02.06.2014

Barañao signed agreements in Denmark and Sweden to promote innovative research

The Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation is on an official visit to the Nordic countries in order to strengthen ties in science and technology. During closure, a visit to the Kingdom of Norway is expected in the coming days.

Barañao signed agreements in Denmark and Sweden to promote innovative research

Ulla Wewer, Lino Barañao and Flavio Devoto during the signing ceremony in Denmark.

The Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao, traveled on official mission to the cities of Stockholm and Copenhagen in the Kingdom of Sweden and Denmark respectively, to sign agreements in science and hold meetings with officials from both countries. The visit started on May 30 in Sweden and will run through June 5 when a visit to the Kingdom of Norway is expected.

In the today session in Denmark, Barañao visited the School of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. The Minister of Science signed with that university and the company Novo Nordisk Pharma Argentina S.A. an agreement on scientific training of Argentine postdoctoral students and senior scientists in the areas of diabetes and biotechnology research applicable to health. The signing was carried out by Barañao; the rector of the institution, Ulla Wewer and general manager of the Danish company, Flavio Devoto.

The Minister of Science, Barañao, said: "The support with Novo Nordisk means peculiar features due to parallel projects of human resources development.Not only medical staff but nurses, generating short-term impact on care for patients with diabetes. It also helps to transfer this knowledge among the professionals related to the care of patients with diabetes".

In Copenhagen, Barañao also held a meeting today with his counterpart in Higher Education and Research of the Kingdom of Denmark, Sofie Carsten Nielsen and toured the Center for Protein Research (CPR) and the Danish Centre for Stem Cells (DanStem), both from the University of Copenhagen. He also visited the Steno Diabetes Center, where he met with its CEO, John Nolan and the Riso Centre. At the end of the event, Barañao met with Argentine scientists residing in Denmark.

On May 30 in Stockholm, Barañao met with the Deputy Minister of Research, Peter Honeth, who signed a memorandum of understanding by which the Argentine Ministry of Science and the Ministry of Education and Research of the Kingdom of Sweden 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. Barañao met with Argentine scientists living in Sweden, and a Network of Argentine Scientists was also created in that country.

Regarding the agreement signed, Barañao said that “this is a very important agreement for our country because it means access to professional expertise in translational medicine.The University of Copenhagen is the most experienced in the field and this agreement allows exchanges of Argentine professionals to receive training of excellence”.

The official visit will continue tomorrow in Oslo in the Kingdom of Norway. In that city, a meeting between the Minister and his counterpart of Education Research, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen is expected. Furthermore, a visit to the Institute of Energy Technology is scheduled.

The official mission was attended by the National Director of International Relations of the ministry of Science, Águeda Menvielle.

About International Cooperation

Argentina and Denmark maintain ties of cooperation in science and technology since 2010. In 2013 the Academic, Scientific, Technological and Innovation Programme in Diabetes and Biotechnology applied to Health was launched to be developed in our country and in the Kingdom of Denmark. Both countries share 21 projects approved under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union. Seven out of them refer to the area of food, agriculture, biotechnology and fishing, three to environment, three to nanotechnology, two to energy, two to information and communication technologies (ICT), two to mobility projects, one to health and one to social sciences.

Moreover, Argentina shares with Sweden 18 projects approved under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union. Six out of them refer to mobility activities of researchers, four refer to the health area, three to environment, two to food, agriculture, fisheries and biotechnology, one to the area of international cooperation, other to research infrastructures and one to information and communication technology (ICT). Many of them involved tasks on research, development and innovation in the various subject areas.

Regarding cooperation between Argentina and Norway, it is noteworthy that in 2008 a memorandum of understanding was signed on scientific and technological cooperation. The agreement for the performance of the "Workshop on Climate Change" was signed in 2009 with the participation of Argentine and Norwegian scientists, where regional modeling and future scenarios, approach between social and natural sciences with economic issues and the study of the effects of land use were highlighted as points of interest. Moreover, both countries share 17 projects approved under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union. Five of them are devoted to the area of international cooperation, four to the environment; three are mobility projects, two to information and communication technology (ICT) and two are related to social sciences.

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