A short country profile for science and technology
3. The National S&T System
. National policies for science, technology and innovation
. The Universities are a cornerstone of the S&T system
. Science and Technology (S&T) and Research and Development (R&D)
. Other actors in the scientific landscape
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Dr. Lino Barañao, new Argentinean Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation makes his first trip to Europe
(with photo gallery)
Between 17 and 18 April 2008, Dr. Lino Barañao, the new Argentinean Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation was received by several European Commissioners in Brussels in his drive to boost scientific and innovation cooperation with Europe. The minister, a well-known bio-chemical scientists and former President of Argentina's major science funding agency, came to explain the new policy orientations of Argentina in science and technology to position Argentina's emerging economy in the global innovation league. The Argentinean strategy has conceptual similarities with European research policies under the renewed Lisbon Strategy for Jobs and Growth, though the context is naturally different. The EC has an S&T Cooperation Agreement with Argentina and both sides are interested to enhance cooperation in this area.
Together with José Manuel Silva Rodríguez, European Research Director General, the Minister co-chaired the Third Steering Committee of the EC-Argentina Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement. Participants took stock of achievements and discussed targets for the forthcoming year. A long-time leading biotechnology innovator with strong grounding in agriculture, Argentina wants to renew and refocus its science and technology base and strengthen strategic links with Europe, not only its major export market, but also a major partner in science and cultural cooperation and source of foreign direct investment in other sectors. To this effect, the new science ministry in Argentina intends to mobilise additional financial resources to further promote the participation of Argentinean research teams in the 7 th European Research Framework Programme (2007-2013). Argentina already had 95 successful participations in different areas of the 6 th Research Framework Programme (2002-2006) and started with more than 30 participations in the first year of FP7 thanks to a systematic information and support policy to Argentinean teams and strong shared interests.
Traditionally scientific cooperation has been strong on finding new medical treatments, on agro-food issues associated with food safety, key environmental challenges and new technologies. In the wish to diversify cooperation, Argentina has recently signed a bilateral agreement to enable connections between the Pierre Auger Observatory situated in Argentina ( province of Mendoza) to Europe and contributed major funding. The Observatory, one of the largest scientific facilities in the world, is designed to measure the flux of ultra-high energy cosmic ray particles. It build on CLARA and GEANT information highway networks in Latin America and Europe respectively to achieve rapid access to the data collected at the Observatory in real time. There is also strong interest to increase positive social effects of science and technology.
As a result of the meeting, Argentina will, among others, nominate thematic FP7 Contacts to help consolidate and expand this successful cooperation. Both sides agreed on a number of practical steps that will be reflected in a Cooperation Roadmap.
At the end of the successful Steering Committee meeting, European Research Director General José Manuel Silva Rodríguez poses with new Argentinean Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. José Lino Salvador Barañao, and Ing. Agueda Menvielle, Director of International Relations in the Argentinean Ministry for Science, Technology and Innovation. (Photo courtesy C.E. Nauen)
Research Commissioner Dr. Janez Potočnik met with Minister Dr. Lino Barañao on 18 April 2008 to exchange on key policy issues and discuss opportunities to enhance existing cooperation further, particularly in such key areas as food, agriculture and biotechnology, health, energy, environment, information and communication technologies and nanotechnologies. Both sides expressed satisfaction about progress in cooperation achieved recently and discussed extensively in the Steering Committee and expressed expectation to consolidate and expand this positive experience.
European Research Commissioner Dr. Janez Potočnik (right) and Argentinean Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. José Lino Salvador Barañao (Photo courtesy C.E. Nauen)
Dr. Barañao also gave a public lunch time debate in the University Foundation in the Centre of Brussels on "Science and technology in Argentina, an emerging economy". The event was attended by more than 70 registered participants from academia, science management, public administrations and private company representatives. The event was jointly organised by the Embassy of Argentina, the European Commission's Research Directorate General and CERCAL, the Centre for Studies on Relations between Europe and Latin America at the Free University of Brussels.
Argentinean Ambassador Jorge Remes Lenicov introducing the minister
Argentinean Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. José Lino Salvador Barañao addressing the participants of the public lunch debate
The minister's presentation attracted much attention and triggered a lively round of discussion afterwards
(all photos courtesy C.E. Nauen)
On 17 April, Prof. Kafatos, President of the European Research Council (ERC) and members of the ERC Board received the minister for discussions. On 18 April, the minister was also received by Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and by External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferreiro-Waldner to discuss cooperation.
Synergies between different fields of international relations and their scientific underpinning are of increasing importance. This is particularly timely in the light of next month's Lima Summit of European, Latin American and Caribbean Heads of State, which will address two principal themes: the environment, energy and climate change impact on the one hand and social cohesion on the other. Both themes have cross linkages and need to draw on scientifically validated knowledge to accurately diagnose and find viable and sustainable answers to the serious challenges.
In conclusion of his visit in Brussels Mr. Heinz Zourek, the Director General of Enterprise of the European Commission, conversed with the minister, among others, on conditions for cooperation between Argentinean and European knowledge-based Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).