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Elettra and IAEA sign a scientific collaboration agreement at Miur

The President of Elettra, Carlo Rizzuto, the Minister  Maria Chiara Carrozza
and the General Director of IAEA
, Yuklya Amano.

Rome, June 19, 2013 - A collaboration agreement between the Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste research centre and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been signed in the presence of the Minister for Education, University and Research (MIUR) Maria Chiara Carrozza, the President of Elettra Carlo Rizzuto, and the General Director of IAEA Yukiya Amano. The agreement establishes that researchers from IAEA member states can access the facilities of the centre, specialized in the production of synchrotron light and in its use for materials analysis.

The goal of the agreement is to promote quality and competitiveness in the scientific communities of the member states in the field of materials science, and in the research on environmental and health issues, with a particular focus on emerging countries. 

Within this framework, researchers from emerging countries will benefit from an easier access to synchrotron light-based X-ray fluorescence techniques, which can provide information on the chemical composition of materials, with applications in the protection of cultural heritage and environmental fields.

The agreement is part of a consolidated collaboration partnership between Elettra and IAEA: as early as in 2005, our centre was selected as one of IAEA’s “Collaborating Centres”, with the task of supporting the Agency’s activities in its efforts to disseminate technical and scientific culture, to promote training and to create international research networks.
The signing of the document in the presence of the Minister for Research is a landmark in the process of fostering scientific cooperation as a way to open a new path to dialogue. In fact, it has taken place just few weeks after the announcement that – thanks to INFN and Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste and to 1 million euro funding from MIUR – Italy has joined the team in charge of building Sesame, the first synchrotron light “super-microscope” in the Middle East. This advanced scientific installation, which is currently being constructed in Jordan, has been made possible by the joint efforts of countries with very different political profiles.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 16:16