NASA Astrobiology Program

Brazilian Astrobiology Group Joins NAI

By Keith Cowing
March 10, 2012

Please join the NAI in welcoming its newest International Partner, the University of Sao Paulo (USP) Research Unit in Astrobiology (NAP-Astrobio), under the direction of Jorge Ernesto Horvath and Douglas Galante. NAP-Astrobio is a virtual organization reporting to the Research Provost of the University of Sao Paulo. Its purpose is to provide a structure for virtual scientific collaboration as well as the organization of meetings, seminars, and schools. It currently includes Sao Paulo state researchers as well as colleagues distributed countrywide and abroad.

The NAI and NAP-Astrobio envision that this partnership will focus initially on the following areas: establishing high-fidelity communication links (e.g., videoconference capability) between US and Brazilian researchers to facilitate communication and collaboration; identifying Brazilian research field sites of mutual interest to both Brazilian and US astrobiology researchers; the exchange of research scientists and students in support of collaborative research; and cooperation in training programs for students and early career investigators.

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