The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Daniel Filmus, together with the President of CONICET, Ana Franchi, and the Director of the Cultural Center for Science (C3), Guadalupe Díaz Costanzo, visited the city of San Miguel de Tucumán, where they were received by Provincial Minister of Education, Juan Pablo Lichtmajer. There they visited the interactive exhibition EducaTec on science, technology and innovation and in the afternoon the pilot plant for microbiological industrial processes (PROIMI-CONICET).
Filmus pointed out that “we at the Ministry of Science are supporting this initiative here because we think it is very important to encourage early science careers among girls and boys and one of the ways to do that is exactly what we are doing in EducaTec see: Bring them closer to the advances in science and technology and show them everything they can develop. It is therefore important that EducaTec reaches the entire province. This is in line with one of the ten strategic goals of the National Science Plan 2030, namely spreading science across the country.”
The science minister argued: “If we want a developed Argentina, where each province can produce its own scientific-technological alternatives based on federalism, we must create vocations very early so that girls and boys are interested in science. from a very young age. Today it is clear that the future is unthinkable without science and technology. Our country has a tremendous tradition in these areas and in Tucumán in particular, which is also a great advantage since it starts from a high level to continue to deepen investments, with a very strong presence of the National University of Tucumán and CONICET.
Referring to the funding of the National Science, Technology and Innovation System, Filmus explained that it is the first time “that an agreement with the IMF says in six different places that resources for science and technology will continue to increase. We can proudly say that we started this year at 0.22% of GDP to reach 0.31% and we will reach 0.34% by 2023 according to the budget submitted by the Executive Branch to Congress be made to comply with the law. The law also includes a key issue, namely provincial investments, to which 20% of the increase in investment in science and technology for federalization will be allocated.”
For his part, Lichtmajer said: “It’s a path that, despite being seven years old, needs to be deepened. I want to emphasize three things: Investing in education, science and technology go hand in hand. Then it is the support for EducaTec, product of the will to federalize. The support of Minister Filmus and his entire team is very important. The indicators we have for two weeks show that we are on the way to surpassing the participants of the last edition. This is a way of democratizing knowledge. What is not known is not chosen and access to knowledge gives one more freedom”.
For his part, Franchi welcomed the initiative, stressing the importance of having these types of spaces in different parts of the country: “It is very important to bring science closer to the region and to society as a whole. That the public can know and experience the various investigations and developments that are being carried out in Argentina and how they are affecting their lives.”
In this sense, Franchi pointed out: “From CONICET we are present with lectures, workshops and with various dedicated spaces: ‘Women in Science and Technology’, ‘Malvinas Exhibition’, ‘Institutional Scientists of the Future’, among others, continue to work hard scientific professions and to build science and a country that is increasingly federal, fair and inclusive”.
On the other hand, during the visit to PROIMI, Filmus and Franchi were received by the director María Martínez; the deputy director, Mario Baigori; and the director of the CCT, Atilio Castagnaro.
EducaTec is an interactive rehearsal of science, technology and innovation organized by the Tucumán Ministry of Education with the support of the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation through the Federal Council for Science and Technology (COFECYT ) and the Science Popularization Program.
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CONICET presence in the province of Tucumán
CONICET has 17 executive units in the province of Tucumán, which concentrate 370 researchers, 143 support staff members, 413 interns and 47 administrative staff. These units are part of the NOA Sur Science and Technology Center. Most of them (12) are doubly dependent on the National University of Tucumán, but also on counterparts such as the Bishop Colombres agro-industrial experimental station, the Miguel Lillo Foundation, the FECIC (Foundation for Education, Science and Culture) and the Provincial Health System ( SIPROSA). Among the Executing Units, the strengths in the field of biotechnology stand out, applied to agribusiness and microbiology.