In his inaugural address, President Barack Obama pledged to "restore science to its rightful place and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost."
That promise has come to Cyprus through the first Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement between the governments of the United States and the Republic of Cyprus.
The agreement, signed on February 5, 2009, aims to strengthen scientific and technological capabilities, broaden and expand relations between the extensive scientific and technological communities in both countries, and promote scientific and technological cooperation in areas of mutual benefit for peaceful purposes.
Events in several cities around Cyprus have been organized in connection with this groundbreaking agreement, including seminars on nanotechnology, water management, marine archeology, high-performance computing, and cognitive neuroscience.
Already the new Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement has led to numerous beneficial collaborations between Cyprus and the United States.
In partnership with the University of Pittsburgh, a local business leader in Cyprus is working to establish a world-class medical center in Paphos to offer cancer treatment to patients from Cyprus and around the region.
Archaeologists from the University of Cyprus and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are using new DNA technologies to identify the contents of ancient amphorae found in shipwrecks. IBM has signed a cooperation agreement with The Cyprus Institute on the development of supercomputing technologies.
As U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus Frank Urbancic remarked during the signing ceremony, the United States hopes that together with Cypriot scientists and researchers, we can help make advancements in science and technology for the benefit of all.