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Candidates debate proposals for the next governance of the IEA

by Richard Meckien - published Feb 11, 2016 04:30 PM - - last modified May 31, 2016 04:10 PM
Rights: Original version in Portuguese by Sylvia Miguel.

Professors Paulo Saldiva, from the USP's School of Medicine (FM), and Guilherme Ary Plonski, from the USP's Faculty of Economics, Management and Accounting (FEA), candidates for the positions of director and deputy director of the IEA, will present their proposals for the next four years of the Institute on February 16, at 3 pm. The presentation will be in Portuguese only.

At the meeting, to be held in the IEA Events Room, the candidates will answer questions of researchers of the Institute and the academic community regarding the general challenges of USP and the role of the IEA in the upcoming years. The presentation will be open to the public and broadcast live on the internet. Questions to the candidates may be sent via e-mail (

The election will be held on February 18 (read more about it). The mandate of the current director, Martin Grossmann, ends on February 28.

The electoral college is made up of current and former members of the IEA's Board, the president of the Institute's Research Committee, former directors and deputy directors of the IEA, directors of faculties and research units at USP, and representatives of their congregations in the University Council.

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The electoral process for the choice of the new leaders ended the registration period on January 29. The slate of Saldiva and Plonski has been approved by the Electoral Commission, formed by four professors from USP and an external representative.

The change of the process, which is valid for the other specialized institutes and museums as well, has been inserted into the General Regulations of the USP through Resolution No. 7155 by President Marco Antonio Zago, who formalized the measure approval at the University Council meeting on December 8, 2015. The adoption of a dispute between slates for all directive instances of the University is now complete.

The management project (in Portuguese) for 2016-2020 presented by Saldiva and Plonski mentions the creation of an Advanced School of Leadership Formation, proposong that the IEA should shelter people who wish for an "immersion in the full range of variables related to managing complex and important issues for the development of pubic policies, taking advantage of the wealth of knowledge available at USP in all its units."

As for urbanity and quality of life, the professors present the proposal to create a space for dialogue and convergence of all stakeholders in proposing scientific studies and research aimed at improving the living of the inhabitants of metropolitan areas.

The transformation of the University into a transformative University is also at stake. Two actions are being considered: to make the IEA a reference center that consolidates initiatives aimed at the deep understanding of the processes and prospects for transformation of the University that thrive in the Institute itself or elsewhere at USP; and to turn the IEA into the link between USP and the legislative branch (Congress, Legislative Assembly of the State of São Paulo and city councils of the municipalities where there is a USP campus), in order to contribute to the improvement of legislation on capital issues such as health, education, generation of employment and income, sanitation, environment, energy, transport, public safety and food security.

In the proposal, the professors consider that the increase of the number of researchers (such as those on sabbatical and the ones joining the new postdocs) requires the adequacy of the physical area of the Institute: "We believe that the quality of the projects to be developed will be the best way to attract institutional and external resources so that the IEA can follow its path of enganging talents and providing them with adequate physical structure of work."

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