scientific ties with Brazil took a step closer recently
with a conference aimed at building greater research
links between the two countries.
The Australia Brazil Bio Nano Technology (ABBINTech) Conference, held at The
University of Queensland on March 27 and 28, brought together some of the best
and brightest researchers from both countries to explore ways to share knowledge.
Conference organiser Dr Joe de Costa said while there were already many important
research links with Brazil, it made sense to nurture further collaboration.
“When you have two countries with such similar climates and environments the
opportunities to enhance our research collaborations are obvious,” Dr de Costa
“For example, if you are working on nanomaterials for paints in Australia, that
work is easily applied in Brazil with our similar climate conditions rather than
the colder climates of Europe.”
Dr de Costa, who is also the Associate Director of the ARC Centre for Functional
Nanomaterials based at UQ, said the conference attracted the top researchers
in bioengineering and nanotechnology in both countries.
“Some of the topics covered included the latest advances in drug delivery, tissue
engineering, composite materials and quantum computing chemistry,” he said.
The ABBINTech is an initiative of the Brazilian Government's Ministry of Science
and Technology in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Bioengineering
and Nanotechnology (AIBN) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre for