Researchers of the first edition of the Intercontinental Academia begin the filming of a MOOC on Time

Research Base of USP's Oceanographic Institute in Ubatuba, Brazil

The footage of the online course that the participants of the first edition of the Intercontinental Academia (ICA) are producing on the theme "Time" started this Monday, March 6. In Ubatuba, at the "Clarimundo de Jesus" Research Base of USP's Oceanographic Institute (IO), five young researchers who are part of the project will be focused until March 10 to record the lessons of the four sections that make up their Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). With a total of two hours, the course shall be hosted at Coursera's database.

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The group of 13 participants is being represented by David Gange, from the University of Birmingham; Eduardo Almeidaand Helder Nakaya, both from USP; Nikki Moore, from Rice University; and Valtteri Arstila, from the University of Turku. During this week, they will be supervised by members of the ICA Senior Committee Martin Grossmann, from USP's School of Communications and Arts (ECA), and Regina Markus, from USP's Institute of Biosciences (IB).

The ICA is a program of the University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study (UBIAS), a network that brings together 36 institutes of advanced studies from universities of all continents. The IEA-USP and Nagoya University's Institute for Advanced Research (IAR) are responsible for the first edition. The meeting in São Paulo took place from April 17 to 30, 2015, and the second phase in Nagoya, between March 6 and 18 of last year.

The project brings together young researchers from different nationalities and areas of knowledge to develop studies on a common subject. Its accomplishment was possible thanks to the partnership and support of the Deans for Research of USP and Nagoya University, besides Itaú Cultural, which finances a major part of the costs through the programme Global Networks of Young Investigators of the Olavo Setubal Chair of Arts, Culture and Science.

The researchers arrived in Ubatuba after having prepared the scripts to be filmed by a video producer. After the recordings, the course is expected to be completely ready to air in June.

Photo 1: IO-USP; Photos 2 and 3: Richard Meckien / IEA-USP