science column for HuffPost Brasil.
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João Cortese
São Paulo / Estado da Arte - Bits João Cortese is a science editor for the multimedia platform Estado da Arte. He researches the history and philosophy of mathematics, bioethics, and the ethics of artificial intelligence. He has taught math, philosophy, and social sciences at secondary schools and at the college level. He has a bachelor’s degree in molecular science, a master’s in the philosophy of science, and a doctorate in epistemology and the history of science.
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José Orenstein
São Paulo / Nexo jornal José Orenstein is a journalist and executive editor at Nexo, where he oversees the science section of the publication.
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Julia Salles São Paulo Coletivo Squiggle
Julia Cavazza Rio de Janeiro Alquimétricos
Kátia Pinheiro Rio de Janeiro Observatório Nacional
Julia Salles
São Paulo / Coletivo Squiggle Julia Salles teaches in the communications department at the Université de Montréal (UdeM, Canada), and is working on her PhD in communications at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) with support from Ciência Sem Fronteiras (CAPES). She has a master’s in contemporary art and new media from the Université Paris 8.
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Julia Cavazza
Rio de Janeiro / Alquimétricos I’m interested in subjects that involve transdisciplinarity, especially at the intersection of art and science. I work with Alquimétricos and ArteCiência Brasil, I’m pursuing a degree in graphic design, and I teach classical ballet.
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Kátia Pinheiro
Rio de Janeiro / Observatório Nacional I’m a research fellow at the Observatório Nacional, where I study geophysics, and geomagnetism in particular. The Observatório Nacional is a nationally renowned and internationally recognized organization affiliated with the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication, which carries out research, development, and innovation in three fields – Astronomy, Geophysics, and Time and Frequency Metrology.
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Kawoana Viana Rio Grande do Sul Cientista Beta
Leandro Lobo Rio de Janeiro UFRJ
Letícia Guimarães da Silva Rio de Janeiro Museu da Vida
Kawoana Viana
Rio Grande do Sul / Cientista Beta Viana is a social entrepreneur driven by challenges and passionate about health, education, science, and entrepreneurship. After she was transformed by the experience of developing scientific projects, she created Cientista Beta to help change other young Brazilians’ lives through science. She belongs to the Fundação Estudar’s network of leaders and is a Red Bull Amaphiko fellow.
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Leandro Lobo
Rio de Janeiro / UFRJ I’m a microbiologist, I teach at UFRJ and serve as the regional secretary for SBPC, I enjoy beer and devour books, and I’m passionate about science and science outreach. I travel the world whenever I can, learn what I can and bring it back to Brazil. I believe that education is the solution for mankind.
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Letícia Guimarães da Silva
Rio de Janeiro / Museu da Vida I have a bachelor’s degree in performing arts and a specialization in theatrical direction from UFRJ. Today, I’m a theater director, actor, and have been a facilitator at Fiocruz’s Museu da Vida for 15 years. Over those years at Fiocruz, I’ve developed my own approach to promoting and popularizing science through theater, involving elements like humor, music, and poetry. The sort of theater we put on at the Museu da Vida shies away from a didactic or literal tone, or the need to educate as a formal institution, and instead engages audiences of all ages, inviting them to think about science and health from a critical, social point of view. Tens of thousands of people have come through the Tenda da Ciência during more than 19 unbroken years of free, high-quality performances, on par with all of the Museu da Vida’s activities.
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Luiza Felicori Vilela Minas Gerais IdeaReal BioLab
Lucas Camargos Goiás Dragões de Garagem
Lucas Fonseca São Paulo Missão Garatéa
Luiza Felicori Vilela
Minas Gerais / IdeaReal BioLab Assistant professor in the biochemistry and immunology department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Founder of Brazil’s first biohackerspace, which puts a premium on transdisciplinarity in teaching, research, outreach, and innovation.  
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Lucas Camargos
Goiás / Dragões de Garagem I’m a doctoral student in entomology at the University of Minnesota, with a bachelor’s in biology from the Federal University of Goiás and a master’s in entomology from the National Institute of Amazonian Research. I’m also a host and co-creator of the science podcast Dragões de Garagem. I’ve been working with basic science ever since I was an undergrad, and I believe that science outreach is key if we want to live in a fairer, more socially aware society.
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Lucas Fonseca
São Paulo / Missão Garatéa Lucas Fonseca is considered one of the 35 most promising young outer space researchers in the world. He worked on the Rosetta mission that landed a probe on a comet and is currently directing Missão Garatéa, an initiative to promote space exploration in Brazil through national space missions.
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Luisa Putterman São Paulo Projeto Sonora
Marrytsa Melo Rio de Janeiro PequenoLAB
Natália Oliveira Pernambuco Laboratório de Imunopatologia Keizo Asami
Luisa Putterman
São Paulo / Projeto Sonora Luisa Puterman is a music producer, sound designer, and sound artist. Her research and projects delve into the possibilities, problems, histories, and other aspects of psychoacoustics and composition. After studying piano, guitar, and percussion, she got her bachelor’s degree in art history and eventually specialized in sound engineering. “Sound is a key element, one that can expand connections between the scientific, the philosophical, the mystical and the everyday.” Her works are interdisciplinary and appear in films, advertising, installations, performances, theater, and dance. In recent years she has participated in festivals, residencies, and exhibitions including FILE - São Paulo; 18th Japan Media Festival - Tokyo, Japan; TED2017 - Vancouver, Canada; DEKMANTEL - São Paulo, SP; Moogfest – Durham, NC, USA; Red Bull Music Academy - Paris, France; OneBeat - USA; Novas Frequências - Rio de Janeiro; BANFF Center for the Arts - Banff, Canada; Festival Path 2018 - São Paulo; and LABVERDE - Amazonas, among others.  
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Marrytsa Melo
Rio de Janeiro / PequenoLAB Melo is a visual artist, educator, and researcher.  She has a master’s degree in contemporary art studies and the study of artistic processes from the Federal Fluminense University (UFF) and is an alumna of EAV Parque Lage, the art school where she currently teaches in the Parquinho Lage program. Melo is the co-founder of pequenoLAB and an editor at nano editora. She has taken part in group shows, festivals, and artistic residencies in Brazil and abroad.
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Natália Oliveira
Pernambuco / Laboratório de Imunopatologia Keizo Asami Natália Oliveira is an affiliated scholar at LIKA, at the Federal University of Pernambuco, and a forensic scientist for the Pernambuco state government, with a PhD in biology applied to health. She is a member of the dance collective Vogue 4 Recife, which won the Dance Your PhD competition in 2017 in the Chemistry and Popular Vote categories.
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Pedro Loos Santa Catarina Ciência Todo Dia
Rafael Bento São Paulo Numinalabs
Rodrigo Graminha Sâo Paulo Geostok
Pedro Loos
Santa Catarina / Ciência Todo Dia Pedro Loos is the creator and director of Ciência Todo Dia, a science and technology channel on YouTube that reaches around 1.5 million people per month. Ciência Todo Dia is a member of YouTubeEDU (YouTube’s official network of education channels), a YouTube Partner, and a member of Science Vlogs Brasil, the biggest network of science channels in the country.
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Rafael Bento
São Paulo / Numinalabs Bento is the director of the ScienceBlogs project; he has a postdoctoral degree in molecular biology and is the founding president of ScienceVlogs, the creator of Chopp com Ciência, organized Pint of Science Campinas, is an academic consultant for Kroton, a partner at NuminaLabs and a professor of science outreach.  
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Rodrigo Graminha
Sâo Paulo / Geostok Graminha is an administrator and entrepreneur who has been working on geoscience-related businesses since 2007, organizing events and educational initiatives. He is the founder of Geostok, where he has been making his dream of scientific entrepreneurship come true.
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Roseli Lopes São Paulo LSI-TEC / FEBRACE
Rossana Soletti Rio Grande do Sul Maternidade com Ciência
Sabine Righetti São Paulo Data 14
Roseli Lopes
São Paulo / LSI-TEC / FEBRACE Lopes is a professor in the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (EP-USP). She is the vice-coordinator of the University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Interactive Technologies (CITI-USP), and is on the board for InovaLab@POLI. She has served as the vice-director (2006-2008) and director (2008-2010) of Estação Ciência, USP’s Center for Scientific, Technological, and Cultural Outreach. Lopes has been a fellow at EP-USP’s Integrable Systems Laboratory since 1998, where she leads its research group on interactive electronic media (involving computer graphics, digital image processing, techniques and mechanisms for human-computer interaction, virtual reality, augmented reality, and assistive technology). She directs science outreach programs and projects designed to identify and foster talent in the sciences and engineering. She headed up the conception and execution of the Brazilian Fair of Science and Engineering (FEBRACE) and has served as head coordinator since 2003. Lopes is currently a member of the Board of the Brazilian Society for Progress in Science, or SBPC (2017-2019), and was the society’s regional secretary for the São Paulo metropolitan region (2013-2017).
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Rossana Soletti
Rio Grande do Sul / Maternidade com Ciência Rossana Soletti is a pharmacist with a PhD in morphology and a postdoctoral degree in biomedical engineering; she specializes in scientific information and health. Not only is she an oncobiology researcher and a professor of human embryology, she is also the mother of two girls. Soletti strives to empower mothers, bring more science to maternity, and bring more maternity into science.
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Sabine Righetti
São Paulo / Data 14 I’m a journalist with special training in science outreach (Labjor-Unicamp) and a PhD in science and technology policy (Unicamp/University of Michigan). I covered science and education at Folha de S. Paulo from 2010 to 2015. Since then, I’ve been a consultant and a contributor to the paper; I write an online column, I teach science journalism through Folha’s trainee program, and I work as an academic coordinator for the Ranking Universitário Folha, an unprecedented attempt to rank Brazilian institutes of higher education (in terms of teaching and research). I’ve been a Knight Fellow (University of Michigan, 2012), an Eisenhower Fellow (2014), and a Lemann Fellow (Stanford, 2017), and have received six journalism awards: the Folha de Jornalismo in 2012 and 2015, Estácio de Jornalismo (for national print coverage) in 2013 and 2017, and Jornalistas Especialistas (education) in 2015 and 2016. I was also a finalist for the Jabuti award in 2010, for my book Direito à educação: aspectos constitucionais (Edusp, 2009). In terms of my academic affiliations, I am an affiliated scholar at Labjor-Unicamp and I teach in the public policy department at FGV-SP.
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Sarah Azoubel São Paulo 37 Graus
Tabata Mariz Bohlen São Paulo Dragões de Garagem
Yurij Castelfranchi Minas Gerais UFMG
Sarah Azoubel
São Paulo / 37 Graus I produce 37 Graus, a podcast that asks questions and discovers stories. Our episodes always have one foot in science and the other in everyday life, always taking a people-centric approach to issues. I’m a biologist, and I fell in love with podcasts during my PhD at UC San Diego. I’m currently finishing up a special course in science journalism at Unicamp’s Laboratory of Advanced Journalism Studies (Labjor).
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Tabata Mariz Bohlen
São Paulo / Dragões de Garagem I have a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), a master’s in science from the University of São Paulo (USP), and am now pursuing my PhD at USP. Plus which I’m a dancer in my (vanishingly rare) free time. Since August of 2017, I’ve been a part of the YouTube channel Dragões da Garagem, hosting and directing the weekly show Notícias da Garagem, which tries to take a good-humored, relaxed approach to updating viewers on the latest discoveries in the academic world.
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Yurij Castelfranchi
Minas Gerais / UFMG I’m a physicist (specializing in quantic cosmology) with a master’s degree in science communications. I moved to Brazil from my native Italy in 2003, and I’m a professor of the social studies of science and technology. I engage with scientific outreach on a practical basis and in my academic research (studying the sociology of science and technology).
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Vinícius Penteado São Paulo / Boston Science Vlogs Brasil
Zélia Maria Ludwig Minas Gerais Para Meninas Negras na Ciência
Vinícius Penteado
São Paulo / Boston / Science Vlogs Brasil In 2015, Rafael Bento and I founded Science Vlogs Brasil (SVBR), an initiative that has come to include over 30 Brazilian science outreach professionals, and have been directing it ever since. Our mission is to guarantee the quality of the content so that the public can trust what they find, and bring together science promoters so that we can all grow the field.
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Zélia Maria Ludwig
Minas Gerais / Para Meninas Negras na Ciência My name is Zélia Maria Da Costa Ludwig, I’m from Ituiutaba, Minas Gerais, and I’m the married mother of a 13-year-old girl. I have a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of São Paulo (USP), a master’s and PhD from the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN), and a postdoctoral degree from USP. Today, I teach at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF). I research materials science and vibrational spectroscopy, combined with theoretical studies that use the functional theory of density. I set up a lab focused on materials science and have advised the work of several graduate students through it. In recent years, in parallel with my materials research, I’ve begun working on issues of gender, race, and science outreach after struggling with the lack of representation of Black women in academic spaces. Since then, I’ve been developing projects around the topic, giving talks, workshops, and taking part in panels and interviews, addressing these issues and calling for action. I’m currently a member of the Brazilian Society of Physics (SBF) Working Group on Minorities in Physics, and of the UFJF Physics Department Communications Commission.
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Adilson de Oliveira São Paulo LAbI UFSCar
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Adilson Jesus Aparecido de Oliveira is a full professor in the physics department at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar). He served as vice-president of the university from November 2012 to November 2016, where he received his PhD in the physics of condensed matter in 1996. Oliveira is a member of the Group on Superconductivity and Magnetism (GSM), and directs Outreach and Education for CEPID FAPESP’s Center for Developing Multifunctional Materials (CDMF) and the Center of Innovation for New Energies (CINE) from FAPEPS/Shell. He founded and directs the Laboratório Aberto de Interatividade (LAbI), a laboratory which focuses on developing methodologies for science outreach. His main fields of interest are physics, with an emphasis on magnetic materials and magnetic properties, and science outreach. He heads up the science outreach blog Por dentro da ciência, and writes for Ciência Hoje and Galileu. Oliveira has published over 100 scientific papers and nearly 200 science-outreach articles.
Alan Brito Rio Grande do Sul UFRGS
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Brito has an undergraduate degree in physics and a master’s and doctorate in astrophysics, having conducted postdoctoral research in Chile and Australia. He teaches at the Institute of Physics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), where he develops work on teaching, research, academic outreach, science outreach, and management.
Aline Ghilardi São Paulo Colecionadores de Ossos
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I’m a biologist with a master’s degree in ecology and a PhD in geology, specializing in vertebrate paleontology. Right now, I’m working on a postdoctoral fellowship at UFSCar, studying the fossil record of dinosaur footprints in Brazil. I’ve been active in science outreach since 2006, having helped to organize a number of events, exhibitions, courses, and talks for the general public. In 2010, I ventured into online science outreach with the blog Colecionadores de Ossos, which sought to promote paleontology and related fields. The initiative was incorporated into “Science Blogs Brasil” in 2011 and has only grown ever since. Today, Colecionadores de Ossos can be found on multiple social media platforms and has produced all sorts of content, from documentaries and handbooks to books and electronic games.
Ana Carolina Da Hora Rio de Janeiro Olabi Makerspace
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I always wanted to be a scientist, and thanks to the grace of God, my family always supported me in that. When I first started studying computational sciences, I was drawn towards robotics and education. Today I’m on the Olabi team, where I direct “Computação Sem Caô.” I received several awards as an undergraduate, including the Prêmio Brasas de Desafio na Educação; one of my projects was selected to take part in the largest developers’ event in the world, Apple’s WWDC.
Andrea Da Poian Rio de Janeiro Ser Cientista
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I studied biosciences as an undergraduate and got my PhD in biological chemistry, and I’ve been a professor at the Leopoldo de Meis Institute of Medical Biochemistry (IBqM) at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) since 1996, where I’m supported by a 1C research grant from CNPq and a Cientista do Nosso Estado grant from FAPERJ. I head up the Virus Biochemistry Lab, where we develop studies on the virus-cell interaction and try to understand the pathogenesis of arboviruses caused by the dengue, zika, mayaro, and chikungunya viruses. Alongside that research, for the past 10 years I’ve directed training activities for schoolteachers and students, designed to approach science through the lived experience of the process of creating scientific knowledge. This style encourages the development of critical thought and an understanding of methodology. Participants are the protagonists of their own discoveries; they come to find ways to answer their own questions on a given topic. Since 2012, I’ve also served as science editor for the magazines Ciência Hoje and Ciência Hoje das Crianças, and for the past 2 years I’ve been a member of the board for the Instituto Ciência Hoje, tasked with making the publication a more dynamic means for promoting Brazilian science.
Ana Paula Araújo Maranhão IEMA
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I studied agricultural engineering at Maranhão State University, where I also received my master’s in agroecology and am currently concluding a course in pedagogy. Today, I oversee scientific education at the Instituto de Educação, Ciencia e Tecnologia do Maranhão (IEMA), where I direct a variety of initiatives designed to promote and popularize science, such as the Rede IEMA de Educação Científica e Tecnológica (RECITE), which has developed a program of robot clubs in communities across the state.
Manoel Pereira Bahia Cetepi
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A native of Brazil’s Northeast with a bachelor’s in physics and a master’s in astronomy, an educator who’s passionate about teaching and always looking for ways to give students alternate ways to make science class more engaging and interesting.
Caren Queiroz Bahia Guardiões da Chapada
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I have a degree in biology and a master’s in biomonitoring from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA)’s graduate program in ecology and biomonitoring. During my master’s, I developed research into citizen science to understand how this methodology can help train volunteers to preserve pollination mechanisms, and then proposed a conceptual model to describe the factors that affect volunteer engagement. I’m a part of Professor Blandina Felipe Viana’s research group, and the two of us are directing the transdisciplinary citizen science project Guardiões da Chapada. The project rests on three pillars: democratizing access to scientific knowledge, engaging civil society in the task of preserving biodiversity and ecosystemic services, and monitoring pollinators through photographic records of plant-floral visitor interactions in Chapada Diamantina, in Bahia. Guardiões da Chapada is part of the Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia em Estudos Interdisciplinares e Transdisciplinares em Ecologia e Evolução (IN-TREE/CNPq), where I’m a research fellow. I encourage you to check out our social media presence and become a guardian of Chapada yourself.
Carlla Vicna Amazonas Projeto Cosmos
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Carlla Vicna, age 19, studies computational engineering at the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM). Three years ago, she and a group of friends founded Projeto Cosmos, which aims to bring astronomy and science to public schools in Manaus in the most entertaining way possible. The initiative, which began independently, has been taken on and run by UFAM since 2017.
Cinthia Mendonça Rio de Janeiro Silo - Arte e Latitude Rural
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Artist, researcher, director of Silo – Arte e Latitude Rural, an NGO dedicated to promoting science, art, and technology in rural regions and conservation areas, using immersive experiences and transdisciplinary practices as laboratories of innovation and citizen experimentation.
Cristina Amorim Distrito Federal IPAM
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I have a background in journalism and currently work as director of communications for the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM). Having worked as a reporter at publications including the Folha de S. Paulo, O Estado de S. Paulo and Galileu Magazine, I transitioned to work at NGOs with the goal of shifting perceptions and bringing about positive transformations in society, with a focus on socioenvironmental topics and science.
Davi Calazans Ceará Ponto em Comum
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I studied biology at the Federal University of Ceará (UFC). After I graduated, I started a YouTube channel called Ponto em Comum, where I promote science to this day. The channel was incorporated into the Science Vlogs Brasil network, where it quickly gained recognition and eventually became the largest channel for science outreach in Brazil’s Northeast, as well as winning support from YouTube NextUp in 2017.
Denise Casatti São Paulo Pint of Science
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I’m the communications director for Pint of Science, which I was responsible for bringing to Brazil. I have a journalism background and a master’s in communication; I write pieces promoting scientific advances and serve as press officer for the University of São Paulo’s Instituto de Ciências Matemáticas e de Computação (ICMC) in São Carlos. I’m also pursuing a PhD in psychology at the Federal University of São Carlos, where I’m developing a project around metacognition and science outreach.
Eleonora Kurtenbach Rio de Janeiro Espaço Ciência Viva
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I’m an associate professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)’s Institute of Biophysics, where I head up the Molecular Biology and Protein Biochemistry Lab. I’m also currently serving as president of the Espaço Ciência Viva (ECV), a pioneer in interactive science outreach in Brazil. Science outreach has been a part of my career since 1984, during my master’s, around the same time when ECV was starting to set up interactive exhibits in public spaces. Today, ECV has a host of professionals from a wide range of areas and backgrounds; it has played an important role in training those interested in science outreach, as many of those currently active in the field never underwent formal academic training.  We develop projects in a variety of fields and subfields, keeping up constant interaction with researchers, students of all stages, teachers, and diverse communities from a number of areas. The results are presented in workshops and interactive modules to visitors to ECV, especially on our themed “Science Saturdays.” Over the past five years, I’ve overseen two senior theses, three master’s theses, one doctoral dissertation and one postdoctoral fellowship in the field, through UFRJ’s graduate programs at the Institute of Medical Biochemistry and the Carlos Chagas Filho Institute of Biophysics and the course in Science, Technology, and Health Sciences Outreach at Fiocruz. Beyond my passion for science, I’m also an enthusiastic participant in such open-air activities as Carnaval festivities and long-distance hikes.
Elis Helena Sinnecker Rio de Janeiro Tem menina no Circuito
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Sinnecker is a professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Institute of Physics, where she studies magnetic nanostructures. She is the cofounder of Tem Menina no Circuito and Tem Criança no Circuito, projects designed to draw girls into science careers and promote science among kids.
Fernanda Diamant São Paulo Associação Quatro Cinco Um
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Diamant is a translator and book publisher with a background in philosophy.  She is currently the editor of Quatro cinco um and the curator of FLIP – the Paraty International Literary Festival. For her master’s degree, she is delving into the works of the British naturalist Charles Darwin. Diamant has worked at Publifolha, Editora 34, and Teatro Oficina, where she helped prepare publications.
Giulliana Bianconi Rio de Janeiro Gênero e Número
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I’m a journalist and co-director of Gênero e Número, the organization I also helped found. Today, I work on the intersection of media, data, and gender, in constant dialogue with academia and researchers who work to collect and open access to data. Above all, I’m drawn to spaces where science and media intersect.
Graciele Oliveira São Paulo Projeto Bingo
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I am a chemist with a PhD in biochemistry from the University of São Paulo’s Institute of Chemistry, currently finishing a specialization in scientific journalism through Unicamp’s Labjor program. As an educational communicator, I have contributed pieces to textbooks and science journals. I’m on the Education and Science Outreach team at Projeto Bingo, where I also serve as an administrator.
Gracielle Higino Goiás IGNITE
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I have a master’s degree in biological diversity and conservation in the tropics, and I’m working on my PhD in ecology and evolution at the Federal University of Goiás. Ever since undergrad, when I first came into contact with open science and open access initiatives, I’ve been engaged with projects of that sort – and with science outreach, which has been a passion of mine since I was a kid. I believe that it has the potential to arm people with the tools they need to resist their oppressors, and that scientists have a lot to contribute to the struggle. That’s how IGNITE arose: it’s an open, collaborative project that looks to bring together multiple forms of knowledge to help young scientists communicate better.
Guilherme Marson São Paulo Sociedade Brasileira de Química
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I’m a professor at the University of São Paulo’s Institute of Chemistry, I research the use of IT in teaching chemistry and promoting the field, and I’m an illustrator and visual artist. I edit the page Química Nova Interativa. I’ve been on the teams for AIQ Brasil, Global da Água (2011), USP’s Virada Científica (2014-15) and USP’s Science and Technology Week (2016-17), and I served as the director of USP’s Science Museum (2015-18).
Guilherme Longo Rio Grande do Norte #DeOlhoNosCorais
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Longo is a professor and researcher at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, in the oceanography and limnology department, and the director Marine Ecology Lab (http://longolab.weebly.com) and the #DeOlhoNosCorais initiative, which looks to use citizen science to promote the field. He is also one of the 65 researchers selected to receive support through Serrapilheira’s First Open Call.
Hugo Ferreira Ceará CIENTE - Núcleo de Divulgação Científica da UECE
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Ferreira is a biologist with a PhD in zoology and postdoctoral work in ecology; he currently teaches at Ceará State University (UECE). At the Laboratório de Conservação de Vertebrados Terrestres (Converte), he heads up projects on ecology, defaunation, ethnozoology, and the history of zoology. He is the director of Ciente (UECE’s science outreach program), the vice-president of the Science Vlogs Brasil network, hosts Zoa, which airs on TV Jangadeiro (SBT Ceará), and writes a science column for HuffPost Brasil.
João Cortese São Paulo Estado da Arte - Bits
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João Cortese is a science editor for the multimedia platform Estado da Arte. He researches the history and philosophy of mathematics, bioethics, and the ethics of artificial intelligence. He has taught math, philosophy, and social sciences at secondary schools and at the college level. He has a bachelor’s degree in molecular science, a master’s in the philosophy of science, and a doctorate in epistemology and the history of science.
José Orenstein São Paulo Nexo jornal
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José Orenstein is a journalist and executive editor at Nexo, where he oversees the science section of the publication.
Julia Salles São Paulo Coletivo Squiggle
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Julia Salles teaches in the communications department at the Université de Montréal (UdeM, Canada), and is working on her PhD in communications at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) with support from Ciência Sem Fronteiras (CAPES). She has a master’s in contemporary art and new media from the Université Paris 8.
Julia Cavazza Rio de Janeiro Alquimétricos
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I’m interested in subjects that involve transdisciplinarity, especially at the intersection of art and science. I work with Alquimétricos and ArteCiência Brasil, I’m pursuing a degree in graphic design, and I teach classical ballet.
Kátia Pinheiro Rio de Janeiro Observatório Nacional
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I’m a research fellow at the Observatório Nacional, where I study geophysics, and geomagnetism in particular. The Observatório Nacional is a nationally renowned and internationally recognized organization affiliated with the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication, which carries out research, development, and innovation in three fields – Astronomy, Geophysics, and Time and Frequency Metrology.
Kawoana Viana Rio Grande do Sul Cientista Beta
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Viana is a social entrepreneur driven by challenges and passionate about health, education, science, and entrepreneurship. After she was transformed by the experience of developing scientific projects, she created Cientista Beta to help change other young Brazilians’ lives through science. She belongs to the Fundação Estudar’s network of leaders and is a Red Bull Amaphiko fellow.
Leandro Lobo Rio de Janeiro UFRJ
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I’m a microbiologist, I teach at UFRJ and serve as the regional secretary for SBPC, I enjoy beer and devour books, and I’m passionate about science and science outreach. I travel the world whenever I can, learn what I can and bring it back to Brazil. I believe that education is the solution for mankind.
Letícia Guimarães da Silva Rio de Janeiro Museu da Vida
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I have a bachelor’s degree in performing arts and a specialization in theatrical direction from UFRJ. Today, I’m a theater director, actor, and have been a facilitator at Fiocruz’s Museu da Vida for 15 years. Over those years at Fiocruz, I’ve developed my own approach to promoting and popularizing science through theater, involving elements like humor, music, and poetry. The sort of theater we put on at the Museu da Vida shies away from a didactic or literal tone, or the need to educate as a formal institution, and instead engages audiences of all ages, inviting them to think about science and health from a critical, social point of view. Tens of thousands of people have come through the Tenda da Ciência during more than 19 unbroken years of free, high-quality performances, on par with all of the Museu da Vida’s activities.
Luiza Felicori Vilela Minas Gerais IdeaReal BioLab
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Assistant professor in the biochemistry and immunology department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Founder of Brazil’s first biohackerspace, which puts a premium on transdisciplinarity in teaching, research, outreach, and innovation.  
Lucas Camargos Goiás Dragões de Garagem
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I’m a doctoral student in entomology at the University of Minnesota, with a bachelor’s in biology from the Federal University of Goiás and a master’s in entomology from the National Institute of Amazonian Research. I’m also a host and co-creator of the science podcast Dragões de Garagem. I’ve been working with basic science ever since I was an undergrad, and I believe that science outreach is key if we want to live in a fairer, more socially aware society.
Lucas Fonseca São Paulo Missão Garatéa
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Lucas Fonseca is considered one of the 35 most promising young outer space researchers in the world. He worked on the Rosetta mission that landed a probe on a comet and is currently directing Missão Garatéa, an initiative to promote space exploration in Brazil through national space missions.
Luisa Putterman São Paulo Projeto Sonora
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Luisa Puterman is a music producer, sound designer, and sound artist. Her research and projects delve into the possibilities, problems, histories, and other aspects of psychoacoustics and composition. After studying piano, guitar, and percussion, she got her bachelor’s degree in art history and eventually specialized in sound engineering. “Sound is a key element, one that can expand connections between the scientific, the philosophical, the mystical and the everyday.” Her works are interdisciplinary and appear in films, advertising, installations, performances, theater, and dance. In recent years she has participated in festivals, residencies, and exhibitions including FILE - São Paulo; 18th Japan Media Festival - Tokyo, Japan; TED2017 - Vancouver, Canada; DEKMANTEL - São Paulo, SP; Moogfest – Durham, NC, USA; Red Bull Music Academy - Paris, France; OneBeat - USA; Novas Frequências - Rio de Janeiro; BANFF Center for the Arts - Banff, Canada; Festival Path 2018 - São Paulo; and LABVERDE - Amazonas, among others.  
Marrytsa Melo Rio de Janeiro PequenoLAB
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Melo is a visual artist, educator, and researcher.  She has a master’s degree in contemporary art studies and the study of artistic processes from the Federal Fluminense University (UFF) and is an alumna of EAV Parque Lage, the art school where she currently teaches in the Parquinho Lage program. Melo is the co-founder of pequenoLAB and an editor at nano editora. She has taken part in group shows, festivals, and artistic residencies in Brazil and abroad.
Natália Oliveira Pernambuco Laboratório de Imunopatologia Keizo Asami
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Natália Oliveira is an affiliated scholar at LIKA, at the Federal University of Pernambuco, and a forensic scientist for the Pernambuco state government, with a PhD in biology applied to health. She is a member of the dance collective Vogue 4 Recife, which won the Dance Your PhD competition in 2017 in the Chemistry and Popular Vote categories.
Pedro Loos Santa Catarina Ciência Todo Dia
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Pedro Loos is the creator and director of Ciência Todo Dia, a science and technology channel on YouTube that reaches around 1.5 million people per month. Ciência Todo Dia is a member of YouTubeEDU (YouTube’s official network of education channels), a YouTube Partner, and a member of Science Vlogs Brasil, the biggest network of science channels in the country.
Rafael Bento São Paulo Numinalabs
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Bento is the director of the ScienceBlogs project; he has a postdoctoral degree in molecular biology and is the founding president of ScienceVlogs, the creator of Chopp com Ciência, organized Pint of Science Campinas, is an academic consultant for Kroton, a partner at NuminaLabs and a professor of science outreach.  
Rodrigo Graminha Sâo Paulo Geostok
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Graminha is an administrator and entrepreneur who has been working on geoscience-related businesses since 2007, organizing events and educational initiatives. He is the founder of Geostok, where he has been making his dream of scientific entrepreneurship come true.
Roseli Lopes São Paulo LSI-TEC / FEBRACE
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Lopes is a professor in the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (EP-USP). She is the vice-coordinator of the University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Interactive Technologies (CITI-USP), and is on the board for InovaLab@POLI. She has served as the vice-director (2006-2008) and director (2008-2010) of Estação Ciência, USP’s Center for Scientific, Technological, and Cultural Outreach. Lopes has been a fellow at EP-USP’s Integrable Systems Laboratory since 1998, where she leads its research group on interactive electronic media (involving computer graphics, digital image processing, techniques and mechanisms for human-computer interaction, virtual reality, augmented reality, and assistive technology). She directs science outreach programs and projects designed to identify and foster talent in the sciences and engineering. She headed up the conception and execution of the Brazilian Fair of Science and Engineering (FEBRACE) and has served as head coordinator since 2003. Lopes is currently a member of the Board of the Brazilian Society for Progress in Science, or SBPC (2017-2019), and was the society’s regional secretary for the São Paulo metropolitan region (2013-2017).
Rossana Soletti Rio Grande do Sul Maternidade com Ciência
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Rossana Soletti is a pharmacist with a PhD in morphology and a postdoctoral degree in biomedical engineering; she specializes in scientific information and health. Not only is she an oncobiology researcher and a professor of human embryology, she is also the mother of two girls. Soletti strives to empower mothers, bring more science to maternity, and bring more maternity into science.
Sabine Righetti São Paulo Data 14
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I’m a journalist with special training in science outreach (Labjor-Unicamp) and a PhD in science and technology policy (Unicamp/University of Michigan). I covered science and education at Folha de S. Paulo from 2010 to 2015. Since then, I’ve been a consultant and a contributor to the paper; I write an online column, I teach science journalism through Folha’s trainee program, and I work as an academic coordinator for the Ranking Universitário Folha, an unprecedented attempt to rank Brazilian institutes of higher education (in terms of teaching and research). I’ve been a Knight Fellow (University of Michigan, 2012), an Eisenhower Fellow (2014), and a Lemann Fellow (Stanford, 2017), and have received six journalism awards: the Folha de Jornalismo in 2012 and 2015, Estácio de Jornalismo (for national print coverage) in 2013 and 2017, and Jornalistas Especialistas (education) in 2015 and 2016. I was also a finalist for the Jabuti award in 2010, for my book Direito à educação: aspectos constitucionais (Edusp, 2009). In terms of my academic affiliations, I am an affiliated scholar at Labjor-Unicamp and I teach in the public policy department at FGV-SP.
Sarah Azoubel São Paulo 37 Graus
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I produce 37 Graus, a podcast that asks questions and discovers stories. Our episodes always have one foot in science and the other in everyday life, always taking a people-centric approach to issues. I’m a biologist, and I fell in love with podcasts during my PhD at UC San Diego. I’m currently finishing up a special course in science journalism at Unicamp’s Laboratory of Advanced Journalism Studies (Labjor).
Tabata Mariz Bohlen São Paulo Dragões de Garagem
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I have a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), a master’s in science from the University of São Paulo (USP), and am now pursuing my PhD at USP. Plus which I’m a dancer in my (vanishingly rare) free time. Since August of 2017, I’ve been a part of the YouTube channel Dragões da Garagem, hosting and directing the weekly show Notícias da Garagem, which tries to take a good-humored, relaxed approach to updating viewers on the latest discoveries in the academic world.
Yurij Castelfranchi Minas Gerais UFMG
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I’m a physicist (specializing in quantic cosmology) with a master’s degree in science communications. I moved to Brazil from my native Italy in 2003, and I’m a professor of the social studies of science and technology. I engage with scientific outreach on a practical basis and in my academic research (studying the sociology of science and technology).
Vinícius Penteado São Paulo / Boston Science Vlogs Brasil
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In 2015, Rafael Bento and I founded Science Vlogs Brasil (SVBR), an initiative that has come to include over 30 Brazilian science outreach professionals, and have been directing it ever since. Our mission is to guarantee the quality of the content so that the public can trust what they find, and bring together science promoters so that we can all grow the field.
Zélia Maria Ludwig Minas Gerais Para Meninas Negras na Ciência
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My name is Zélia Maria Da Costa Ludwig, I’m from Ituiutaba, Minas Gerais, and I’m the married mother of a 13-year-old girl. I have a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of São Paulo (USP), a master’s and PhD from the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN), and a postdoctoral degree from USP. Today, I teach at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF). I research materials science and vibrational spectroscopy, combined with theoretical studies that use the functional theory of density. I set up a lab focused on materials science and have advised the work of several graduate students through it. In recent years, in parallel with my materials research, I’ve begun working on issues of gender, race, and science outreach after struggling with the lack of representation of Black women in academic spaces. Since then, I’ve been developing projects around the topic, giving talks, workshops, and taking part in panels and interviews, addressing these issues and calling for action. I’m currently a member of the Brazilian Society of Physics (SBF) Working Group on Minorities in Physics, and of the UFJF Physics Department Communications Commission.

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