President Alberto Fernández confirmed this Tuesday that the world is experiencing a “technology revolution” and maintained that “the future of societies lies in knowledge”, since those present at the inauguration must “develop their own science and technology”. Gain autonomy while managing. from the Biodiversity and Environment Research Institute (Inibioma) in Bariloche, Dr.

Highlighting in particular the role of science and technology for the progress of the country, Fernández pointed out that the institution – dependent on the Conisat – has a history that dates back to the government of Nestor Kirchner.

And he stressed that the building, inaugurated today, will be used to investigate “how biodiversity is altered by climate change”, a question that should “capture” and “worry” everyone.

During his address, the Head of State dedicated a special paragraph to San Carlos de Bariloche, which, according to him, beyond its “enormous beauty”, has become a central city for scientific research in Argentina, the location of the INVAP. Thank you, the Balceiro Institute and the National Atomic Energy Commission.

In this sense, Fernández said that, given this situation, he would propose that the city of Rio Negro become the capital of science so that Argentina can recognize it.

On the importance of technological research, the President gave the example of Norway, which promoted knowledge before exploiting its gas reserves: “The ability to develop our own science and technology makes us autonomous”, said he said. .

In this regard, he cited a report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), which stated that with regard to countries such as the United States and China, “the level of expenditure in research and development exceeds 2% is” for their GDP (Gross Domestic Product).

“We have enacted a law which proposes that we reach 0.31% this year. We come from 0.22 left by the previous government. We aspire to be 0.34. What we have to achieve is 2%, that’s the effort we have to make,” he explained.

Referring to the energy issue, Fernandez explained that “the Vaca Muerta oil and gas pipeline will pass through Rio Negro” and that “the most important green hydrogen project” in the country is being developed there.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Daniel Filmus said the opening of the long-awaited building is an opportunity to “celebrate” and look forward to the creation of a “science museum which will seek to “wake up new businesses”. . youngest age.

The official pointed out that many of those present at the activity participated in a similar activity held yesterday in Newquan and that both are taking place under a proactive policy of decentralization of science.

He said the president told him his work with the department would be measured by “the ability to federalize science.”

“We have concentrated everything very much in the central region. 85% of investments in science and technology are made in this part of the country. We must take a Copernican turn and invest 85% in the provinces,” he said.

In this regard, he explained that bringing science to where the natural resources are would make it possible to export “more sophisticated products”.

“The most important thing we have is the ability of our people to work on those resources to contribute,” he said.

For her part, the governor of Rio Negro, Arabella Carreras, thanked the “sustainable support” provided by the president in all the work carried out in the province and praised the synergy that exists in Bariloche between the national and provincial governments, the institutions scientists and scientific institutions. and businesses.

“We work a lot with science and technology. Development that respects the environment, with social license, with concrete results in improving people’s quality of life,” he said.

Anna Franchi, President of the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), “highlighted the support of the National State in science and technology, in particular to be able to complete the building for which all the people of this institution worked. ‘fought so hard’.

Inibioma is dedicated to various research activities on biodiversity and the environment, the training of human resources, and the transfer, connection and services to third parties.

As officially announced, the institute will have 8 laboratories equipped with fume hoods, 14 offices and 4 meeting rooms.

The 1,650 m2 work benefited from financing of $137,140,275 and an updated investment of $557,041,545.

It has 8 laboratories equipped with gas extraction hoods, 14 offices and 4 meeting rooms. It will have 242 human resources including researchers, interns, support staff and interns.

the local mayor, Gustavo Genuso; María Beatriz Gentile, rector of the National University of Comahu, and Esteban Balceiro, director of Inibioma.

The ceremony also took place in the presence of Juan Pablo Paz, secretary of the scientific-technological articulation of the Ministry of Sciences; Undersecretary for Institutional Coordination, Pablo Nez; secretary general of the presidency, Julio Vitobello; Presidential Spokesperson Gabriella Cerutti and Presidential Advisor Ricardo Forster.

Source: Telam