The extension and culture activities are designed as part of the education, cultural and scientific process with the aim of integrating University and Society. As part of the University of São Paulo, which keeps a strong effort in this direction, the São Carlos Institute of Physics (IFSC) maintains several programs directed to the local community and also promotes many actions that aim to promote the diffusion of science and technology. Some specific programs are:

Astronomical Observatory – Center for Astronomy Diffusion - CDA

The astronomical observatory is located in the Campus of USP at São Carlos and operates since 1986. It belongs to the Center of Diffusion of Science and Culture (CDCC) and is coordinated by an IFSC faculty. Its main objective is the diffusion of astronomy to the community, but it also provide technical and scientifical information for those that have specific interest in the theme. For more information please contact the observatory coordinator Prof. Dr. Valter Libero at phone (16) 3373-9772 or access the observatory web page http://www.cdcc.sc.usp.br/cda (in portuguese).

Week of Optics - SEMÓPTICA

This is a traditional event organized by the IFSC group of optics. The main objective is the diffusion of basic concepts and technological innovations in the field of optics in many educational levels, since the basic school to the university level. Among the SEMÓPTICA activities are seminars, short term courses, visits to the research and teaching laboratories. Besides the activities for students in all levels, the SEMÓPTICA also provides specific activities for professionals (medical doctors, dentists, etc.), showing the main innovations and applications of optics in their areas. For more information please contact the SEMÓPTICA coordinator Prof. Dr. Vanderlei Bagnato at phone: (16) 3373-9823.

Advanced School of Physics - EAF

This event happens at IFSC during the winter vacations and has the purpose of showing the advances in science and technology to high school students. During the school the students have experimental and theoretical classes on Classical and Modern Physics, seminars on actual themes in Physics, monitored visits to the IFSC machine shop, teaching and research labs, and to high technology industries located around the São Carlos city, which is a recognized technology pole in Brazil. For more information please contact the EAF coordinator Prof. Dr. Luiz Antonio de Oliveria Nunes at phone: (16) 3373-9862. 

Public Teaching FAPESP project

This project is held in collaboration with the USP Physics Institute and Science Station, both USP units located in the city of São Paulo, and funded by the São Paulo state foundation for research support (FAPESP). It is a partnership with high school teachers of São Carlos public schools and aims to contribute with new methodologies and instrumentation that may help to improve the quality of public high schools in São Paulo State/Brazil. For more information please contact the program coordinator Prof. Tomaz Catunda at phone (16) 3373-9861.

Brazilian School of Statistical Mechanics - EBME

This event occurs each two years and address current aspects of Statistical Mechanics and Physics. The public is graduated students and post-doc from all Brazilian territory. The school offers short term courses, seminars and a high level workshop, where highly recognized physicists expose and discuss the results of their recent research. For more information please contact the EBME coordinators Prof. Francisco Castilho Alcaraz (IFSC/USP) – Phone 55 (16) 3373 8079 or 55 (16) 3373 9827 and Prof. Dr. Prof. Silvio Salinas (IF/USP) – Phone: 55 (11) 3091-7030 or 55 (11) 3091-6617.

High Technology Exposition - FEALTECH

This is a São Carlos city event which occurs in October of each year. São Carlos is known as the Brasilian capital of technology and has important centers such as University of São Paulo (USP), where the IFSC is sited, Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), two research centers of the Brazilian Company for Agriculture Research (EMBRAPA) and many other technology based companies. The exposition is promoted by the technology park of São Carlos (ParqTec) and the SEBRAE (a Brazilian support service for companies). During the exposition companies and universities have the opportunity of showing their more recent technological advances. The IFSC have a active participation in the exposition each year.

Bimolecular Science Teaching

Researchers from the Center for Structural Molecular Biotechnology (CBME/CEPID-FAPESP), maintained by the IFSC crystallography and molecular biology group, developed a set of educational materials to promote the diffusion of biomolecular science among high school students. The biggest successes are the Kits for building up proteins and nucleic acids structures, card games with amino acids, etc (national and international patents registered). Besides the teaching materials, CBME organize the edition of a printed journal which is freely distributed for high schools of São Carlos and surroundings. The journal reports current news on molecular biology using an accessible language, so it can be used for classroom activities, laboratory classes and homework. For more information please contact the CBME coordinator Profa. Leila Maria Beltramini at phone 55 (16) 3373-9837 or access the CBME web page (in portuguese).

Photodynamic therapy for cancer treatment

For more information about this program and other LASER APLICATIONS ON HEALTH programs at IFSC please contact Prof. Vanderlei Salvador Bagnato at phone: 55 (16) 3373-9810.

Ceramic Research Center at School and School at the Ceramic Research Center

In this program IFSC researchers that take part on the Multidiciplinary Center for Development of Ceramic Materials, CEPID/FAPESP, present seminars in basic and high schools to promote the knowledge diffusion of the area. In the other way around, students from basic and high schools are invited to enjoy a day at IFSC. The students listen to classroom demonstrations where the basics of physics can be easily understood, have lunch in the university restaurant, and visit the research laboratories of the group of Crystal Growth and Ceramic Materials. More information http://www.ccmc.ifsc.usp.br (in Portuguese).