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Europe boosts Latin America in nanotechnology

New efforts to strengthen nanotechnology knowledge transfer between Europe and Latin America is set to help the latter address important social challenges.
Europe boosts Latin America in nanotechnology
Latin America faces important social challenges in the areas of energy, water and health. On the other hand Europe possesses high-tech solutions and knowhow that can help the continent tackle its challenges, especially by enhancing local research and industrial competitiveness.

Against this backdrop, the EU-funded NMP-DELA (Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies deployment in Latin American countries) project rose up to the challenge. It initiated several activities between Europe on one hand and Latin American countries on the other (like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Uruguay among others) backed by local government representatives.

The project also called on policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic to pool research and innovation resources, strengthen local capabilities and form a unified strategy to achieve these aims. It highlighted the need to organise funding through the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, but also through the IMF, World Bank and venture capital.

As nanotechnology and nanoscience research in Latin America is at a very early stage, the project team worked on roadmaps to help build the countries’ capabilities in the field. It helped build the stage for long-term nano-innovation by engaging stakeholders including academics and industry leaders, in addition to bolstering networking in order to address fragmentation in the field.

Another project recommendation involved the establishment of a balanced funding strategy in areas such as research, infrastructure, education, environment, health and safety, taking into consideration ethical, legal and social aspects. It highlighted the UN’s publication ‘Guidance for Developing a National Nanotechnology Policy and Programme’ as a starting point for collaboration within Latin America but also with the EU. Another useful publication to this end, from a more local perspective, is the Argentinean Ethics Board’s code of conduct for nanotechnology research.

A key project achievement to further nanotechnology in Latin America included the mapping of advanced materials deployment bringing changes in society related to health, energy and water. Achievements also included education initiatives on the topic, online workshops, webinars, a web-based networking platform and a LinkedIn group. Lastly, the project team saw the formation of and ethics and gender committee to promote the project’s aims. The significant headway achieved in all these areas will help Latin America bring positive change and will open collaboration bridges with Europe.

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Latin America, NMP-DELA, nanotechnology, nanosciences, industrial competitiveness, ethics
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