SRAP has attended the 8th Meeting of Scientific, Technological, and Spanish Innovation Diplomacy and the Network of Associations of Researchers and Scientists Abroad (RAICEX), which took place last Wednesday, December 20, at the headquarters of the Ramón Areces Foundation in Madrid, Spain. I was representing SRAP in these meetings.
The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss scientific diplomacy initiatives in Europe and Latin America. In his speech, Francisco Vilaplana, President of RAICEX, emphasized the importance of involving scientists and researchers in decision-making. In addition to RAICEX, high representatives from the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), PERTE Aerospace of the Spanish Space Agency, the Centre for Technological and Industrial Development (CDTI), the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the Carlos III Health Institute, the State Research Agency (AEI), and the Ibero-American Space of Knowledge participated.
The following day (Thursday, December 21) took place the Annual Assembly of RAICEX Representatives: an intense day of work in which the different associations shared their best organizational practices, discussed strategic and logistical aspects of RAICEX, and voted for the new Board of Directors. Francisco Vilaplana (outgoing President of RAICEX) passed on the leadership of the network of associations to Rodrigo García Valiente (incoming President), who presented his short-term/medium-term vision.
From SRAP, we thank the Ramón Areces Foundation for hosting this meeting once again and for their constant support of our outreach and scientific diplomacy initiatives. Likewise, we feel tremendously proud of the work carried out within the framework of RAICEX and express our gratitude to the outgoing Board of Directors for their tremendous effort, dedication, and expertise.