The Postgraduate Program in Geosciences trains academic masters and doctors, on topics that are essential to understanding the outermost portion of the planet – the Earth’s crust, which has engraved the history of the Earth, on its rocks and fossils, and contains all the metallic and energetic resources that are present in the establishment and evolution of human civilization. It currently has an evaluation 7 by CAPES. The formation of qualified human resources, by the Program Teachers, occurs in an integrated manner with scientific research, undergraduate teaching and interaction with the community. The scientific projects that are led by the program’s teachers cover the entire Brazilian territory, as well as some Latin American countries, parts of Europe, Antarctica and Africa.
The Program seeks to direct its researches on topics that are essential to understanding the outermost portion of the planet, the Earth’s crust, which has engraved the history of the Earth, on its rocks and fossils, and contains all the metallic and energetic resources that are present for the establishment and evolution of human civilization.
The topics that are addressed by postgraduate students are of great relevance to science and both economic and social development of the country, as they emphasize oil, natural gas and coal, metals and groundwater geology, as well as the Atlantic coast, the ocean floor, the evolution of life and the geological knowledge in every crustal environment. The research aims the environmental preservation, as well, for its great significance in society’s life quality. In its current format, the Program is based on four concentration areas :
- Marine Geology
It has been fundamental the intense collaboration of Petrobras, the Geological Survey of Brazil (CPRM) and the National Petroleum Agency (ANP), as well as the association with various educational institutions in the country and abroad. International insertion occurs intensely with universities from several countries, such as France, Portugal, Scotland, Australia, Germany, England, the United States, Canada, China, Cuba, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile.
Currently, the Program has the active participation of 35 Permanent Professors and 10 Employees, a significant number of professors, which have CNPq’s research productivity scholarships. In 2016, 191 students were enrolled including 108 doctoral students and 83 master’s students and, since its foundation in 1968, the Program has graduated, by December 2016, 753 masters and 332 doctors. These students are in scientific and professional leadership positions in the country, today.