Scientific Community Condemns Government’s Termination of Contracts and Cuts to Research Programs in Argentina

Argentine organizations criticize the firing of science employees

Members of the National Agency for the Promotion of Research, Technological Development, and Innovation have issued a strong condemnation of the termination of labor contracts and cuts made by the government in the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET).

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

The letter emphasizes that having strong infrastructure for science is crucial to prevent helplessness and vulnerability and enable technological advancement and workforce training. The authors urge the government to restore constrained budgets, warning that freezing research programs and reducing student numbers will destroy a system that took years to build. They also mention that over 50,000 national public administration workers have been laid off during this time, with another 70,000 contracts not being renewed.

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