The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted the relevance of the second Cuban-European Union Joint Council meeting, to be held in Havana on September 9, where both parties will review the state of implementation of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) signed in 2016.
Researchers from the Center for Environmental Studies of Cienfuegos (CEAC) and the All-Russian Scientific-Research Institute of Aviation Materials (VIAM) evaluated the results of their collaboration in that southern Cuban city.
Experts from both institutions examined the scope of the cooperation agreement signed in July 2016 in Russia; and the August 2017 work program, reported specialists from the Nuclear Communicators Network (REDNUC).
The agreements led to the creation of the Cuban-Russian Station for climatic testing of materials and structural elements in the Caribbean tropical climate, which has been operating at the ECAC since December 2018.
Both parties held a workshop for several days with the objective of checking in practice the progress of the Work Programme and pointing out on ongoing research projects.
The Russian delegation was led by Sergey Skripachev, head of the Department of Support and Coordination of Innovative Projects, and also included Mikhail Daskovskiy, project coordinator specialist; Evgeniy Nikolaev, deputy director of the VIAM testing centre; Vitaliy Schekin, corrosion engineer and Tatiana Bobyreva, Microbiologist.
They Russians made a tour of the CEAC’s Environmental Testing Laboratory, where they were able to appreciate its scientific-technical potential.
Shortly afterwards the Russian-Cuban researchers worked in three commissions that allowed them to deal with topics and scientific aspects of interest.
One of them consisted in the operation of the Climate Test Station during the first phase; as well as the preparation for the assembly, adjustment and startup of the Marine Climate Test Station in the second work stage.
VIAM is the largest Russian materials research center and its main activity is related to the study of materials for the development of aeronautical and space techniques.