VII Conference of the Advisory Board of Argentina
The VII Conference of IDEC’s Advisory Board in Argentina took place in the afternoon of 11 September 2012 in the Duhau Palace of the Hotel Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, with the title “Challenges in the management of science, technology and innovation: how to lead the change?”, with the presence of the Rector of the UPF and President of IDEC, Josep Joan Moreso.
With over a hundred people present in the room, the Rector of the UPF and the President of the Advisory Board in Argentina, Jorge Pérez Alati said some words of welcome, after which Table I “Management of science, technology and innovation” was opened. The table included the participation of the Director of the Master in Leadership and Management of Science and Innovation, Josep Eladi Baños, by videoconference; Jorge Cuneo, Medical Director of the Novartis Laboratory; Graciela Ciccia, Director of Innovation and Technological Development of the INSUD group; and Fernando Peirano, Undersecretary of Policies in Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of the Nation. Victoria Mendizábal, Academic Coordinator of the Postgraduate in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication, acted as moderator of the Table and instigated the debate with those present.
After a short break for coffee, the conference continued with Table II “Regenerative medicine and stem cells. A test case”, with the intervention of Fernando Pitossi, Head of the Regenerative and Nervous System Protective Therapies Laboratory of the Leloir Institute Foundation; Fabiana Arzuaga, Coordinator of the Advisory Commission on Regenerative Medicine Cellular Therapies of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of the Nation and Gustavo Sevlever, Research Director of the FLENI Institute, as the moderator. A short debate followed the presentations by the speakers.
The Closing Address of the Conference was by the Secretary of Planning and Policies in Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of the Nation, Dr. Ruth Ladenheim, who summarized the activities of the Ministry, and by Josep Joan Moreso, who reflected on the role of science in technology and concluded that “we need to steal fire from the gods”.