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Monday, 01 June 2015

ICN2 plays a key role in the FAPESP-WEEK Barcelona celebrated after the 2015 CERCA Conference

The collaboration between FAPESP and CERCA was possible thanks to the organizational role of CSIC Prof Laura M. Lechuga, Group Leader at ICN2. The meeting explored possible collaborations with the State of Sao Paulo.

The 2015 CERCA Conference, held on May 28-29, was celebrated in conjunction with the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). This collaboration, made possible thanks to the organizational role of CSIC Prof Laura M. Lechuga, Group Leader at ICN2, was forged with the aim of opening up the Catalan research system to collaborations with the State of Sao Paulo, South America’s most dynamic region in the field of research and innovation.

The CERCA Conference is a unique opportunity for the CERCA centre research teams, providing a common forum where they can offer their perspective on the research system in Catalonia and showcase their projects. Vice President of the European Research Council (ERC), Dr Nuria Sebastian, took part in the opening event on 28 May.

The second part of the proceedings, FAPESP-WEEK Barcelona, celebrated on 29 May, was a meeting place for researchers from the major research institutions in Brazil and Catalonia. The programme was open with a lecture entitled ‘Two-dimensional materials: from Graphene to Phospherene and beyond’ by Prof. Antonio H. Castro Neto, Director of the Centre for Advanced 2D Materials and Graphene Research at the National University of Singapore. CSIC Prof Laura M. Lechuga moderated a table where, among others, CSIC Prof Pablo Ordejón, Director of ICN2, talked about “Nanodevices for Societal Challenges”.