Ufopa Agronomy Scholar Represents North Region at International Conference

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The Agronomy student at the Federal University of Western Pará (Ufopa) at the Juruti Campus, in western Pará, Elber Diniz, was one of those selected to represent the North as an ambassador at the “Brazil Conference at Harvard & MIT 2021”, which will take place between the 11th and 17th of April. The conference will be broadcast on YouTube.

The event is held annually by the Brazilian community of students in Boston, in the United States, to promote the meeting with leaders and representatives of Brazil's diversity and discuss topics related to politics, economics, culture and society.

Elber is attending the 6th period of the Bachelor of Agronomy and is a project manager at the Sustainable Juruti Institute (IJUS), where he leads the initiative “Juruti against covid-19”, a project that has the support of Ufopa and has directly impacted more than 50 thousand people with actions to deal with problems caused by the pandemic in the Lower Amazon region.

At the conference, there will be the “Panel of Ambassadors”, which will bring together 10 undergraduate students with an active and transformative role in the Brazilian reality, acting in research, social projects, volunteering, entrepreneurial initiatives, among others.

“I am very happy with the selection. It took more than six months of the selection process, competing with incredible young people from all over Brazil, which adds a giant responsibility to represent the northern region ”, celebrated Elber.

The academic also said that he intends to take and draw attention to the discussion of challenges and solutions to face the problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the interior of the Amazon.

“I will present how we managed to create cooperation between organizations and we are managing to directly serve more than 50 thousand people in western Pará, with the distribution of 57 thousand masks; 6 tons of gel alcohol; 40 tons of food; medical and hospital supplies for hospitals and basic health units; more than 500 hours of dissemination for guidance on protection against coronavirus through sound car and sound boat; and the donation of inputs for the recovery of family farmers impacted by the pandemic problems ”, he adds.

The Ufopa teacher, Dayse Vieira, who follows the student's trajectory, comments on the pride for her achievement: “I have already had the opportunity to be her advisor in two stages, national and international, and he made the most of the opportunities, bringing new ideas and contributing to the development of the course. He has always been involved in actions that aim to improve the quality of life of the jurutiense community, being really an important actor in several projects ”.

Source: G1 Santarém - PA