As a result of the call launched in April by the Chaco Institute of Science, Technology and Innovation, 21 selected clubs will receive funding totaling 20 million pesos.
In Fontana, Governor Jorge Capitanich signed agreements to strengthen and create so-called science clubs within the framework of the creation, expansion and acquisition of knowledge through the Chaco Institute of Science, Technology and Innovation (ICCTI). Efforts for social and productive development.
“Out of the 30 projects that were part of the call, 21 were selected and by signing the contract they will be able to receive resources soon,” the president said. Therefore, ICCTI will fund projects totaling $20,000,000 in two categories: creating new clubs, 10 proposals for $6,420,515, and strengthening existing clubs, 11 proposals for $13,579,485.
He highlighted the institution’s functioning with a progressive funding structure that is part of the Science and Technology Funding Act at the national level. He also emphasized the importance of other initiatives promoted at the provincial level, such as the Center for Innovation in Data Science (SinnoDat) and the Center for Nanotechnology, added to the work done by Konizet and Ankas researchers in terms of scientific and technological development. .
“Furthermore, through the Norte Grande, we have the good news of the proposed redefining of the budget for science and technology, which will represent a significant step forward,” Capitanich Mayor Patricia Rodas celebrated with National Senator Antonio Rodas. , and Juan Martin Fernandez, President of ICCTI.
A science club is a group of girls and boys, youth or adults who undertake scientific and/or technical activities outside the school dynamics and contribute to the scientific and technological development of the group and society. Inserted..
They implement scientific, technological or social projects in very diverse areas. They can be, but are not limited to, experimental investigations or manipulations. They meet after hours in schools, popular libraries, or private homes.
In particular, equipment, accessories and spare parts related to the program provided by the club, materials, tools, tickets and daily expenses for the activities of each club, experts, participants, or researchers, acquisition of technology (computer software, bibliography, hardware, etc.), costs and fees are its own. Establishment of legal status and other costs associated with project execution.
Science Club Goals
ICCTI President Juan Martin Fernandez highlighted the relevance of these agreements and the role played by clubs in the province. “They help us to spread the importance of technological development. To encourage careers in children to learn about science, develop that passion and turn it into a career in the future,” he said.
Thus, he highlighted the role of the state in promoting local science and technology. “Government’s role in investing in science and technology is irreplaceable. Our province has an agency with a budget and its own legislation, as well as a science and technology funding law at the national level”, he noted.
Fernandez reaffirmed the need to increase research activities in the province. “The aim is to go from 53 researchers per 100,000 citizens to 123, which is the national average and we are promoting it with various science clubs,” he said.