Argentine Scientists Urge Government to Reconsider Termination of Science and Technology Budgets

Argentine organizations criticize the firing of science employees

In a strongly worded condemnation, members of the National Agency for the Promotion of Research, Technological Development, and Innovation have denounced the termination of labor contracts and cuts made by the government in the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET). They are urging the government to reconsider its actions and prioritize investment in science and technology.

The agency’s message is echoed by over 60 Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry, Economics, Medicine, and Physics who have expressed concerns about the impact of measures promoted by the government on Argentina’s scientific sectors. In a letter addressed to the president, renowned researchers from various nations warned that Argentina is approaching a dangerous precipice that could have negative effects on both the country and the world.

The letter emphasizes that public investment in science and technology is crucial for economic and social progress. The authors stress that reducing budgets for CONICET and national universities reflects a dramatic devaluation of citizens and future leaders in science. They urge the government to restore constrained budgets to prevent helplessness, vulnerability, technological advancement, workforce training, future scientists’ development as well as preserve strong infrastructure for science.

Furthermore, it was also highlighted that more than 50 thousand national public administration workers have been laid off during this time with another 70 thousand contracts not being renewed. The agency members urge the government to reconsider its actions before it is too late.

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