Ribeirão Preto is an important regional hub, composed of more than 80 municipalities and a population of about 4 million people. An unforgettable city, located at 300 km from the State capital, São Paulo. It is a destination that has established itself as a reference in business tourism and events. Elected as the Brazilian Capital of Culture in 2010, Ribeirão Preto, one of the main municipalities in the interior of São Paulo, offers its visitors the most varied cultural options, with the quality that Brazil recognizes. The city has easy accesses, through the best highways of the State of São Paulo.
According to the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics), Ribeirão Preto reached a GDP of R$ 29.9 billion in 2018. Thus, among the 5,570 municipalities in Brazil, Ribeirão Preto ranks as the 23rd largest GDP in the country. With a population of about 670 thousand inhabitants, the city reaches a per capita GDP of R$ 44.463,79.
The commerce and services sectors are the engines of Ribeirão Preto’s economy – it represented 75% of GDP in 2015, a share of R$ 21 billion. It is followed by the industry sector, which accounts for 13% of the wealth produced, with R$ 3.8 billion.
SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL POTENTIAL : INDICATORS
The administrative region of Ribeirão Preto, home of BIN 2019, is responsible for uniting about 14% of São Paulo state researchers in Agrarian Sciences, 12% of researchers working in Biological Sciences, 5% in Exact and Earth Sciences, and 11% of the state researchers in the area of Health Sciences. A study on investments in human capital in the state of São Paulo shows that for each R$ 1 applied in research and development (R & D) and formation of new cadres, the return is in the order of R$ 12, generating an economic return to the population and the development of agriculture.
According to a report by FAPESP (São Paulo State Research Foundation) and Aciesp (São Paulo State Academy of Sciences), the State of São Paulo accounts for approximately 50% of national scientific production. These figures directly reflect the relative participation of Brazil in the creation of new knowledge. The Brazilian contribution to global knowledge generation jumped from 0.5% in the late 1980s to around 3% in 2015. The network of information, information flow and strategic partnerships promoted by BIN@ directly impact these indicators and public policies.
According to indicators of science, technology and innovation in São Paulo, part of the researchers (42%) are in research groups linked to higher education institutions (FAPESP, 2011). The research groups also have great importance in the technical-academic training of post-graduate students in soil science in the state of São Paulo. Many of these groups are made up of researchers from different areas who unite by the affinity of research areas. In this environment, the undergraduate and postgraduate student sees education, technology and innovation in different branches of science in an integrated manner.
The rest of the contingent of researchers from the state (53%) is in companies. In 1995 this contingent was 45%, according to the Pesquisa FAPESP Magazine issue of July 2011. These results show that companies are expanding their contingents of researchers. It is clear that these values reflect a major change in business and academic behavior, which begins to consider technological innovation as an important element of its competition and growth strategies. This highlights the need to increase efforts in research and innovation, and redirection of Universities and Colleges in the holistic and integrative formation of the different areas of knowledge. The BIN@ Event promotes this type of environment, allowing participants, mainly undergraduates, postgraduates and young scientists in training to have a broad view of the world scenario in different aspects.