Seven professionals were awarded for their contributions to national science and technology – Unidiversidad

They received the Raíces and the Leloir 2021. Their contributions in different disciplines.

German social anthropologist Bárbara Göbel received the Leloir in the Social Sciences and Humanities category. Photo: Victoria Egurza / Telam

Four Argentine scientists residing abroad received the 2021 Raíces award and three foreigners received the 2021 Leloir award for their contributions to the development of national science and technology, in the tenth delivery of these awards granted by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. “These awards are part of the Raíces program, which was created with the aim of repatriating researchers who left in the 90swhen they sent us to wash the dishes, “said Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Daniel Filmus, during the ceremony.

The official explained it the program has two objectives; on the one hand, to finance the return of those who are doing their doctorate or post-doctorate abroad; on the other hand, to generate networks with those who decide to stay in those countries to contribute to the national science system and train scientists abroad.

In relation to these networks, the Raíces program currently has them in 17 countries; the former are several years old, like the one in Germany, with more than a decade of existence. The last to be created date back to 2021, with offices in Brazil, Spain, New Zealand and the Czech Republic.

Awarded since 2008, the Raíces awards are destined Argentines and Argentines dedicated to science, research and technology who reside abroad and actively collaborate in strengthening national science, while the Leloir Awards are awarded to foreign people who work to strengthen Argentina’s scientific and technological capabilities. The award was discontinued in between 2017 and 2019 and was relaunched in December 2020.

Contributions to science and technology

“Prizes often serve to make visible a work that was invisible. This award is a recognition of this cooperative task that we have carried out between German and Argentine researchers, and a way to commit ourselves to the future, “German social anthropologist Bárbara Göbel, who received the Leloir in the Social Sciences and Humanities category, told Télam.

Her contribution to the Argentine system of science, technology and innovation focuses on two levels: on the one hand, her contribution as an anthropologist through the research, teaching and publication of works in the country on socio-environmental inequalities and the asymmetries of knowledge. On the other hand, you are the director of the Ibero-American Institute, a bridging institute for scientific relations between Germany and Argentina.

In these sciences the Roots award went to the philosopher Nora Delia Rabotnikof Maskivker, who received his doctorate from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and has held courses and seminars at academic institutions in several Latin American countries. also promoted joint Conacyt-Conicet research projects, he has directed dissertations in Argentina, Mexico and Chile and has supervised research stays and internships for numerous graduate students in Mexico.

In the area of ​​agricultural sciences, engineering and materials, the Raíces award went to Víctor Sadras, agricultural engineer at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) with a PhD from the University of Melbourne. Sadras currently leads the crop science program at the South Australian R&D Institute and, among his successes, developed an advanced theoretical model of cereal crop yield. Since 2001 you have published 201 articles, of which 96 have Argentine co-authors.

In this area, the Leloir Prize went to Germán Carlos Spangenberg, an agronomist from the University of the Republic of Uruguay, who has extensive international recognition in fodder genetics, genomics and biotechnology.

In addition, he promoted human resource development by directing more than forty postgraduate thesis students in Germany, Switzerland and Australia, and significantly promoted the strengthening the system of science, technology and innovation, as well as South-South collaboration.

In Biological and Health Sciences, the Raíces Award went to Enrique Mesri, Ph.D. in Chemistry FCEyN-UBA and president of the Argentine-North American Association for the advancement of Science, Technology and Culture (Anacitec). He is currently professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Miami and the Sylvester Cancer Center, Florida (United States), and co-directs with doctors Omar Coso (IFIByNE), Pedro Cahn (Fundación Huésped), Gabriel Rabinovich (Ibyme) and Martin Abba (UNLP), the NIH-funded U54 international consortium to train the next generation of Argentine cancer and AIDS scientists.

On the other hand, in the category of Exact and Natural Sciences, received the Raíces Marcela Carena award, He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Balseiro Institute and a doctorate from the University of Hamburg. Carena is Head of the Theoretical Physics Division at the National Accelerators Laboratory of Fermi, where he created a improvement program for university students in Argentina and Latin America.

In this category, the prize Leloir went to Czech Michaela Kraus, Doctor of Natural Sciences of the Star Department of the Astronomical Institute. Kraus studies the evolution of massive stars, from its birth to its climax in a spectacular supernova explosion. During his career he has carried out continuous exchanges with many Argentine researchers collaborative work and student trainingthanks to which in the last decade new branches of research in Argentine astronomy have developed.


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