FGV, CAPES and IIASA hold Systems Analysis and the Americas conference
A regional conference on Systems Analysis and the Americas was held recently to present and discuss current global challenges and the contributions that research based on a methodology that presupposes integrated analysis of these challenges can have for public policymakers and stakeholders. The event took place on September 5 and 6, in Fundação Getulio Vargas’ main building in Rio de Janeiro, with support from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
The event’s opening speakers were Goret Pereira Paulo, the director of FGV’s Applied Research and Knowledge Network; Mauro Rabelo, the international relations director of CAPES, the Brazilian Education Ministry’s graduate education support agency; and Albert van Jaarsveld, the director general of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).
Professor Goret Pereira Paulo welcomed the public and stressed the importance of multidisciplinary and integrated analysis of key issues related to sustainable growth, especially for countries that still need to reach a higher level of development, like Brazil and other Latin American countries. Mauro Rabelo emphasized the importance of the partnership between CAPES and IIASA. “IIASA carries out extremely high-level research. It is an international institute that works with a systemic vision of complex, transnational problems. It has a distinctive perspective. Instead of looking locally and only thinking about the best way to do an activity, IIASA thinks about interactions with all other issues that are involved,” he said. According to Albert van Jaarsveld, CAPES helps to define future research topics and strategies for the institute. “This interaction fosters an international network among researchers and assists Brazil in achieving regional goals,” he said.
The meeting facilitated dialogue between researchers from Brazil and other countries and public policy formulators aimed at tackling society’s challenges. In particular, the participants discussed the role of systems analysis regarding regional and social issues. Energy and new technologies, sustainable land use and systems analysis to aid the development of public policies were some of the topics explored during the panel discussions.
According to CAPES’ Professor Mauro Rabelo, the event “was an opportunity to get an in-depth understanding and appreciation of this partnership and the work being done by leading researchers in the study of global issues.”