04 December 2014

National and international experts encourage the use of nanotechnology to diversify productivity

Eurochile, in collaboration with Fundación Chile and CEDENNA, organized International Congress of Nanotechnology:

National and international experts encourage the use of nanotechnology to diversify productivity

 

National and international experts encourage the use of nanotechnology to diversify productivity

• The main goals have been accomplished: generating a discussion about applied research and mechanisms that facilitate technology transfer to industry. 

• The congress, held under the NMP-DeLA (www.nmp-dela.eu) project funded by the European Commission, generated a meaningful dialogue between research and development centers, universities, industry and public sector representatives, as well as civil society. 

In order to generate a discussion on applied research and mechanisms that facilitate technology transfer to business, the Eurochile Business Foundation, in collaboration with Fundación Chile and CEDENNA, organized the International Congress and Experts’ Workshop "Nanotechnology for industry: nanomedicine, energy and water."

 

At the inauguration, the President of Eurochile, Vicente Caruz stated: "It is important to underline that the issues discussed in this conference are in line with the guidelines that the Government of Chile has manifested in support of the development of new technologies and applications, as a strategy to overcome the dependence on natural resources and open opportunities in sectors that can add value and produce new goods and services, develop industries and create centers for innovation and competitiveness. The current growth base may no longer be the sole basis for future development. We must advance in the field of innovation, we need to overcome knowledge gaps among regions, sectors and business segments."

 

Meanwhile, Marcela Angulo, Manager for Technological Capabilities Development at CORFO said: "We are witnessing in Chile a clear situation that our economy calls needs to incorporate new technologies and diversify the productive chain. Nanotechnology in Chile can help improve industrial productivity and diversify our product. We are registering a depletion of our economy, based on natural resources, and we must have an inflection based on knowledge, quality human capital, considering environmental issues at the same time."

 

Andres Pesce Investment and Business Manager at Fundación Chile, who also attended the event, mentioned: "Fundación Chile aims to make a better country, promoting the increased competitiveness of the economy through innovation as a progress engine. In this scenario, the congress on "Nanotechnology for industry" represents the motivation to involve innovation in the society productive chain, together with other actors."

 

Mauricio Escudey, Institutional Relations Director at the Centre for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CEDENNA), also stressed that "nanoscience and nanotechnology is, both as infrastructure and investment, available to countries like ours." 

 

The presentations, workshops and debates of Congress, which was held under the NMP-DeLA project (www.nmp-dela.eu), funded by the European Commission met its objective  of generating a meaningful dialogue between research and development centers, universities, industry representatives, public sector representatives and civil society.

 

The result is a sustainable, long-term platform that will generate partnerships and promote further development of nanotechnology, in order to meet the challenges in terms of health, clean energy and environment in Latin America.

 

The meeting provided a unique opportunity for both the Latin American and the European scientific community and stakeholders, to increase their knowledge base on the use of advanced materials for intelligent diagnostic and therapeutic solutions in the field of nanomedicine; solar and photovoltaic energy solutions, fuel cells, as well as environmental solutions such as recycling and water purification.

 

The meeting has been attended by representatives of the public sector (Ministry of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs of France, Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining of Uruguay), technology centers (Ascamm and LEITAT from Spain, Technological Research Centre of Finland (VTT), Malsch TechnoValuation Holland, the Innovation Centre at the University of Cambridge, England), networks (European Network for Innovation Redinn Italy, Latin American Network of Nanotechnology and Society- ReLANS, Brazil), universities (University of Chile, University Concepcion, University of Santiago, Chile, Universidad del Bio Bio) as well as industry representatives (Hidroinfra Technologies Chile, Nanotec, Brazil Pharma Group, Adrox).

 


The presentations are available here:


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