President Dilma Rousseff of the Federative Republic of Brazil and David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Sciences visited the Science Museum in London yesterday to sign a historic letter of intent aimed at fostering greater co-operation between the UK and Brazil, particularly in the areas of education, science, technology, trade, investment and the innovation arena.
The letter of intent highlighted the Federative Republic of Brazil's wish to work closely with the Science Museum in the development of a Brazil Science Museum, as well as on programmes to help train science teachers, museum curators and in museum management, prior to Brazil hosting the Olympics in 2016.
Following a tour of the newly opened Turing and Make it in Great Britain Exhibitions with President Rousseff and David Willetts, Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum Group said;
“I am delighted that the Science Museum will be working on this key initiative. The combination of the Science Museum’s experience with Brazil's impressive ambitions for science education will create a dynamic partnership.”
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