Council offers first Brazil-US short course in biofuels

By Ron Kotrba | May 04, 2009
Report posted on June 3, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. CST

Just months ago a new network of researchers and institutions from Brazil and the U.S. was developed by the Brazil-U.S. Higher Education Council under the auspices of the U.S. State Department through the Fulbright Commission in Brazil. Now, the network is offering a free short course in Sao Paulo July 27 through Aug. 7.

Dubbed the "1st Brazil-U.S. Short Course in Biofuels: Proving Interdisciplinary Education in Biofuels Technology," the objective is to provide interdisciplinary education in bioenergy and biofuel technology, and to improve the communication among institutions of higher education, science, and other public and private organizations in Brazil and the U.S.

The application deadline is June 15.

According to the Fulbright Commission, the course is an important tool and vehicle for those wanting to learn and discuss the best ways to serve the biofuels community. It aims to help biofuels researchers and professionals advance their development by giving them a chance to network. Both Brazil and the U.S. are investing in biofuels research and development programs, and trained human resources, information, and networking opportunities to learn from new advances that are occurring are highly required.

The coursework will include:
  • An overview and research priorities in biofuels research in Brazil and the U.S.

  • Feedstock production

  • Feedstock biochemistry applied to biofuels

  • Logistics: harvest, storage and transportation

  • Conversion technologies: lipid process; sugar and starch; biochemical processing of cellulosic biomass; thermochemical processing of cellulosic biomass; chemical and catalytic processing

  • Biorefinery systems

  • Markets, economics and policies

  • Sustainability, life cycle analysis and certification process

Other components of the course include visits to ethanol and biodiesel plants, sugarcane mills and science and technology centers and panel discussions.

Once again, there is no registration fee. Select participants will pay for and arrange their own transportation to Sao Paulo, where double-room accommodations including breakfast will be provided to all participating graduate students—except for those living in Sao Paulo. Daily lunches will also be provided throughout the course.

For more information and to register, visit, or; or call +55 61 3248 8614; or fax +55 61 3248 8611.