A win for Brazil

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Between September 09 and 14, 2018, all eyes of the scientific community in the fields of Aeronautics and Space Engineering will be on Belo Horizonte. During those days, the Minas Gerais capital will host the 31st edition of the biennial Congress of the ICAS (International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences), considered the most important industry event in the world and which began in 1958, in Madrid.

It is expected to bring together over a thousand participants, including people from academia and persons related to important companies in the industry such as Boeing, Airbus and Saab. "From a technical and scientific point of view, it is a showcase for the technology expo", explains Professor Carlos Cimini, a member of the event’s organizing committee and visiting scholar at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden.

As you might imagine, bringing a conference of this magnitude to Brazil was a real feat. With a selection process that is similar to the Olympic Games (there is an executive committee formed specifically to define the host city), the country had to overcome formidable competitors like Israel.

Cimini, in turn, points out some factors considered decisive for the choice: government investments in Minas Gerais focused on Aeronautical Engineering (creation of university courses, encouraging research and others), strong global presence of Embraer (3rd largest jet manufacturers in the world) and the Science without Borders program, by the Federal Government, which has promoted student exchange between different countries, presenting the national scientific knowledge to the world.

Anders Blom, Innovair Director of Programs (Swedish national body for aeronautics innovations), provides that the event will be an opportunity for the international community to be presented to academic articles from Brazil, which is highly praised. "I believe that anything published by Brazilian scientists on civil aviation will be considered on a par with what is best in other countries", he says.

Blom also said that holding the event in the country will be important to foster dialog between two important segments. "Until now, the cooperation between academia and industry may not be as developed as in countries with a longer aeronautics history", he explains.

With these benefits, people from around the world will try to present their work at the event. And registrations are open until 15 July 2017. At the ICAS website, it is possible to submit article summaries, which will be evaluated. Later, those who have their works selected should send the full articles. "There are a lot of people wanting to go, but few vacancies", says Cimini, who enjoys remembering that even he has had some articles rejected.