Theme 9 - Energy, environment, technology and society


Although it is essential to life, the concept of energy does not have a simple definition. From sources of diverse origins, one produces heat, light, or even work, using specific equipment and techniques.
In human history, the greatest impact on the environment occurred in the Industrial Revolution, which transformed handmade products and techniques into large-scale processes and technologies. It became necessary to use more and more water and coal, and then oil, gas and electricity, and more recently sources such as wind, the sun, biomass and nuclear energy (among others), in order to obtain goods and services with deep and perennial impact upon life in society. This topic is so remarkable that energy security is discussed because energy is linked to economic development. Current patterns of energy production and consumption are still based on fossil sources, generating pollutants that cause the greenhouse effect. Creative scientific and technological knowledge seek to promote intelligent solutions with greater efficiency, sustainability, and minimum waste. In order to do so, studies on renewable energies, new technologies and materials have been proposed, and Brazil, particularly the State of Bahia, promotes the conditions for applying \ such renewable sources. UFBA's contributions are recognized both in the state and in the Northeast region, with national impacts particularly in the National Alcohol Program (Pró-Álcool). Highquantity and high-quality scientific and technological productions are produced, being worth of mention the Center of Technological Innovation (, which UFBA maintains. These contributions are in line with the priorities of the National Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation 2016-2019 (ENCTI). In the context of the CAPES Print / UFBA Internationalization Project, the theme is justified because it is broad and transversal. This is due to the fact that technological changes inevitably point to economic, social, environmental and educational changes, involving not only the training of qualified human resources to deal with new technologies but also consumers with greater access to information and technology. Such a scenario, for example, imposes the breaking of social paradigms, including the reduction of inequality, as a mere result of dissemination of information. Therefore, the proposal of internationalization of UFBA aims to set the university among the most developed universities in CT & I in the country.


To increase the offer of potential cooperation in research and research projects to be carried out inpartnership with UFBA community.


The intention of increasing the interaction between UFBA and the industrial community. Programs such as the PEI are among the most patent producers in the North-Northeast region, many of
them in association with local, regional and even national companies. Innovation courses, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship aimed at PEI students, are part of the curricular components offered

Partner Countries

  • Denmark
  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States
  • Italy
  • Serbia
  • The Netherlands
  • Australia
  • Chile
  • Argentina
  • France
  • China
  • Luxemburg
  • India
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Germany
  • Canada
  • Spain