Dr. Roberto Salvarezza, president of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), gave the third talk of the cycle “From Science to Technology”, organized by the Computer Center, located in the Scientific and Technological Pole, headquarter of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Argentina.
During the conference Salvarezza remarked the achievements obtained in science and the growth of the organization from 2003 to the present.
He pointed out that “CONICET is world renowned institution, known for the excellence of its scientific production”. Besides, he mentioned the positioning of the organization internationally after referring to the Scimago Institutions Rankings (SIR) World Report 201.
This report ranks CONICET as number 95 according to the bibliometric indicators that reveal some of the main dimensions in the scientific production of institutions devoted to investigation in the world.
As regards to technology transfer, Salvarezza remarked that the Technology Transfer Office works as a link between CONICET investigations and public and private organizations’ demands. In this context, he highlighted that “In 2010 a number of 42 developments were patented, while in 2012 the number increased to 93”.
This, alongside the services that promoted this office for more than 1.000 companies, most of them national SMEs, shows the commitment not only of the organization but also of the national project that fosters the growth of the country through science and technology.
Thus, he remarked that CONICET investigations include solutions for pharmaceutical industries, health, food, animal and plant production, materials, industrial technology, energy, communication and software. Besides, he commented that CONICET produced 2.000 High Level Technical Services (STAN), alongside with patents produced by the council and/or joint ones with public or private institutions or universities.
“It is evident that CONICET has grown during these last ten years”, he remarked, and affirmed that the Council is working together with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation so as to accompany and enhance this growth.