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International Research collaboration: a successful academic partnership between LIT and UFSJ

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This presentation focus on a successful partnership for research collaboration between Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT (Ireland) and The Federal University of São João del-Rei - UFSJ (Minas Gerais, Brasil) with the support of The Erasmus Programme (European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) and The Fund for International Scholarships from UFSJ. Under this collaboration, LIT and UFSJ developed a co-supervision programme which resulted in the mobility of four graduate students so far. One of them, Martin Hayes, a Ph-D student from LIT, co-supervised by Dr. Patrick Murray (from LIT) and Dr. Alexander Galdino (from UFSJ), will present the result of his participation on such programme, presenting his insightful research on bioactive compounds from fungi used for commercial application, largely focusing on industrial and healthcare implementation. The presentation will draw on how both institutions were important for the purpose of the research, involving its application in the textile and garment industry in Brasil. The joint research allowed for the transfer of scientific knowledge and techniques between laboratories, access to previously under-explored habitats for sampling fungi, access to industrial textile waste from the city of Divinópolis (one of the most important industrial centers in Minas Gerais), and for the identification of natural pollution control measures for the degradation of textile waste from a real industrial system. The collaboration between LIT and UFSJ opened new possibilities for research for both parties and showed the high potential of collaborative work, which has also an impact on international publication.


Patrick Murray    
Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT)

Martin Hayes    
Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT)

Liliane Sade    
Federal University of São João del-Rei (UFSJ)


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