27.05.2014

The Ministry of Science and the University of Cadiz will cooperate in sea science

As part of the Pampa Azul initiative, the head of the ministry of Science, Lino Barañao, received a delegation of Cadiz to sign an agreement to promote scientific and technological research in the field of sea science and related areas.

The Ministry of Science and the University of Cadiz will cooperate in sea science

Eduardo Gonzalez Mazo and Lino Barañao (left to right)

The Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao, received today at the Science and Technology Cluster a Spanish delegation from the University of Cádiz to sign a framework agreement with the aim of promoting cooperation programs in the field of sea science and related areas. The meeting was also attended by the National Director of International Relations of the Ministry, Águeda Menvielle, the rector of that university, Eduardo Gonzalez Mazo and its general director, Javier Pérez Fernández.

The agreement is part of the Pampa Azul initiative. The Ministry of Science and the University of Cadiz, coordinator of "CEI-MAR Campus of International Excellence of the Sea", seek to promote the mobility of researchers and doctoral and master students, the transfer of scientific and technological knowledge, the training of human resources in both countries in the field of sea science and related subjects. Oceanography, biodiversity conservation, climate change and its effects, the management of the sea, oceanographic resources, control and quality of water resources, biotechnology and aquaculture, the legal regime of the sea and exploitation of its resources are highlighted, among others, among others as common working areas. In addition, we will seek to develop and implement, through research centers and development projects aimed at generating knowledge in these areas and the organization of conferences, seminars, training, use of equipment and facilities for the joint development and exchange of scientific and technological information will be encouraged.

During the meeting, Barañao said: "Today with the development of the Pampa Azul initiative, it became clear that ocean resources are essential and require a sustainability policy.This project is of global interest, because what happens in the South Atlantic will influence in the North Atlantic", and he added that "interdisciplinarity makes this project very attractive.For us it is a challenge which cannot be viewed in insolation.Reason why this type of cooperation is so important".

Meanwhile, the rector of the University of Cádiz, confirmed its full commitment to work and said: "We have understood from the beginning that we are working towards the same goal, both Pampa Azul and CEI-MAR, the international campus of international excellence which today is the largest scientific aggregation in the ocean - sea global environment" and he stressed that "the University of Cadiz is committed to going forward with this cooperation which we believe will bear fruit soon". At the closing ceremony, the rector congratulated Barañao for Pampa Azul and said that "politics and science as expressed in this project are the future of our progress".

The visit of the Spanish delegation began yesterday in the Science and Technology cluster where all those present participated in a meeting about Pampa Azul which was headed by the executive coordinator of the Scientific and Technological Cabinet of the Ministry of Science, Alejandro Mentaberry and Águeda Menvielle. During the meeting, officials presented the CEIMAR oceanographic resources (research vessels, general scientific infrastructure, HR training programmes).

Pampa Azul

Pampa Azul is a strategic research initiative in the Argentine Sea contributing to deepen scientific knowledge as a basis for conservation and management of natural resources, promote technological innovations applicable to the sustainable exploitation of natural resources and the development of industries related to the sea and strengthen the maritime awareness of Argentine society.

Pampa Azul is coordinated by the Ministry of Science Technology and Productive Innovation through the Science and Technology Cabinet (GACTEC). With the participation of: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship; the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries; the Ministry of Tourism; the Ministries of Defence and Security and the Secretariat of Environment and Sustainable Development.

Other institutions involved are the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET); the National Antarctic Directorate (DNA); the National Space Activities Commission (CONAE ); the National Institute of Fishing Development (INIDEP); the Naval Hydrographic Service (SHN); the Naval Prefecture Argentina; the Austral Center for Scientific Research (CADIC - CONICET); the National Patagonian Center (CENPAT -CONICET); the Argentine Institute of Oceanography (IADO-CONICET/UNS); the Marine and Coastal Research Institute (IIMyC -CONICET); the Research Center of Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (CIMA-CONICET/UBA); the Institute of Fisheries and Marine Biology Almirante Storni (UNCO); the National University of Comahue; the National University of Patagonia San Juan Bosco; the National University of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands; the National University of Southern Patagonia; the National University of Mar del Plata; the National University of the South; the National University of La Plata and the University of Buenos Aires.

About International Cooperation

Argentina and Spain have a longstanding relationship in scientific and technological cooperation since 1972. 35 projects are highlighted (22 implemented and 13 under execution) within the framework of the "mobility of researchers" and 15 Projects of Scientific and Technological Research (International PICT). Moreover, agreements have been signed with Spanish institutions such as the Centre for Industrial Technological Development of Spain (CDTI) and the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona. Meanwhile, both countries participate bilaterally in 91 projects supported by the European Union. Within the framework of the multilateral programme called Ibero-American Science and Technology Programme for Development (CYTED-IBEROEKA), dozens of innovative projects were approved with the participation of Argentine and Hispanic technological-based companies.

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

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