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Souza is a Brazilian biologist, who did her Ph.D. at the Friedrich Miescher Institut
(Basel) on Plant Growth Regulators. She has worked in Mexico at a multinational company
introducing new products for animal health. Back to Brazil, she works on scientific
information dissemination in the multidisciplinary field of biosafety at the Brazilian National
ANBio (Associação Nacional de Biossegurança).
This association is a
non-profit scientific society, which acts in the capacity building of human resources in
biosafety and in the establishment of information channels among the scientific
community, the governmental control agencies, the media and the society in order to allow
full access to accurate information without analytical distortions. The objective is to
contribute to a correct risk assessment as well as reflections in Bioethics, Biolaw and
measures that promote solutions and development for the society without unnecessary
damaging the environment (
www.anbio.org.br). In her current assignment at the BATS Centre for Biosafety
Assessment, Technology and Sustainability (Basel) is engaged in the knowledge transfer
aiming at the safe use of modern biotechnology, preventing from eventual adverse effects
on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity in countries which may
have very different climatic, social and economic conditions (the aim of the Cartagena
Protocol on Biosafety).