What is eduLab21?

Building a more inclusive world and expanding knowledge frontiers is an effort based on science and innovation. Expanding these concepts to all areas of expertise has never been so essential, particularly education, one of the most far-reaching tools to transform society. 

Supported by that belief, we created Ayrton Senna Institute’s science laboratory for education that, for more than 25 years, has been committed to promoting the development of Brazilian students and educators. We are a research center specialized in producing and organizing scientific evidence at the service of innovative and transformative education, while investigating topics related to the development of human potential.

The Institute, which works with evidence in education since 2015, is formed by scientists and research centers from diverse innovation-driven areas of knowledge. We are committed to producing, translating and applying science findings to the classroom environment, proposing reflection and new education models. We also look outwards and learn from other scientists. The Institute is a network that connects knowledge from major innovation centers and leading researchers from around the world.

Our Work

We strive to ensure that the initiatives of the Ayrton Senna Institute are always developed based on evidence and reach those who make education happen - public policy makers, managers and educators - in an attractive and understandable way.

Integral education is the focus point of our research agenda. We are always seeking to learn more about contributions from cognitive, socioemotional, hybrid, and motivational competencies of educators and students. In other words:

Some of Our Research Topics: 

We Work in a Close Network


We are a network of educational professionals and scientists who work together in a variety of ways. Partnerships can be established directly with professors at stricto sensu graduate centers by means of institutions and organizations or researchers’ networks.   

Besides the researchers that are part of the team, the laboratory is open to various forms of cooperation with associated researchers. This partnership can occur by licensing of eduLab21 instruments and methodologies to other researchers for studies in projects with the participation of consultants on specific topics or academic work groups that contribute to the research agenda. 

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Our Boards

To support and steer our actions, we count on the guidance of renowned policy makers, public managers and researchers.  

Strategic Advisory Board

The members of our strategic board are invited to comment on the projects proposed and suggest others, in addition to contributing with their views on the challenges and opportunities on how to implement the initiatives. They can be managers, policy makers or researchers.

Claudia Costin

Director of the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Education Policies (CEIPE) at FGV.

Francisco Soares

Full professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and former president of the National Institute for Educational Researches Anísio Teixeira (INEP).

Luiz Eugênio Mello

Medical doctor, full professor and scientific director of the Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP).

Luiz Miguel Garcia

Undime’s president and municipal director of education at Sud Mennucci, São Paulo. He holds an undergraduate degree in Languages and a Master's and a PhD degree in Applied Linguistics.

Maria Helena Guimarães

Sociologist, retired professor from UNICAMP. Advisor of the National Education Board, president of the Teacher Education Commission and president of ABAVE.

Mozart Neves Ramos

Post-doctorate degree in Chemistry (Milan Polytechnic). He was a professor and dean at UFPE, Secretary of Education of the State of Pernambuco and president of "Todos Pela Educação" program.

Raquel Teixeira

Secretary of Education of the State of Rio Grande do Sul. PhD in linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley, and member of the of Ayrton Senna Institute’s eduLab21 board.

Rossieli Soares da Silva

State Secretary of Education in the State of São Paulo. Lawyer and a Master's degree in Management and Educational Evaluation from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (MG).

Vitor Amorim

Secretary of Education of the State of Espírito Santo and president of Consed. PhD in Social Sciences from the Federal University of São Carlos and professor at the Vila Velha University.

Scientific Advisory Board:

A group of scientists from various fields of knowledge. The members of the board are responsible for conducting research, contributing to the analyses on innovation in education, disseminating knowledge, and bringing the academic community closer to evidence-based public policies.

Daniel Santos

Professor of Economics at the University of São Paulo and Vice Coordinator of the Neurodevelopment and Mental Health Research Group at the University of São Paulo.

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Filip de Fruyt

Professor at the Ghent University (Belgium) in the areas of Development, Personality and Social Psychology.

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Ricardo Primi

Psychologist and PhD in School Education Psychology and Human Development (University of São Paulo and Yale University, USA).

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Oliver P. John

Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and researcher at the Ayrton Senna Institute’s Scientific Board. 

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Our Team


Tatiana Filgueiras

Vice President of Education, Innovation and Strategy at the Ayrton Senna Institute.

Ana Carla Crispim

Project Manager at the Ayrton Senna Institute.

Ana Carolina Zuanazzi

Project Manager at the Ayrton Senna Institute.

Catarina Sette

Project Manager at the Ayrton Senna Institute.

Danielly Oliveira

Intern at the Ayrton Senna Institute.

Gisele Alves

Executive Manager at the Ayrton Senna Institute.

Karen Teixeira

Project Manager at the Ayrton Senna Institute.

Rodrigo Travistzki

Project Manager at the Ayrton Senna Institute.

Thais Brandão

Analyst at the Ayrton Senna Institute.

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Professorial Chairs

Information on our research centers at universities:

Professorial Chair at UNESCO

Promote and encourage courses, seminars, scientific events, research activities and dissemination of information in the areas of youth and adult education. Started in 06/2003.

Professorial Chair at the Ghent University

Create knowledge on the development and assessment of socioemotional skills in youngsters. Started in 11/2015.

Professorial Chair at Insper

Research for the development of public policies in the area of education. Started in 04/2015.

Partner Organizations:


We work in cooperation with various knowledge networks and agencies around the world. More information about our partners:

Associated Researchers: 

EduLab21’s work is also supported and conducted by autonomous researchers related to our topics of interest. Get to know them: