Expanding biotech cooperation in Central America

  • 2011•11•01     Caracas

    UNU-BIOLAC Programme Coordinator Jose Luis Ramírez (right) signs a new MoU with CONICIT Costa Rica in San Jose. Photo: UNU-BIOLAC

    On Monday, 3 October, Dr. Jose Luis Ramírez, Programme Coordinator of the UNU Programme for Biotechnology in Latin America and the Carribean (UNU-BIOLAC)  signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CONICIT Costa Rica (National Council for Scientific and Technological Research), at a ceremony held in San Jose, Costa Rica.

    The MoU aims to facilitate academic exchange and activities in the area of biotechnology, including through short courses, training sessions and workshops, as well as grants for short-term fellowships in Central America and the Caribbean. Cooperation focuses on exchange between researchers and on building the capacity of new researchers in the region.

    Under the MoU,  these activities will be evaluated and supervised by BIOLAC’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and an advisory panel appointed by CONICIT.

    CONICIT is responsible for promoting science in Costa Rica, as well as for distributing funding for science from Costa Rica’s Ministry of Science and Technoloogy.

    Participants and organizers at the MoU signing between UNU-BIOLAC and CONICIT Costa Rica. Photo: UNU-BIOLAC

    The MoU, which will be automatically renewed each year, builds upon over seven years of cooperation between UNU-BIOLAC and CONICIT. Since signing their first MoU in 2004, the two organizations have benefited from fruitful exchanges and wide-ranging capacity building activities. In addition to the MoU signing in San Jose, UNU-BIOLAC held meetings with the organizers of current and future courses to discuss ways to strengthen further its relationship with CONICIT in the future.

    About UNU-BIOLAC 

    The UNU Programme for Biotechnology in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNU-BIOLAC) focuses on capacity development in the area of biotechnology, emphasizing hands-on training and continuous education. The objective is to make sure that biotechnology applications do not negatively impact the environment, and that they ensure respect for human and animal rights. For further information, visit the UNU-BIOLAC website.