University celebrates research partnerships with first-ever Brazil Week


The University of Birmingham is celebrating its extensive research partnerships with top universities across Brazil with a week of exciting Brazilian-themed events.

The University’s first-ever Brazil Week is open to all and celebrates Brazilian culture, ideas and research. Events range from insights into the worlds of diplomacy and corruption networks to lively discussions on Brazilian literature and film. 

Events on the Edgbaston campus begin on Tuesday 21 March with a guest lecture by His Excellency Eduardo dos Santos, Ambassador of Brazil to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, who will speak about Brazil's relationship with the UK and the importance of bilateral academic ties. Brazilian postgraduate researchers at the University of Birmingham are pictured above.

Sunsequent highlights include a screening of 'O Ano em Que Meus Pais Sairam de Ferias' (The year my parents went on holiday); the former UK Ambassador to Brazil Alan Charlton recounting stories from his distinguished career in diplomacy and an evening of live Brazilian music. 

Peter Clack, Director of International Relations, said:  “The University of Birmingham has extensive partnerships with top universities across Brazil. Whether sustainable cities, energy storage or immunology and infection our combined research strengths seek to answer some of the most challenging questions of the 21st Century.

“In recognition of our engagement and collaboration with Brazil, we’re proud to celebrate our first Brazil Week on campus with a range of exciting events. We look forward to welcoming visitors, staff, students and friends of the University to the exciting line-up we have planned.”

Anyone interested in attending events during Brazil Week can find out more at

The University of Birmingham has more than 70 researchers engaged in partnerships with top Brazilian universities. It has particularly strong links with institutions in the Sao Paulo region, including Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), University of Campinas (UNICAMP), University of Sao Paulo (USP) and the Federal University of ABC (UFABC).


For more information, please contact Tony Moran, International Communications Manager, University of Birmingham on +44 (0) 121 414 8254 or  +44 (0)782 783 2312. For out-of-hours enquiries, please call +44 (0) 7789 921 165.

Notes to Editors

  • The University of Birmingham is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions, its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers and teachers and more than 5,000 international students from over 150 countries.
  • For more information about the University’s research partnerships in Brazil, please visit
  • Brazil Week 2017 Programme:

-            Ambassador of Brazil Lecture: Tuesday 21 March 2017 (15:30-16:15)

His Excellency Eduardo dos Santos, Ambassador of Brazil to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will speak about Brazil's relationship with the UK and bilateral academic ties. 

-            Rethinking Brazil's national identity: Wednesday 22 March 2017 (13:00-15:00)

A panel of academic experts with diverse and wide ranging research interests in Brazil will critically engage with the theme of intellectual discourse and how this has shaped Brazil's national identity and place in the world.

-            An evening with Alan Charlton: Wednesday 22 March 2017 (17:30-19:00)

Alan Charlton, former Ambassador in Brazil will recount stories from his recent autobiography "Shaking my briefcase". Covering his distinguished career in diplomacy dealing with issues ranging from gorillas to royal visits, as well as his thoughts on the future of Brazil and its role in the world. 

-            Brazilian Film Screening: Thursday 23 March 2017 (13:00-15:00) 

Enjoy  a Brazilian film screening of 'O Ano em Que Meus Pais Sairam de Ferias' (The year my parents went on holiday). Hosted by Anneliese Hatton, Modern Foreign Languages. 

-            Anti-Corruption Fight in Brazil: Thursday 23 March 2017 (13:00-15:00) 

With the issue of corruption continuing to dominate the headlines in Brazil, Armando Castro, PhD student at Imperial College London and Fernanda Figueiredo, PhD student at Kings College London, both representing the the Association of Brazilian Graduate Students and Researchers, will talk about the anti-corruption fight in Brazil. 

-            Brazil Book Club: Thursday 23 March 2017 (16:00-18:00)

Join our Brazil Book Club with Dr Courtney Campbell to discuss the book Os Sertões (translated as Rebellion in the Backlands) by the Brazilian author Euclides da Cunha.

-            Closing Reception: Thursday 23 March 2017 (18:00-20:00)

International Relations extends a warm welcome to all staff, students and visitors to celebrate the close of the University of Birmingham's Brazil Week 2017 with a series of Brazilian music performances including Capoeira and percussion.