Located in the heart of South America, the Pantanal is a mosaic of ecosystems, neighboring the Amazon Rainforest, the Cerrado, the Atlantic Forest and the Bolivian Chaco. This is where Swissnex, in collaboration with Sesc Pantanal, will launch its Pantanal Science Camp.
The Pantanal is one of the most diverse biomes on earth. This rich and unique wetland holds high concentrations of breathtaking wildlife. This is an ideal environment to research various fields, such as sustainability, biology, ecology, wildlife conservation, culture and more. Through one-week science camps, Swissnex will provide access to the largest Private Natural Heritage Reserve in Brazil through a one-week science camp with complete infrastructure and full support on connecting with researchers, universities, and academic partners.
On 30 June, Swissnex in Brazil will host an online webinar to present not only the Pantanal Science Camp and research, collaboration, and partnership opportunities. Prof. Carlos Artexes Simões will present the National Department of Sesc, its activities and partnerships, showing the dimension of the cooperation capacity of Sesc. Christiane Caetano, museologist at Sesc, will give examples of the Pantanal region’s partnership potential for knowledge production and the development of innovative projects. Professor Dr. Luiz Flamarion, Associate Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), will present his history of cooperation with Sesc Pantanal and the importance of scientific research in the region to preserve biodiversity and the mitigation of climate change. Finally, Professor Dr. Cátia Nunes da Cunha, Associate Researcher at the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), will overview the Pantanal region and its characteristics, the wetlands, and vital importance for ecosystems and for life on Earth as “Biological supermarkets.”
When: 30 June 2021
Timezones: 12:00 (BRT) / 17:00 (CET)
Prof. Carlos Artexes SimõesDirector General - Sesc
Director General of the Sesc – Social Service for Commerce. He is Electronic Engineer (UFRJ) and was a professor and manager at the Federal Center for Technological Education (CEFET). He also studied Pedagogy at the UFRJ, where he obtained his PhD. Actively involved in debates about education in Brazil, he participated at round tables, seminars, panels and published journal articles. He was the General Coordinator of high schools at the Ministry of Education and the Director of Conceptions and Curriculum Orientations for Basic Education at said Ministry.
Christiane CaetanoProject Manager
Christiane Caetano is a museologist with post-graduate studies in marketing and business communication. She focused her professional career in the communication area and entered 24 years ago, in the National Department of Sesc as an advisor in the area of leadership, where she was responsible for the implementation of the Ecos Program, a sustainability project that was later expanded to the CNC, Senac, and Fecomércio. She was the communication supervisor of the regional administration of Sesc in Rio de Janeiro and 19 years after accompanying the implementation of the social-environmental action pole of the National Department of Sesc in the Pantanal, she became the project manager.
Prof. Dr. Luiz Flamarion Barbosa de OliveiraAssociate Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Graduated in Biological Sciences at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Master in Ecology from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and PhD in Biogeography from the Universität des Saarlandes, Germany. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, National Museum. He has experience in the areas of Ecology, Biogeography, with emphasis on mastozoology.
Prof. Dr. Cátia Nunes da CunhaAssociate Researcher, Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT)
PhD in Ecology, post-doctorate in Wetland Ecology at the Max-Planck Institute for Limnology, Tropical Ecology Group – Germany. She was a professor at the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT). Today she is an associate researcher at UFMT, researcher at the National Institute of Science and Technology in Wetlands (INCT-INAU/CNPq), researcher at the Pantanal Research Center (CPP) responsible for the scientific bases for supporting the conservation and sustainable handling of the Pantanal, and the scientific project coordinator of the Blue Corridor Program (Mupan/Wetland International). She is part of the working group that developed scientific bases for the identification and characterization of Brazilian wetlands, and the classification of macro habitats in the Pantanal for management purposes. Her area of expertise is the ecology of wetland vegetation. She has been involved in efforts for conservation, sustainable management and the political-scientific visibility of wetlands, especially in the Pantanal.
Dr. Evelyn WolframHead of Phytopharmacy and Natural Products Group and lecturer in Natural Products Chemistry and Phytopharmacy
Dr Evelyn Wolfram is the Head of Phytopharmacy and Natural Products Group and lecturer in Natural Products Chemistry and Phytopharmacy at the Department of Life Sciences at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.
She has a degree in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and obtained her PhD in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Munich. Currently she cooperates in Latin America with universities in Argentina, Brazil and Chile and has as her main areas of interest are, Quality Control and Pharmacopeial methods in Phytopharmacy, Cosmetics and Health Food, Extraction Process Development and Optimization, Method Development via Quality by Design, Quality Assurance and Standardization in Phytotherapy and Biotechnology of Medicinal Plants.
Sesc (Social Service of Commerce) is a non-profit Brazilian private institution with initiatives in Education, Health, Culture and Leisure, providing services in every country’s state. For 20 years, Sesc has managed the Pantanal Private Natural Heritage Reserve to preserve biodiversity, protect rare and endangered species, promote education and foster scientific research. Sesc’s facilities in Pantanal include the Porto Cercado Hotel, adjacent to the reserve, and the main base to the Science Camp.
Pantanal Science Camp