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"A trip to Europe brings intangible results". Those were the words used by Carlos Cimini, a professor at UFMG, to summarise the benefits he reaped over the past year in Sweden as a participant of the 4th CNPq-CISB-Saab Call for Projects.

Besides the analytical and experimental studies conducted for his academic work (optimisation of aircraft structure components in composite materials) at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Cimini seized the opportunity to build a huge network of contacts, including Swedish and Brazilian researchers, with whom he intends to start a number of future projects and merge the know-how of both countries.

One of the best examples occurred at a meeting between KTH and Saab for the Finep call, in 2016. At the meeting, the professor met Carolina Franciscangelis from Brazil, also scholar of the 4th CNPq-CISB-Saab Call, who was completing her sandwich doctorate in distributed optical sensors for measuring vibration at the RISE (Swedish Research Institute).

During their conversation, they had the idea of conducting research to analyse deformation in parts made from composite material. Still awaiting the call from Finep for funding, the project took shape and attracted the interest of different organisations. One of these entities was the startup of Belo Horizonte (MG) Aeron that backs the Japanese pilot Yoshihide Muroya in the international Red Bull Air Race. Another organisation interested in this research is CEMIG (Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais), which hopes to use this technology in its power structures.

Cimini says that many of these contacts, some of which are outside his field of research, were made during the KTH meeting and turned into genuine friendships and research partners. "When you trust the people you work with, the project has more results. There's even evidence of that," he says.

The professor states that the overseas experience provided a new vision of scientific production. "In Sweden, students are constantly writing scientific papers, which is so important. In the end, the thesis results in a compilation of these texts," he says. "In a way, I want to change the philosophy I use to orient my students because of this experience.”