Brazilian trade mission visits Aberdeen Institute of Energy

The University of Aberdeen recently played host to a delegation representing key companies and organisations from Brazil's subsea sector.

The delegation were visiting Aberdeen as part of a trade mission organised by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), where they attended the annual Subsea Expo fair.

Their time in the city also included a visit to King’s College, where they were briefed on energy-related work taking place at the University through the Aberdeen Institute of Energy (AIE).

John Scrimgeour, Executive Director of the AIE, said: “I was delighted that the University of Aberdeen was given the opportunity to host this visit of key companies and organisations from Brazil’s subsea sector, and I was delighted to show them the work of the Institute, and the cutting-edge research taking place here. 

“The AIE applies academic research to the challenges facing the industry, providing a one-stop shop for the energy sector that integrates science, technology and policy through the disciplines of geoscience, engineering, economics, law and environmental science. It is this multi-disciplinary approach - coupled with our location in Europe’s energy capital - that marks the University out as unique in terms of its approach to energy research and its benefits to industry. 

“In recent years we have developed close links with Brazil, for example through our partnership with the Brazilian Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul to train Brazilian PhDs in Geoscience. We also participate in Science without Borders, an initiative led by the Brazilian government which offers scholarships for students at undergraduate and PhD levels.

“It is partnerships like these, and those of our academics with Brazilian higher education institutions, that puts the University of Aberdeen at the forefront of the UK’s links with Brazil in terms of energy research and academic support.”