05.06.2014

Barañao finished in Norway the official mission including Sweden and Denmark

He met with local authorities and visited research centers.

Barañao finished in Norway the official mission including Sweden and Denmark

Barañao with the president of the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), Eva Dugstad.

The Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao culminated today in the city of Oslo, Kingdom of Norway, the mission that began on May 30 in Sweden which included activities in Denmark. In today's session, the Minister of Science toured the department of geological sciences at the University of Oslo which has an excellent level of training and research in the field of earth sciences. The meeting was also attended by the National Director of International Relations of the Ministry of Science, Águeda Menvielle.

As for international cooperation actions we are considering adding a scientific component of social sciences to promote consideration of society models based on inclusion and equality", Said Barañao

Also in Oslo, the Science Minister held a meeting on Tuesday 3 with its counterpart of Research Education, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, to discuss interest areas to develop joint initiatives. After the meeting, the Norwegian Minister was particularly interested in the various financing instruments available in Argentina for research projects, and in particular, by way of articulating scientific knowledge with industry and public-private ventures. Also, on Wednesday 4 Barañao visited the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) and stated that there is "an interest in working together on projects related to solar energy and geothermal energy".

As summary of the mission, the Minister Barañao stressed regarding these countries, "the high scientific level achieved both in universities and in private companies". He also said: "As for international cooperation actions we are considering adding a scientific component of social sciences to promote consideration of society models based on inclusion and equality". Finally, Barañao said that during the mission "meeting with Argentine scientists living in each of the countries visited were the moments that made us feel better".

It is noteworthy that previously Barañao visited the Kingdoms of Sweden and Denmark where he signed two agreements in science and research. The first signing took place on May 30 in Stockholm. Barañao and the Viceminister of Research, Peter Honeth signed a memorandum of understanding by which the Argentine Ministry of Science and the Swedish Ministry of Education and Research committed to develop cooperative activities in areas of interest in science, technology and innovation. The activities include coordinated research projects; work teams and joint studies; organization of scientific seminars, conferences, symposia and workshops; training of scientists; exchange or sharing of equipment and materials, visits and exchanges of scientists and information.

The second signing was on June 2 in Copenhagen, where the Minister of Science, the University of Copenhagen and the company Novo Nordisk Pharma Argentina S.A. signed an agreement on scientific training of Argentine postdoctoral students and senior scientists in the areas of diabetes and biotechnology research applied to healthcare.

Further activities were: the creation of a network of Argentine Scientists in Sweden, a meeting with Argentine scientists in Denmark and a meeting with the Minister of Higher Education and Research of the Kingdom of Denmark, Sofie Carsten Nielsen; also a tour was conducted through the Centre for Protein Research (CPR) and the Danish Centre for Stem Cells (DanStem), both from the University of Copenhagen. Finally, Barañao visited the Steno Diabetes Center, where he met with its CEO, John Nolan and the Riso Centre, to discuss possible arrangements to work on wind energy.

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