PML and the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will work much more closely together as of today, to address some of the key questions facing the sustainable future of the ocean, which ultimately supports the health, wealth and future of all life on Earth.
PML and the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) creating opportunities for future collaboration. This unique partnership will work together to investigate fundamental questions relating to sustainable management of the ocean and the many goods and services it provides, in particular they will look to tackle issues relating to oil pollution and the ‘fingerprinting’ of petroleum; environmental contamination from ‘emerging’ contaminants including pharmaceuticals and personal care products; ‘biomarkers’ of exposure to pollutants; mass spectrometry and in-situ measurements.
PML's Chief Executive, Professor Stephen de Mora, and marine pollution expert Professor James Readman travelled to Rio to meet Brazilian colleagues to discuss the detail of how they can collaborate in the future. Such collaborations will include joint research projects and researchers working alongside each other through scientist placements in the two institutes.
The partners will also meet with Petrobras, the 7th largest energy provider in the world and the leader in the Brazilian oil industry, to discuss research opportunities.
Professor Stephen de Mora and Professor Angela Wagener, Director Chemistry Department at PUC-Rio, see the partnership as a real opportunity for the two institutes to gain a great deal from each other.
“The Blue Amazon, as the Brazilian marine territory is known, covers an area of about 3 106 km2," said Professor Wagener. “In response to the needs for protecting this vast territory and preserving living and non-living resources, a number of national initiatives have been taken, as for instance, the establishment of Science and Technology Institutes (INCTs) exclusively devoted to marine science development. These virtual institutes are formed by the most prominent marine scientists and institutions in the country. The Chemistry Department at PUC-Rio is deeply involved in these INCTs contributing for better understanding of chemical processes in the marine environment and raising knowledge useful to ecosystem conservation. PUC has contributed consistently for the development of generations of marine scientists in Brazil, a mission that will be strengthened through the cooperation with PML”.
Professor de Mora echoed this enthusiasm: “I am delighted that we have sealed this MoU as I know it will be of great benefit to both the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and PML. We have similar aims that are underpinned by a desire to carry out world class science for the benefit of society. This collaboration will bring together our joint experiences and expertise, as well as our diverse contacts across the globe, enabling us to seek opportunities leading to more effective protection, sustainable use and management of coastal systems. The enthusiasm that we have seen since we arrived in Brazil leaves me in no doubt that this is going to be a very successful partnership, which will make a real difference to the way we can ensure our ocean has a future.”