Last Thursday, 22nd of November it was held in the University of Alicante (Spain) the workshop: Technology Collaboration Opportunities with Latin America, organised by the University of Alicante and the Scientific Park of Alicante.

The meeting was focussed in analysing technology opportunities for collaboration with Latin America. Experts in financial tools available for technological cooperation, success stories and different services provided by the University of Alicante were presented during the session.

Materials used in the sessions: program.

Dr. Antonio Hidalgo, Chair of Industrial Organisation and Director of the Research Group on Innovation, Patent rights and Technological Politics (INNOPRO) of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, presented the initial session offering a panoramic on the current state of the National Systems of Science and Technology in the different Latin American countries, he also made a overview on the financial tools available for R&D projects in cooperation.

Ana Neira, Department of Innovation Promotion of the Centre for Industrial Technology Development (CDTI), detailed the financial tools to facilitate technology cooperation between Latin American countries. Among all information provided, she explained the singularities of the IBEROEKA program, as well as other opportunities of support through the Seventh Framework Program and Horizon 2020.

Among the projects that the University of Alicante has to support relationships between University-Company in the Ibero-American Region, the Virtual Observatory for Technology Transfer (OVTT) was presented. Sofia Oliveira Pires, coordinator of the project, and Alba Santa, R&D manager, presented the work developed from this virtual platform for the Ibero-American community. This platform is available for researchers, entrepreneurs and employers interested in technological cooperation.

The day finished sharing experiences between researchers and companies that have previously participated in technology cooperation programs such as IBEROEKA.

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