Proposals to Boost STEM Participation in Underrepresented Groups

November 16 -17, 2023

São Paulo, Brazil



The goal of this workshop is to discuss and present initiatives aimed at increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM careers, with a focus of this 2-day event on Afro-Brazilian, indigenous and low-income populations. This activity will be organized in the form of plenary talks and roundtable discussions, with the first day focusing on initiatives organized in the USA and Argentina, and the second day focusing on initiatives in Brazil. The talks will be in English and Spanish on the first day and Portuguese on the second day. There will also be a discussion session on proposals of concrete actions that could be implemented by ICTP-SAIFR.

This activity will be preceded by the event “Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in Science“. There is no registration fee and limited funds will be available for local and travel expenses.


  • Nathan Berkovits (ICTP-SAIFR/IFT-UNESP, Brazil)
  • Karen Hallberg (Balseiro Institute-Bariloche, Argentina)
  • Jandira Oliveira (ICTP-SAIFR, Brazil)

List of Participants: Updated on November 22, 2023

Survey: HERE.


Thursday, Nov. 16:

  • Young-Kee Kim (President-elect of American Physical Society, Univ. Chicago, USA): APS activities: Enhancing inclusivity & embracing diverse perspectives
  • Silvina Ponce Dawson (President-designate of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, Argentina): The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics and its actions to increase inclusion and diversity in physics
  • S. James Gates, Jr. (former president of American Physical Society, Univ. Maryland, USA): Achieving the dream: My life in math and science, defying barriers and living diversity in STEM
  • Valeria Viva (cofounder of XSTEM, Argentina): STEM education at early stages for inclusion in Latin America.

Friday, Nov. 17:

  • Maria Lucia de Santana Braga (analista e membro da equipe do Programa Mulher e Ciência do CNPq, Brasil): O Painel de Fomento em Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação do CNPq e suas contribuições para a pluralidade na ciência
  • Lazaro Cunha (diretor do Instituto Cultural Steve Biko e coordenador do projeto Oguntec, Brasil): Programa Oguntec: uma experiência de ações afirmativas na educação científica de jovens negros e negras de escolas públicas da Bahia
  • Rogerio Monteiro de Siqueira (EACH-USP, Brasil): O programa de pós-doutorado para pesquisadoras e pesquisadores negros na USP: Histórico, perfil dos bolsistas, perspectivas de trabalho 
  • Celso Lins de Oliveira (FZEA-USP, Brasil): As barreiras e a sub-representação negra na docência do Ensino Superior Brasileiro
  • Marcelo Knobel (ex-reitor da Unicamp, Brasil): Mesa redonda
  • Rodrigo Capaz (Presidente da Sociedade Brasileira de Física, Brasil): Mesa redonda



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Proposals to Boost STEM Participation in Underrepresented Groups

Additional Information

BOARDING PASS: All participants, whose travel has been provided or will be reimbursed by ICTP-SAIFR, should bring the boarding pass  upon registration. The return boarding pass (PDF, if online check-in, scan or picture, if physical) should be sent to by e-mail.

COVID-19: Brazilians and foreigners no longer have to present proof of vaccination before entering the country.

Visa information: Nationals from several countries in Latin America and Europe are exempt from tourist visa. Nationals from Australia, Canada and USA are exempt from tourist visa until January 10, 2024.  Please check here which nationals need a tourist visa to enter Brazil.

Accommodation: Participants, whose accommodation will be provided by the institute, will stay at The Universe Flat. Hotel recommendations are available here.

How to reach the Institute: The school will be held at ICTP South American Institute, located at IFT-UNESP, which is across the street from a major bus and subway terminal (Terminal Barra Funda). The address which is closer to the entrance of the IFT-UNESP building is R. Jornalista Aloysio Biondi, 120 – Barra Funda, São Paulo. The easiest way to reach us is by subway or bus, please find instructions here.