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 the second day focusing on initiatives in Brazil and Argentina. The talks will be in English on the first day and Portuguese and Spanish 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.


Click HERE for online registration

Registration deadline: October 1, 2023


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



Thursday, Nov. 16:

  • S. James Gates, Jr. (former president of APS, Univ. Maryland, USA)
  • Young-Kee Kim (President-elect of APS, Univ. Chicago, USA)
  • Arlene Modeste Knowles (Diversity project manager at AIP, USA)

Friday, Nov. 17:

  • Claudia Costin (former director for education of the World Bank, Brazil)
  • Lazaro Cunha (director of Steve Biko Institute and coordinator of Oguntec project, Brazil)
  • Anna Carolina Venturini (director of Affirmative Action policies of the Brazilian ministry)
  • Valeria Viva (cofounder of XSTEM, Argentina)



Click HERE for online registration

Registration deadline: October 1, 2023

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.