16th – 19th March, 2021


Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund (, the British Council, in partnership with the São Paulo Research Foundation – FAPESP (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo), will be holding a four-day workshop on the above theme in the premises of the Transamérica Prime Hotel Guarujá, São Paulo, Brazil, on 16th-19th of March 2021.

This workshop is supported by a Researcher Links grant [ID 2019-RLWK11-10514], under the Newton-FAPESP partnership. The grant is funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and FAPESP, and delivered by the British Council. For further information, please visit, and for information in Portuguese.  

The workshop is being coordinated by Dr Raymond Ward (University of Brighton, UK) and Dr. Celia Regina de Gouveia Souza (Institute of Geology-SIMA/SP and University of São Paulo) and will have contributions from leading researchers (mentors) from the UK (Dr Andrew Cooper, Dr Luciana Esteves) and Brazil (Dr Pedro Roberto Jacobi, Dr Chou Sin Chan).

We are now inviting Early Career Researchers (please, see the rules for application below) from the UK and São Paulo to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Newton Researcher Links programme.

The completed application form can be accessed from this link here and it should be submitted to before the deadline on 1st November 2020. The successful applicants will be notified by the end of November 2020.

Workshop Outline

Coastal systems worldwide provide a strong contribution to local and national economies, yet they are under pressure from population growth, environmental degradation and increasingly the impacts of climate change. Impacts of climate change to coastal systems include: alterations to ocean currents, salinity, sediment regimes, and precipitation patterns, as well as increasing sea levels, storminess, CO2, and temperatures, and at present ~40% of the world’s population live in the line of fire from these threats. Finding a balance between nature conservation and development needs is difficult, particularly in low- or middle-income countries, thus we must develop a range of techniques to adapt to the new normal. This requires a transdisciplinary understanding of the natural system, nature-human interactions, and how they change through time and could provide a better prediction of future uncertain scenarios. Academic research can help gain this knowledge, crucial to inform policy and practical applications.

Researchers from Brazil and the UK will meet to discuss how they can collaborate to support the development and implementation of strategies to adapt to climate change. This represents an important issue in the context of both the Brazilian and the State of São Paulo Climate Change Adaptation Plans, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (3, 9, 11, and especially 13, 14 and 15). Through inclusive and participatory activities, the workshop will promote an in-depth discussion of how improved and targeted adaptation strategies can help reduce habitat loss, environmental degradation and depletion of natural resources, thus enabling social and economic development. The workshop will stimulate the development of long-lasting UK-Brazil collaboration and government-research partnerships that combine the scientific and practical knowledge required to build the required research and technical capacity for adaptation strategy implementation.

Workshop Objectives

-Create UK-Brazil research links to enable the advance and exchange of knowledge that facilitates research impact on policy and decision-making related to estuarine and coastal adaptation to climate change. During the workshop, mentors, coordinators and participants will identify opportunities for: visiting fellowships, co-supervision and mobility of postgraduate students, development of workshops and/or teaching in Brazilian universities supported by UK researchers. Action learning sets and engaging with professional networks will help consolidate the newly created links.

-Promote transdisciplinary research to co-create, advance and share information and experience to support knowledge development in the sphere of adaptation of coastal systems to climate change. The workshop will bring together the required mix of expertise from the social and natural sciences. The integration of scientific and practical knowledge will be facilitated by the participation of NGOs and government practitioners, who will help identifying the most pressing knowledge required to inform policy development and implementation in Brazil.

-Contribute to capacity building of early career researchers through mentorship and sharing of experiences and knowledge during the workshop and afterwards via action learning sets, working groups and engagement with professional networks (e.g. the Marine Social Sciences Network; Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association). Capacity building will focus on: identifying skills and knowledge required to enable holistic research into the adaptation of coastal systems to climate change and the implementation of appropriate management, mitigation and restoration strategies; dissemination of good practice for the development of collaborative research (including equity and diversity in multicultural teams); and sharing information concerning funding streams and opportunities.


UK coordinator: Dr. Raymond Ward – Environmental Scientist (coastal geomorphology, coastal ecology, climate change and coasts, pollution and coasts, coastal management), Centre for Aquatic Environments – University of Brighton

Brazil Coordinator: Dr. Celia Regina de Gouveia Souza – Geologist (coastal risks; coastal evolution; climate change impacts on coastal zone; coastal management; biogeography), Institute of Geology-Secretariat for Infrastructure and Environment of the State of São Paulo (SIMA/SP) and Postgraduate Programme on Physical Geography – University of São Paulo (USP)

UK Mentors:

Prof. Dr Andrew Cooper – Geomorphologist (coastal evolution; coastal management; geomorphology), School of Geography and Environmental Sciences – Ulster University.

Dr. Luciana Esteves – Oceanographer (coastal management; coastal flooding and erosion hazards, risks and vulnerability), Life & Environmental Sciences – Bournemouth University.

Brazil Mentors:

Prof. Dr. Pedro Roberto Jacobi – Sociologist (environmental-water-risk governance; social participation and learning; education for sustainability; adaptation and climate change), Institute of Energy and Environment – University of São Paulo

Dr Sin-Chan Chou – Meteorologist – (climate change modelling, climate impacts, climate downscaling, extreme events, storms) at the Center for Weather Forecasts and Climate Studies (CPTEC) – National Institute for Space Research (INPE).


Developing International Collaborations

9:00-9:15 Welcome address
9:15-10:15 Andrew Cooper: Importance of international collaborations for career development.
10:15-10:50 Working groups/networking: “What will you do to develop international collaboration?”
10:50-11:10 Coffee break
11:10-12:10 Posters presentation: Adaptation to climate change in coastal zones in the State of São Paulo & Brazil (5 min interactive talks) Q&A
12:10-13:00 Posters presentation: Adaptation to climate change in coastal zones in UK (5 min interactive talks) Q&A
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-17:20 Round table with Mentors/Coordinators & State/Local Government (20 min talks): “How can cross-sector collaborations promote & support coastal adaptation?”: Raymond Ward, Pedro Roberto Jacobi, Eduardo Trani, Sidnei Aranha.
Plenary discussions.
(16:00-16:20 Coffee break)
17:20-17:30 Day summary (coordinators/mentors)

Impacts of Climate Change & Adaptation: Knowledge/Policy Gaps

9:00-10:00 Luciana Esteves (Talk): “Examples of coastal adaptation in Europe (managed realignment)”
10:00-11:00 Sin-Chan Chou (Talk): “Projections of climate change in the coastal area of Santos.”
11:00-11:20 Coffee break
11:00-13:00 Pedro Jacobi (Talk): “Social learning, adaptation, climate change & water governance” 13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Working groups/networking: “What actions can participants, their institutions & funding bodies take to achieve the findings of previous discussions: addressing knowledge & technical gaps, & cross-sector collaboration?” Groups summary
16:00-16:20 Coffee break
16:20-17:20 Plenary discussion
17:20-17:30 Day summary (coordinators/mentors)

Field visit – Celia Gouveia Souza and Sidnei Aranha (Secretary of Environment from Guarujá) – Examples of adaptations strategies adopted by the Guarujá municipality.
Guarujá city is located in the Santo Amaro Island that belongs to the Santos Estuarine Complex, which embraces also the cities of Santos, Cubatão, São Vicente and Praia Grande. These cities compose the financial center of the Baixada Santista Metropolitan Region. The Port of Santos, the largest in Latin America, is located within the territories of Santos, Guarujá and Cubatão municipalities. Touristic and port-related activities have led to many conflicts in land use and social pressures, increasing vulnerability and risk to climate change impacts. During the visit, local stakeholders & public managers will be invited to discuss the adopted strategies.
9:00-9:30 Celia R. Gouveia Souza (Talk): Project “Beach response to the effects of sea-level rise and extreme meteorological-oceanographic events up to 2100 in Southeast Brazil”.
9:45-13:30 Field trip along the Enseada Beach
13:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:30 Participants (groups) will develop action plans for coastal adaptation strategies to deal with coastal erosion scenarios along the Enseada Beach.
16:30-17:30 Plenary discussion

Bridging Science-Practice
9:00-10:00 Speeches of the participants (3 min talks).
10:00-13:00 Action Learning Sets: Participants will individually develop action plans for long-term international collaboration.
(10:40-11:00 Coffee break)
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Workshop evaluation & closing
Summary & future actions (3 min talks).


The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshop participants will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a poster and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and São Paulo/Brazil.

There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations and participants selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links.

The British Council and FAPESP will cover the costs related to the participation to the workshop, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals. The British Council accepts no responsibility for any problems which may occur with travel or accommodation arrangements or any other issues participants might experience when the participants are away from their home.

The programme, ‘British Council Researcher Links’ provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and internationally to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations.

As part of this programme, we are now recruiting eligible early career researchers to participate in the above workshop.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Participants must be Early Career Researchers (defined as a researcher holding a PhD – or equivalent experience – and up to 10 years post-PhD research experience. They are equivalent to the ‘Recognised Researcher’ and sometimes ‘Established Researcher’ categories in the EU framework for researchers’ careers;
  • Participants must have a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc.) at a recognised research institution either in the UK or in São Paulo (in this case it will also be allowed to have a permanent post in the SIMA/SP);
  • Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form;
  • Applications must be submitted before the deadline;
  • Please note that participants are expected to attend all sessions of the workshop and to complete all required tasks.

Quality Assessment

  • Experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the workshop;
  • Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop;
  • Description of the long-term impact expected through the participation in the workshop;
  • Ability to disseminate workshop’s outcomes.

Selection Procedure

  • Eligibility check;
  • Quality assessment.

Notification of results

Applicants will be notified by email no later than 8 weeks prior to the workshop.

Equal Opportunities

Equal opportunities and diversity are at the heart of the British Council’s cultural relations ambitions. While recognising that some research fields are dominated by one particular gender, coordinators are encouraged to work towards an equal gender balance and promote diversity. They must not exclude applicants on the basis of ethnicity, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, or disability. Participants’ selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy. Extra support to enable participation of Early Career Researchers with special needs will be given.


The Workshop

Date:  16th – 19th March 2021

Local: Transamérica Prime Hotel, Guarujá, São Paulo, Brazil.

Deadlines to submit Applications: 1st November 2020.


The participants will be provided accommodation throughout the workshop duration in Transamérica Prime Hotel, Guarujá. The hotel offers 24-Hour Front Desk, Broadband Internet, Business Center, Fitness Center, Free Wi-Fi and Restaurant.

Address: Rua Miguel Estéfano, 2985 – Praia da Enseada, Guarujá, São Paulo, Brasil

Telephone: + 55 (13) 3346-4806.



Please complete the application form here (link below) and submit to


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