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SBQ-RSC: Celebrating UK-Brazil collaborations

   

Brazil has been the research centre of South America since the beginning of the 21st century and is responsible for more than 50% of chemistry papers published in Latin America. The Royal Society of Chemistry has been committed to fostering international collaborations for at least as long. Ties between UK and Brazilian researchers have become common, and it was a natural result to sign our first Memorandum of Understanding with the Brazilian Chemical Society (SBQ) in 2007, promoting and fostering collaborations. The MoU was renewed in 2012, and this May, the RSC and SBQ are signing an updated MoU that will incentivize UK and Brazilian researchers to participate in SBQ or RSC meetings, encourage inclusion and diversity and seek out joint third party activities.

In honour of this event, we have organized a special virtual issue highlighting collaborations between UK and Brazilian researchers. Articles from authors from 34 institutions in Brazil and 41 in the UK were selected, resulting in more than sixty articles on topics such as electroanalytical techniques, nanomaterials, catalysis, synthetic pathways and theoretical calculations, among others.

 

The close ties and friendship between the SBQ and the Royal Society of Chemistry has helped foster many scientific collaborations and has brought scientists together to promote and share knowledge and ideas. Some of the results of these collaborations are now showcased in this web collection and we are immensely proud that these researchers chose to publish their work in our journals.” said Emma Wilson, Director of Publishing, RSC

 

I’m very satisfied to renew the SBQ/RSC partnership signing a new Memorandum of Understanding during the SBQ Annual Meeting in Foz do Iguaçu, as an official activity of the UK-Brazil Year of Science and Innovation. To celebrate, the editors of both RSC journals portfolio and the Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society-JBCS decided to create themed issues. Each society selected scientific papers by authors from Brazil and UK. This is a great initiative, and the success is guaranteed. Congratulations to all the people engaged in actions to approximate SBQ and RSC much more, hence the Brazilian and the UK sciences. said Prof Aldo J G Zarbin, SBQ President

 

Our future collaborations include a themed issue in the Royal Society of Chemistry journals portfolio and the JBCS of selected scientific papers shared by authors from Brazil and UK. I am also very much looking forward to formally renewing our partnership and friendship by signing our Memorandum of Understanding –  a welcome commitment between our two countries to collaborate further in the future for the benefit of chemistry and humanity. said Professor Dominic Tildesley Past President, Royal Society of Chemistry

 

This themed issue will also celebrate the UK-BRAZIL Year of Science and Innovation 2018-2019, organized by the Science and Innovation Network Brazil (SIN). This initiative recognizes the significant increase in collaborations between the two countries and their resulting publications.

 

The UK-Brazil Year of Science & Innovation is a celebration of current and new world class collaborations in global challenges including in energy, climate, biodiversity, agriculture and health & linked to our Industrial Strategy and Clean Growth Grand Challenge. I am thrilled that the Royal Society of Chemistry and Brazilian Chemical Society are a strong part of this Year said Dr Julia Knights, Director of Science & Innovation at the British Embassy in Brasilia. Check the provisional UK-BR YoS&I program here.

 

We invite you to browse the collection to see what’s been happening between Brazil and the UK since 2016.

 
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Science Connect: helping Brazilian scientists communicate their research

The British Council is an organization in the UK that promotes cultural relations and educational opportunities in countries around the world. Three years ago, the RSC began collaborating with them on their Researcher Connect program. Researcher Connect brings workshops on communication skills to universities around the world, including Brazil. For our part of the program, we conduct 1-day, science communication focused workshops, which we call Science Connect. If you think your university in Brazil might be interested, the British Council will be putting out a new call for Researcher Connect applications starting April 2 2018 here. We will be selecting a few institutions chosen for the main Researcher Connect 2018 program to also host an extra day for Science Connect.

This year, we held our Science Connect workshops at three universities: Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (UFES), Universidade de Brasília (UnB) and Universidade de São Paulo (USP). We had students, postdocs and professors from not only chemistry departments, but also related fields such as materials science, molecular biology and environmental science.

First, Elizabeth Magalhaes from our São Paulo office gave a presentation about the publishing process, with tips from our Editors about all stages of the process, from submission to revision. She also covered best practices for reviewing articles and ethics. The participants told us they found it really useful with lots of tips and good advice on how the publishing process works from the Editors’ perspective.

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Elizabeth Magalhaes presenting on how to publish at USP

Then, our first hands-on module started with students reading the text of an RSC Advances article from which we’d removed the title and abstract. After giving them some instruction on the essential components of abstracts and titles, we asked them to work in groups to first write an abstract for the article and then a title. Some of the students found this challenging because it was outside of their field, but many of their results included elements that could have improved the real abstract!

Students at UnB collaborate to write an abstract for the RSC Advances article.

The second module focused on communicating your research orally. We went over how important body language and manner of speaking can be. We looked at a real example and asked them to critique the speaker based on what they’d learned. The second half of this module focused on elevator pitches, which are generally unfamiliar to Brazilian researchers. With a worksheet as guidance, we walked them through the elements of a good pitch and asked them to take a stab at writing their own. Several of the students said they found this really useful because they hadn’t really sat down and thought about what they do and why it’s valuable to others.

And finally, and most fun, we looked at the elements of great poster design. We showed some real life examples and asked the students to point out the good and bad elements. We emphasized that communicating your science in a logical way is the most important aspect of posters – they don’t always have to follow the same format as a paper. We encouraged them to get creative (but not too creative!) in thinking about the best way to visually communicate their science. Then some brave students allowed us to look at their real posters for friendly critique.

Elizabeth Magalhaes shows students at UFES an example of a fabric poster.

We had a lot of great feedback from the attendees and really enjoyed helping them better communicate their research. “The partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry has flourished greatly over the past few years and, the feedback we got from universities’ representatives is nothing but really positive,” says Camila Almeida, Newton Fund Project Manager with the British Council. “We have now delivered eight Science Connect workshops in various Brazilian states, and we have observed an increasing interest from the institutions each year. We are very pleased with the results and looking forward to the forthcoming workshops in 2018!”

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Rio de Janeiro, the place for the Microscale Separation and Bioanalysis 2018

Photo towards Guanabara Bay taken during the MSB2018 delegation visit to Sugar Loaf

Delegation photo at the closing ceremony….  …..    ………..  ……………..

The 34th International Conference on Microscale Separation and Bioanalysis took place for the first time in Brazil. Around 130 attendees gathered just next to the sea to spectacular sights of beautiful Rio de Janeiro. Divided into two major subjects, Fundamentals of Microscale Separations and Application of Microscale Separations, speakers were top quality and attendees truly international. The conference had 5 plenaries and 17 keynote speakers, including RSC journal board members:

Analytical Methods: Profs Emanuel Carrilho (Editorial Board member), Wendell Coltro and Susan Lunte (both Advisory Board members)

Lab on a Chip:  Profs Aaron Wheeler (Associate Editor) and Amy Herr (Advisory Board member)

The program was structured around short balanced talks with time for discussion. Questions were rich during sessions and inspired insightful ideas. The mix of young researchers (including students) and experienced ones contributed to a great exchange of knowledge.

Around 60 posters were presented with incredible quality according to the judging committee. We presented three from our journals Lab on a Chip, Analyst and Analytical Methods. Congratulations to the winners!

Pencil-drawn Electrochemical Paper-based Analytical Devices (ePADs) for Determination of Ethinylestradiol in Water Supply Samples
Letícia Jordão Marques de Oliveira (University of Sao Paulo)

ROMANCE: Improving Data Exchange and Robustness in CE-MS Based Metabolomics
Víctor González-Ruiz (University of Geneva)

 Pencil Drawing of Electrochemical Paper-based Analytical Devices for Forensic Applications
Wendell Coltro (Federal University of Goiás)

Letícia and Víctor, two of the three recipients of RSC poster prizes.…………………………………… …..

The conference chairs, Profs Emanuel Carrilho (USP in São Carlos) and Marina Tavares (USP).

In addition to the conference, we visited the LADETEC (the Brazilian Doping Control Laboratory, BDCL, in English) in Rio, supervised by Prof Francisco Radler. LADETEC is part of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and tested athlete samples for doping during the 2016 Olympic Games. Prof Radler, who also spoke during the Symposium with a focus on “Omics in Toxicology, Doping and Forensics”, was very kind to receive RSC delegates. As an expert, Prof. Radler is optimistic about the potential of “omics” to become as as big as the field of “nano”:

“-interesting will be to see future OMICS combinations and whatever
can come with it.”

Prof Radler, Elizabeth Magalhaes and Janet Freshwater (RSC Books) during the LADETEC visit.

 
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Brazilian Conference on Natural Products 2017

 

When you think about Natural Products, South/Central America are places that come to mind. The 6th Brazilian Conference on Natural Products was the place to be to discuss new trends in the field. In the beautiful City of Vitória, Espirito Santo State in Brazil, the conference venue welcomed more than 600 attendees just next to the sea. A warm and spectacular atmosphere.

Elizabeth Magalhaes from our Brazilian office attended and was happy to be able to engage with diverse mix of Brazilian and international speakers, who discussed great themes, including mass spectrometry applied to natural products, as well as biosynthesis.

RSC has many related journals, including Natural Products Reports, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry and our analytical journals, Analyst and Analytical Methods. We also have book collections on natural products and organic chemistry. RSC is proud to have sponsored the event and improve our engagement with the natural products community, who contribute to solving global health issues, such as Zika/Dengue viruses, ecology and drug discovery. Natural products also have an important role in agricultural issues.

As a sponsor, RSC presented three poster prizes chosen from two sessions. We awarded an RSC Advances open access voucher to Prof Miriam Falkenberg (Federal University of Santa Catarina) for her work “Molecular networking and spectral techniques for isolation and structure identification of compounds from seaweeds” (co-authored with Satomy A. Kami, Maria Gabriela A. Barros, Ana Cláudia Philippus, Gabriele A. Zatelli, Lucas F.O.Vieira, Louis P. Sandjo, Lorene Armstrong).

We also awarded prizes to Prof Cláudia Seidl (São Paulo University at Ribeirão Preto city) on bioactive compounds identification and to Edileuza Bezerra de Assis (a student from Federal University of Paraíba) on multi-hyphenated techniques.

Congratulations to all the winners!

    Prof Miriam Falkenberg (Federal University of Santa Catarina) receiving the RSC Advances poster prize from Prof Warley Borges (Federal University of Espirito Santo), the local chair of the conference.

 

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