The roots of this program date from June 2003, when a group of researchers from UFBA (REDPECT) and LNCC (who developed research on Relationship Knowledge/society: Knowledge Management in northeastern Brazil and computational modeling of diffusion of Knowledge, respectively), resolved to initiate a partnership to develop collaborative studies.
This partnership has been gradually built; In October 2003, the Seminar "Difusão do Conhecimento na Sociedade" was held, which also participated in researchers from UEFS who worked with computational modeling and with the computer and society relationship, later integrated in this partnership. In this seminar, a project was defined on "preferential channels for the diffusion of technical-scientific knowledge", which was discussed in May 2004, in “II Difusão do Conhecimento na Sociedade”.
In July of that same year, this group was expanded with colleagues from UNEB, when then the interactive network of Research and Graduation in Knowledge and Society (RICS) was formed and it was decided to think about elaboration of a project of graduate program, prioritizing A doctoral degree course. The first step towards this intent was the preparation, collectively, of an infrastructure project that ran to announcement of FAPESB 2004. The approval of this secured resources for the installation of two laboratories and recovery of physical facilities for the administrative dependencies of the program.
In 2005, two RICS seminars were held, aiming, respectively, at first discussion of the doctoral proposal (January) and definition of the integration of research projects for formation of research lines (July). In these seminars also participated researchers of CEFET-Ba and CEPPEV/FVC. Throughout that same year was organized and held (October) the “II Colóquio Internacional Saberes, Práticas – Difusão do Conhecimento Científico e Tecnológico na Sociedade da Aprendizagem”, when the network was expanded with researchers from these last two Institutions mentioned. At the end of 2005 the first collection of RICS was organized: “Mosaico: Difusão do Conhecimento na Sociedade da Aprendizagem", consisting of 16 chapters, organized in two parts, in line with the lines of research of this proposal.
In January 2006, the “III Seminário da RICS” was held, with researchers from all the evolving institutions, an opportunity to define the first version of the curricular structure of the course. In April of this year was held the “I workshop da RICS” for discussion of the curriculum proposal and collaborative activities. In September, the “II workshop da RICS” completed the doctoral curriculum proposal, as well as the definition of the articulated research projects to compose the respective lines. At the beginning of January 2007 a specific meeting was held, with representatives of all the institutions involved, to approve the proposed proposal.

Cooperation and Exchange:

The research groups and researchers that constitute RICS maintains exchanges with several national and foreign institutions, among which can be highlighted:
a) University of Paris VIII, since 1992, with studies on the multi-referential epistemological perspective, with joint publications and in conjunction with UFSCar, UFAl, UNB, UNIMESB, involving:
  • Several short visits of researchers from that university to UFBA and vice versa, under the coordination of researchers from NEPEC (from which the following two research groups were dismembered), REDPECT and FORMACCE, some funded by CNPq;
  • Full doctorate (1993-1996 and 2003-2007) and
  • Sandwich doctorates (1996/1997, 2000/2001, 2006-2007), funded by CAPES and CNPq;
  • Organization of the International Knowledge Colloquium, Practices: (IN) Professional training in the knowledge society, funded by CNPq, CAPES, FAPESB and AUF (France);
  • A researcher-associate at that university as a visiting researcher at REDPECT, with a scholarship from FAPESB.
b) University of London – Institute of Education, since 1989, with cooperation in projects on impacts of information and communication technologies in the training of Citizen Workers (1996/1999) and on New Professionalities (2005/2007), through:
  • Several visits by researchers from ULIOE to UFBA, funded by the CNPq and the British Council and two visits by researchers from REDPECT to ULIOE;
  • Post-doctoral students of REDPECT researchers, funded by CAPES (96/97 and 2006/2006), the latter with the Knowledge Laboratory, initiative of the Institute and Burbeck College.
c) University of Aveiro (Portugal) Academic cooperation on e-Learning models and strategies, with spinner support from CAPES and GRICES (Portugal) (2001-2004). This cooperation involved, in addition to the research work:
  • Several short-term visits by researchers from the Portuguese University to UFBA and conversely;
  • Publication of two collections (2002 and 2004)
  • Participation in the Congress e-LES 04 (International), in the Organization, Program Committee (Scientific) of a researcher and presentation of works of various members of REDPECT and GEPIC (2004);
  • Postdoctoral (2005-2006) of a GEPIC researcher;
  • Full doctorate in progress, with a scholarship from CAPES, from a member of REDPECT.
d) University of Austin (United States), with scientific cooperation supported by CAPES, from researchers of GEPIC, since 2004, involving:
  • Several visits by researchers from the U. of Austin to the UFBA and vice versa;
  • Publication of a compilation (2005).
e) University of La Frontera (UFRO), Chile, with the post-graduation group in social sciences,
  • Short-term visits by two researchers from that university and from a REDPECT researcher;
  • Seminar "Working with knowledge in the Learning Society", held in August/September 2006, in UFRO, by a researcher from REDPECT;
  • Participation of two researchers from UFRO as exhibitors in the two editions of the International Knowledge Colloquium, Practices (2002 and 2005).
f) Universidad de San Marcos (Peru) and LNCC for the development of the project "Dynamic aspects of the ocean Antartico (40 º-80 º S; 90 º-40 º W) ", started in May 2005.
g) University of Siena (UNISI), Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA) and LNCC, supported by CNPq and CNR (Italy), to develop a project on the quantitative and qualitative development of ecosystems, their interaction with human occupation and Several productive activities, with special attention to the wetlands and aquatic areas of the Amazon Basin, initiated in May 2006.
h) Universidade Federal do Tocantins? UFT with LNCC, in the Hydrology and Biogeochemistry project in wetlands of the Araguaia floodplain: flood pulses and influence of irrigated agriculture projects, initiated in January 2007, funded by CNPq.
i) National University of Distance Education of Spain (UNED), under the core of Intelligent Technologies (NETI), of UNEB:
  • Preparation of joint projects between the two universities;
  • Short-term visit of UNED researcher to UNEB and vice-versa (2006-Jan. 2007).
j) University of Lisbon/Portugal with UNEB (NETI), with the aim of:
  • Offer opportunities for exchanges between students and teachers of the two universities;
  • Broaden the discussions and reflections of NETI's research objects.
l) Pedagogical Universities and Eduardo Mondlane University/MOZAMBIQUE and the University of Porto/Portugal, aiming to develop the project Virtual community of learning in Portuguese, object of the line of research education, technologies Intellectuals, curriculum and educator training (NETI/UNEB).
m) University of São Paulo (USP)/São Paulo. School of the future and UNEB physically host the digital part of the virtual community, associated with ABED, an association that has its regional pole of Bahia located in UNEB, having as coordinator a professor of Department of Distance Education.
n) Federal University of Pernambuco and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, with a master's degree in computational modeling from Fundação Visconde de Cairu, with joint research in the area of Biofisica/Molecular Biology/Computational modeling, since 2002.
o) Brazilian Biodiesel Technology Network – Participation of CEFET, together with other institutions throughout the country, with a project funded by FINEP/MCT;
p) Northeast Biodiesel Network, with the participation of CEFET, the universities of UESB, UESC, UFBA and UNIFACS and other institutions throughout the region, with a project funded by CNPq.

Complementary Description:

The course is organized according to its bylaws in accordance with the Statute, the general rules of procedure and the supplementary norms for the postgraduate courses of the Stricto Sensu course of UFBA. It has its administrative and academic headquarters in the Faculty of Education of this same university and is administered by a collegiate composed of professors from all the institutions that make up this network.
The responsibilities of the institutions that propose this program are defined in documents of accession, signed by their maximum representatives, forwarded to the UFBA, accompanied by specific documents of the respective departments, which inform the Teachers who are allowed to act as professors in the doctoral course and the disciplines for which they are responsible.
Relation of the other participating HEI