The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Daniel Filmus, and his counterpart for Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Cult, Santiago Cafiero, presided over the awards ceremony at the Palacio San Martín. RAICES and LELOIR Awards 2021. Seven scientists from our country and abroad who collaborated with scientific-technological skills and strengthened the National System of Science, Technology and Innovation were awarded. The winners contributed knowledge in Agricultural Sciences, Engineering and Materials; in Biological and Health Sciences; in Exact and Natural Sciences, and in Social and Humanities.
Opening, Filmus said: “Today we are honoring the 10th edition of the RAICES and LELOIR Awards. If we do not have and generate opportunities here, our capabilities are bought by the central countries. Today Argentina runs and runs the risk of prioritizing our intelligence, our talents. This is one of the central issues that worries us. The RAICES program once again has a look that we don’t want scientists to leave. The program not only funds the return of researchers, but is also dedicated to networking, to those who will not return and can help train our people. Today we reward many of them and also foreign scientists ”.
The Minister highlighted the result that CONICET is in 141st place worldwide and first in the region “we know that in Argentina this is double because the policies are commuters. In 2015-2019 the budget has decreased and there is no country that can resist it. The National System of Science, Technology and Innovation Funding Law and the Economy of Knowledge Law show a state policy that is not subject to government changes. I congratulate the winners of the RAICES and LELOIR awards, we know that the award serves to create the conditions to work with dignity and we are working on it. We have great scientists and scientists and they need to help us establish decision-making sovereignty. We are committed to continuing to work in this direction “, and we thank Cafiero della Farnesina for scientific diplomacy” so that science and technology feel and give the image we want “.
For his part, Cafiero stated that “what we want to convey is the need to continue with scientific diplomacy, one more variant of the number of diplomatic relations a country has”. In this regard, he added: “this accounts for the testimony that scientists, technologists, researchers can always add, as part of a representation of what Argentina has to show, and to expose the development models that Argentina embraces, anchored to technology and innovation.
The head of diplomacy underlined in this regard: “count on Argentine diplomatic representations in the world to continue promoting the RAICES Program and that they are centers where you can get to know an Argentina that is sometimes little known, that is understood in the world that behind exceptional scientists there is a systemic issue that we must continue to spread. ”And he stressed that” we are very proud of the many women awarded, as a result of a policy that began a long time ago and which continues in terms of the opportunities and tenacity of Argentine women “.
Present at the ceremony the Minister of Culture, Tristán Bauer; the Secretary for International Economic Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cecilia Todesca; the president of the National Agency for the Promotion of Research, Technological Development and Innovation (R + D + i Agency), Fernando Peirano; the National Director for the Promotion of Scientific Policy of the MINCyT, Karina Pombo, and the ambassadors and consuls of the Argentine Republic of the jurisdictions in which the distinguished researchers reside.
The RAICES award is intended for Argentine scientists, researchers and technologists who reside abroad and who, from the countries in which they are located, actively collaborate in strengthening the National System of Science, Technology and Innovation by promoting links between Argentine institutions and foreign scientists for the benefit of our country’s scientific and technological capabilities The LELOIR award, for its part, distinguishes foreign scientists who, with their work, have cultivated those same skills in Argentina.
On this occasion, the award went to seven scientists, of which four distinguished themselves with the RAICES award and three with the LELOIR award. They have distinguished themselves in various areas of scientific knowledge and contributed with their research to discoveries of exceptional importance for the development of our societies.
In turn, through their scientific links with high-ranking study centers in our country, as well as with CONICET, they have generated, from their places of residence, spaces for the significant advancement of science in Argentina. They and they are:
–Doctor Victor Sadrasof the South Australian Institute for Research and Development, in the area of crop improvement and environmental impact.
–Dr. Enrique Mesriof the University of Miami, in the area of virological research in vulnerable populations.
–Dr. Marcela Carenaof the University of Chicago and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, in the area of particle physics.
–Doctor Nora Delia Rabotnik of Maskivkerof the Philosophical Research Institute of the National University of Mexico, in the area of political philosophy.
– The German doctor Carlos SpangenbergUruguayan, of the Center for Agri-bio Science of Australia, in the area of Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology in forage.
–Dr. Michaela KrausCzech, of the Stellar Department of the Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, in the area of astrophysics.
–Dr. Barbara GobelGerman, Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, in the area of anthropology.
Argentina encourages all Argentine scientists abroad to join a growing network of science diplomacy – or science diplomacy -, through the RAICES program, with the support of Argentine representations, embassies and consulates, to contribute to the development of our nation.
The RAICES program currently has networks in 17 countries: Germany, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Spain, the United States, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and South Africa. In Germany, it should be noted, it has existed for more than a decade; and the last to be created date back to the year 2021, with offices in Brazil, Spain, New Zealand and the Czech Republic.
The initiative depends on the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, through the RAICES Program of the Ministry of Planning and Policies of Science, Technology and Innovation.