Scientists in Costa Adeje: ENFC 2014

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Over 300 scientists from all over the world are attending the conference

The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga opened the 11th ENFC, in the Hotel Dream Gran Tacande, Costa Adeje on Sunday September 7th. The mayor was joined at the top table by Jose Palacios from the University of Madrid, Rodrigo Trujillo González University of La Laguna vice rector for investigation and internationalisation, and Cabildo councillor for agriculture, farms and fisheries, José Joaquín Bethencourt.
This 11th biannual European Nitrogen Fixation Conference is taking place over three days with over 300 participants from the scientific world, who have come together to discuss the latest scientific news on nitrogen fixation and the molecular interaction between plants and symbiotic microorganisms.
Biological Nitrogen Fixation has enormous agronomical importance and its application in sustainable agricultural practises is widely recognised. Recently interest and funding in this field have been given a boost as illustrated by the financial support from the European Research Council and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Researchers from a number of laboratories funded by these organisations are presenting their results during the conference in Adeje, where organisers are hoping for “some major breakthroughs to be presented”.
Addressing the delegates the mayor welcomed them to Costa Adeje, “a destination that can be enjoyed throughout the year” and one which offers an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauties of Adeje as well as a wide range of leisure, sporting, and relaxation activities. “It is also a place for the exchange of ideas, where theories can be explored”, the mayor continued. “And while I am very aware of the importance of your work here and wish you every success I hope you also find the time to take a break and enjoy what Adeje has to offer the visitor”. He concluded by inviting the delegates to return to the island with friends and families in the future.

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Top scientists in Adeje this weekend

 

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Organisers say Adeje offers a “wide selection of attractive locations which are hard to resist”

Adeje is the chosen location for an important scientific conference this weekend, which will see 300 experts in the field of nitrogen fixation from over 40 countries deliver and listen to 50 scientific talks and view 200 poster presentations. The main language of the conference will be English.

The 11th ENFC, in the Hotel Dream Gran Tacande, Costa Adeje, will start with a satellite meeting on “Genomics of Nitrogen-Fixing Microorganisms” followed by a keynote lecture. The opening key note address will be given by Ray Dixon of the John Innes Centre, UK and the closing address by Hauke Hennecke, from the Institute of Microbiology ETH Zürich, Switzerland.

Adeje council was glad to offer advice and back-up to the conference organisers. The inaugural act of this important international conference will be held at 5pm on September 7th with the Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga as well as representatives of the Cabildo, the University of La Laguna and the regional government.

According to the ENFC brochure, “these events will provide unique platforms to share and discuss the latest scientific news on nitrogen fixation and the molecular interaction between plants and symbiotic microorganisms.” And while the conference theme might be for the experts, on a general level it is good news for Adeje as it boosts the destination as an ideal conference as well as holiday destination.

According to one definition, “Nitrogen fixation is a process in which nitrogen in the atmosphere is converted into ammonium. Atmospheric nitrogen or molecular nitrogen is relatively inert: it does not easily react with other chemicals to form new compounds. The fixation process frees up the nitrogen atoms from their diatomic to be used in other ways.” Biological Nitrogen Fixation has enormous agronomical importance and its application in sustainable agricultural practises is widely recognised. Recently interest and funding in this field have been given a boost as illustrated by the financial support from the European Research Council and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Researchers from a number of laboratories funded by these organisations will present their results at this meeting. The organisers say, “this is a very exciting and flourishing area of research and we expect some major breakthroughs to be presented”.

The conference is held bi-annually, and organisers say they chose Adeje and Tenerife, because of the “wide selection of attractive locations which are hard to resist. The best and most modern conference centres, a vast network of hotel infrastructures, the highest quality technical and professional help and the best climate in Europe, especially suitable for outdoor activities, make up the extraordinary services at hand.” Participants will be given information about the destination, enjoy a performance by the Adeje municipal folklore group and at be treated to delicious samples of the some local produce such as honey, cheeses, wine and gofio during evening events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor Accepts Adeje Award

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The mayor of Adeje José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, was in Madrid this morning to collect the City of Science and Innovation prize awarded by Spain’s Ministry of Finance.
Adeje will now form part of the Innpulsa national network which allows direct access to innovation and information projects, European assistance, help for small and medium enterprises in the borough, etc.
The mayor was accompanied by the Adeje councillor for local development Ermitas Moreira, and following the ceremony both were present at the first working day of Innpulsa with the Minister and other members of the network.
Mayor Rodríguez Fraga said it was “a huge honour to be in Madrid to collect this award on behalf of the people of Adeje”.  He added that is was a prize for the borough, “for its modern and innovate work. We join this network with the hope and expectation that we can continue to work on the front line.  One of the most important aspects of this prize is that it is not just a symbolic recognition, but also signifies Adeje’s acceptance into a network which will allow us to access the world of innovation, European assistance, offer help to small and medium enterprises, lines of credit…it brings a huge amount of momentum to the town”.
Adeje was the only town of its size (between 20 and 100 thousand inhabitants) in Spain to be awarded this prize, “and also the only tourist borough” qualified Rodriguez Fraga. In other town size categories A Coruña, Salinas (Alicante) and Puerto Lumbreras (Murcia) also won coveted prizes.
The Adeje mayor said, during his acceptance speech, that “we are facing the challenge of building the future, finding the right way to face the new changes which we meet daily, which make our lives more complicated, more dynamic. I accept this award as a recognition of important work done in the field of innovation, that has seen us deal with profound changes, in a borough that has transformed from being a mainly agricultural society of 6,000 inhabitants to a tourist destination with more than 50,000 residents of over 120 different nationalities.”
He continued, “recognition is motivational and aspirational, helping us advance, not just in the areas where the Council may be present but also in different sectors, in business, social sectors, trade unions…we are working to consolidate and maintain a healthy tourist destination in a very competitive world.”

Why did Adeje receive this award?
The Finance Ministry awarded Spanish councils, such as Adeje, who demonstrated levels of effort and commitment in I+D+i (Investigation + development + innovation), creating opportunities for strengthening and promoting science and innovation from a municipal platform.
The Council has invested in infrastructures that favour economic sustainability and sponsor growth in the borough based on knowledge and innovation. Adeje’s candidature also included initiatives, ideas and innovative projects which proved to the Ministry that Adeje indeed had accomplished the requirements of I+D+i standards, and that the contribution of the council in this field had led directly to the improvement of the production model on offer.
In the official documentation presented by Adeje a number of initiatives were mentioned, including Adeje Impulsa: Development Strategies; Factoría de Innovación Turística de Canarias (FITC); The Centro de Desarrollo Turístico de Costa Adeje (CDTCA) building; Innovation Project/Municipal Undertaking on Fibre Optics (VoIP, FTTH); Arena Geste; Escuela Taller Creativec; Jornada Adejetec; Programa Filae; Campus Universitario de Adeje; Proyecto Red NI2; Digitalisation of the towns archives; I+D+1 Programmes (Punto PAIT, FIPE, E-Communicae) and the WAF Architecture Prize for the Plaza de España de Adeje.
“As you can see, its a long list of projects and initiatives which, taken all together, are part of a strategy of developmental change undertaken in recent years by the council, and which today is bearing fruit”, concluded the mayor.

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