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Royal Society recognises the excellence of Spanish science

26 November 2012

With the title “Networking Nations: Scientific opportunities in the UK and Spain”, the Royal Society will host the first scientific meeting between Spain and the United Kingdom on 28 November.

This meeting contributes to the implementation of the Society’s strategic objective to foster international and global cooperation by strengthening its links with European academies, funders, and governments.  .

This first meeting between the two countries, which will be inaugurated by the Director of the Royal Society, Dr. Julie Maxton, and by the General Secretary for Science, Technology and Innovation, Román Arjona, has been organised on the initiative of the Spanish Embassy in London and in close coordination with the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation. It is sponsored by the Ramón Areces Foundation and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (AECT), with the valuable assistance of the Community of Spanish Scientists in the United Kingdom (CERU).

These scientific meetings bring together leading scientists in all disciplines to forge new links with their counterparts in different countries, and to explore opportunities for international and multidisciplinary cooperation. The participants are invited to present and discuss the most pressing and stimulating topics of research in their fields, and identify new scientific problems and those emerging on the horizon of current knowledge. The content of the meetings is drawn up by a mixed team of scientists from the participating countries.

This first scientific meeting between Spain and the United Kingdom will be attended by the Spanish researchers Avelino Corma, Juan Adánez, Jorge Villagra, Manel Esteller, Joan Grimalt, Elías Fereres, Diego Rubiales, and Javier Díaz Giménez and, on the British side, Karen Wilson, Scout E. Le Vine, Boris Adryan, Paul Williams, Tiina Roose and Marina Ranga.  Their contributions will deal with research at the frontiers of scientific knowledge, in areas considered a priority in Spanish science:

  1. Safe, clean and efficient energy.
  2. Intelligent, sustainable and integrated transport.
  3. Health, Demographic change and well-being.
  4. Efficiency of resources and raw materials in the fight against climate change.
  5. Food safety, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and bio-economics.
  6. Social changes, scientific culture, the entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and collective attitudes.
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