27.03.2014

The Max Planck Society opens an office for Latin America in the Science and Technology Cluster

This is the first liaison office in Buenos Aires, to boost the cooperation of the institutes in the region.

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The head of the liaison office in Argentina, Andreas Trepte; the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bernhard Graf von Waldersee, the Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao; the vice president of the Max Planck Society, Herbert Jäckle; the National Director of International Relations from the Ministry of Science, Águeda Menvielle; the head of the liaison office in Argentina, Andreas Trepte; the Director of the IBioBA - CONICET – MPSP, Eduardo Arzt and the deputy director of the liaison office in Argentina, Barbara Spielmann (left to right)

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation together with the Max Planck Society of Germany inaugurated today in the Science and Technology Cluster the first liaison office for Latin America. This headquarters in Buenos Aires will seek to strengthen cooperation of the Max Planck Society institutes with the region. The Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bernhard Graf von Waldersee and the Vice President of the Company Max Planck, Herbert Jäckle, among other authorities, took part in the opening ceremony.

The office in the Science and Technology Cluster is a gateway to Latin America for the Max Planck Society. It will also seek to improve the general level of information about the Max Planck Society and its institutes throughout the region, increasing its visibility; helping institutes to intensify the exchange of scientists and interceding to enhance the existing cooperation and attract new ones.

In this sense, Barañao said: "The relationship with Germany has very particular characteristics.We have successfully reached a scientific and research relationship and carried out joint projects. Additionally, the Minister said: Max Planck is in line with this goal. The strong linkage built along these years provides confidence to support this initiative and build a much stronger link.

The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany stated that "Argentina understood that the area of science and technology is where investment should be done to achieve self benefits". Finally, the Vice President of Max Planck Society highlighted the support of the Ministry of Science to the opening of the office in Argentina and the importance of cooperation between the two countries. Furthermore, Jäckle explained the decision to choose our country as a door to Latin American stating that the new office "will be for mutual benefit".

Max Planck operates as a network of more than 80 institutes and research centers in fields such as biology, sociology and natural sciences. The institution, based in Munich, is responsible for about 5,000 scientists. It helps outstanding young scientists, once their research instance is completed, to join in any of their institutes through the establishment of a research group at an institution in their home country. This means an important contribution to countries to recover their highly qualified scientists. Together with the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), the German Society maintains in our country a partner institute, the IBioBA - CONICET - MPSP (the Biomedicine Research Institute of Buenos Aires- National Council of Scientific and Technical Research - Partner Institute of the Max Planck Society). So far, 11 groups were created in Argentina associated to various Max Planck Institutes. In the city of Rosario, for example, a research group that became a Max Planck laboratory of structural biology, chemistry and molecular biophysics was successfully established.

The event was also attended by the Director of the Liaison Office in Argentina, Andreas Trepte; the director of the IBioBA - CONICET - MPSP, Eduardo Arzt, and the national director of International Relations at the ministry of Science, Águeda Menvielle.

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The head of the liaison office in Argentina, Andreas Trepte; the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bernhard Graf von Waldersee, the Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao; the vice president of the Max Planck Society, Herbert Jäckle; the National Director of International Relations from the Ministry of Science, Águeda Menvielle; the head of the liaison office in Argentina, Andreas Trepte; the Director of the IBioBA - CONICET – MPSP, Eduardo Arzt and the deputy director of the liaison office in Argentina, Barbara Spielmann (left to right)

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