A SOCIETY TO PROMOTE SCIENCE AND EDUCATION
The Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (Sociedade Brasileira para o Progresso da Ciência − SBPC) is a nonprofit organization with no political association, focused on promoting scientific and technological advances and furthering education and culture in Brazil. Since its establishment in 1948, it has been playing a key role in expanding and enhancing Brazil’s science and technology system, in addition to making science public and more popular all over the Country.
Based in São Paulo, the SBPC also operates in all other Brazilian states through Regional Offices. The organization represents approximately 140 scientific societies and over 5,000 active members, including researchers, professors, students, and Brazilian individuals who are interested in science and technology.
The SBPC is actively involved in debates over the issues that define the paths of science, technology and innovation (STI) and education policies in Brazil. The institution is a permanent member of the Country’s National Science and Technology Council (Conselho Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia – CCT), Brazil’s advisory board with official representatives from approximately 40 governmental councils and commissions, established to define high-priority policies and measures in STI. Nevertheless, the SBPC is constantly seeking to preserve its independence from government interference and stands as an institution offering constructive criticism to the government in terms of STI and education actions carried out in the Country.
The Society holds local and national events aimed at debating public policy and encouraging public engagement with topics on different disciplines. One of these events is its Annual Meeting, considered Latin America’s largest event for the popularization of science.
The SBPC also publishes several journals and magazines, such as Jornal da Ciência and Ciência & Cultura, as well as books and documents on a variety of topics.