Romania’s Minister of Research and Innovation Serban Valeca on Monday welcomed US Ambassador in Bucharest Hans Klemm to discuss opportunities to intensify scientific cooperation between Romania and the US.
The Research Ministry says in a press statement that Valeca highlighted three big European infrastructure projects involving Romania – the Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP), DANUBIUS-RI and ALFRED.
Another important topic at the meeting was updating the agreement between the Romanian Government and the US Administration that encourages scientific cooperation between organisations from the two countries.
Also discussed was potential cooperation between Romanian and US research organisations under a future memorandum to be concluded by Romania’s Ministry of Research and Innovation and the US Department of Energy (DoE), based on actual research projects to be identified by Romanian research organisation and accepted by the US partners.
In his turn, Ambassador Klemm reiterated the solid bases on which research cooperation can be conducted, particularly under the overall framework of the Strategic Partnership between the US and Romania, with officials of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) already contemplating visiting Romania to identify concrete areas of cooperation between the US and Romanian research communities other than the three big scientific research infrastructure projects that are deemed important by both sides. The ministry adds that also clarified was the need for energy cooperation, particularly in generation IV nuclear reactors.