Several projects at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) offer services free of charge to the university community and the community in general.
As a pillar of the university’s institutional mission, the outreach projects play a fundamental role in the integration between university and society. Activities are developed in a wide range of areas, such as culture and art, sports, health and leisure, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, internationalization, social inclusion and diversity, and environmental sustainability.
The university outreach helps the institution to remain able to respond to external needs though the knowledge acquired with the interactions provided by these actions. In addition, it helps consolidate the training of new professionals endowed with social conscience.
Some of these actions are presented here. Check them out by category:
Florianópolis – Services Guidebook
The Educational Psychology Service, linked to the Prorectorate for Student Affairs (PRAE), developed a guidebook detailing the network of care and services available in Florianópolis, aiming to instruct students, particularly first-year students and those coming from other cities, about health, social work, leisure, arts and culture services, projects and activities, as well as jobs and internships opportunities and other services that might contribute to the students’ well-being in the city. Access the guidebook here.
The Professor Polydoro Ernani de São Thiago University Hospital (HU/UFSC), managed by the Brazilian Company of Hospital Services (Ebserh), serves the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS) users exclusively, offering medium and high complexity care services through several medical specialties.
In the HU Services Charter, the community is informed of the main services provided by the University Hospital, its means of access, opening hours and required documents.
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Teaching Clinic
UFSC’s Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Teaching Clinic offers support in communication-related issues, providing evaluation and therapy in the areas of oral and written language, voice, orofacial myology and dysphagia.
It also provides literacy workshops and treatments for students with oral or written language problems, people with aphasia and dementia at an early stage, and children with reading and writing difficulties (between 10 and 13 years old).
The appointments take place in the mornings and in the afternoons, for all ages. Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology students also develop supervised internships at HU.
Further information: call +55 48 3721-6111 or visit the website fonoaudiologia.ufsc.br/.
Location: Rectorate Building II, Av. Desembargador Vitor Lima, 222, 2nd floor, Trindade, Florianópolis.
Speech and Hearing
The Laboratory for Speech and Hearing Studies at UFSC is a high complexity service of reference to the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of hearing loss in adults and children up to three years old. It also receives patients with related problems, such as neurological and psychological diseases, genetic syndromes, blindness and low vision. The laboratory also conducts newborn hearing screening tests and provides infant stimulation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Further information: call +55 48 3721-9118.
Location: University Hospital (HU), Trindade, Florianópolis.
#Elective/routine services are temporarily suspended at the UFSC Dental Clinic due to a suppressed demand of around 800 patients.
The UFSC Dental Clinic offers emergency care services to the community in weekday mornings and afternoons, during the academic terms. Spontaneous demands are met upon a triage to assess the severity of the patients’ condition. After being assessed, patients are informed of their situation and receive the appropriate treatment according to the clinic’s availability and the priority classification.
After the triage, patients receive a counter-reference form filled out with the risk classification and, if they were treated, the procedures adopted in the clinic. Then, they are instructed to return to their local Health Center with the form for evaluation by the dental surgeon, who will determine the adequate follow-up treatment.
Currently, the Dental Clinic is on the process of aligning itself with the Unified Health System (SUS), and has been working in partnership with the Municipal Health Department and the State Heath Department.
Further information: call +55 48 3721 3500 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Santa Catarina Telehealth Center, located in the Department of Public Health at UFSC, contributes to the qualification of Primary Health Care by providing support to professionals across the state of Santa Catarina on doubts related to clinical procedures, health actions and the work process. It also offers scientific, evidence-based answers appropriate to the loco-regional characteristics.
Through this support, it allows the clinical management of patients in Primary Care who were previously referred to medium complexity care, contributing to the regional control of users of the Unified Health System (SUS). Such actions avoid unnecessary referrals, qualifying and optimizing the access to Specialized Care.
The Center also provides pedagogical support for the production of distance education activities aimed at health professionals, in accordance with the principles and guidelines of the National Policy on Permanent Health Education.
In order to facilitate the access to diagnostic tests, the Center has been offering support for Electrocardiogram and Dermatology remote reports for several years and is currently working on pilot projects for Electroencephalography, Stomatology, Mammography and Spirometry remote reports.
Target audience: professionals, city managers and SUS workers.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Location: Department of Public Health, School of Health Sciences (CCS), UFSC, Trindade, Florianópolis/SC.
#24 hours on-call service to health professionals and public in general: directly at the University Hospital (HU) or by calling 0800-6435252.
The Toxicological Information and Assistance Center (CIATox/SC), located in the University Hospital, is a center of reference in the state of Santa Catarina in the area of Clinical Toxicology, specialized in providing information for the diagnosis and treatment of intoxication and poisoning.
The CIATox/SC has a 24 hours on-call service providing specific information on an urgent basis for health professionals, particularly doctors in public hospitals and outpatient clinics, and on a preventive/educational basis for the public in general.
Further information: email@example.com.
#Currently, the Psychological Care Service (Sapsi) is provided only remotely.
UFSC’s Psychological Care Service (Sapsi), linked to the Department of Psychology, provides three main types of services for the community in general: psychological support, psychotherapy and group therapy. These services are mainly offered by undergraduate and graduate Psychology students.
Appointments: requests for appointment must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Services with open registrations are announced on Sapsi’s website.
Location: School of Philosophy and Human Sciences (CFH), building D, 2nd floor, UFSC, Trindade, Florianópolis/SC.
The Career Information and Guidance Laboratory (LIOP) develops activities for career guidance, career development, and retirement. The LIOP is also linked to the Department of Psychology and its activities aim to provide participants with reflections about themselves (self-knowledge) and the educational and professional contexts. Its objective is to help people in their decision-making processes and in the construction of life projects.
Further information: call +55 48 3721-4989 or visit the website https://sapsi.paginas.ufsc.br/liop/.
The Intercultural Clinic (CI) provides psychological care specialized in mental health issues raised by refugees and immigrants, offering a sensitive listening environment for the meeting of different cultures. Its activities are developed by faculty members, psychologists and undergraduate and graduate Psychology students. The appointments are managed by Sapsi at UFSC.
Appointments: requests for appointment must be sent to email@example.com.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 6 pm.
Further information: call +55 48 3721-8571 or visit the website nempsic.paginas.ufsc.br/clinica-intercultural.
#The services must be previously scheduled. For new requests, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also go to the Pharmacy in person, located in the Estreito neighborhood.
The Specialized Pharmacy, previously known as Farmácia Escola, provides medicine-related services to Florianópolis residents. Through an agreement with the Municipality of Florianópolis, it serves patients from the Basic Component for Pharmaceutical Care and from the Specialized Component for Pharmaceutical Assistance (CEAF).
The CEAF is a strategy within Brazil’s Unified Health System (SUS) that seeks to ensure the completeness of the medicine treatment on an outpatient basis. CEAF’s implementation involves the following steps: request, evaluation, authorization, dispensation and renewal of the treatment.
To start the request process, the patient or their guardian must submit the following documents:
- Copy of the National Health Card (CNS);
- Copy of ID, whose authenticity will be certified by the responsible for receiving the request, according to the original ID;
- Report for request, evaluation and authorization of medicines from the Specialized Component for Pharmaceutical Assistance (LME), duly completed;
- Duly completed medical prescription;
- Documents required in the Clinical Protocols and Therapeutic Guidelines published in their final version by the Ministry of Education, according to the disease and the medicine requested;
- Copy of the proof of address.
Further information: email@example.com
Location: Rua Dr. Heitor Blum, 521, Estreito, Florianópolis/SC.
UFSC’s Projeto Amanhecer [Dawn Project] offers integrative and complementary therapies, courses and lectures, research activities, as well as primary health care, through volunteer work and a multidisciplinary health team.
Registration opens every two months for:
- individual therapies (psychotherapy, body therapies and energy therapies);
- group therapies (Yoga, Acroyoga, Biodanza, OM Healing, Self Healing and Planetary Healing experience, Meditative Dance, Healthy Heart Program and Holistic Gymnastics);
- collective therapies on a first come, first served basis (Reiki and Quantum Apometry); and
- courses (Tao Yoga, Life Coaching, Reiki and Experiential Astrology).
With these therapies, beyond promotion and recovery, the Project seeks to work from the perspective of empowerment for people to gain autonomy in the prevention and maintenance of their health.
Opening hours: from 8 am to 12 noon and from 2 pm to 6 pm.
Location: Training Building at the University Hospital, on the Florianópolis Campus.
The Center for Breastfeeding Encouragement, besides being a breast milk collection station, offers support through its technical staff to women who have difficulties in breastfeeding. It caters for women who gave birth in the University Hospital’s maternity unit or in other institutions.
Further information: +55 48 3721-8019
Leishmaniasis and Chagas disease
The process of diagnosis of leishmaniasis in Santa Catarina has been improving due to the sophisticated molecular biology techniques used in the Protozoology Laboratory from the Department of Microbiology and Parasitology at UFSC. Since 2000, the laboratory has been referenced in the state for the diagnosis of leishmaniasis and Chagas disease, and it is the only one to perform molecular testing for confirmation of the diagnosis.
Further information: call +55 48 3721-4551/3721-7147 or visit the website https://proto.ufsc.br/.
Feeding and Nutrition
The Santa Catarina Collaborative Center for School Food and Nutrition (Cecane/SC) provides technical and operational support to cities and states included in the National School Food Program (PNAE), as well as to the National Fund for Educational Development (FNDE). In addition to clearing technical and operations doubts, the Center develops training actions and technical assistance to several people involved in the program.
The Nutrition in the Third Age Program (Nuti) is an outpatient clinic for the nutritional health of the older persons participating in the Open University for Older People (Neti). It offers individualized and free appointments to those who are interested in minding their eating and acquiring healthier food habits, according to each individual’s needs. The appointments take place twice a week and must be scheduled directly at Neti.
Vegetarianism and contributions to omnivorism
Nutritional and feeding evaluation and guidance for vegetarians (preferably) and aspiring vegetarians.
Neuroscience of Eating Behaviour Academic League
The project has academic (teaching and research) and assistance (prevention, track and care) purposes related to dysfunctional eating behaviours.
Ketogenic Diet for Patients with Refractory Epilepsy
The nutritional outpatient clinic provides service to patients with refractory epilepsy. The appointments are scheduled for patients with referral from HU’s Neurology Service or from the Celso Ramos Hospital.
#Currently, physical activities offered to the community are taking place remotely.
The Coordination Office for Sports and Physical Activities to the Community (CEAFC) at the School of Sports periodically publishes a Call for Applications with information and rules for community members to participate in the School’s activities and sports.
For further information: call +55 48 3721-3057, visit the website https://portalcds.ufsc.br/extensao-atividades-fisicas-para-a-comunidade/ or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UFSC is responsible for the management of the Santa Cruz de Anhatomirim, Santo Antônio de Ratones and São José da Ponta Grossa Fortresses, located on the North Bay, in Great Florianópolis.
In order to visit these 18th-century historic monuments, a fee is charged from visitors, but there is an exemption from the charge for people over 60 years old, children under 5 (five) years old and students from public schools participating in a study visit previously scheduled by the school. For the general public, there is a Free Admission Day. Every first Sunday of each month, from March to November, no one pays to visit the fortresses.
The university is not responsible for the transfer to Anhatomirim and Ratones islands; such service is provided by private companies. The São José da Ponta Grossa fortress can be reached by road.
Opening hours: You can consult the fortresses’ opening hours here.
Appointments: Public schools may request fee exemption in advance. More details are provided in this link. People over 60 years old or less than 5 years old must present an identification document to access the fortress, but there is no need to schedule. In the Free Admission Days, all the community has fee exemption, and no one needs to schedule.
Learning History is also for children!
This is a playful activity through which children listen and talk about the history of the territorial dispute between Portuguese and Spanish colonizers; the relationship of these peoples with the indigenous and African/Afro-descendant populations; the construction, use, abandonment and reconstruction of fortifications and their transformation into museums; and the relationship of the fortresses with the history of Santa Catarina island. At the end, they take a guided tour to the São José da Ponta Grossa fortress, where they explore the space and its surroundings, talk to lacemakers and further their knowledge. Learn more here.
Opening hours: check the opening hours of the São José da Ponta Grossa Fortress here.
Appointments: send an email to email@example.com.
Target audience: Children/students between 4 and 8 years old on a study visit scheduled by their school.
Location: The São José da Ponta Grossa Fortress is located on Praia do Forte (Fort Beach), Jurerê Internacional, in Florianópolis. Learn more here.
The Fortresses of the Santa Catarina Island Coordination Office (CFISC), which is the administrative sector responsible for the fortifications, is located in the Culture and Events Center (CCEven) at UFSC, Trindade, Florianópolis/SC.
The Arts and Culture Department (DAC), linked to the Office of Culture and Arts (SecArte), aims to promote art and culture through teaching, research, outreach and production activities, seeking the full development of the human being, the enhancement of the quality of life and the transformation of society.
In addition to art courses, workshops, and works carried out by the artistic groups as permanent cultural projects (Drama, Choir, Madrigal, Chamber Orchestra), DAC presents cultural productions carried out by sectors of UFSC or by groups and artists from the community.
DAC occupies the architectural ensemble of Trindade neighbourhood’s old church, which includes the Igrejinha (little church), with a music auditorium; the Theater, with a concert hall; and the Casa do Divino, with space for workshops. It also manages the Art Gallery, located in the Centro de Convivência, and a part of the Rectorate Building Hall, used for cultural exhibitions.
Location: UFSC’s Igrejinha (little church), Santos Dumont Square, Trindade, Florianópolis/SC.
UFSC’S Choir, Madrigal and Chamber Orchestra
The Choir, created in 1963, and the Madrigal and the Chamber Orchestra, created in 2009, are outreach projects opened to the community in general. The participation in the groups is for free, but the participants must meet some conditions according to the specificity of the work. UFSC undergraduate students participating in the Madrigal or the Chamber Orchestra may apply for a Bolsa Cultura [Culture Scholarship].
Art Courses and Workshops
DAC offers courses and workshops to the community in general in the following areas: Educational Arts, Visual Arts, Cinema, Dancing, Music and Drama. The activities are carried out by professionals from UFSC and instructors (professionals-artists) from the external community.
#There is a registration fee, but no monthly tuition charge.
Further information: send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Exhibitions in the Rectorate Building Hall
DAC manages part of the Hall of the Rectorate Building and uses it for cultural exhibitions. The use of the space and the visit to the exhibitions are free and open to the community.
The 12:30 Project presents free cultural exhibitions during the academic term. The presentations take place on Wednesdays, every two weeks, on the Praça da Cidadania (Citizenship Square), in front of the Culture and Events Center at UFSC. Once a month, it takes place in the School of Agricultural Sciences, in the Itacorubi neighborhood.
In March 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the suspension of in-person activities at UFSC, the project presentations began to be streamed on digital platforms. Since March 2021, interviews and pocket shows have been carried out with bands and artists through social media and YouTube.
#Artists interested in participating of the virtual activities can contact us.
In order to face the quarantine period, the SeCArte, in partnership with TV UFSC, developed the action #QuarentenaArte. The proposal offers artistic and cultural alternatives to the audience, such as music presentations, movies and documentaries. The initiative aims to value and disseminate the art and culture produced at UFSC and offer tips on online activities that are in the spotlight in the local and national scenarios.
Check out some of the previous attractions here.
A Cor da Nossa Tela
“A Cor da Nossa Tela” [The Color of our Screen] is a series broadcast on TV UFSC, conceived and directed by the filmmaker Zeca Nunes Pires. Since June 2015, the series has been portraying plastic artists who have a connection with Florianópolis.
Watch the series on the TV UFSC channels (15 on NET and 63.1 on digital TV) or on the YouTube playlist.
Check out some of the productions here.
Immigrant and Refugee Support
The Immigrant and Refugee Support Center (NAIR) is an outreach service offered in partnership between UFSC and the Florianópolis Immigrant Pastoral that gives support to immigrants arriving in the city. NAIR is linked to the Center for Decolonial and Postcolonial Research and Practices applied to International Relations and to International Law (Eirenè).
The service is provided by Law and International Relation students and it also includes integration activities extended to the university community. The initiative seeks to encourage peace, tolerance and multiculturalism, essential for the areas covered by the project.
Further information: call +55 48 3304-6348 or visit the website https:/irene.ufsc.br/nucleo-de-apoio-aos-imigrantes-e-refugiados/
UFSC’s Escritório Modelo de Assistência Jurídica [Office for Legal Assistance] (Emaj) allows access to justice for people who cannot afford private assistance. The office has its own building, attached to the School of Law, and is structured as follows:
Labor matters: Monday
Criminal matters: Tuesday
Civil matters: Wednesday
Family matters: Thursday
The services are offered by Law students under faculty supervision.
For triage, the applicant must bring copies of ID, CPF (Individual Taxpayer Registry), proof of income (up to three minimum wages) and current address.
Opening hours: from 8 am to 7 pm.
Appointments: Monday to Thursday, from 9:10 am to 11 am and from 2:20 pm to 4 pm.
UFSC’s Open University for Older People (Neti) offers various activities for older people, aiming at their living together, the dissemination of knowledge, leisure and quality of life. Activities include courses, groups, workshops and projects for the update and social inclusion of the participants. The Center also provides consulting and advice for the community, in partnership with government and non-government entities.
Location: Rectorate Building II, Av. Desembargador Vitor Lima, 145, Trindade, Florianópolis/SC.
The Gender Studies Institute (IEG), located at the School of Philosophy and Human Sciences (CFH), was created in 2005 by researchers from UFSC, UDESC, Unisul and Univali, as a result of over ten years of engagement with feminism and gender studies.
The Institute intends to give unity and visibility to an extensive set of research and activities in various academic areas with the objective of strengthening the links between this work and the social movements committed to women’s rights and the promotion of gender equality. Interdisciplinarity and the integration between academia and social movements are a strong demand in Latin America and they find in the IEG an important and pioneering institutional space.
Museum of Archeology and Ethnology (MarquE)
University Hospital (HU)
Genetic counselling – call +55 48 3721-9154
Associação Amigos do Hospital Universitário (AAHU) [Friends of the University Hospital Association]
School of Communication and Expression (CCE)
School of Socio-Economic Sciences (CSE)
Digital inclusion project for indigenous people – call +55 48 3721-6483
Colégio de Aplicação [Laboratory School] (CA)
Espaço Estético [Aesthetic Space]
Center for Azorean Studies (NEA)
School of Health Sciences (CCS)
Garden of Medicinal Plants – call +55 48 3721-9787
School of Philosophy and Human Sciences (CFH)
Violence Studies Laboratory (Levis) – call +55 48 3721-9714
Ads – Supply and demand of goods and services among the university community, made on a voluntary basis, under the supervision of the UFSC Ombuds Office.
UFSC Journal Portal – Access to scientific journals published by UFSC.
Institutional Repository – Access to UFSC’s academic and institutional production, including theses, dissertations, final projects, photographs and videos.
Aquatic Mammals Laboratory – Environmental Education
Sea Mollusks Laboratory – support to mariculture farmers, certification and genetic improvement of oysters (located at the Elpídio Beltrame Mariculture Station in Barra da Lagoa)
Imagine Project – fundamental scientific knowledge to communities in different countries with difficult access to formal education and scientific information.
Green Room (Sala Verde) – Ecological education activities and socio-environmental interventions.
Teaching, Research and Outreach week (Sepex) – One of the biggest scientific dissemination events in Santa Catarina. Since 2000, it gathers works developed at UFSC in the form of scientific exhibitions open to the public.
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