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Portugal PM keen to extend joint programs in oceanography
During the high level delegation from Portugal led by their Prime Minister Mr. Antonio Costa to the CSIR-National Institute
of Oceanography (NIO), it was agreed upon to extend the existing collaborative research programs as well as to initiate new programs in the fields of marine robotics, global navigation systems and microbial biotechnology.
The Portuguese delegation was shown the Autonomous underwater vehicle as well as Autonomous vertical profiler developed at NIO, of which some of the control systems were designed in collaboration with Institute for Systems and Robotic, Lisbon, Po
rtugal. It was pointed by NIO Director Dr. Prasanna Kumar that the collaboration has not only resulted in developing new technologies for oceanographic research that have led to filing of joint patents and commercialization of the products for industrial applications but also in offering internships to Indian students as well as conducting an annual Ocean Robotics course for engineers from various institutes in India.
Under another MoU between CSIR-NIO and Space & Earth Geodetic Analysis Laboratory (SEGAL), University of Beira Interior (UBI), Covilhã and Instituto Geofísico Infante D. Luíz (IDL), Lisbon signed in January, 2012 a Global navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver has been established in NIO and a sea level gauge installed at Dona Paula jetty which are being used for monitoring crustal motions in order to derive absolute or climate related signals in mean sea level.
Joint research between NIO and University of Azores on microbial biodiversity and biotechnology of hydrothermal vents has shown that bacterial isolates were able to tolerate high concentration of heavy metals like Mn, Fe and Sulphur and could synthesize more than 15 enzymes which are of industrially important. It is proposed that this research will be extended to for molecular and mechanistic comparison on the role of gill endosymbiont bacteria in immune responses of the deep sea hydrothermal vent mussels.
The prime minister of Portugal, Mr. Antonio Costa highlighted the cultural and scientific exchange with India and expressed keen interest in extending the joint research programs between NIO and Portuguese research institutions and the Prime Minister assured his support in order to improve our understanding of the oceanographic processes and utilization of its resources.
Mr. Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, mentioned ”That Portugal is keen on developing joint programmes with India in the field of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and also to look at deep sea resources”.
Following the visit of the delegation there was a meeting held with Mr. Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, on the details of collaborations to be undertaken under the joint programme between CSIR-NIO and research institutes in Portugal.
The discussion was focussed on the exchange of scientific information and also scientists of both countries would help for development of oceanographic observation system and training.
Besides the Prime Minister of Portugal and Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, the high level delegation
comprised of Ambassador of Portugal in India, Mr. João da Camara, Consul General of Portugal in Goa, Mr. Rui Baceira, Chief of Staff of Prime Minister, Mrs. Rita Faden, President of Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities, Mr. António Cunha, Diplomatic Advisor Prime Minister, Mr. Bernardo Lucena. Institute For Systems and Robotics, Mr. Luis Sebastião.
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