The target is the integration of the team and presentation of the current status of the 29 projects on natural gas.

On 27 and 28 July, the 1st Workshop of the Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI) takes place at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (Poli-USP), in São Paulo, Brazil. This event shall bring together co-ordinators and researchers working on the 29 projects which are on the RCGI portfolio, who shall present the first results of their respective research studies for a select public of approximately 150 people.

“The main goal here is the integration of the RCGI team. Each co-ordinator shall have 15 minutes to present what is being done within their projects, after which an additional period of five minutes shall be allowed for questions and queries raised by the audience”, explains professor Júlio Meneghini, who is the academic director of the Centre. In his opinion, events such as this one are important because they clearly show the multidisciplinary approach, which is essential for the sharing of new knowledge and also for nurturing of innovation.

“Multidisciplinary environments create the synergy which is necessary for problem solving, and also a climate which is conducive to research and innovation. Sometimes, a team is so focused on seeking solutions for a specific problem that they end up forgetting to share it with other teams, who could help. Establishing contact between these teams is the essence of the meeting”, Mr Meneghini summarises.

He opens the event, on 27 July. Next, Alexandre Breda and José Alfredo Ferrari Jr, from the BG-Shell Group, talk about how the company sees the RCGI and its development. The first day also includes talks by Karen Mascarenhas, from KLM Consulting, and Gabriel Penna, the Communications Manager of the RCGI, both of whom shall talk about strategies for publicity and communications. In addition, Maria Aparecida de Souza, from the USP Innovation Agency, shall talk about trademarks and patents. Mr Meneghini shall then wrap up the morning of this first day in style by presenting the new projects which should become part of the RCGI portfolio. In the afternoon, the co-ordinators of the ten projects shall present the first results shown by their respective research studies.

The second day, 28 July, shall be fully devoted to the presentations by the co-ordinators of the 19 remaining projects. According to Prof. Meneghini, other workshops shall take place every six months, always in July and December. “In this first workshop, as the projects are still in the early stages, we shall only see initial results. However, as time goes by, we hope to present more advanced results in the following workshops.”

Further information:

1st Workshop on the Research Centre for Gas Innovation – results from January to June 2016

Where: Amphitheatre of the Mechanical Engineering Building of the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (Poli-USP), at Av. Prof. Luciano Gualberto, travessa 3 nº 380, Butantã University Campus – São Paulo, Brazil)

When: 27 and 28 July, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Further information available at: /events-2016/1st-rcgi-workshop-results-from-january-to-june-2016/