21.03.2014

Barañao ended his visit to France with the signing of a letter of intent on nanotechnology

He also held a meeting with the French Minister of Higher Education and Research, Geneviève Fioraso, and he met with Argentine scientists living abroad.

Mr. Lino Barañao and Cecilia Bouzat, winner of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Award. Courtesy: L’Oréal

Mr. Lino Barañao and Cecilia Bouzat, winner of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Award. Courtesy: L’Oréal

The Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Mr. Lino Barañao, finished today the official mission that began on March 19 in the French cities of Paris and Grenoble. The signing of the letter of intent between Argentine and French bodies was one of the most important activities of the day. The National Director of International Relations from the Ministry of Science, Mrs. Águeda Menvielle, accompanies the Minister of Science in the mission.

Today, Barañao was received in Grenoble by the Director of the micro and nanotechnology innovation campus (MINATEC), Jean -Charles Guibert, to visit the facilities and laboratories. At midday, the Minister Barañao held a meeting with his French counterpart, Geneviève Fioraso, to discuss various topics related to the scientific - technological cooperation and research. Subsequently, Barañao and Guibert signed the letter of intent between the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Argentina and the Commissariat of Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies (CEA) through the MINATEC of France, to build cooperation and exchanges in fields of mutual interest as micro and nanotechnologies. Barañao stated that "in the area of nanotechnology we are interested in working together in a more institutional and specifically manner, the aim is to link prominent French nanotechnology centers with similar entities in Argentina".

 

In this document, the agencies also state their intention to jointly encourage different cooperation activities, taking into account existing projects and programmes such as the Programme of Cooperation to strengthen the competitiveness of SMEs and Argentina Employment Creation in Micro and Nanotechnology - Nanopymes programme, the RAICES programme through links with Argentine scientists who are working in MINATEC, SME projects between companies from both countries and Franco- Argentine bilateral programmes to fund projects including the exchange of scientific and human resources training (as the ARFITEC Engineers training programme, and the ECOS programme).

 

After signing the letter of intent and as the last activity of the mission, the head of the ministry of Science met with a group of 16 Argentine researchers who work in the areas of technology and nanotechnology, among others, five of which belong to the Network of Argentine scientists in France (RCAF) forming part of the linkage activities with scientists living abroad under the RAICES programme.

The official event began in France on Wednesday 19 at the Argentine Embassy in Paris, where Minister Barañao met with the CEO of the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean Foundation (EU- LAC), Jorge Valdez. Later, he met with the general manager of the Commissariat of Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies (CEA), Bernard Bigot, the representative of the CEA Americas Mission, Fátima Ovali and the Science attaché of the Embassy; Ettiene Saur also attended this meeting.

In the afternoon, Barañao participated in the award ceremony of the L' Oréal –UNESCO Award For Women in Science 2014, at the University of the Sorbonne, where the CONICET main researcher, Cecilia Bouzat, was honored for her contribution to our understanding of how brain cells communicate among themselves and with muscles. The Minister Barañao emphasized the importance of the research made by Ms. Bouzat: "This is indeed a particular source of pride for us because historically Argentine researchers were able to highlight through their collaboration with foreign, European and American scientists, doing part of their job abroad.In this case it was a task performed entirely in Argentina, thanks also to the efforts that the Ministry has done in terms of equipment, subsidies and salaries.We believe that this award is a recognition to the efforts that Argentine society has made in the last decade to support scientists". Ms. Bouzat, who was honored for his scientific career in Latin America, is a member of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Professor of Pharmacology at the National University of the South (UNS) and the vice -director of the Institute for Biochemical Research of Bahia Blanca (INIBIBB, CONICET- UNS) where she has worked since 1997 in the research of receptors called Cys-loop found in the nervous system, muscle and neuronal cells.

 

Cooperation with the Republic of France

It is noteworthy that our country maintains active links in science and technology with France since 1964, reaching several cooperation agreements, including, among others, the researchers exchange and the training scholarships projects. Moreover, the RAICES Programme (Network of Argentine Researchers and Scientists Living Abroad) has presence in France, registering 256 Argentine researchers living in such country. Moreover, binational centers have been established such as the Argentine-French Centre in Engineering Sciences (CAFCI) and the French-Argentinean International Center for Information and Systems Sciences (CIFASIS). Moreover, both countries participate in binational centers such as the Argentine - French Centre for Engineering Sciences (CAFCI), located in the Science and Technology Cluster; the UMI Joint International Unit on Weather and the International Associated Laboratory (LIA), among others. Furthermore, cooperation projects with the SANOFI laboratory and the OSEO industrial and commercial organization have been developed, as well as cooperative agreements between Argentina and France within the framework of the European Union.

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