22.04.2014

Argentina is the first Latin American Country to associate with the Renowned European Molecular Biology Laboratory

Membership to EMBL promotes joint research, training of human resources, and access to facilities, laboratories, and services offered by such European organisation.

Argentina is the first Latin American Country to associate with the Renowned European Molecular Biology Laboratory

The Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao is signing a membership agreement to become an Associated Member State.

The Ministry of Science, Technology, and Productive Innovation, through the National Directorate of International Relations, became an Associated Member State in the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). The Minister of Science, Lino Barañao, together with the EMBL Director General, Iain Mattaj, signed today an agreement whereby our country became an associated member state of this institution. It is the first time that a Latin American country has become a member to this renowned laboratory, which is deemed as one of the first five institutes in the world specialising in genetics and molecular biology. The National Director of International Relations of the Ministry of Science, Águeda Menvielle, was also at that meeting.

“Becoming an associated member state means having the opportunity to access research centres and laboratories of the highest level, the exchange of researchers, but it mainly means that Argentina will be the core of the articulation between Latin America and Europe in scientific and technological matters", said Barañao

While signing this agreement, Lino Barañao said: "Signing this agreement is really significant for the Ministry of Science, as it is part of a strategic project designed by Argentina". He also asserted that “Becoming an associated member state means having the opportunity to access research centres and laboratories of the highest level, the exchange of researchers, but it mainly means that Argentina will be the core of the articulation between Latin America and Europe in scientific and technological matters.Our country will develop harmonically with the rest of this region, interacting at science and technology fields with other countries and also articulating with the most outstanding scientific centres in the world.This will have an impact on the scientific community and system".

In turn, Iain Mattaj said: “One function of EMBL is to give access to its infrastructure to all its associated member states.It also promotes collaboration, exchanges, and training of young professionals who are the core of the scientific community.But, above all, we encourage those who come to our country for training or working at EMBL to return to their country of origin and enrich it.” In this sense, and in connection with the agreement, Mattaj added: “It is the beginning of a long lasting relation with South America, leaded by Argentina, which has always been strong in molecular biology and biomedicine."

This partnership with EMBL, with headquarters and a central laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, will allow promoting joint research and training of human resources from our country and Latin America, in cooperation with superior quality European centres. Furthermore, it will allow preferred access to EMBL facilities, laboratories, and services; involvement in research infrastructure projects; granting joint doctorate and post-doctorate degrees; promoting courses, workshops, training sessions, and other laboratory work; involvement of Argentine institutions in activities developed by companies associated to EMBL; and the creation of Latin American centres for interdisciplinary training in connection with management of complex problems, among other abilities. On the other hand, Argentine scientists will be allowed to participate in records of invention and the involvement in activities developed by EMBL partner companies; the designation of two delegates to the Council as observers; and suggesting researchers to be members of the EMBL Scientific Advisory Committee.

On the other hand, today in the afternoon started the first day of scientific sessions called "Kick-off Meeting for Launching Argentina as an Associated Member State of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)" to be held until tomorrow. The opening event was held at the YPF Foundation Auditorium and was hosted by the Ministry of Science, Mattaj and Águeda Menvielle. Dissertations will be made by renowned Argentine and German scientists, who will speak about marine biology, bioinformatics, bio-molecular networks, among other topics.

It is noteworthy that a Scientific Committee was formed due to Argentina-EMBL Associated Membership integrated by the senior researcher from the Institute of Physiology, Molecular Biology, and Neurosciences (IFIByNE) from the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) and the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Alberto Kornblihtt; Director of IFIBYNE, Osvaldo Daniel Uchitel; Executive Director of the Argentine Bioinformatics Platform, Adrián Gustavo Turjanski; senior CONICET researcher for the Institute of Biochemical Research of Bahia Blanca (INIBIBB), Cecilia Bouzat; the Dean of the Biotechnology Research Institute of the National University of San Martin, Alberto Carlos C. Frasch; the Deputy Director of the Institute of Histology and Embryology of Mendoza "Mario H. Burgos" (IHEM), María Isabel Colombo; the EMBL Director of International Relations, Silke Schumacher; the Director of the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Rosario (IBR), Alejandro José Vila; the Chief of the Neurobiology Laboratory of the Ferreyra Institute, Alfredo Oscar Cáceres, and by the National Director of International Relations, Cecilia Aversa.

Such associated membership has been achieved within the frame of the bi-regional Argentine-European Union relation. In November 2012, the Ministry of Science signed a memorandum of understanding between Argentina and the EMBL with the purpose of promoting cooperation in view of becoming an associated member state in such entity. In May 2013, authorities from the Ministry of Science toured round the facilities of EMBL in Heidelberg and analysed the implementation of such memorandum. In September of such year, the Ministry of Science obtained funds from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to make such membership effective.

About EMBL

The EMBL is a European non-profit organisation for basic research funded with public funds from twenty European member states, Israel and two associated member states (Argentina and Australia). It promotes scientific education, cutting-edge research, innovation, and technology transfer in the broad spectrum of molecular biology, concentrating its activities in five cities: Hinxton (EBI, European Bioinformatics Institute), Grenoble (Structural Biology), Heidelberg (main laboratory), Hamburg (Structural Biology), and Monterotondo (Bioterios).

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