The research project was the result of a partnership between the Institute of Technology (ITV), Vale Fertilizers and the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA) entitled: “Development of a Product for Agricultural Use, from the Recycling of Phosphate Industry Tailings”, the researcher and ITV’s current Scientific Director, José Oswaldo Siqueira, was awarded with an honorable mention in the Senior Researcher category of the 2015 MERCOSUR Prize for Science and Technology.
From right to left: José Oswaldo Siqueira (ITV’s Scientific Director); Mário Neto Borges (President of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development – CNPq) and Álvaro Prata (Secretary of Technological Development and Innovation of MCTI).
The Prize is organized by the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MCTI) and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), with the institutional support from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the Competitive Brazil Movement (MBC), sponsored by the National Confederation of Industry (CNI). This edition broke the participation record, with 399 registered projects.
The honorable mention was attributed to the researcher José Oswaldo Siqueira who is also professor emeritus of UFLA/Department of Soil Science – DCS, in the Senior Researcher category. Officially, the prize is extended to the entire research team, made up of the researchers, Sérgio Leite Rodrigues (Vale Fertilizers), Luiz Roberto Guimarães Guilherme and Lucas Alberth Ribeiro do Valle (DCS/UFLA), Silvio Junio Ramos (Vale Institute of Technology – Sustainable Development), and Enio de Tarso de Souza Costa and Hamilton Seron Pereira (Federal University of Uberlândia – UFU).
“Plant-laboratory-patents-publications-recognition”.This is the synthesis presented by the researcher José Oswaldo Siqueira when commenting on the prize. “It is a well-designed, articulated, multi-institutional action that has met the objectives. A team that made it work”, he said.