National Scientific and Technical Research Council

The National Scientific and Technical Research Council (Spanish: Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, CONICET) is an Argentine government agency which directs and co-ordinates most of the scientific and technical research done in universities and institutes.

It was established on 5 February 1958 by a decree of the national government. Its first director was Medicine Nobel Prize Bernardo A. Houssay.

Governed by a board independent from the federal government, it funds scientific research in three basic ways. Firstly, it gives grants for collective work to research teams of well-recognized scientists of every discipline, including social sciences and the humanities. Secondly, it has a payroll of about 6,500 researchers and 2,500 technicians working as employees in different categories, from investigador asistente (assistant researcher) to investigador principal (main researcher). Thirdly, it grants scholarships for doctoral and post-doctoral studies to 8,500 young researchers from Argentina and other countries.

National Scientific and Technical Research Council
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
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HeadquartersSarmiento 440, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Annual budget2011: US$400 million[1]


In 2017, CONICET was ranked as the best Latin American government research institution by the Scimago Institutions Ranking[2] and the 2nd among all research institutions in the region after the Universidade de São Paulo.[3] At the global level, CONICET holds the position 40th among the most prestigious 5000 research institutions worldwide (including universities, governmental and private research institutions, research councils, etc.).


  1. ^ Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (in Spanish)
  2. ^ "Scimago Institutions Rankings".
  3. ^ "Scimago Institutions Rankings".

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Amy T. Austin

Amy Theresa Austin is an Argentinan ecologist. She is a Principal Research Scientist at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council in Argentina and a Professor at the Faculty of Agronomy, University of Buenos Aires.

In 1988, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science at Willamette University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences at Stanford University in 1997.”

In 2018, she is awarded the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards “For her remarkable contributions to understanding terrestrial ecosystem ecology in natural and human-modified landscapes.”

Ana Belén Elgoyhen

Ana Belén Elgoyhen (born 13 December 1959) is an Argentinian scientist, professor of pharmacology at the University of Buenos Aires and independent researcher of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (Spanish: Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, CONICET).She is internationally recognized for her contributions to the understanding of the molecular basis of hearing (sense). Her work could be useful to treat auditory deficiencies and other hearing pathologies.

Argentine Institute of Radio Astronomy

The Argentine Institute of Radio Astronomy (Spanish: Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía, IAR) was jointly established by the National Scientific and Technical Research Council, the National University of La Plata and the University of Buenos Aires. Its functions are to promote and coordinate research and technical development of radio astronomy and collaborate in teaching.

In the year 1963, construction began on the first 30 m telescope under the direction of Carlos Varsavsky. The observatory entered service on March 26, 1966.

The IAR participates in the Long Latin American Millimeter Array, and will join the Cherenkov Telescope Array project, using a site either near San Antonio de los Cobres or at the Leoncito Astronomical Complex.

Centro de Investigación de Métodos Computacionales

Centro de Investigación de Métodos Computacionales (CIMEC, Research Center for Computational Methods) is a research institute located at Predio CONICET Santa Fe Santa Fe, Argentina.

It depends on the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, and on the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). The main area of research is Computational mechanics, i.e. the application of numerical methods to various areas of engineering.

The center was formerly known as Centro Internacional de Métodos Computacionales en Ingeniería.

Additional information in the official site below.

Edda Adler

Edda Adler de Graschinsky (b. 9 August 1937) is an Argentine chemist and biologist. She is a senior research of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) and the Institute of Pharmacological Research.

Gloria Dubner

Gloria Dubner (born May 5, 1950) is an Argentinian astrophysicist and Director of the Instituto de Astronomía y Física del Espacio in Buenos Aires and a Senior Researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council. She is known for her research on supernovas.

Graciela Silvestri

Graciela Silvestri (born 1954) is an Argentine architect, Professor of Architectural Theory and a senior researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) in Argentina.

Irene Schloss

Irene R. Schloss is an Antarctic researcher, best known for her work on plankton biology. She is a researcher at the Argentine Antarctic Institute and is a correspondent researcher of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina, and an associate professor at the University of Quebec.

Karen Hallberg

Karen Astrid Hallberg (born May 10, 1964) is a Professor of Condensed matter physics at the Balseiro Institute. She is Research Director at the Bariloche Atomic Centre and a 2019 L'Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science Laureate.

LGBT culture in Argentina

The history of LGBT culture in Argentina can be traced back to the indigenous Mapuche people, who possessed a third gender called weye, gave equal treatment to male, female, transgender and intersexual people, and had a wide diversity of sexual practices. During the colonial period, homosexuality was punished for being considered unnatural and contrary to the Christian God, and the "sodomy" of the Mapuche people was used as a justification for war. Since its independence, Argentina followed the trend of moral, medical and psychiatric repression that characterized Western culture in general. The 1960s and early 1970s saw the emergence of the first LGBT social movements and rights organizations in the country—which were pioneering in Ibero-America—including Nuestro Mundo (English: Our World) in 1967 and the Frente de Liberación Homosexual (English: Homosexual Liberation Front) in 1972. The 1976 military dictatorship eradicated the movement and many of its members were forcedly disappeared. With the return of democracy in 1983, a new LGBT movement emerged in the country, with important advancements during the 1990s.

In 2010, Argentina became the first country in Latin America, the second in the Americas, and the tenth in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Transgender rights in Argentina are among the most advanced in the world: its Gender Identity Law, passed in 2012, made Argentina the "only country that allows people to change their gender identities without facing barriers such as hormone therapy, surgery or psychiatric diagnosis that labels them as having an abnormality". BBC Mundo reported in 2014 that "Argentina leads the trans revolution in the world", and in 2015 the World Health Organization cited Argentina as an exemplary country for providing transgender rights. In Pew Research Center's 2013 Global Attitudes Survey, Argentina was the Latin American country with the most positive societal attitudes towards homosexuality, with about three-quarters (74%) of those surveyed saying it should be accepted. The country's capital and largest city, Buenos Aires, has become an important recipient of LGBT tourism since the early 2000s, and has been described as "Latin America's gay capital".

Leoncito Astronomical Complex

The El Leoncito Astronomical Complex (Spanish: Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito - CASLEO) is an astronomical observatory in the San Juan Province of Argentina. CASLEO is one of two observatories located within El Leoncito National Park, which is in a part of the country which rarely sees cloud cover. The other facility in the park is the Carlos U. Cesco Astronomical Station of the Félix Aguilar Observatory. CASLEO was established in 1983 by an agreement between National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) of Argentina, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MINCYT) of Argentina, the National University of San Juan (UNSJ), the National University of La Plata (UNLP), and the National University of Córdoba (UNC). The facility was dedicated in 1986 and regular observations began in 1987.

CASLEO's telescopes are located in two separate areas within the El Leoncito Park. The Jorge Sahade and Submillimeter telescopes are at the main site on the edge of the Pampa de la Ciénaga del Medio, along with support facilities. The Helen Sawyer Hogg telescope, Ghielimetti telescope, and the Astrograph for the Southern Hemisphere are located on Cerro Burek, approximately 1.6 km (1 mi) to the northeast and 85 m (279 ft) higher. Separating the areas is the Arroyo El Leoncito, which flows west into the Barreal Blanco in the Pampa de El Leoncito. The driving distance between the two sites is approximately 7 km (4.3 mi).

National Research Council

National Research Council may refer to:

National Research Council (Canada), sponsoring research and development

National Research Council (Italy), scientific and technological research, Rome

National Research Council (United States), part of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and U.S. National Academy of Engineering

National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Argentine government agency which directs scientific research in universities and institutes

Nicolás García Mayor

Nicolás García Mayor (born December 15, 1978) is an Argentine entrepreneur and industrial designer focused in humanitarian development, social innovation and environmental preservation. He worked and lived in Europe conducting various architectural and innovation design projects. Since 2000 he has been working as an Industrial Humanitarian Designer, identifying, designing, developing and implementing innovative solutions in countries in South America and abroad, including China, Austria, Spain, France, United Arab Emirates. Today, his designs travel around the globe and have been showcased in many countries. Among other recognitions, in 2014 he was awarded by JCI with Ten Outstanding Young Person of the World TOYP for his contribution to children, world peace and human rights.

With his humanitarian innovation called Cmax System, he was invited to present in the 68th the United Nations General Assembly UN, in New York City. He was also invited to Vatican City by Pope Francis, who blessed his project for the humanitarian work refugees. The Government of Argentina honored him with one of the country’s highest awards “Ambassador of Argentina Country Brand” and the Senate of the Argentina Nation bestowed the award for “The Latin America Development Leadership”. In 2016, the US Government gave permanent residency status citing “Extraordinary Ability” and “Brilliant Talent”. As a social entrepreneur, he has given multiple TED (conference) around the globe and has worked as an innovation consultant for international organizations such as the United Nations (UN), the Inter-American Development Bank, universities worldwide, national and local governments and NGOs. Nicolas has been a Jury of Honor of Balseiro Institute and the National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina. Garcia Mayor has also consulted as a researcher on humanitarian needs, assessments and mitigation for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International, National Scientific and Technical Research Council in Argentina, Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi, Nigeria Future Energy Group NIFEG, Salzburg Seminar in Austria. He was also selected by consultant Marcus Evans to join the World Industrial Design Summit in Cannes and Berlin as a consultant to leaders such as BMW, Audi, Coca-Cola, Google and Facebook among other companies.

Founder of 5 companies

Co-Founder and President of 8 NGOs and social benefit organizations

Designer and developer of over 200 innovative products

Parque Tecnológico del Litoral Centro

Parque Tecnologico del Litoral Centro SAPEM (PTLC Technological Park of the Litoral Centro), is both an institution and a complex of buildings located near Santa Fe, Argentina, created by the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) for the geographical concentration of scientific research and development projects of the area.

The institution promotes the realization of scientific projects giving financial support and a physical place, as well as facilitating the integration of technology transfer to production companies.

There is also an "Enterprise incubator" where new firms can develop their business basis, to get in shape until the maturity is reached.

Samuel Cabanchik

Samuel Manuel Cabanchik (born August 18, 1958) is an Argentine philosopher, academic and politician. He was elected to the Argentine Senate in 2007, representing the City of Buenos Aires on the Civic Coalition ticket. He left the Civic Coalition on July 8, 2009 and formed his own parliamentary group, the Federal Buenos Aires Project and was subsequently considered a circumstantial ally of the Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner government.

Cabanchik is a professor of contemporary philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires and conducted research for Conicet, the National Scientific and Technical Research Council. His books include El revés de la filosofía (Buenos Aires, Biblos, 1993), Introducciones a la Filosofía (Barcelona, GEDISA, 2000) and El abandono del Mundo (Buenos Aires, 2006).Cabanchik was affiliated to the Radical Civic Union but was inactive for several years prior to actively supporting the Civic Coalition of Elisa Carrió. He was elected to the Senate on the list of the Civic Coalition in 2007. On July 8, 2009 he announced he was leaving the Civic Coalition and forming his own parliamentary group, the Federal Buenos Aires Project. He has since become a strong parliamentary ally of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.In 2013, at the end of his Senate term, Cabanchik decided to run for the Municipality of Buenos Aires assembly on the Alternativa Popular ticket, which supports the government candidates for the Senate, Daniel Filmus, and the chamber of deputies, Juan Cabandié.

Solar Submillimeter Telescope

The Solar Submillimeter Telescope (SST) is a solar dedicated instrument with the aim to study the radiation produced by high-energy particles during solar flares. Observing at 212 and 405 GHz with a focal array since 2001, it is a unique instrument that has produced a wealth of new information. Some of its discoveries are still unexplained by current theories. SST construction started in 1995, and it saw the first light in April 1999; since April 2001 it operates on a daily basis. It is installed at Complejo Astronomico El Leoncito (San Juan Province, Argentina) under agreement between the Argentinian National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) and the Brazilian Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie.

Sonia Berjman

Sonia Berjman (born 8 April 1946) is a Doctor of Art History and also Philosophy and Letters. A protector of parks, squares, and statues of the city of Buenos Aires, she is one of the media's main references for these issues.She has made more than a hundred publications, including books and specialized periodicals, instilling in her native country the study of landscape history.

She earned a PhD from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), another from Pantheon-Sorbonne University, and continued postdoctoral studies at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection of Harvard University. She was a researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) and the UBA, and a professor at the national universities of Tucumán, Mar del Plata, and the Northeast. She is also a member of councils, commissions, and scientific committees in Argentina and abroad.A great connoisseur of the life and work of the landscaper Carlos Thays and his son Carlos León Thays, Berjman has written detailed bibliographies on them. In 2014 her book Los Paseos Públicos de Buenos Aires y la labor de Carlos León Thays (h) entre 1922 y 1946 was declared of cultural interest of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (Declaration 98/2014). In 2009 she was curator of the exhibition Carlos Thays, un jardinero francés en Buenos Aires at the Centro Cultural Recoleta.

Landscape is a mental construction, made possible by man's outlook towards a piece of territory. In the end, it is the reflection of our ideological views, exterior and interior, pragmatic and artistic, representations as physical objects, states of the soul as vital needs. Landscape is equal to world.

Sonia Natale

Sonia Luján Natale (born 1972) is an Argentine mathematician specializing in abstract algebra. She works as a professor of mathematics at the National University of Córdoba, where she earned her Ph.D. in 1999,

and as a researcher for the National Scientific and Technical Research Council.Natale's dissertation, Semisimple Hopf Algebras, was supervised by Nicolás Andruskiewitsch.

She is also the author of the monograph Semisolvability of Semisimple Hopf Algebras of Low Dimension (Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society 874, 2007).In 2011 the Argentine Academia Nacional de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales gave Natale their Pedro E. Zadunaisky Prize in Mathematics.

In 2017 the Argentine government gave her their Houssay Prize in recognition of her research.

She was an invited speaker on fusion algebras at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians.


ÑuSat satellites series (Spanish: ÑuSat), also known as codename Fresco, Batata, MilaneSat, Ada, Maryam (named after local culture reference on Argentinean deserts and food), is a series of Argentinean commercial Earth observation satellites constellation designed, built and operated by Satellogic.


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