Besides showing the evolution of the Centre’s 29 scientific projects, the event will include media training to guide researchers in dealing with the press

On August 8 to 10, the FAPESP Shell Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI) will hold its third internal workshop. The event will bring together the coordinators and researchers of RCGI’s 29 projects, who will present the results of their studies, after a year and a half of work.

Each coordinator (or team) will have 15 minutes to present what is being done on their projects and they will be granted five more minutes for questions from those in attendance, which is estimated to be around 150 people. The workshop will be held in the amphitheater of the Mechanical and Naval Engineering building, in the Polytechnic School (Poli/USP), and registration can be made at this link:

On the 8th, the event will begin at 1:30 p.m., with a welcome by Gustavo Assi, RCGI’s Director of Publicity and Communication. Then, Professor Julio Meneghini, the Centre’s Scientific Director, will speak regarding the new projects that will likely join the RCGI portfolio yet this year.

“We have proposals for new projects that are still under study. The hydrogen-powered car is one of them. We are also studying projects in the area of biodigesters, along several lines, with the professional assistance of Professor Suani Coelho, who is an expert in the subject. We also have a proposal for studying offshore hubs, under the gas-to-wire concept, and of substituting diesel fuel in trucks used in the mining sector, together with the team of Professor Kazuo Nishimoto, of the Numerical Test Tank of Poli-USP,” Meneghini announced.

The opening moments end with a word from Guilherme Rocha, Director of External Relations of Shell, which is one of the funding institutions of RCGI. At 2:40 p.m., the presentations of projects 11 to 20 will be given, all of which come from the Physicochemistry Program, coordinated by Professors Rita Maria de Brito Alves, Reinaldo Giudici, and Claudio Oller. The Moderator will be Professor Rita Maria.

On the 9th, the schedule begins at 8:30 a.m. with the projects from the Engineering Program, coordinated by Professors Emílio C. Silva and Guenther Krieger Filho. Until 11:40 a.m., the results of projects 1 to 10 will be shown, followed by project 29. The Moderator is Professor Emílio Silva.

After lunch, the presentations will concentrate on the results of projects 21 to 28, from the Energy Economy and Policies Program, which is coordinated by Professors Edmilson Moutinho dos Santos, Hirdan Katarina de Medeiros Costa, and Suani Teixeira Coelho. Welcoming researchers, in this case, is Professor Edmilson Moutinho.

Meneghini states that the meeting is an excellent opportunity for integrating RCGI’s team of scientists and is also a chance to show what is being studied, to those who are interested in research regarding natural gas, biogas, hydrogen, and the management, transport, and storage of CO2. “Multidisciplinary areas create the necessary synergy for problem solving and an atmosphere that is ripe for research and innovation,” he says.

On the last day (10th), from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, media training will be provided for those participating in the event. The objective is to provide general information regarding how RCGI’s researchers should deal with the press. The person responsible for the training is José Roberto Ferreira, Director of Acadêmica Assessoria de Comunicação (which provides press relations services to RCGI) and the former President of the Brazilian Association of Scientific Journalism. 

Event Information: III RCGI Internal Workshop

Dates: August 8, 9, and 10, 2017

Times: 8th – 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; 9th – 8:30 a.m. to 5:40; 10th – 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon (media training)

Place: Amphitheater of the Mechanical and Naval Engineering Building – Av. Professor Mello Moraes, 2231, USP Polytechnic School