13.11.2013

The Creation of the Ministry of Science has been awarded a Prize as the Most Outstanding Event of this Decade

It was during the 34th edition of the prizes Minister Barañao has been recognised for his career.

The Creation of the Ministry of Science has been awarded a Prize as the Most Outstanding Event of this Decade

The Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Dr. Lino Barañao during his speech after receiving the awards.

The creation of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation has been awarded the Konex Prizes 2013 as the most outstanding event of this decade. Lino Barañao has been recognised with a special award for his career. The most outstanding persons during the last decade in the field of science in Argentine were awarded with the Platinum Konex. Also, as outstanding events of such decade the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation and the Pierre Auger Observatory were awarded a prize. The Bright Konex, the most important prize awarded by this institution, was given to Alberto Kornblihtt and Juan Martín Maldacena.

Mr Barañao pointed out that this recognition "has two components: One collective component that includes all the members of the Ministry, from the cleaning staff up to secretaries, who are the persons responsible for the Argentine science to have the relevance it has today" and added that the “individual component is a political decision from the Argentine President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who created this Ministry for science and technology to have not only the relevance it deserves but for science and technology to become a tool for the economic and social development".

When Minister Barañao received the award together with members of such Ministry of Science, as the most outstanding event of this decade, Mr Barañao pointed out that this recognition "has two components: One collective component that includes all the members of the Ministry, from the cleaning staff up to secretaries, who are the persons responsible for the Argentine science to have the relevance it has today" and added that the “individual component is a political decision from the Argentine President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who created this Ministry for science and technology to have not only the relevance it deserves but for science and technology to become a tool for the economic and social development".

When Minister Barañao received his prize he said: “this prize must be interpreted as a recognition to all the activities inherent to research, and any such activities must be evaluated when evaluating the career of a scientist" and he added that “a researcher has to have a strong social commitment and has to be thinking every day to satisfy its curiosity but in how his/her work will make a contribution to the life quality of his/her fellow neighbours”.

In turn, Alberto Kornblihtt, a molecular biologist said when he received the prize that “the Argentine science is going through its best historical moment, the initiatives of the Ministry of Science is yielding benefits. It is even recognised by persons who strongly oppose to this government”, and he concluded that “the global scenario may not be compared with the one he had to live in until 10 years ago”.

This award was created by the Fundación Konex since 1980 to give awards to outstanding persons in all fields of culture in Argentina. In this opportunity, among the awardees of the Platinum Konex, the jury selected doctors Alberto Kornblihtt and Juan Martín Maldacena to recognise them with the Platinum Konex, the maximum prize awarded by the foundation.

Awardees of the Platinum Konex in their respective areas were:

  1. Mathematics: Víctor Yohai.
  2. Physics and Astronomy: Juan Martín Maldacena.
  3. Physics and Chemistry, Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry: Alejandro César Olivieri.
  4. Organic Chemistry: Rosa Muchnik de Lederkremer.
  5. Sciences of the Earth: Víctor A. Ramos.
  6. Biology and Ecology: Sandra Díaz.
  7. Genetics and Genomics: Daniel Corach, Jorge Dubcovsky, Jorge López Camelo.
  8. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Alberto Kornblihtt.
  9. Microbiology, Bacteriology and Virology: Alberto Carlos Frasch.
  10. Basic Biomedical Sciences: Gabriel Rabinovich.
  11. Internal Medicine: Marcelo Víctor Elizari.
  12. Surgery: Eduardo de Santibañes.
  13. Public Health: Jorge Daniel Lemus.
  14. Biotechnology: Néstor Carrillo.
  15. Nanotechnology: Galo Soler Illia.
  16. Technological Development: Miguel San Martín.
  17. Agronomy, Veterinarian and Food: María Cristina Añón, Carlos E. Lanusse.
  18. Civil, Mechanical and Materials Engineering: Raúl Antonio Lopardo.
  19. Industrial, Chemical, Environmental and Hydrocarbon Engineering: Teresa Pérez.
  20. Information and Communications Technologies: Máximo E. Valentinuzzi.

Special Mentions for their Career:

  • Lino Barañao.
  • Fortunato Benaim.
  • Julio Palmaz.
  • Juana María Pasquini.
  • Carlos Pellegrini.

Special Mentions for outstanding facts over the decade.

  • Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation.
  • Pierre Auger Observatory.

Konex of Honor Award: Rolando Garcia.

Konex Mercosur: Nelson Maculan (Brazil), Jorge E. Allende (Chile), Ricardo Ehrlich (Uruguay).

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