The Association of Spanish Scientists and Researchers in the United Arab Emirates (Asociación de Científicos e Investigadores Españoles en Emiratos Árabes Unidos, ACIEAU in Spanish) was officially launched yesterday with the presence of HE Sarah Al Amiri, HE Rafael Rodrigo, HE Antonio Álvarez Barthe, Mr. Guillermo Cobelo and Dr. Alicia Pérez-Porro and Dr. Lourdes Vega.

The ACIEAU is a professional networking platform of Spanish scientists and researchers working in UAE. It has over 60 members, including prominent scientists, researchers and experts in a broad range of knowledge areas: from Engineering, Environment, Health, Veterinary and Biology, to Social Science and Artificial Intelligence. Its purpose is to disseminate the science and technology achievements by Spanish researchers in the UAE, to facilitate the creation of R&D consortia between academia and industry, to assist in the
integration of newly arrived Spanish scientists in the UAE, as well as in the return of researchers from the UAE to Spain. Building up on the expertise of its members, ACIEAU aims to play a key informative and consultative role on scientific aspects for different organizations in Spain and the UAE.

Her Excellency Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State of Advanced Technology and Chair of the Emirates Scientist Council (ESC) celebrated the creation of ACIEAU and stated that “Science and research are the key pillars of UAE Vision to move towards a knowledge-based economy. The recent announcement by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, extending the 10-year golden visa to include a wide variety of scientists and researchers highlights UAE’s aim to attract talented people and great minds in the UAE, and continue the successful collaboration between all nationalities to become a regional and global hub of advanced science and technology.”

HE Rafael Rodrigo, General Secretary of Research of the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain highlighted the perfect timing of the launch of ACIEUA. He mentioned that: “Spain and UAE share common interests in science and technology, as was recently expressed in a high-level meeting between Ministers of both countries. The official launching of ACIEAU showcases the great talent of Spanish scientists and researchers, while also emphasizing the knowledge transfer from academia to the society.”

The Chairman of the Spanish Business Council (SBC) in UAE, Mr. Guillermo Cobelo, and the President of RAICEX, Dr. Alicia Pérez-Porro also attended the launching. Mr. Cobelo expressed the full support of the SBC stressing the importance of the combination of science and research for the growth of companies: “We have great challenges and great opportunities, by combining the efforts of the industry with the ones of science; we will meet them and with our achievements create a prosperous future”. Dr. Alicia Pérez- Porro, welcomed ACIEAU to the Network of Spanish Researchers Abroad (in Spanish: Red de Asociaciones de Investigadores y Científicos Españoles en el Exterior, RAICEX). On July 2020, ACIEAU joined RAICEX becoming a network of 18 associations representing more than 4,000 Spanish researchers abroad.

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La ACIEAU es una plataforma de networking profesional de científicos e investigadores españoles que trabajan en los Emiratos Árabes Unidos. Cuenta con más de 60 miembros, incluidos destacados científicos, investigadores y expertos en una amplia gama de áreas de conocimiento: desde Ingeniería, Medio Ambiente, Salud, Veterinaria y Biología, hasta Ciencias Sociales e Inteligencia Artificial. Su propósito es difundir los logros científicos y tecnológicos de los investigadores españoles en los Emiratos Árabes Unidos.