01.11.2013

The National Plan of Science, Technology and Innovation was presented in La Plata

Dr. Ruth Ladenheim presented to the provincial authorities, academic and members of the CONICET’s board of Directors an instrument establishing the major science, technology and innovation policy guidelines in the country for next years.

The National Plan of Science, Technology and Innovation was presented in La Plata

Mr. Salvarezza, Ms. Ladenheim and Mr. Epele led the presentation.

The secretary of the Department of Planning and Policy of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Dr. Ruth Ladenheim presented this morning in the city of La Plata the "National Plan of Science, Technology and Innovation, Innovative Argentina 2020". The event was held at the Science and Technology Center (CTC) CONICET in that city. Mrs. Ladenheim was accompanied by the President of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) Mr. Roberto Salvarezza; and the CCT director of La Plata, Mr. Luis Epele.

"We think the city of La Plata and its university have many opportunities to link with the productive sector of the province of Buenos Aires to generate new projects in line with the socio productive cores of the Plan".

In this regard, Dr. Ladenheim said: "We think the city of La Plata and its university have many opportunities to link with the productive sector of the province of Buenos Aires to generate new projects in line with the socio productive cores of the Plan". In that sense, the official specified that "there are already several public-private partnerships in which the University of La Plata is involved", citing as an example the thermal solar park Inti Huasi of Catamarca, project in which the optics laboratory of the La Plata Faculty of Engineering participates, in the construction of the optics of the solar collectors. "There are other initiatives linked with nanoclays and precision engineering for the development of parts for wind turbines and turbines, among others. A lot of research activities are performed in La Plata offering enormous opportunities to the Plan application" Ladenheim concluded.

This Plan is an essential contribution for our current management and is the result of a number of actions taken by the Ministry since its creation in 2007, giving continuity to the growth and consolidation of areas and sectors deemed as strategic. Our intention is, through this plan, to promote productive and inclusive innovation, based on expansion, progress and strengthening of the National Science, Technology and Innovation System, thus increasing competitiveness of our economy and improving the quality of our people’s lives, within a sustainable development framework.

In this context, Mr. Salvarezza said "This plan explains how science and technology policies are interconnected with a common view on development. If today we can see the great number of technological innovation projects related to the Plan, it is because we are based on a good basic science".

35 Strategic Socio Productive Cores (NSPE) were identified in the preparation of the Plan, some of which have high potential in the province of Buenos Aires. Such as, among others, the biorefineries, with the use of the local biomass, as soy, corn, sunflower and urban and industrial waste, in the food processing field stands obtaining enriched flours from soybean, corn, sunflower and wheat. Regarding the traditional animal production, the Plan outlines work strategies for developing porcine products with health properties.

It also establishes policies regarding the waste streams recycling, the watershed management and the environmental data collection. Finally, it also provides for the smart network management and new materials and products for the development of the oil and gas industry are promoted.

In 2011, investment in research and development (R & D) in the province of Buenos Aires amounted to $ 3.927 billion. This amount implied a 705% increase with respect to 2003, which slightly exceeded the total national increase rate, which was 673%.

Mr. Epele said "The development of this Plan and its presentation in La Plata is extremely important to us". The scientific sector without any doubt agrees that our country is going through the most prosperous period for the Argentina science in the past fifty years ".

The Under Secretary of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Production, Science and Technology of the province of Buenos Aires, Carlos Gianella, the president of the Commission for Scientific Research in the province of Buenos Aires (CIC), Mr. Jose Maria Rodriguez, and the Science and Technology attaché to the French Embassy in Argentina, Etienne Saur also attended the event.

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