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The Lehendakari attends the declaration of Bergara as an EPS Historic Site

2018 October 20
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  • Iñigo Urkullu noted that innovation “is the key to our future”

Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu, the Basque Premier, accompanied by the Basque Government’s Minister for Education, Cristina Uriarte, attended the declaration of Bergara as a Historic Site (Historic Site of Science) this afternoon, a recognition awarded by the European Physical Society-EPS.

The Gipuzkoa Provincial Council Chairman, Markel Olano, the Mayor of Bergara, Elena Lete, the UPV/EHU Chancellor, Nekane Balluerka, the DIPC Chair, Pedro Miguel Etxenike, and the President of the European Physical Society, Rudiger Voss, likewise attended the ceremony held to recognise the work of the Elhuyar brothers, who were the first to isolate wolframium.

After the unveiling of the Plaque in the Laboratorium, the attendees then moved to the Bergara Seminarixoa where the institutional ceremony took place.

During his speech, the Lehendakari stressed that the recognition by the European Physical Society of the work of the Elhuyar brothers is of “particular importance and is a salutary lesson for the Basque Country”. He then went on to explain that today, in the 21st century, the Basque Country is continuing to use those same “aspects to foster an attractive and active science and technology ecosystem: outstanding training and intellectual curiosity, research and development, entrepreneurship and internationalisation, and innovation.”

The Lehendakari pointed out that innovation was what Juan José and Fausto Elhuyar used to isolate wolframium.  “Innovation today is also the key to our future,” he concluded.


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