INVEMAR’s spirit, Director General Arias explains, is to share the capabilities they are gaining through IAEA projects with other institutes in the country. “The most valuable part in this job, we believe, is to share our methods, our results and our analyses with the wider scientific community.”
Last month in Santa Marta, for example, INVEMAR hosted a workshop with more than 20 scientists and communicators from Latin America and the Caribbean to turn their scientific results on the marine environment, gathered using nuclear-derived techniques, into communication products for policymakers. For more information on this workshop, read this story.
Within Colombia, too, INVEMAR has an open-door policy that is allowing other entities in the country to use the equipment and nuclear-derived techniques even outside the world of oceans. For example, some of the equipment and techniques hosted in INVEMAR are being used to support the sustainable management of water resources and hydroelectric energy in the country by studying sedimentation rates in rivers and coastal areas.
“The idea is to use INVEMAR as a reference point, or collaborating centre, for other institutions in Colombia,” said Juan Pablo Parra, from the Ministry of Mines and Energy who serves as focal point to the IAEA. “So that instead of having all the techniques atomized in one single institution, we share the capacity nationally.”