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Frequently Asked Questions

In this section, we address some frequently asked questions and describe some of CBPF's actions within its domain of competence.

1 - What does CBPF do?

CBPF is a research institute focused on physics, linked to the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. It was created more than sixty years ago and it is responsible for training research leaders in Brazil and Latin America on cutting-edge physics. CBPF has a strong experimental infrastructure, with several laboratories operating in a multiuser or open regime and it maintains a cadre of researchers, technologists and technical experts working on the different fields of experimental, theoretical and applied physics. CBPF also has one of the most prestigious graduate programs in physics in the country, receiving the highest evaluation from the agency CAPES of the Brazilian Ministry of Education. In addition to the Academic Program, CBPF is also responsible for the first Master's Degree in Physics that has been set up in the country, which has an emphasis on Scientific Instrumentation and is focused on the technological sector.


2 - How can I do my postgraduate studies at CBPF?

The CBPF Academic Postgraduate Program selects candidates for the master's or academic doctorate through a selective process which is integrated together with the main postgraduate courses in physics in Rio de Janeiro. The so-called "UNIPOSRIO Física" coordinates the preparation, application and verification of the unified exam for the admission of students to the programs of the following academic institutions: UFRJ, UFF, PUC-Rio, UERJ and CBPF. This unified exam is held twice a year. Further information about the unified exam can be found here.


3 - What is CBPF's Professional Master's Degree and how does its entry process work?

CBPF's Professional Master's (MP) in Physics is the first one of its type in Brazil and it has a focus on Scientific Instrumentation. The main objective of the degree is to prepare professionals to support activities developed in large laboratories and research centers, as well as designing innovative equipment or modifications in existing infrastructure. It was created in 2000 in order to fill in the still large gap of skilled labour in this sector. CBPF's MP in Physics has already achieved important results, such as the registration of some patents and the completion of more than 20 dissertations on issues related to the development of systems and instruments of measurement, automation and improvement of experimental techniques focused on innovation. The  selection process of candidates is conducted twice a year and it is open to students from the exact areas.


4 - Does CBPF carry out any outreach activities?

CBPF carries out various activities open to the general public and addressed to specific groups. The Scientific Vocational Program and CBPF's Educational Lab maintain extracurricular activities for high-school students. For the lay public, CBPF's Colloquium Cycle consists of weekly meetings/coloquia in which the guest addresses themes ranging over different areas of science, science teaching, politics and scientific culture. The program is available at  and access is free and open to the general public.

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