The opening ceremony of the International Conference of Veterinary and Livestock (InnoVet) and the World Food Innovation Network (WoFin) was held yesterday, 11/9, at 7PM, in the Technology Center of Regional Development of Viçosa (CenTev). The event aims to promote a broad discussion of scientific issues related to the food production chain, with special attention to animal health and production, seeking alternatives and innovations for solving problems in all stages of this matter. Furthermore, it aims to foster the transfer of science and technology from academia to private companies, providing partnerships and application of scientific discoveries to the development of agriculture.
In attendance were Vice Rector of the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of CenTev, Prof. Demetrius David da Silva; the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at UFV, Prof. Eduardo Seiti Gomide Mizubuti; the Director of the Saint-Hyacinthe Technopole, Véronique Mailloux; General Coordinator of InnoVet 2014, Prof. Luís Augusto Nero; and the Executive Director of CenTev, Profa. Adriana Ferreira de Faria.
The participants highlighted the importance of InnoVet by addressing an issue that has a major influence on the well being of all, since it is linked to issues aimed at improving the generation of foods, with a focus on animal production and can result in improvements in health. Regarding the WoFin, hosting this meeting was seen as a possible generator of applied research and new developments to science and the market. Prof. Demetrius, in his words still reports: "The WoFin is a living example of the interaction between the university and companies and it will bring good results.”
The opening lecture was held by Prof. Carmen Cecilia Tadini from the Federal University of São Paulo that addressed the relationship between universities and private companies. Prof. Carmem recognized Brazilian bureaucratic barriers regarded this theme, but assesses how fundamental discussing on the topic and try to reverse this situation. In her words, "is an ant work, but is very worthwhile”.