New committees for the “Joint Center for Science and Technology” between CONICET and the Chinese Academy of Sciences

After the signing of the agreement between the two institutions, the needs within the lines of research were identified

Within the framework of the agreement signed in 2019 between the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), a Joint Science and Technology Center was created to carry out research and development activities between both institutions in the following priority areas: Astronomy, Biomedicine, Environmental Sciences, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Polar Studies.

Within the actions that are carried out for the constitution of the Center, the authorities from CONICET are the Vice President of Technological Affairs, Roberto Rivarola; the manager of Scientific and Technological Development, Liliana Sacco and the researcher and member of the Board of Directors, Alberto Kornblihtt. On behalf of the CAS, the members are: the vice president, Yaping ZHANG; the General Director of International Cooperation, Xilin CHEN; Director General of Frontier Science and Education, Gang SU; and the General Director of Science and Technology for Development, Ya WEN.

Besides, the researchers of the Scientific Committee from CONICET are: Gloria Dubner from the Institute of Astronomy and Space Physics (IAFE); Cristina Ibarra from the Bernardo Houssay Institute of Physiology and Biophysics (IFIBIO HOUSSAY, UBA-CONICET) and the researchers, Ricardo Villalba from the Argentine Institute of Nivology, Glaciology and Environmental Sciences (IANIGLA, CONICET-UNCU); Gustavo Ferreyra from the Austral Center for Scientific Research (CADIC, CONICET) and Esteban Jobbagy from the Institute of Applied Mathematics of San Luis “Prof. Ezio Marchi” (IMASL, CONICET-UNSL).

As regards the Center, Roberto Rivarola commented “This year marks the 50th anniversary of the bilateral relationship with China and this Center is the result of international cooperation with the aim of capitalizing on scientific relations and deepening them, directing them towards new horizons of joint articulation in areas of special interest to both nations.

Since the signing of the agreement, the experts have worked on the identification of the needs in the different lines of research. In some of them, proposals for cooperation with researchers proposed by the CAS and experts in the field will be included.