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MoU Signed Between Trinity and the Chilean Copper Commission

Posted on 27 October 2017

On the 27th of October 2017, the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), a milestone in the partnership between Trinity and The Chilean Copper Commission (COCHILCO), took place on campus. The signature, which is a great consolidating milestone, was brought about by a long collaborative relationship between the Trinity initiative NEAT MATERIALS Program and COCHILCO.

Trinity’s NEAT MATERIALS initiative has received nearly 1 million euro in funding for activities to be deployed between 2016 and 2020 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in Raw Materials and is a global multidisciplinary tailor made Ph.D. opportunity for professionals and students from all areas interested in the future of the raw materials industry in sustainability and circular economy.

The Chilean Copper Commission (COCHILCO) is a government institution dedicated to conducting studies and policy recommendations, with great influence on the national strategic plans, economic decisions and is frequently cited around the globe for their high quality studies regarding raw materials supplies.

COCHILCO is involved in strategic collaborations with Trinity in several projects in the frame of EU-Latin America Mineral Development Network Platform, the MINSPIRE RMC, a H2020 project on Mining Regions, and 4 EIT Raw Materials projects. Therefore, this ceremonial signature is a consolidating milestone in the work started back in 2013, under the coordination of Mr. Rodrigo Urquiza and Dr. Damaris Fernandez. 

This ceremonial signature was carried out by our Vice-President of Global Relations Professor Juliette Hussey and the Head of School of Chemistry Professor Michael Lyons, and the Chilean commission’s Executive Vice President, Mr Sergio Hernández, and the Director of Research and Policy Planning, Mr Jorge Cantallopts. 

The signature will mean a rich prospect on further collaborations for Trinity College and COCHILCO, and is a definitive strong step towards strengthening academic collaborations with College and Latin America.

Photo caption from left to right, top to bottom:
Bernardo Nipotti, Assistant Professor in Statistics Trinity, Mr Jorge Cantallopts Director of Studies at Chilean Copper Commission, Professor Michael Lyons, Head of School of Chemistry, Professor David Chew, Head of Department of Geology, Fearghal Donaghy, Shane Lowry, Tiernan O'Sullivan, NEAT MATERIALS Research assistant, Dr. Damaris Fernandez, NEAT MATERIALS Program Coordinator, Professor Juliette Hussey, Vice President of Global Relations Trinity, Sergio Hernandez, Vice President Executive of Chilean Copper Commission, Renato Gomez, Chilean Consul in Ireland, Chilean Embassy of Ireland, Leia Montenegro, NEAT MATERIALS Research assistant and Administration.