05.11.2013

Barañao started science and technology mission in the United States of America

The Minister of Science visited the cities of Washington and New York, where he held meetings with the vice president of Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) countries and researchers living in that country. The mission will run until November 6.

Barañao started science and technology mission in the United States of America

Cecilia Nahon, U.S. ambassador to Argentina, Lino Barañao, Minister of Science, Mr. Agueda Menvielle, National Director of International Relations of the Ministry of Science and Gonzalo Paz, associate professor of School of International Service, American University (right to left).

The Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Mr. Lino Barañao, began yesterday in Washington the U.S. official mission, accompanied by the National Director of International Relations of the Ministry of Science, Mr. Águeda Menvielle and the Under Secretary of Administrative Coordination, Mr. Rodolfo Blasco and the General Director of Foreign Financing Projects of the National Agency for Science and Technology Promotion (the Agency), Ms. Silvia Oliver.

We show that the most valuable patents resulted from initially no obvious application research, conducted by researchers with extensive experience", Barañao said.

During yesterday presentation in Washington, the Minister of Science presented "From basic research to its practical application in business creation: Argentina and biotechnology, a successful case" before the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), where he submitted an analysis of the last ten years of investment in biotechnology and the achievements, from basic research to the creation of companies, from different funding instruments of the Agency supported by the IDB. In this sense, the continuity of funding has contributed to position Argentina in the international science scenario, obtaining international patents and the creation of biotechnology companies. The minister of Science stressed the significant increase in the investment in research and development (R & D) in the country, which went from 0.44 percent of GDP in 2004 to 0.65 percent in 2011. He stressed that the momentum was generated primarily by the heavy investment from the public sector, and that now the challenge is that the private sector increases its participation in the area.

"We have some experiences we are doing to promote public-private partnership through consortia, to streamline this relationship in the creation of new knowledge and its transformation into goods and services reaching the common citizen. We show that the most valuable patents resulted from initially no obvious application research, conducted by researchers with extensive experience", Barañao said.

After the presentation, the Minister of Science met with the Vice President of IDB countries, Roberto Velutini; Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge, Santiago Levy; the head of the IDB Competitiveness and Innovation Department, Juan Ketterer and the Argentina representative before the IDB, Gabriela Costa, with whom he discussed on the funding of productive innovation projects and issues of common interest.

Later Barañao met with the current Florida state senator for the Democratic Party and Chairman of the Senate Science and Space Subcommittee, Bill Nelson. In the afternoon, at the Embassy of Argentina, authorities met with the Dean for Research at Georgetown University Medical Center, Robert Clarke and the Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University, Eric Langer; the associate director of the Woodrow Wilson Center, Eric Olson; the director and senior member at the Foreign Policy Programme of America at the Brookings Institution, Harold Trinkunas; the partner of International Affairs at the University of Maryland, Saul Sosnowski, the associate professor of the School of International Service at American University,Gonzalo Paz and the Chief of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Richard Obermann.

This afternoon in New York, officials met at 2.30 pm with various Argentine researchers from a variety of specializations living in the United States of America. biochemistry, biology, mathematics, sociology, experimental psychology, physics, medicine, chemistry, electronics, among others. This meeting was held in the framework of the RAICES Programme (Network of Argentine Researchers and Scientists living Abroad), which seeks to strengthen the scientific and technological capabilities of the country through the development of policies linked to Argentine researchers living abroad, actions to promote the retention of researchers in the country and the return of those interested in developing their activities in Argentina.

On Wednesday, 6 at 10.15 am, Barañao will visit the Natural History Museum, where he will be received by the leaders of the museum: Ross MacPhee, professor in the Division of Vertebrate Zoology; Mark E. Siddall, professor or the Division of Invertebrate Zoology; Denton S. Ebel, Professor of the Division of Physical Sciences, Earth and Planetary Sciences and Ward Wheeler, professor of Computer Science. Also, he will meet in the afternoon with Mr. Rafael Viñoly, who donated the design of a building to be constructed at Ciudad Universitaria, called "Zero plus infinity", where computing and meteorology careers will be taught and a Latin American center for interdisciplinary training.

It is important to note that Argentina and the USA maintain cooperative activities in science and technology among which we can mention the work within the United States–Latin America Cancer Research Network, Argentina is a party thereof; agreements between the Agency and the University of Maryland, Illinois and Texas in Austin, for funding of joint research projects. Argentina also participated in various editions of the International Biotechnology Exhibition "BIO International Convention 2013". Regarding the space field, the SAC-D/Aquarius mission, to study the ocean and sea salinity globally and as well as the soil moisture at large scale, was carried out through a programme of cooperation between the Argentine National Space Activities Commission (CONAE) and the NASA, along with the support from scientific and technological system agencies of Argentina and the Science portfolio.

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Cecilia Nahon, U.S. ambassador to Argentina, Lino Barañao, Minister of Science, Mr. Agueda Menvielle, National Director of International Relations of the Ministry of Science and Gonzalo Paz, associate professor of School of International Service, American University (right to left).

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