São Paulo Advanced School on Biotechnologies, Biosocialities and the Governance of the Life Sciences

10 February 2014


August 11th – August 15th 2014 (Note date change)
State University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
Call for Participants: Brazilian and International Graduate, Post-Graduate and Post-Docs

Rapid developments in the life and medical sciences in the fields of genomics and biotechnology have raised important social, political, legal and ethical issues across global and in transnational contexts. In areas such as genetic medicine, stem cell research, data banking, reproductive technologies, epigenetics and synthetic biology there are new challenges regarding the appropriate implementation, likely impact and consequences for both science and society of these developments.

This five day summer school will bring together leading experts from across a broad field of the social and historical sciences (including Anthropology, Sociology, Science and Technology Studies, Political Science, History of Science) from world class research and educational institutes inside and outside Brazil to examine these issues. Combining a programme of talks and workshops with an emphasis on interactive dialogue with professors and students the school responds to the urgent need to provide training and education that can address some of the pressing social and ethical issues raised by developments in the life and medical sciences.

There will also be the opportunity to present on-going student research and/or poster sessions.

Topics covered in the five days course will include:

  • Global Politics and the Governance of the Life Sciences
  • Public Health, Genomics and the Social Sciences
  • Innovation in the Life Sciences, Transnational Research and International Cooperation

Confirmed Professors on the course:

Rayna Rapp (New York University, USA)
Sahra Gibbon (University College London, UK)
Marko Synesio Monteiro (State University of Campinas, Brazil)
Kenneth Camargo (State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Jane Calvert (University of Edinbrugh, UK)
Maria Conceicão da Costa (State University of Campinas, Brazil)
Aditya Bharadwaj (Geneva Graduate Institute, Switzerland)

Target groups:

The main target groups are graduates, post-graduates and post docs with an interest on Anthropology, Sociology, Science and Technology Studies, Political Science and History of Science as applied to the study of the Life and Medical Sciences. In addition, researchers, research scholars and students aiming at an advanced level research and education are welcome to apply.

How to apply:

There are 50 places available for Brazilian students and 50 places for international students. All confirmed participating students will have their travel, accommodation and subsistence costs covered by FAPESP. The final selection of participants will be made by the organising committee for the event.

Application procedures for FAPESP’s São Paulo School:

Application procedures for FAPESP’S São Paulo School has three parts:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages).
  2. Research Abstract (a half page that describes briefly your current research and/or study project)
  3. A letter of recommendation (written by your doctoral supervisor at your institution/workplace or anyone else who is well informed about your academic research project)

All documents must be sent to the e-mail spsassummerschool@gmail.com, with the subject “SÃO PAULO SUMMER SCHOOL”

Deadline for applications: April 30th.
All confirmed participants will be notified by May 18th.

Further Information, please contact spsassummerschool@gmail.com.

State University of Campinas, UNICAMP
Campus Universitário Zeferino Vaz,
Barão Geraldo, Campinas - SP
ZIP CODE: 13083-970



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