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The Crisis in Brazilian Universities

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 9:00am to 10:20am
Spring 2022
Knobel will review recent data of higher education in Brazil, and discuss the main challenges for the future in a country which is currently in what we could call a "survival mode".

Marcelo Knobel is a Full Professor in the Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute (IFGW), University of Campinas (Unicamp). His research interests are in the field of ​​magnetism and magnetic materials in the popularization of science and technology and in higher education.

He has published more than 300 articles in international journals and 15 book chapters; He presented 80+ invited seminars in several institutions and 50+ invited talks at international conferences. His scientific papers have received more than 11,000 citations in the literature. Knobel coordinated the Creativity Development Center and was the Executive Director of the Exploratory Science Museum - Unicamp. He was a member of the Advisory Committee on Physics and Astronomy (CNPq) and was a member of the Physics Coordination (FAPESP). He was Young Affiliate of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), received the "Young Scientist Prize" of TWAS-ROLAC (2007), and Commander of the Order of Scientific Merit (2010) of the Brazilian Presidency. He was Vice-President of Undergraduate Programs at Unicamp (2009-2013), where he was responsible for the implementation of the Interdisciplinary Higher Education Program (PROFIS), which combines social inclusion with general education, for which he received the Peter Muranyí Prize in Education (2013). He was awarded by CNPq with the Science Popularization Prize José Reis in 2019. He was the General Secretary and vice-president of the Brazilian Society of Physics (SBF). He was the Director of the Brazilian Nanoscience and Nanotechnology National Lab (2015-2016) and Rector of Unicamp (2017-2021).

Knobel is an Eisenhower Fellow (2007), Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2009) and Lemann Fellow (2015).  He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (Elsevier). He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Science and of the governing board of the Magna Charta observatory.