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Researcher Link 2016

Pavements for energy harvesting and dependable low-volume roads workshop - Researchers Link - Newton Fund Call - LAPAV-UFRGS & NTEC-University of Nottingham


Porto Alegre, May 16-20th, 2016

Auditório do Prédio 43413 (67) Instituto de Informática -
Campus do Vale - UFRGS - Porto Alegre/RS


Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, the British Council, CNPq and CONFAP will be holding a workshop on the above theme. The workshop is an initiative of Assoc. Prof. Prof. Andrew Dawson (Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre at the University of Nottingham)  and Prof. Lélio Brito (PUC-RS); it is being coordinated by Assoc. Prof. Andrew Dawson and Prof. Jorge Ceratti (Laboratório de Pavimentação at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul).

The workshop aims to bring together key Early Career Researchers (ECRs) (those within 10 years of PhD award and working in University or other research centres) so that long-lasting research links can be made between researchers in the two countries. The ultimate motivation is that, in the medium term, this is likely to result in research-driven advances in economic rural roads, in reductions in the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect and in cheap, low-level energy supplies for road-side dwellers. We hope, in this way, to play some part in benefitting both rural and urban poor.

The following universities will be represented in the workshop: [UK] University of Nottingham, Imperial College London, University of Birmingham, Aston University, Queens Belfast e Heriot Watt Edinburgh; [USA] Rutgers University; [BR] UFRGS, UFSC, USP, UFRJ, UFCG, UFSCAR, UNESC, UERGS e UPF.

The Workshop programme will have contributions from other leading researchers as listed in the draft programme below:

Day 1 - Monday May 16th (Exclusive for ECRs & Mentors)

  1. Welcome by research coordinators
  2. Scene setting and description of issues and research needs by workshop coordinators
  3. Networking session 1 - Self introductions of ECRs to each other
  4. Keynote session 1 - Low volume roads [Dr David Hughes, Queens Univ. Belfast, UK]
  5. Lunch
  6. Keynote session 2 – Pavement, Renewable Energy and Society [Prof. Glicério Trichês (Fed. Univ. Santa Catarina, Florianópolis)]
  7. Researcher Workshop A - Teams work on low volume road design, material selection. Identification of research needs, discussion of research approaches followed by presentations by teams to their peers and critique by mentors and coordinators
  8. End and dinner
  9. Social interaction for ECRs to discuss their observations and understandings.

Day 2 - Tuesday May 17th (Open upon invitation) - 09hs - 17hs

  1. 09hs - Social reception (Morning coffee break)
  2. Prof. Rui Vicente Oppermann, UFRGS Vice-Rector, opening statement and welcome to the Workshop; speech on “Importance of international relationships to UFRGS”
  3. Lecture on research funding sources [Patricia Borsa (Univ. Nottingham, Brazil Office) / FAPERGS / British Council]
  4. 15 minutes presentation from local authorities / bodies aiming at interactions and legal responsibilities on how to tackle Urban Heat Island effect and Low Volume Roads in the state. (PETROBRAS, Triunfo|CONCEPA, ANTT, DAER, EGR & SDECT) & interaction for future collaborations
  5. Lunch on site for social interaction
  6. Keynote lecture 3 – Prof. Hao Wang – Rutgers University – Energy Harvesting experience in the USA.
  7. Keynote lecture 4 – Pavements and the Urban Heat Island effect [Dr Alvaro Garcia (Univ. Nottingham)]
  8. Researcher Workshop B – Finding competences of participants, identifying local needs as an outline of future research proposals in the workshop theme.


Day 3 - Wednesday May 18th (Exclusive for ECRs & Mentors)

  1. Site visit to low volume roads (Tainhas – Terra de Areia and São Francisco de Paula – Taquara), urban streets (Cachoeirinha – Porto Alegre (dense conurbation with difficult access areas as well in the metropolitan area) and larger urban parking area. Tasks set by BRC, UKC and Mentors requiring ECRs to assess issues, possible solutions and research approaches. Lunch taken en route.
  2. Group Dinner
  3. Presentation of pavement assessments proposals by ECRs to panel.

Day 4Thursday May 19th (Exclusive for ECRs & Mentors)

  1. Feedback from workshop A + B - mentors and coordinators.
  2. PowerPoint presentations by all ECRs on their current research.
  3. Poster session - each ECR prepares a poster and is available to answer questions from other ECRs. Arrangements made such that every ECR has the opportunity to spend time with all other ECRs’ posters.
  4. Seminar on developing and maintaining a research profile using social media (Facebook, Twitter, ResearchGate, etc.) [Dr Davide LoPresti (Univ. Nottingham)]
  5. Lunch on site
  6. Workshop C - Proposal Brain-storming & Refining.  ECRs work in self-established groupings to outline research proposals.
  7. End and Dinner near the hotel (arranged by ECRs)

Day 5 (Morning only) - Friday May 20th (Exclusive for ECRs & Mentors)

  1. Workshop C - Research proposal writing. Continued outlining of research proposals; presentation to peers of proposal for critique; selection of promising proposals by coordinators and mentors; combining researchers into small teams; teams then working on the identified proposals.
  2. Description of continuing activities of the network developed during the workshop.
  3. Wrap up session - coordinators feedback on progress made and next steps.
  4. Lunch on site & departure


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Hosts & Sponsors:

The Newton Fund is a £375 million fund which, through science and innovation partnerships, promotes the economic development and welfare of poor people in partnering countries. It aims to strengthen science and innovation capacity and unlock further funding to support poverty alleviation. It is delivered through 15 UK delivery partners in collaboration with delivery partners in-country (in this case by CNPq and CONFAP in Brasil). Activities are in three broad areas:


  • People: increasing capacity for science and innovation in partner countries.
  • Research: research collaborations on development topics.
  • Translation: creating collaborative solutions to development challenges and strengthening innovation systems.


For more information visit: Newton Fund and follow via Twitter: @NewtonFund.

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