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Prof. Andre Ramos
Prof. André Ramos is a Professor in the field of Genetics at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil, and the Co-ordinator of the Imagine Project which delivers innovative and inclusive science popularization programmes and outreach activities in rural and indigenous communities, in various countries in Latin America.
In his role as Global Ambassador of African Gong, Prof. Ramos has initiated a partnership programme to bring together African and Latin American institutions to develop a creative platform for the advancement of science communication across both continents, and which elaborates their shared historical, geographical, language and development links. This initiative is the Imagine-Pangea Programme, which is conceptualized as a science communication competition and which will involve graduate students from Latin America and Africa. The Imagine-Pangea project involves the following partners from Africa and Latin America: Red-POP – The Latin American Science Communication Network; African Gong – the Pan African Network for the Popularization of Science & Technology and Science Communication; and SBPC – the Brazilian Association for the Advancement of Science. The Imagine-Pangea initiative is expected to be launched towards the end of 2016.
In 2000, Dr. Ramos received the Young Geneticist prize (2nd place) awarded by the Brazilian Genetics Society, of which he later became Secretary and President for the region of Santa Catarina. In 2012-2013, he was appointed the Deputy Secretary for International Affairs of UFSC and, during that period, he created the Imagine Project. The Imagine Project has developed teaching tools on the themes of “DNA”, “Energy” and “Medicines” and has conducted five field missions to rural areas of Brazil and Peru. The tools and web-videos related to these missions are freely available in different languages online.