The Brazilian-German Frontiers of Science and Technology Symposia (BRAGFOST) are a series of interdisciplinary binational conferences which are co-organized by the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. They bring together approximately 60 outstanding young engineers and natural scientists from a wide range of disciplines (30 each from Germany and Brazil). The conference format allows for the exchange of ideas across disciplinary as well as national boundaries and, at the same time, provides opportunities for future binational collaborations and networking. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will support such collaborations between German and Brazilian participants with its special follow-up program "CONNECT".
Conferences take place once a year alternately in Brazil and in Germany with about 30 scientists from each country participating. An organizing committee comprised of Brazilian and German scientists develops the program for the event. The areas that will be covered in the 2016 BRAGFOST symposium are "Water availability for sustainable development", "Smart sensors - Between technologies and application fields", "Digital fabrication and the construction industry" and "Automation and its implications in employment and education".
Funding on the German side is provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and on the Brazilian side by the Ministry of Education. This edition has also received funds from FAPESP, the São Paulo State Research Foundation, and FAEPEX, the University of Campinas' Teaching and Research Fund, and support from CNPEM and the German Consulate in São Paulo.
Co-chair: Gabriela Celani, University of Campinas
CAPES: Abilio Baeta Neves, Amanda Menezes, Maria do Carmo Martins Sobral, Clarissa Soares
Co-chair: Olfa Kanoun, Chemnitz Technical University
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: Enno Aufderheide, Katja Hartmann and Matthias Hergenhan