06.05.2014

Barañao signed an agreement for the creation of a bilateral center on maritime and ocean research in Italy

The Minister of Science traveled to Europe on an official mission to strengthen ties of cooperation in science and technology. The tour which includes Spain will end on May 9, where an agreement with the University of Burgos will be signed.

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Barañao signed an agreement for the creation of a bilateral center on maritime and ocean research in Italy

Minister Barañao and the president of the National Research Council (CNR), Prof. Luigi Nicolais, signing the interinstitutional agreement.

The Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao traveled on official business to the city of Rome in the Italian Republic, to strengthen ties in science and technology through agreements and meetings with authorities of this country. With the same purpose visits to the Spanish cities of Madrid and Burgos, from May 7 to 9 are also scheduled. The European tour has the presence of the National Director of International Relations of the Ministry, Águeda Menvielle.

Yesterday, in the city of Rome, the Science Minister visited the National Research Council (CNR). Where he met with its president, Prof. Luigi Nicolais and signed an interinstitutional agreement for the creation of an Argentine - Italian center on maritime and ocean research composed by research and development centers already articulated and operating, using the existing infrastructure, to run joint projects of research and development, education and training of human resources and related activities. The purpose of this initiative is to promote the exchange, the transfer of scientific and technological knowledge, as well as training of human resources in both countries in various disciplines related to marine and ocean sciences. It will also aim to develop and implement, through focal points of research, projects aimed at generating knowledge in applied engineering and mathematics systems.

The mission continued today in Rome with the meeting between Barañao and the Minister of Education, University and Research, Stefania Giannini. During the meeting, officials discussed the bilateral agreement signed between the Science Portfolio and the CNR, the Pampa Azul initiative, the cooperation between companies and the “Tomás Maldonado” International Knowledge Design Centre, located on the Science and Technology Cluster of the city of Buenos Aires. They also discussed the status of the programme of scientific cooperation between the Argentine Ministry of Science and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), which seeks collaboration in scientific research and technological development between Argentina and Italy, through the funding of joint research projects including the exchange of scientists.

Moreover, in the afternoon, minister Barañao made a presentation in the Italo-Latin American Institute (ILAI) about Argentine science policy and strategic areas. In this regard, the Minister said: "Relationship with Italy is strategic not only for the intensity of cooperation and joint scientific research, but for the opportunity to learn about such successful development in the small and medium-sized companies sector in Italy. We hope this exchange results in successful cases in this industry also in Argentina.

It is worth mentioning that on Monday 5th Barañao met at the Argentine embassy with researchers of our country living in Italy under the framework of the RAICES Programme (Network of Argentine Researchers and Scientists Living Abroad) and on Sunday 4th he met with the industrial designer Tomás Maldonado to discuss about projects presented in the center bearing his name.

The official mission will run until May 9 in Spain. On Thursday 8, in Madrid, Barañao will meet with the Secretary of Research, Carmen Vela. On Friday 9, in the city of Burgos, a meeting is scheduled with the rector of the University of Burgos, Alfonso Murillo Villar. Both officials will sign a framework agreement about academic exchange and cooperation in order to promote scientific and technological research in the field of prehistoric archeology and the upgrading of human and scientific resources. Visits are also scheduled to the Sierra de Atapuerca sites, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO; the National Research Center on Human Evolution (CENIEH) and the Museum of Human Evolution.

 

About International Cooperation

It is worth mentioning that Argentina and Italy held a bond of cooperation in science and technology since 1997. Within the cooperation programme it should be mentioned the initiative called "mobility of researchers" carried out between the Ministry of Science and the Ministry of Italian Foreign Affairs (MAE), with 126 projects already implemented. In addition, it should be mentioned: The call Projects of Scientific and Technology Research (PICT International ICES -International Center for Earth Sciences), the creation of the International Design Center of Knowledge "Tomás Maldonado" in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation and the cooperation between companies. Finally, both countries participated in about 70 projects funded with contributions from the European Union.

Regarding Spain, Argentina has maintained a long history of scientific and technological cooperation since 1972. 35 projects (22 implemented projects and 13 under execution) in the framework of the "mobility of researchers" modality and 15 Scientific and Technology Research Projects (PICT International). In addition, agreements with Spanish centers as the Center for Industrial Technological Development of Spain (CDTI) and the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona are registered. Both countries are involved bilaterally in 91 projects funded by the European Union. Under the Ibero-American multilateral programme of Science and Technology for Development (CYTED - IBEROEKA), dozens of innovative projects approved with the participation of recognized Argentine and Spanish technological-based companies are registered.

Finally, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Argentina, Spain and Portugal in 2014 in the area of nanotechnology with the participation of the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory – INL, located in Braga, Portugal.

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