Brazil: Sorbonne University builds up international partnerships through research excellence

This year, two leading Brazilian researchers are joining Sorbonne University: Professor Paulo de Mattos Pimenta, an expert in computational mechanics, will be joining the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC) and immunologist Marcelo Bozza will join the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN). Since 2013, Sorbonne University has been the only French institution to have a special partnership with Capes - a Brazilian Federal Agency in charge of financing international mobility - allowing it to accommodate and finance the best Brazilian researchers and lecturers for 6 months. Sorbonne University is therefore joining Harvard, Brown, Oxford and Cambridge as one of the universities benefiting from this special partnership.

Professor Paulo de Mattos Pimenta from the University of Sao Paulo, a leading expert in computational mechanics

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At Sorbonne University, encouraging exchanges and meetings between PhD students, lecturer-researchers and students from all across the world is at the heart of everything we do.  As part of the CAPES Chair, Professor Paulo de Mattos Pimenta will work closely with Professor Adnan Ibrahimbegovic, the head of the Mechanics Chair at the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC), to respond to the industrial challenges of tomorrow by exploring innovative solutions in the field of mechanics. An exciting prospect for Professor Adnan Ibrahimbegovic who is expecting to compare his vision of mechanics with Professor Pimenta’s South American and German approaches.

The objective? To find sustainable solutions to improve the energy of tomorrow

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Following the COP21, the challenges of sustainable development and the environment remain the focus of scientific research at Sorbonne University. Therefore, the partnership with Professor Paulo de Mattos Pimenta will allow for the study of solutions concerning renewable energy and, in particular, the development of offshore wind turbines. 

To develop this offshore wind turbine project, Professor Pimenta will work closely with Professor Adnan Ibrahimbegovic in order to prepare the groundwork for a European research program on renewable and clean energy sources. What is at stake? A 25 million euro budget to develop the largest offshore wind turbine ever built

A professor available for students: an educational workbook in progress and specialized seminars


Having Professor Paulo Pimenta join the university is also a student-oriented move as he is currently writing a book with Professor Adnan Ibrahimbegovic which will be used for teaching Master’s and PhD courses.  

Professor Marcelo Bozza from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, a leading expert in immunology


For six months and alongside the head of the ‘Molecule de communication et adaptation des Microorganismes’ (molecular communication and adaptation in microorganisms) department at the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN), Philippe Grellier, Sorbonne University will be home to a second Brazilian professor from the CAPES Chair: Professor Marcelo Bozza, an expert in immunology who will be focusing his work on parasitic infections.

A pioneering scientific collaboration which seeks to pool the expertise of different experts in order to take the lead in pursuing a healthcare project which could affect millions of people worldwide! 

Research on parasitic infections which are of international concern


Diseases caused by parasites are a scourge on humanity and represent a major global health problem. Research on parasitic infections, the subject Professor Marcel Bozza is currently working on as part of the CAPES Chair, is therefore a global challenge and could eventually improve the lives of millions of people worldwide.

To better understand scientific development, take the ecological dimension into account, analyze biological problems more broadly as a society and in order to better understand the emergence of new pathogens, which will undoubtedly occur, Professor Marcel Bozza is conducting his work with an interdisciplinary approach

Better understanding the emergence of biological problems and the new pathogens of today and tomorrow: classes for PhD students


Having Professor Bozza join the museum means that there will be projects aimed at Brazilian lecturer-researchers wanting to study in Paris, as well as projects for French PhD students who want to conduct their research in Brazil! 

Classes with Professor Bozza will be taught alongside researcher, Coralie Martin, and the head of the ‘Molecule de communication et adaptation des Microorganismes’ (molecular communication and adaptation in microorganisms) department at the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN), Philippe Grellier. This is the opportunity for students this year to better understand the ecological dimension of the emergence of new pathogens as well as  toas to address these issues in a wider context during two seminars: ‘Evolutionary aspects of the immune system ’ and ‘ Microorganisms facing their environment ’.

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