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Current Issue: May 12, 2003
Volume 38, Number 20

ISTEC organizes summit

By Michael Padilla

An international summit will bring together companies, investors, laboratories and universities to explore partnership opportunities and prospects for international business development in research and development May 28-29 at the Sheraton Old Town.

The Annual Iberoamerican Research and Development Summit (AIRDS) is co-organized by the UNM Iberoamerican Science & Technology Consortium (ISTEC).

The summit will focus on advanced manufacturing and small technology - microsystems, nanotechnology, and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology development and deployment. It will also explore business and research opportunities in the Americas, Portugal and Spain.

Speakers include Iberoamerican ministers of science and technology, top officials, including Dr. Bruce Melhman, assistant secretary, U.S. Office of Technology Policy; and industry leaders, including Job Elders, president of C2V, and Arturo Ayon, senior program manager for MEMS at Sony, Inc.

The conference will consist of six general sessions and 12 break-out sessions.

Jorge García, program manager at ISTEC, said the conference is expected to attract more than 250 participants.

“New Mexico is the perfect location to host the summit,” García said, adding, that the proximity of Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, UNM and other research facilities throughout the region makes it the perfect place to serve as a technological hub.

“All participants have a desire to participate in cutting edge research and development,” he said. “The summit is a great opportunity to bring together some of the top international scholars and technology industries currently participating in the development of nanotechnology and MEMS.”

For registration information go to www.irdsummit.org.