March 13 – The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) signed a Letter of Intent to strengthen scientific collaboration with Argentina, in the area of Nanotechnology and Nanoscience. The agreement was signed in Buenos Aires by the Argentine Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation (MINCYT), Lino Barañao, and INL’s Director-General, Lars Montelius. The signing ceremony took place during the EU-Argentina Conference 10 years of Cooperation in Science, Technology and Productive Innovation.
The agreement joins the Argentine Ministry of Science and Technical Research, the – National Council for Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina (CONICET) and INL with the goal is to “promote joint activities to strengthen the scientific and technical cooperation” and “facilitate access to institutions of science, technology and innovation, researchers, students and companies” to INL facilities, in Braga (Portugal) and CIBION (Centro de Investigaciones en Bionanociencias – Research Center for Bionanosciences), Buenos Aires (Argentina), for the development of highly qualified human resources.
The planned activities comprise joint research and development projects of common interest in Nanotechnology; exchange programs for researchers, doctoral and postdoctoral candidates in Nanotechnology; organization of the scientific meeting, use of equipment and facilities for joint development, exchange of scientific, and technical information in the field, among other initiatives.
“International cooperation is an essential part of our Ministry’s management. Science is a global activity and Technology favors the supremacy of certain countries”, said Argentine Minister of Science, Lino Barañao
“Argentina has a success rate of 25% in their participation in EU research and training projects. This shows very well the high quality of Argentine researchers, and their engagement n international scientific collaboration. It makes Argentina a perfect partner for INL”, said Lars Montelius.