On April 14, the ASPIRED team hosted Dr. Vaughan Turekian, Science & Technology Adviser to the US Secretary of State, along with the representatives of USAID and ICARE (International Research for Agribusiness Research and Education). Dr. Turekian visited Armenia is exploring ways of how diplomatic relations can open new opportunities for the development of science and technology and how science and technology can strengthen diplomatic relations.
The ASPIRED team presented the project and its main component. The specific emphasis was placed on the role of technology and innovations in helping to prevent further depletion of the groundwater resources in the Ararat Valley. The ASPIRED team also focused on its partnership with the USGS and the USAID Global Lab in bringing innovative solutions to the project.