On May 17, 2012 Les O’Reilly Executive Director, OceansAdvance, will host a Roundtable for ocean technology stakeholders at the Institute of Ocean Technology on Memorial Campus in St. John’s, NL.  At the Roundtable, which will run for two hours starting at noon, Mr. O’Reilly will present for discussion the outcomes from an important international workshop that is taking place to advance the Canada-Brazil Framework agreement for Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation (S&T Agreement).  

The workshop, on which the Roundtable will be based, is organized for May 8-11, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In attendance will be leading marine researchers and technology developers from Canada and Brazil who will be there to solidify collaborative partnerships.  Mr. O’Reilly will be in attendance at this S&T Agreement workshop and intends to gather intelligence which may be of interest to stakeholders in the ocean technology sector of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mr. O’Reilly’s intention is to use the workshop intelligence as the basis for his presentation at the Roundtable in St. John’s on May 18. The information will be provided in the Roundtable format enabling those in attendance to actively engage in an assessment of regional industry and research interests and resulting opportunities flowing from the Canada-Brazil workshop.

Those interested in attending the Roundtable are asked to respond to leslie.oreilly@oceansadvance.net not later than noon Wed., May 16, 2012.

Background:

In November 2008, Canada and Brazil signed a Framework agreement for Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation (S&T Agreement) which officially came into force in 2010. This agreement serves as a framework under which Canadian and Brazilian partners from industry, academia and government can collaborate on joint Research & Development (R&D) projects.

As stipulated in the S&T Agreement, a committee was established in 2011 to provide strategic direction to the implementation of the Agreement. The Joint Committee for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation is comprised of Canadian and Brazilian members of the government, academic and private sector communities.

In June 2011, Canada hosted the inaugural meeting of the Canada-Brazil Joint Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation in Ottawa. At this meeting , it was agreed that the working groups would be created in the agreed upon sectors (oceans, life sciences, ICT, and clean technology/green energy) to develop and implement a Canada – Brazil Science, Technology and Innovation Action Plan that supports both Canadian and Brazilian national strategies and leverages key Canadian and Brazilian strengths.

Canadian and Brazilian co-leads have been identified for each sector area and the leads have built working groups comprised of members from industry, academia and government. Preliminary action plans from each of the sector areas have been developed by working groups. In this connection, a workshop has been organized for May 8-11, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is designed to focus Canadian and Brazilian research and development communities on projects of joint interest. In particular, it should serve to bring together leading marine researchers and technology developers from Canada and Brazil to solidify collaborative partnerships that have been developing under the auspices of the Canada-Brazil Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement.

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RSVP to leslie.oreilly@oceansadvance.net no later than noon Wed., May 16, 2012