CONICET explores alliances and strengthens relationships with UK scientific institutions

The President of the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Daniel Salamon, in order to explore alliances and strengthen relations with scientific and academic institutions in the United Kingdom, held meetings in the British Chancellery with Charlotte Watts (Chief Scientific Advisor of the British Chancellery), Georgina Eyre (Deputy Director of Research and global development) and in University College London (UCL) with members of the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy of the said university. Op Leslie Dunne, Joe Chataway, Jean-Claude Mauduit, James Wilsdon, Graeme Reid, Conor McKinney, Chris Tyler (former Director of POST) and Robin Grimes (former Secretary of State for the Royal Society) participated in the meeting. Salamon previously participated in a meeting at the Faraday Institute with Matt Howard, who is responsible for the lithium grant program that will benefit Argentine scientists.

After that, meetings were held with representatives UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which brings together seven disciplinary research councils Search England, chaired by Stephen Elsby – Associate Director of International Partnerships, UKRI-. During these meetings, possible lines of cooperation and investment were discussed.

In this context, the President of CONICET toured School of Pharmacy From University College London, where he was received by the Argentine researcher and member of the Network of Argentine Scholars in the United Kingdom, Exquel Porta. In addition, Salamon participated in the global event on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – which he said was facilitated by the UK and Northern Ireland Embassy in Argentina – and met with members of the network of Argentine scientists in the UK. In this sense, Salamoni highlighted the importance of international cooperation and relations with the rest of the world, enhancing the integration of international teams, scientific and technological cooperation projects, and for the scientific system to be a strategic generator of first-level science. , with developments, innovations, new technologies and income for the country.

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Salamon then met with the authorities from Wellcome Trust To explore funding possibilities and cooperation between the Council and the UK organisation.

In line with the importance of CONICET’s technological link, Salamon toured Imperial College London, a university founded in 1907 that specializes in science, engineering, medicine, and business sciences. There he toured the microbiology laboratories at the College of Natural Sciences, accompanied by Professor Andrea Crisanti. Salamon then toured the biotechnology company Oxitec – founded in 2002 at the University of Oxford – whose headquarters and R&D facilities are in the UK, and whose key technology was developed as a specific, non-toxic and environmentally sustainable solution to combat pests that spread disease. Threaten food production or harm ecosystems. In this sense, the President of the Council highlighted that “this type of company promotes strategic tools to generate technology transfer products that integrate projects with a direct impact on reality and that seek to improve the lives of society, and that is one of the policies in which we are working on from CONICET.

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