Lithium Economics

Bolivian lithium expert will participate as speaker at annual meeting of physics in Brazil

Mar 04, 2011

Lithium Economics Analyst was invited to participate as speaker at the annual meeting of the Brazilian Physics Society, La Paz, March 03, 2011 - Juan Carlos Zuleta Calderón, a recognized Bolivian expert in lithium, was invited to participate as speaker at a symposium on strategic materials during the next annual meeting of the Brazilian Physics Society (SBF) to be held in Foz do Iguaçu, June 5-10 this year. The symposium aims to discuss some bottlenecks and among the topics included are the use of lithium in batteries and other high technology applications. Other topics scheduled at the event are: materials for energy (nuclear and solar), rare earths and the impact of nanoscience in the production of materials derived from natural resources.  According to Fernando Lázaro, professor of physics at Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro who, together with Prof. Oswaldo Alves Institute of Chemistry, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), is responsible for organizing the event, this year's theme will be cooperation in physics in Latin America. 

In the note sent yesterday to economist Zuleta Calderón to which had access, Professor Lazaro says: "Since we know your lively presence in the debate about 'lithium economy', we kindly invite you to attend the meeting and present a 15-20 minute talk on the subject". 

The event is expected to bring together more than 2,000 participants and is likely to be one of the first meetings of its kind to which an economist had been invited to attend, which represents the beginning of a new form of interaction between different disciplines
 for the analysis of the issues concerning the global technological frontier. 

While accepting the invitation of the SBF, the lithium economics analyst said: “I have long advocated an interdisciplinary approach to industrialization of lithium and other evaporite resources both in Bolivia and elsewhere.  Today - more than ever- we require pursuing such an approach to insure the arrival of a new techno-economic paradigm (with lithium and other evaporite resources as their main factor) in the world.”  In this connection, he said, “the SBF is taking the lead in making us understand that professionals from distinct disciplines need to work together for a new and better world”. 

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