Think science and technology for development – ​​TSS Ajans

by Vanina Lombardi
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TSS Agency – Federalization of science, transfer of knowledge and innovations for the productive world, reduction of gender gap and diversity, strengthening of institutions, perspectives towards the industry and the future of young researchers were some of the main axes discussed at Tecnópolis yesterday. , during the “Science, Technology and Innovation Gathering for National Sovereignty: Projects, Challenges and Pending Discussions” attended by nearly 700 industry leaders.

This is the second event of these features organized by the National Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MINCYT). LThe first was at CCK in November 2021 to reflect with open doors the outline of the 2030 National Science, Technology and Innovation Plan.

“The 2030 Plan is now ready to be enacted with the Financing Act. What we are discussing now is the contribution of science and technology to the building of a country that grows and develops based on the best it has, which is the capacity of its people, the capacity to contribute from science and technology; and at the same time more equitably distributing the benefits of that growth.” TSS Daniel Filmus, president of MINCYT.

“The only way to grow, develop and improve people’s living conditions is through science and technology: We will not do this only as a raw material supplier country, on the contrary, we need to add business and value, this is what science and technology produces, but also as the pandemic shows, our people need it. It ensures that we have the conditions to solve their problems.”

During the day the work was divided into several thematic commissions, and then there was a space for conclusions.

Consistent with this premise, one of the commissions is particularly dedicated to analyzing research, connectivity and university transfer policies, and the policies of scientific-technological organizations as effective tools for the transformation and development of communities and regions. Here are presented different examples that are currently underway, such as the project between YPF and Y-TEC with the National University of La Plata (UNLP) and the need to have appropriate funding that facilitates links between academia and academia. productive world.

“Connection is the stage before ideas emerge, it shapes them, accompanies them and nourishes them with other elements. So ideas become projects and projects progress to solve economic and social problems. Therefore, there are other examples of promotions before and after funding. “We need to see the cycle as broadly as possible and that’s what we’re discussing: What actors, what capacities and what actions need to be taken before and after to create it,” he said. TSS Fernando Peirano, head of the National Agency for the Promotion of Research, Technological Development and Innovation (R&D Agency).

Peirano reminded that the R&D+i Agency is structured around two axes, one of which is core support, to guarantee quality research through which they support more than 6,000 projects, through the so-called PICT. The other is for projects oriented around five priority axes: health, food, circular economy, energy transition and digital transition. “More than 3,000 startups, 1,700 SMEs and cooperatives, as well as scientific institutions are participating,” the official said, emphasizing: “Combining fundamental and orientation, this agency responds to the history and tradition of our system, and at the same time responds to the need to transform our productive matrix.” .

Another key issue that Teknópolis addressed by the end of the meeting was the need to federalize the system’s capabilities. Filmus had this to say about it: TSS most Launch of Raices Federal programPresented at the Federal Council for Science and Technology on Thursday, October 13. “Just as we fund the repair of scientists in other countries to Argentina, this program calls for scientists to be sent back to their provinces so we have the capacity to research and add value where the raw materials are,” he said. .

Meanwhile, in Tecnópolis, the representatives of the provinces and the leaders of different institutes, in the commission dedicated to this issue “The growth and strengthening of the science and technology system with an effective federalization strategy”, the Science and Technology System.

“Now that we can actually implement the Science and Technology Financing Law, we are addressing different axes on how to increase science-based dominance in regional agendas, as well as based on consensus of strategic ideas from the scientific community. demands from Argentina,” he said. TSS Marina Baima, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation at the Santa Fe Ministry of Production, warned about the asymmetrical situation of the provinces in terms of the number of researchers, institutes and budgets. “Santa Fe bets heavily on investment and strategy, but there are provinces where you need to know how to start raising that base, without neglecting other provinces that have more challenges and are growing in science and technology,” he said.

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About 700 leaders from the scientific-technological sector attended the meeting held in Tecnópolis.

Rubén Geneyro, president of the National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI), who also attended the table on federalization of the system, agreed that the major axis of the discussion was how to bring science and technology to all corners of the country. In this context, he clarified that INTI is an organization with a federal point of view, which has a presence in all provinces and is based on the agenda between the production framework of scientific-technological organizations and provincial organizations on the one hand. sector; and on the other hand, in a public-private dynamic working on the agendas proposed by the provinces and regions. “Therefore, INTI has created advisory councils in every region of the country and we are working on the axes defined there,” Geneyro said. TSS.

INTI is one of the institutions in the sector created in the middle of the last century, like the National Institute of Agricultural Technologies (INTA) and others that make up the country’s science and technology system today. Therefore, another of the committees of this meeting was dedicated specifically to considering ideas and strategies to update scientific institutions according to the needs of this century and the foreseen future.

“The field of discussion was very wide, what are the most sensitive issues that could be on the agenda for the improvement and transformation of science and technology institutions, such as working conditions and salary, I think not just researchers. but also of all personnel who manage knowledge production in institutions. TSS Joining this discussion is Diego Hurtado, Secretary of Planning and Policy at MINCYT.

In addition to the issues related to the improvement of working conditions in institutions, the possibility of a political power that does not support science and technology and a country project in the 2023 elections, and uncertainty on related issues were also expressed. public and private sector investments were increased. “Considering Argentina’s current challenges, how can we think of our institutions to accompany a country project? How can we overcome the conditions that are challenging our country today, from inflation to issues related to economic and industrial development? ‘ asked Hurtado.

“It is easier to diagnose than to find policies that can change them. Of course, everyone now wants to change that, CONICET president Ana Franchi told TSS.

There was also a space dedicated to the future of young researchers, and another, where the axis of thought was cross-policies to reduce gaps in gender inequalities and disparities in the science and technology system. In this commission, the only person in the open space on a property in the sun shared his suggestions and concerns with the participants.

“It is easier to diagnose than to find policies that can change them. Of course, everyone wants to change now,” he said. TSS CONICET president Ana Franchi stressed the importance of discussion and the need for men to attend such meetings. “There were people of different ages and general sexual orientations from different parts of the country and different situations, and we stayed in touch. I think the meeting was very useful, these are the topics discussed and we are making progress,” she said.

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