02.03.2016

Barañao welcomed Brazil’s Minister of Science

The meeting was held at the Scientific and Technological Pole and gathered both cabinets. The bilateral cooperation commitment was renewed through the signing of two agreements.

Barañao welcomed Brazil’s Minister of Science

The bilateral cooperation commitment was renewed through the signing of two agreements.

The minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Dr. Lino Barañao welcomed his Brazilian counterpart, Dr. Celso Pansera today at the Scientific and Technological Pole with the objective of expanding and strengthening the bilateral cooperation agenda. The hearing, attended by authorities and officials of the two portfolios, established relationship agreements in astroparticle physics and nanotechnology for health and exposed the current joint projects and the projections for a new stage of relationship between both countries.

“There is no area of knowledge or technology in which Argentina and Brazil have not cooperated effectively in. A clear example of this is the Argentine-Brazilian Center for Biotechnology (CABBIO) that will soon be 30 years old. This extends into the nuclear, satellite areas among others. We are very optimistic as regards the relaunch of the cooperation with Brazil”

In his speech, Dr. Barañao presented the general guidelines of Argentine scientific politics, stressed the joint activities with the neighboring nation and stated the need to set new objectives from the achievements made in several areas. “There is no area of knowledge or technology in which Argentina and Brazil have not cooperated effectively in. A clear example of this is the Argentine-Brazilian Center for Biotechnology (CABBIO) that will soon be 30 years old. This extends into the nuclear, satellite areas among others. We are very optimistic as regards the relaunch of the cooperation with Brazil”, the Minister of Science stated.  

For his part, Dr. Pansera claimed: “Argentina is one of our main partners. Together with Brazil, they are two important referents if one thinks about setting a strategy for the Southern Cone. In this sense, science must accompany the political relations since there is no social progress without technology and innovation. Our visit to this country represents the importance we give to this relation”.

In the framework of the visit, both parts signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the Cooperation in Astroparticle Physics and the Memorandum of Understanding for the creation of the Regional Platform of Nanotechnology applied to Health. The importance of the latter lies in the effectiveness and security it will provide to the treatments based on this technology whereas the former aims at generating impact in areas such as industrial production or medicine.

During the meeting, progress was also made on the cooperation initiatives, currently being implemented, in the biotechnology, nuclear energy, renewable energy, information and communication technologies, space activities and nanotechnology areas. Joint actions were proposed with a view to the present needs, defined through a multilateral agenda on the nuclear and satellite area, cyber security, the development of new energy sources or the response to natural disasters. Both parts coincide in the creation of an executive committee in charge of monitoring these projects.

On the Argentine part, the secretary of Planning and Politics in Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Dr. Miguel Ángel Blesa; the secretary of Scientific-Technological Articulation, Agustín Campero; the head of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Dr. Alejandro Ceccatto; the undersecretary of Politics, Jorge Aguado; the undersecretary of Administrative Coordination, Dr. Rodolfo Blasco; the undersecretary of Institutional Evaluation, Prof. Lucas Luchilo; the undersecretary of Institutional Coordination, Dr. Sergio Matheos; the secretary general of the Federal Science and Technology Council, Dr. Tomás Ameigeiras; the head of the National Agency for Scientific-Technological Promotion, Facundo Lagunas; the National head for International Relations, Águeda Menvielle; the head of the National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA), Dr. Norma Boero; the head of the National Space Activities Commission (CONAE), Dr. Conrado Varotto; the general manager of INVAP, Dr. Héctor Otheguy; the General Assistant Manager of Nuclear Affairs, Juan Pablo Ordoñez and the Coordinator of Bilateral Cooperation, María Eugenia Tola, participated in the hearing.

The Brazilian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation was accompanied by the ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil in Argentina,  Everton Vieira Vargas; the Secretary of Politics and Research and Development Programs, Jailson Bittencourt de Andrade; the Secretary of IT Politics, Manuel Augusto Cardoso da Fonseca; the head of the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPQ), Hernan Chaimovich; the head of International Affair Advisors, Danilo Zimbres; the head of the National Nuclear Energy Commission (CNEN), Renato Machado Cotta; the CEO of the National Research Center in Energy and Materials (in Portuguese: Centro Nacional de Pesquisa em Energia e Materiais – CNPEM), Carlos Américo Pacheco; the head of the company NUCLEP, Jaime Wallwitz Cardoso; the head of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Leonel Fernando Perondi; the head of the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), José Raimundo Braga Coelho; the head of FINEP, Wanderley de Sousa; the General Coordinator of International Cooperation, Bárbara de Sant’Anna and the second secretary of the Embassy, Paulo José Da Cunha.

Finally, the delegations of both countries toured the Scientific and Technological Pole facilities, where they visited the Ibioba Institutes, Max Planck Argentina, CONICET and the Cultural Science Center.

Cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Technology – Brazil

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation maintains cooperation activities in science and technology with three Brazilian counterparts from which several lines of action derive. Actions arising from the cooperation between the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Argentina and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Brazil, include the Argentine-Brazilian Center of Biotechnology (CABBIO) created in 1986 which, since its inception, has financed and executed 392 courses and 92 cooperation projects with over 4500 trained students. The Argentine-Brazilian Center of Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies (CABNN) which has created 30 schools for the training of human resources in nanosciences and nanotechnologies. The Bilateral Metrology Center arises from acknowledging the importance of scientific-technological research in that area and the need to improve the resources in the sector.  The Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory, whose aim is to deepen researches on this new source of light. The Argentine-Brazilian IT and Communication Program, the Science, Technology and Society Meeting Bilateral Program, the Argentina-Brazil Social Inclusion Bilateral Program and the New and Renewable Energy Bilateral Program are some of the current initiatives in the cooperation between both countries.   

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