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Cuba and the US for greater cooperation in the field of Science

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Havana, Mar 23 (Prensa Latina) Authorities of the Cuban Academy of Sciences (ACC) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) of the United States are today seeking greater cooperation in various fields of common interest.

On its website, the ACC reported on this day the holding in Havana —on March 20 and 21— of the workshop “The future of scientific cooperation between the United States and Cuba”, sponsored by both organizations.

The event’s objectives were to discuss key issues in which the scientific communities of these nations can get involved and establish future collaboration.

It was focused on the analysis of health-related issues, mainly on communicable and non-communicable diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, dengue fever and cancer, as well as demographic dynamics.

Regarding the protection of the environment, the dialogue focused on protective actions in marine protected areas, a session that was attended by the Minister of Science, Technology and Environment, Elba Rosa Pérez.

The experts also analyzed possible collaborations in the basic sciences.

The US delegation, headed by the executive director, Sudip Parikh, and the president of the AAAS, Gilda Barabino, was made up of representatives of federal agencies linked to scientific research in the northern country and of non-government organizations based in that territory.

The ACC highlighted that the visiting delegation was honored by the attendance of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Peter Agre.

On the Cuban side, the doctor of Sciences Luis Velázquez, president of the ACC, and members of its board of directors, academics and experts participated.

As reported, the work sessions took place in a professional environment, with the presentation of high-level scientific papers and exchanges of criteria and proposals that open up new spaces for cooperation between both countries.

The program for the visit of the AAAS representation to Cuba included tours of places of scientific interest.

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