Terça-feira, 11 de Setembro de 2018 - 15:15Sexta-feira, 14 de Setembro de 2018 - 15:15
Ribeirão Preto, SP

Applications are open

UK Coordinator: Simon Avery, University of Nottingham
Brazil Coordinator: Gustavo Goldman, University of São Paulo
Discipline: Fungal biology, mycology, food security, food spoilage, crop disease, fungicides, food science, food regulations, mathematical modelling, climate change, socio-economic impacts of food security
Dates: 11-14 September 2018 (4 day programme)
Venue:  Ribeirão Preto (SP), Brazil

The programme, ‘British Council Researcher Links’ provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and internationally to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations.

As part of this programme, we are now recruiting early career researchers to participate in the above workshop. 

Fungi spoil foods, devastate crops, and food contamination by fungi poses a serious human health-risk, especially in vulnerable populations.  Workshop participants should have research interests relevant to the topic of fungal threat to food security and its impacts. We encourage an inter-disciplinary mix. In addition to fungal biologists and food scientists, we invite applications from those with skills in mathematical modelling (e.g., fungal growth in foods, climate change and socio-economic impacts on food security), chemistry or formulation science (e.g., informing fungal-control measures), food regulations standards or food engineering. We will also welcome applicants with appreciation of socio-economic development or technology transfer complemented by at least one of the above subject-specific skills. 

The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshops early career researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a short oral presentation and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and partner countries. There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations and participants selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links.

The British Council and FAPESP will cover the costs related to the participation to the workshop, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals. Costs for the visa will be covered; however participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements. Although this cost will not be covered by the British Council, articipants are encouraged to purchase an adequate travel and medical insurance. The British Council accepts no responsibility for any problems which may occur when the participants are in-country.

Application deadline: rolling call ending on 30 April 2018 (early applications are encouraged). 


  • Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form. 
  • Application must be submitted before the above deadline.
  • Participants must be Early Career Researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience) and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience. They are equivalent to the ‘Recognised Researcher’ and sometimes ‘Experienced Researcher’ categories in the EU framework for researchers’ careers. 
  • Participants must have a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc) at a recognised research institution either in the UK or in the state of São Paulo.
  • Please note that participants are expected to attend all sessions of the workshop. 

Quality Assessment

  • Experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the workshop.
  • Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop.
  • Description of the long term impact expected through the participation in the workshop.
  • Ability to disseminate workshop’s outcomes.

Selection Procedure: 

  • Eligibility check.
  • Quality assessment.

Notification of results: 

Applicants will be notified by email at least 2 months prior to the workshop. 

Equal Opportunities

Equal opportunities and diversity are at the heart of the British Council’s cultural relations ambitions. While recognising that some research fields are dominated by one particular gender, co-ordinators are encouraged to work towards an equal gender balance, promote diversity. They must not exclude applicants on the basis of ethnicity, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, or disability. Participants’ selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy.  Extra support to enable participation of Early Career Researchers with special needs will be given.