NOA science and technology at the top of Latin America

In an environment where science and technology are being questioned as drivers of development and national sovereignty, the CONICET NOA Sur Science and Technology Center (CCT), which covers the provinces of Ducuman, Santiago del Estero and Catamarca, received a satisfying message: Skimago rankingThis year It ranks 11th – out of a total of 91 – as one of the main public institutions dedicated to research in Latin America.And up 23 places compared to the previous year.

This innovation occurs in an environment known as National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (Coniset) Ranked 20th globally for its best scientific performance out of 1,870 government institutions, thus positioning itself better than larger international equivalents such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA, its acronym in English); It confirmed its position for the sixth year in a row 1st State Science-Technical Organization in Latin America, surpassing others from Mexico, Chile and Brazil. At the same time, the Council was ranked 224th in the general table by the Schimaco Laboratory Group in its ranking of the Consortium of Educational and Scientific Institutions – which included 9,054 from around the world this year.

On the achievement of CCT NOA Sur, its Director, Augusto Bellomeo, points out that it is a matter of pride for the entire team working in the implementation units – a total of 23 councils in three provinces that often share dependencies with national universities and institutions in the environment. : “I want to highlight the work of researchers; Scholarship recipients; The technical staff and representatives of the management area are all highly qualified so that research, development and linkages translate into benefits for society.”

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In this sense, it is important to point out that there were thematic and research areas in which the institution had a privileged position: 19th among 2,348 institutions in biological and agricultural sciences; 41st in Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics out of 2227 institutions; 16th in Food Science (1457); 10th Studies in Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (2978); 26th in Research in Chemistry (3664); 45th in Earth and Planetary Sciences (3288); 13th in Geographical Research (1036); and 3rd in medical research (1511).

In terms of authority, it is no coincidence that CONICET reiterates its position as the main governmental scientific institution in Latin America for the sixth consecutive year: “This is the result of the persistence of favorable scientific policies over time and from the government,” he assures. , and hopes that they will continue to be maintained, “because the fruits harvested today are the result of years of work and investment in the field.”

Since 2009, the SCImago Research Group has published annually SIR, which reflects scientific activity in the world. SIR World publishes information on companies' research, innovation and social impact performance, presented as a ranking table that classifies them based on their scientific, economic and social contribution.

As established in its principles, the main objective pursued by the SIR is to contribute to decision-making, development of public and institutional policies and research and establishment of roadmaps for the continuous improvement of institutions.

The SIR includes institutions from all countries and disciplines that have published at least 100 papers in journals indexed in Scopus in the last year of the study period. In 2024, the measurement process was carried out based on 20 indicators, grouped into three main factors: research, innovation and social impact.

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