Science Outreach

What is Outreach?

Outreach at UFRJ follows the concept of “university extension”, as defined by the Assistant Rectors Forum for Outreach in Brazilian Public Higher Education Institutions (FORPROEX, 2010):

University extension, based on the constitutional principle of inseparability between teaching, research, and outreach, is an interdisciplinary, educational, cultural, scientific, and political process that promotes transformative engagement between universities and society“.

At UFRJ, the Assistant Rector’s Office for Outreach (PR-5) manages and promotes outreach actions with a deliberative council by the name University Outreach Council (CEU), created by our University Council (CONSUNI) on May 30, 2018.

Outreach at COPPE

We at Coppe develop outreach actions that involve our professors and graduate students and, as a result, create opportunities for undergraduate students from various courses at our university.

Our Board

Cleide de Morais Lima –
Luzia Felix da Silva – coppeextensã

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COPPE’s Outreach Actions in the SIGA system

Action name: Hybrid Education: Challenges and perspectives in engineering and basic education

About the action: The COVID-19 pandemic enforced a drastic transition from the traditional teaching model to strictly online classes, having required a great effort to prepare and offer courses to students ranging from primary to higher education, since only a few were prepared to deal with technologies for online teaching. Even months after social distancing started, the in-person to online transition was not a trivial process, especially when it came to maintaining the quality of the courses offered in this new modality. This process taught us one important lesson: it is necessary that we permanently invest in implementing innovative/efficient technologies for improved teaching and learning. As such, this project aims to support public education in the state of Rio de Janeiro, from basic education to higher Education in engineering at other universities. With a hybrid learning modality, our purpose is to develop resources and courses that incorporate active learning methods, flipped classrooms, multimodality, etc.

Action name: Prof. Giulio Massarani Pilot School of Chemical Engineering
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About the action: The Pilot School for In-Person Education (EPP) in Chemical Engineering was created in 1993 by our Program of Chemical Engineering (PEQ/COPPE) as a tool for improvement and continuing education. It was very beneficial for high school and undergraduate teachers, but also very popular with students, technicians, and industry workers in general. This edition of EPP is called ADVANCED TECHNIQUES FOR MATERIALS CHARACTERIZATION and will comprise 10 modules. It consists in teaching cutting-edge methods for characterizing various types of materials, discussing the fundamentals of such techniques, and exemplifying them with real-world data. The modules are as follows: Module 1: Spectroscopy techniques (FTIR, DRIFTS, RAMAN, and UV-vis); Module 2: Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR); Module 3: X-ray diffraction (XRD); Module 4: Mass spectrometry and temperature-programmed reduction (MS and TPR); Module 5: Gel permeation chromatography (GPC); Module 6: Droplet and particle size analysis; Module 7: Gas and liquid chromatography troubleshooting methods; Module 8: Aspects of petroleum characterization; Module 9: Thermal analysis – TGA, DSC, and DMA; Module 10: Biotechnology in everyday life.

Action name: Laboratory for Informatics and Society – LabIS
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About the action: LabIS stems from the long journey traversed by the work and research of Informatics and Society (IS), a line of research from our Systems and Computer Engineering Program (PESC). We are driven by the desire to better comprehend the many faces of our society, seeking to contribute towards more equality and fairness. We develop software for accessibility (LibrasOffice), educational games (Damática), community banks (Mumbuca and Preventório) and offer programming courses for public high school students.

Action name: Literacy for Youth, Adults, and the Elderly of COPPE/UFRJ

About the action: Literacy for Youth, Adults, and the Elderly is a project for all those who are not literate and those who did not have access to or did not complete primary and/or lower secondary school at the corresponding age. It was created in 2005 by COPPE’s Department of Social Development, based on a survey of civil servants and outsourced workers involved in cleaning and general services. We extended our research to other units and sectors of our university. Today, our students are civil servants and outsourced workers at UFRJ, most of whom work at the Technology Center, and citizens who live near Ilha do Fundão, mainly in Vila Residencial and Complexo da Maré. Our classes are held at the Technology Center for the Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Literacy classes, Monday to Friday, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Action name: Polymers in Oil and Gas – Additives
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About the action: our action comprises theoretical and practical classes on obtaining, characterizing, and analyzing the properties of polymers in solution, as well as their applications as additives in the petroleum industry.

Action name: Polymers: applications and awareness
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About the action: Plastic recycling has become a very important matter, since over 60% of all plastic produced globally has already become waste but only 9% has been recycled. In Brazil, the situation is even more alarming. A recent WWF report states that Brazil is the fourth largest producer of plastic waste worldwide, with a recycling rate of less than 2%. Our policies for recycling and environmental education are still insufficient and poorly publicized. Furthermore, plastics have recently been made out to be villains, making it increasingly desirable that these materials are banned. However, it is worth remembering that plastics are polymers with high value-added, low production costs, and very versatile properties. When recycled, they can be reinserted into the production chain, which enables the production of new materials and boosts the energy industry. As such, our project aims to guide and encourage students from public and private schools to reproduce the concept of recycling in their schools, families, and communities. We hold online lectures and fun activities that stimulate the reuse and proper disposal of plastic waste, preventing it from being disposed of in inappropriate places.

For more information about our activities, click here to go to our website.
For more information on our work and laboratories, including those related to our outreach project, go to the Instagram page of the EngePol Group (PEQ/COPPE/UFRJ)

Action name: A Program for Community Business Incubation – Social Innovation in EES (Solidarity Economy Business) Incubators

About the action: Since its creation, the ITCP/COPPE (Technology Business Incubator for Community Cooperatives) has been working to support community-based enterprises, aiming at meeting the needs of the working class and informal workers, which have historically been marginalized and excluded from social actions developed by the government. The new challenges of today require new techniques and tools. As such, this is a proposal that researches innovative business incubation methodologies for the purpose of improving the activities of the incubated enterprises and providing continuity to the actions developed by ITCP/COPPE. Ultimately, implementing such new methodologies will improve the quality of Solidarity Economy Businesses.

 More information on the ITCP/COPPE/UFRJ website.

Action name: Espaço COPPE Miguel de Simoni

About the action: We promote a guided tour of the Espaço COPPE exhibitions, primarily arranged for high school students from the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Area. The visiting groups of students are accompanied by teachers from their corresponding schools. Environments such as Espaço COPPE are driven by science and technology and provide key elements in fostering intrinsically motivated learning. For instance, building personal meaning, taking up challenging tasks, learning to collaborate, and recognizing the positive feelings that come from the efforts we made can potentially induce the formation of new, sometimes more intense bonds.

Espaço COPPE website.

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About the action: Our course aims to develop, implement, maintain, continuously improve, and internally audit quality management systems as required by the NBR-ISO:9001 standards and to implement good practices in management according to the criteria defined in the Model for Management Excellence (MEG) of the Brazilian Foundation for Quality (FNQ). The course is related to the CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR CIVIL SERVANTS program.


About the action: Our course aims to develop, implement, maintain, continuously improve, and internally audit quality management systems as required by the NBR-ISO:9001 standards and to implement good practices in management according to the criteria defined in the Model for Management Excellence (MEG-TR) proposed by SEGES/Brazilian Ministry of Economy. The course is related to the CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR CIVIL SERVANTS program.

Action name: UBUNTU.lab – Open innovation program in smart cities to reduce racial inequality in Rio de Janeiro

About the action: Project BRA/15/010 – Strengthening and Expanding the National System for Racial Equality is an effort from the Ministry of Women, Family, and Human Rights (MMFDH) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) aimed at decentralizing public policies on racial equality and strengthening and expanding the National System for Racial Equality (Sinapir). The COPPETEC Foundation was one of the organizations selected through the U.Lab project to provide the Local Government of Rio de Janeiro with a government innovation laboratory. Its purpose is to be replicable as a policy to promote racial equality within the Local Sustainable Development Plan at the time of its implementation, as developed by the Office of Planning from the Municipal Chief of Staff’s Secretariat (EPL). Within the framework of Sinapir, this project aims to provide the municipality of Rio de Janeiro with a government innovation program that puts black youth at the forefront of technology and is capable of promoting well-being in their daily lives.

Action name: Support Unit for Social Innovation – USIS

About the action: Social innovation is a key aspect to development. The Support Unit for Social Innovation (USIS/UFRJ) is a result of the Latin American Social Innovation Network (LASIN), which is a project funded by the European Commission, aimed at implementing a university-community engagement model based on a combination of curricular and extra-curricular activities, learning materials and tools, practical training, workshops, and mentorship, with its own methodology developed by LASIN, to strengthen the connection of universities with a wider social environment (community groups, NGOs and/or OSCIPS (Civil Society Organizations of Public Interest), government agencies, companies, and schools).

Registering and Approving Outreach Actions

Since 2019, all outreach actions at UFRJ need to be registered in the Integrated Academic Management System (SIGA). We therefore ask that outreach coordinators update the registered actions or register their new courses, events, projects, and programs directly in the system.

Click here to read the guidelines on registering and keeping your outreach action up to date.

Watch the video below for instructions on how to register your outreach action:

Watch the video below for instructions on how to update the information of a registered outreach action:

Filling in the Report of a completed Outreach Action in SIGA

1 – Log in the SIGA system, choose the “Extensão” (Outreach) tab and select “ver/gerenciar ações de extensão” (view/manage outreach actions);

2 – Click on the outreach action you wish to make the report on;

3 – At the top of the page, click on “relatórios” (reports);

4 – On the new page, click on “incluir novo relatório” (new report);

5 – On the first page of the report, the outreach action coordinator must inform the period of activity for the report and click on “prosseguir” (proceed);

6 – The following page shows the registered information of the outreach action, requesting that you fill in the following items: generated products, participating members (for courses and events), achieved goals, difficulties met, and other considerations;

7 – The report imports information from the registered action entry. As such, it is even more important that the outreach action is up to date. The report can only be submitted once all fields are updated. 8 – To save the information you have filled in and finish filling it in later, click on “Salvar” (Save). With a complete report, click on “submeter” (submit). Note: Report frequency must meet the provisions of Article 32, Chapter VI, CEU Resolution 02/2020 (University Outreach Regulations – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), as transcribed below:

Art. 32 – The Coordinator of a University Outreach Action must submit the reports to the PR-5 (Assistant Rector’s Office for Science Outreach).

1. Course and event reports must be submitted to the PR-5 via our system at the end of each outreach action.

2. Project and program reports must be sent to the PR-5 via our system after a twelve-month period since the beginning of an outreach action.

3. Reports must be submitted within 60 (sixty) days of the completion date of an outreach action.

4. Outreach action coordinators who fail to submit an activity report will not be able to apply for PR-5 calls.

Applying for an Outreach Action at COPPE

If you are an undergraduate student interested in joining one of COPPE’s Outreach Actions, watch the video below for more information.

Regulations on Outreach Courses

RESOLUTION No. 01/2016 – Regulations for University Outreach Courses at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

RESOLUTION No. 02/2016 – Regulations for University Outreach Courses at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – Transitional Provisions.

Current Resolutions

Resolutions of the National Council of Education (CNE) for UFRJ

Resolution No. 07, of December 18, 2018 – Guidelines for University Outreach

Resolutions of the Council of University Outreach (CEU) of UFRJ

Resolution No. 138, of November 29, 2022, amending the Regulations for University Outreach at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Resolution No. 05, of November 30, 2021, deciding on the measures for the gradual return to in-person outreach activities, and repealing CEU Resolutions No. 03 and 04/2020

Resolution No. 04, of August 24, 2020, supplementing CEU Resolution No. 03/2020 

Resolution No. 03, of July 08, 2020, deciding, on an exception basis, on the establishment of rules and procedures for the continuity of university outreach actions at UFRJ during the period of quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, among other temporary arrangements

Resolution No. 02, of March 9, 2020 amending the Regulations on University Outreach of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro 

Resolution No. 01/2015 Regulations on University Outreach at UFRJ

CEU Bylaws