Waterford Institute of Technology’s TSSG part of the Irish delegation at the annual Brazilian CONFAP National Forum held in Brasilia, Brazil on 26th May, 2015.

RBI_logoWaterford Institute of Technology’s, Telecommunications, Software & Systems Group (TSSG) was recently represented by James Clarke as part of the Irish Delegation to make a dedicated presentation on success stories of the Science Foundation Ireland’s Research Brazil Ireland (RBI) project to the annual forum of the National Council of State Foundations for Research Support of Brazil (CONFAP).  CONFAP is the council of all national funding agencies throughout all of Brazil.

The Irish delegation was led by Sarah O’Sullivan, Director of International Collaborations, with Research Brazil Ireland, research colleagues from Dublin City University, the lead university in the RBI consortium of 11 Irish universities and Institutes of Technology, James Clarke from Waterford Institute of Technology, and researchers from Dublin Institute of Technology, and Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. 

Mr. Clarke’s presentation focused on the establishment of results oriented working groups (WGs) related to Future Wireless Telecommunications & Networks, co-coordinated by TCD and WIT, and Trustworthy ICT, coordinated by WIT, and a recruitment drive for recruitment in another WG related to ICT for Agriculture. In addition to presenting the success stories of ICT-related WGs of RBI, Mr. Clarke highlighted plans for the future Ireland – Brazil collaborations in both the next stage of RBI and the EU’s H2020 program.

Following the CONFAP meeting, Mr. Clarke continued the mission with a presentation tour of the following Universities giving lectures to professors and students in each one, respectively: University of Brasilia, Faculdade de Computação (FACOM), Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (UFU- Uberlândia),  Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (UFES-Vitoria), and Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC-Florianopilos). In addition to meeting members of CONFAP and the Universities above, Mr. Clarke also met personnel from the European Commission delegation to Brazil during the productive and successful visit.

Mr. Clarke has been involved in collaboration with researchers in Brazil since 2009 and the RBI project builds upon the EU Framework programme 7 project, Building International Cooperation for Trustworthy ICT (BIC), which was coordinated by Mr. Clarke for the European Commission.