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Mexican Week of Science and Technology Commences

The science week took place in the framework of the Dual Mexico-Germany Year

July 14th, 2016
Carla Merayo Lopez, Berlin Global
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Over the course of three days, the Mexican embassy opened its doors to the twenty-five speakers who presented the advances in, and results of, its investigation projects. The week was opened by the Mexican ambassador to Germany, Patricia Espinosa C. together with the director general of the National Council of Science and Technology, Dr. Enrique Cabrero, and the Director of International Cooperation of the BMBF, Frithjof A. Maennel.

The main goal of this initiative is to spread the research that is being carried out between scientists of both countries and also to increase the number of research projects that Mexican interns are developing in Germany. This is the most important event of scientific dissemination to take place in Germany in the framework of the Dual year.

On the first day of the week, research projects were done together and were funded by the CONACYT and the DFG. They are based on globalization, biology and paleontology. On the second day the Mexican interns, with the support of the DAAD and the Alexander Foundation of Humboldt University, presented their research projects about Social Science and Basic Sciences. The last day was based on conferences given by well-known scientists specializing in chemistry neuroscience, aeronautical and academic exchange.

During the week two lectures were given by the President of the Mexican Science Academy, Dr, Jaime Urrutia about the impact of an asteroid named Chicxulub which caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. Another professor named Dr. Raul Rojas, awarded the national science prize of the year 2015 about the future of intelligent mobility, also gave an important speech.

The public had the opportunity to exchange ideas and explore areas of cooperation among their research institutes. In addition, a letter was signed with the intention of increasing scientific exchange between both institutions.

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