Segunda-feira, 16 de Julho de 2018Sexta-feira, 20 de Julho de 2018
Blumenau, SC
UK Coordinator: Dr. Menaha Thayaparan, London South Bank University, UK
Brazil Coordinator: Professor Cristiane Mansur de Moraes Souza, Regional University of Blumenau, Brazil 
Disciplines: This workshop addresses the issues related to social ecological resilience of floods, coastal disasters and other associated risks. The workshop intend to develop resilience measures to improve the social ecological resilience and would incorporate a multi-disciplinary perspective in achieving this. The disciplines includes but not limited to disasters resilience, natural hazards, flood risks, capacity development, vulnerabilities, geography, social science, environmental science; regional development; climate science; architecture and urbanism economy, ecology, law, oceanography, engineering, built environment, technology and sustainability. 
Dates: 16-20 July 2018 (5 day programme)
Venue:  Blumenau (SC), Brazil

The British Council Researcher Links programme 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 from UK or Brazil to participate in the above workshop.  

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 poster presentation and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and Brazil. 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. 

Funding Arrangements

The British Council and Foundation for Research Funding and Innovation of the State of Santa Catarina (FAPESC) 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 and FAPESC, participants 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.

About the Workshop 

Flooding combined with landslides has been a major threat in Brazil compared to other types of disasters where most of these floods caused human lives and economic losses. For example, major floods in 2004-2006, 2010 contributed to several hundred millions of economic losses; 2008 floods and landslides in Blumenau killed 24 people and evacuated 25, 000 homes (; 2011 flood in Rio de Janerio and São Paulo killed over 800 people and made 100,000 homeless (preventionweb); and 2017 floods and landslides in Rio Grande do Sul evacuated over 40,000 homes ( The impacts and subsequent economic losses have significantly increased in the past decade due to the country’s socio-economic development activities in urban areas. Recent UK flooding indicates that it’s likely to happen yearly and the UK government has taken some initiatives to tackle the risks such as £1million for natural flood management competition, annual scheme to replenish beaches to reduce flood risk, Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme; and prototype flood-resilient home etc.  

The workshop will create a platform for knowledge sharing and best practice transfers between UK and Brazil with the aim to enhance the capacity of social-ecological systems to adapt to floods and associated risks. Lack of social-ecological resilience to flood risks has been an ongoing problem in Itajaí Valley´s history. The urban sprawl at river waterfront, harvest of wood resource to build shanty neighbourhood and the climate change with intense rain lead to high environmental risk and erosion of social ecological systems. The workshop will gather early career researchers (ECR) and academic experts to jointly develop measures to improve social ecological resilience. The workshop will also support the personal and professional development of early career researchers by establishing a long-term partnership for them with the researchers, coordinators and mentors. 

Main features of the workshops are:

  • Case studies: One river case study in Blumenau and one coastal case study in Itajaí will be conducted to understand the environment and dynamics of water resources and to address the problems faced by low income and vulnerable population of Blumenau and Itajaí. The ECR will involve interactively to determine the vulnerabilities, risks, impacts and existing capacity level and to establish measures to improve social-ecological resilience. 
  • Keynote sessions: Keynote presentations by leading academics on the subject area and case studies.
  • Guest lectures: Guest lectures from local authority to educate the disasters in local context.
  • ECR Presentations: Poster presentations on the current and emerging research by the early carrier researchers.
  • Book of Abstracts: Collection of abstracts submitted to the workshop will be published.
  • Career development: A panel discussion on career development addressing profile building, academic writing and research funding opportunities. 
  • Networking: Interactive group work activities to facilitate leadership, communication, team working, time management, knowledge sharing, confidence building and problem solving skills. A cultural night will be organised to encourage networking and to learn and understand each other’s culture. 
  • Sustainable partnership: provides greater opportunity for the participants to do joint publications and future collaborations.  
  • Online post-doctoral sessions: online workshops will be organised via Blackboard collaborate 6 months after completing the workshop. 

More details about the workshop are available on the workshop website: 

Application and Deadlines

Applications are closed. The application deadline was 20 April 2018. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form.
  • Application must be submitted before the above deadlines.
  • 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 researcher profile descriptors. 
  • 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 Brazil.
  • 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 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.