September 17 – 21, 2012. Havana, Cuba.

IV International Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Seminar

The IV International Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Seminar was held on September 17 – 21, 2012, in Havana, the capital of the Republic of Cuba.

The seminar was attended by over 150 participants (including people from the U.S., Japan, China, Vietnam, Serbia, Venezuela and other Latin American countries), and in total there were 90 oral presentations and 70 posters (

The seminar was organized by the Scientific Advisor's Office (OAC) of the State Council, Republic of Cuba (CE) and the Center for Advanced Studies of Cuba (CEAC), with the support and funding of Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment - CITMA, Ministry of Higher Education – MES, and the Ministry of Informatics and Communication - MIC.

The Russian delegation participated in the seminar. Its attendance was supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia as a part of state contract № 5.570.11.1013.

The Russian delegation (the most representative among the foreign ones) consisted of experts in the field of nanotechnology and nanomaterials representing the leading industry organizations in areas connected to the nanotechnology development in Russia, as well as scientists from the major universities and industrial facilities:

On the first day of the Seminar, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Cuba, Mikhail Kamynin, met with the Russian delegation. He presented our scientists to the President of the Organizing Committee of the IV International Seminar on Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, the scientific advisor of the State Council of Cuba, Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart. At a reception for the organizing committee members at Club Havana by Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, and at the final plenary session, the President of the Organizing Committee of the Seminar underlined the high level of reports made by Russian scientists, representativity of the delegation from Russia, and expressed confidence that the participation of Russian scientists in the Seminar will promote cooperation between scientists, scientific institutions of the Republic of Cuba and the Russian Federation, and such cooperation will contribute to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnology in our countries.

The Russian delegation visited some scientific organizations in Havana - the Center for Advanced Studies (CEAC), the Higher Institute of Applied Science and Technology (Instituto Superior De Tecnologias y Ciencias Aplicadas, InSTEC), Center for Applied Technology and Nuclear Development (Centro De Aplicaciones Tecnologicas y Desarrollo Nuclear, CEADEN), Department of Chemistry, University of Havana (Chemist School-UH), and the Institute for Materials Science and Technology (IMRE-UH). Following the talks, presentations and ongoing developments in the scientific organizations of Havana and Russia, seven agreements of intent have been signed.