“Science for Life” – A Brazilian Fair and Showcase on Research and Agricultural Technologies

Science for Life is a large research and agricultural fair promoted every two years by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Embrapa.  The event is organized in Brasilia, Brazil, in cooperation with universities, public agencies, private companies, state representations, international research organizations, and others.  Science for Life has a trade show format and makes use of multiple types of expositions, lectures, technical stands, cultural events, culinary workshops , business events, among others.

This 7th edition of Science for Life will run from April 24 to May 2nd, 2010.  This year´s Fair will feature the 37th anniversary of Embrapa, the 150th anniversary of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, and 50 years of the inauguration of Brasilia, the capital of Brazil recognized as a World Heritage site.

Many new agricultural products and processes developed by Embrapa and its partners will be launched during the event. Also, a Technology Showcase will feature live displays and stands showing research results and their impact in agriculture and people´s lives.  This year´s showcase will feature the triad research, education and environment, presented in artistic and creative ways.  

See below a summary of the main features in the Science for Life Technology Showcase:

“Daily Life Showcase”

The menu that reaches the tables of Brazilians every day has an essential ingredient: agricultural research. In the Daily Life Space visitors will understand how research and innovation impact their lives and make our agriculture admired around the world.

“Technology Showcase”

Visitors will see how innovations developed by Embrapa and partners foster our country´s development and competitivity.

“Future Showcase”

What Brazilian agricultural research reserves for the future? Visitors will see and understand why agricultural technologies are revolutionizing farms and agricultural industries around the country.  And citizens will understand how their choices and needs impact research priorities.

“Science and Information”

A showcase of information generated by Embrapa in a diversity of medias – radio, TV, internet and many, many books!  Here visitors will experience science and research at their fingertips.

“Cooking Workshops”

After learning about food and agriculture, visitors will have a chance to try it.  Courses and workshops will teach recipes for dishes loved by Brazilians.

FUTURE CHALLENGES SHOWCASE

“Biodiversity”

Biodiversity represents the riches and varieties of the natural world. Plants, animals and microorganisms provide food, medicine and much needed raw material for a variety of human activities. Today, key threats to biodiversity are pollution, overuse of natural resources, urban and industrial expansion, among others. Increasing awareness about environmental issues is broadening discussions around biodiversity, creating a new perception of the key importance of biological resources for society.

“Climate Change”

Global warming is one of the biggest challenges for humanity.  The debate is intense because climate change has implications in environmental, economic, political and social arenas. And Brazil, with its continental size and rich ecosystems is an actor of great importance in this global discussion.

“Alternative Energy”

Alternative and sustainable energy sources have the potential to meet most of the growing demands of modern society. Whatever the energy sources that will prevail in the near future, they must come from renewable sources, allowing the lowest possible levels of emissions and pollution.

“Healthy Eating”

Advances in scientific knowledge in the area o nutrition have transformed the act of eating into a powerful mean for health promotion. Adequate nutrition can decrease stress, anxiety and irritability, facilitating weight control and promoting well being.  Also, adequate food and nutrition help fight diseases, improve the physical and cognitive development of children and teenagers,  and contributes to healthier gestation and aging.

Click here for more information about Science for Life.

To locate Science for Life on Google Maps, just type in the search box “Embrapa, Brasilia, Brazil”.

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