Developing EU–Latin America Nanotech Cooperation - the NMP–DeLA project kicks off
The "Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials And New Production Technologies - Deployment in Latin American Countries” (NMP–DeLA) project, held its Kick-off meeting on 7th-8th October in Spain. This first meeting, coordinated and organised by ASCAMM Technology Park, Cerdanyola de Valles, Barcelona, brought together an international and geographically diverse, eleven-partner consortium from the European Union and Latin America. The IoN will be leading dissemination and communication initiatives as well as creating and engaging a large Community of Interest across the two continents.
NMP-DeLa is a significant initiative and the only project approved for the Latin American region under the FP7 NMP ‘Cooperation’ call, which means the Presidency of the European Commission has a special interest in the project and will ensure close collaboration with the International Cooperation Unit of the Commission. NMP-DeLA builds on from the four-year ICPC-NanoNet project (www.icpc-nanonet/www.nanoarchive.org) which brought together and engaged researchers and networks across the globe, increasing their access to research. NMP-DeLA’s importance is largely down to its activities, which focus on strengthening local research capacities, as a means to achieve the goal of deploying advanced and new material technologies in the sectors of major social challenge in Latin America: Energy, Water and Health. A programme of free expert workshops, summer schools and live webinars will create valuable skilling-up, networking and interfacing opportunities.
Dr. Thomas Zadrozny, Executive Director of Nanofutures and a member of the External Advisory Board of the project, commenting on the expectations of results from the project, said: “I think this is a very good, well-designed project […] you should maximise and multiply dissemination, [...] even partial results can already be very useful for other projects.”
Nanotechnology has been spurred by science, technology and innovation policies in most Latin American countries in the last decade. Public policies and funding have been accompanied by a common rhetoric, highlighting the potential of nanotechnology for increasing competitiveness and growth and providing the region with more efficient and innovative products. As a result, Latin America has a conspicuous trend towards an intra-regional gap in capacity building, due to the unequal historical development of science and technology within and among these countries.
Mrs. Laurence Moreau, European Commission Project Officer for NMP-DeLA and present at the Kick-off meeting, said: “We expect the project to identify many of the gaps in competencies and examine in what way we are able to fill them, […] to form synergies with other similar projects, provide excellent training and strong networking.”
“The final result would be to improve cooperation between Europe and Latin America, regarding nanotechnology and advanced materials”
The NMP – Dela project partners are: FUNDACIO PRIVADA ASCAMM (ASCAMM) Spain, REDINN SRL (REDINN) Italy, INSTITUTE OF NANOTECHNOLOGY (IoN) United Kingdom, MALSCH TECHNO VALUATION (MTV) Netherlands, ZENTRUM FUER SOZIALE INNOVATION (ZSI) Austria, TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT (VTT) Finland, UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO PARANA RELANS Brazil, Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva (MINCyT) Argentina, CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION EN MATERIALES AVANZADOS SC (CIMAV-CONACYT) Mexico, MINISTERIO DE EDUCACION Y CULTURA (MEC) Uruguay, FUNDACION EMPRESARIAL COMUNIDAD EUROPEA CHILE (EUROCHILE) Chile.
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Source: REDINN and ION /...
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