With information from the Jornal da Ciência

To mark the anniversary of its founding and the passage of National Science Day, celebrated on July 8, the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC) launched the institutional video “SBPC 70 years”. The goal is to rescue the seven decades of history and is part of the project # SomosTodosCiência.

Seventy years ago, about 60 scientists gathered at the Paulista Medical Association in São Paulo, founded the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC). At that time, after World War II, the Brazilian institutes and universities faced a very serious crisis, which motivated this meeting, led by the physician and pharmacologist Maurício Rocha e Silva, by the physician and journalist José Reis and by the biologist Paulo Sawaya. This movement was intended to give strength and representativeness to the country’s scientific community. Subsequently, July 8 was established as the National Science Day (Law No. 10.221, of April 18, 2001) and the National Researcher’s Day 11,807, of November 13, 2008).

The SBPC’s history is deeply linked to the process of Brazilian social, political and economic evolution, and especially with the institutionalization of science and scientific and technological development in Brazil. In addition to politics, the history of the SBPC is marked by the struggle for consolidation of a scientific culture in Brazil.

Even based in São Paulo, SBPC is present throughout the country through its Regional Secretariats and the holding of its famous annual and regional meetings, which have already occurred in almost all Brazilian states. It has 142 affiliated scientific societies and more than 5,000 active members, among researchers, teachers, students and Brazilian citizens who support and legitimize their fight in defense of education and scientific and technological progress in Brazil.

The video “SBPC 70 anos” closes the year celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the entity, started in July 2018, and rescues, through historical photos and videos, a bit of this trajectory. The production was collaborated by the Amélia Império Hamburger Memory Center, which houses the entity’s historic collection, and featured iconic images, provided by photographers Kenji Honda (Estadão Content), Marcos Santilli (Abril Comunicações SA), the São Paulo – Center of Iconographic Collection and by the Center for Documentation and Scientific Information (CEDIC) of PUC-SP.

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