Press Statement
Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
Washington, DC
February 14, 2013

The Department of State, in partnership with the University of Oregon’s COACh Program and Brazil's National Foundation for Graduate Education -- CAPES, hosted a workshop titled “Building Research Partnerships Among Women Scientists and Engineers in the United States and Brazil,” on February 13-14 in Boston. Jonathan Margolis, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State from the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, opened the event.

The workshop developed and expanded a network of women scientists in the United States and Brazil with a goal of advancing their professional development and attracting young women into the sciences. In addition to exploring research collaborations, participants discussed opportunities to advance their career pursuits and ways to address work/life balance in the sciences.

This workshop is part of an effort to promote advancement of women in the sciences, under the U.S. - Brazil Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement. In 2010, the United States and Brazil signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Advancement of Women, which has among its pillars encouraging recruiting, retaining, and advancing women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Together, the two countries have conducted numerous professional events and educational exchange programs to advance women in science. In addition, the two nations have partnered to form the U.S.-Brazil Steering Group to Advance Women in Science. This U.S. - Brazil bilateral effort is part of a broader State Department focus on the role of women in the sciences.