Alberto Fernández honors the most outstanding scientists in Argentina

Buenos Aires, Jan 14 (EFE) .- The Argentine president, Alberto Fernández, led this Friday the presentation of distinctions to the Researcher of the Argentine Nation 2021, the highest award given to the most outstanding person in the national scientific system. “The rich societies today are those that have knowledge and that have been capable of developing intelligence, science and technology,” Fernández said at the ceremony, held at the Casa Rosada, the seat of the Executive in Buenos Aires. The winner of the highest scientific recognition was Dr. Daniel Raúl Bes for his extensive career in nuclear physics, developed in research centers, universities in Argentina and abroad, who was awarded a gold medal and 2,500,000 pesos ( $24,082). According to a statement from the Presidency, this award recognizes those who have contributed throughout their scientific career to producing new knowledge, developing innovations with a social and productive impact, and promoting the transfer of knowledge and the training of human resources. In addition, the Houssay awards -in honor of the first Nobel laureate in Latin America- were awarded to several researchers under 45 years of age who have carried out most of their scientific activity in the country, who received a medal, a diploma and 300,000 pesos ( $2,889) each. Among the winners, Dr. Valeria Arza stood out, who researched innovation in the industrial and agricultural sectors, public-private knowledge networks and sustainable development, and seeks to link her work with public policy. Her contributions were published in prestigious journals. domestic and foreign. “I am convinced that for us to be a society that advances we need to promote education, knowledge, scientific and technological development. The State must be present promoting this”, indicated the president. Another of the distinctions was the Houssay Trajectory Award and one of the winners was Dr. Alejandro César Olivieri for his study of the development of chemometric tools for the processing of chemical information, with application in the field of analytical chemistry. According to the Scopus scientific database, its bibliographic production includes 290 publications, books, book chapters and has contributed to the training of national and international researchers. In this case, the prize was 500,000 pesos (4,816 dollars) for scientists regardless of age, who have an outstanding record in technology transfer and development with economic and productive impact in strategic sectors of the country. Lastly, the Jorge Sábato award -in honor of the famous Argentine scientist- was presented to Dr. Silvia Nair Goyanes, who specializes in the physical chemistry of materials. Her work ranges from basic physics to the development of new materials for different industries. . She is part of the 2% of most cited researchers in the world during 2019 and is the creator of the “Atom Protect” chinstraps, with more than 9 million sales. The merit was given to people without distinction of age who have an outstanding record in technological transfers and developments with economic and productive impact in strategic sectors of the country, as well as a reward of 500,000 pesos, a decoration and a diploma. The president was accompanied by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Daniel Filmus, and by the head of Conicet -the main organization dedicated to the promotion of science and technology in Argentina- Ana Franchi, who presented the prizes to the researchers. EFE aam/rgm/jrh (photo) (video)

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Alberto Fernández honors the most outstanding scientists in Argentina