Quantum BIO BR Summit: Positioning Brazil at the Vanguard of Frontier Science

Quantum BIO BR Summit: Positioning Brazil at the Vanguard of Frontier Science


Paul Davies in his closing presentation of the event.


On November 21st and 22nd, the first edition of the Quantum Bio BR Summit took place in Rio de Janeiro. The international event on Quantum Biology is organized by the D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR), the philanthropic initiative Pioneer Science and the Quantum Biology Tech Laboratory ( QuBiT), from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). The session, aimed at researchers in the areas of natural and exact sciences, took place at the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA), and featured some of the most important names in the so-called frontier science, which encompasses researches in science areas little studied so far, such as Quantum Biology.

At IMPA’s auditorium.

Among the highlights of the event was Johnjoe Mcfadden, who opened the symposium in a remote presentation. The scientist is a professor at the University of Surrey, in the United Kingdom, and the author of several books related to quantum science, such as Quantum Evolution, a book that examines the role of quantum mechanics in life, evolution, and consciousness, among many others.

Another notable presence at the Quantum Bio BR Summit was Paul Davies, who came in person to accompany the two days of the Symposium and give the closing presentation. Paul Davies is a name of recognition not only in the scientific community but also for the general Anglophone public, having presented several television programs and documentaries of scientific popularization and received international awards for this recognition. Current professor at Arizona State University in the United States, Davies is also the author of several well-known books about cosmology, quantum field theory, and astrobiology.

Clarice Aiello

As one of the main speakers and also one of the organizers of the event, Doctor Clarice Aiello, assistant professor at UCLA, not only presented her research led at the QuBiT Lab, but also organized several interdisciplinary activities with the participants of the event, favoring contact between scientists from different areas such as chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, computing, and medicine.

Interdisciplinary activities in a space surrounded by the Atlantic Forest at IMPA.

Representing national science, other high-profile presentations at the event were Dr. Jorge Moll Neto, leader of Pioneer Science and President of IDOR’s Board of Directors; Doctor Jerson Lima, President of FAPERJ and professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ); Doctor Sérgio Ferreira, also a professor at UFRJ and partner researcher at Pioneer Science; and Doctor Marcelo Sousa, scientist and founding partner of Bright Photomedicine.

Jorge Moll

Jerson Lima

All of the event’s talks were recorded and are available soon on Quantum Bio BR Summit’s website.