Argentine organizations criticize the firing of science employees
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Scientific Community Raises Alarm over Government Budget Cuts in Argentina

The National Agency for the Promotion of Research, Technological Development, and Innovation has condemned the termination of labor contracts and cuts made by the government in the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET). Members of the agency are expressing their concerns about the impact of these measures on the development of Argentina.

In a recent letter addressed to the president, over 60 Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry, Economics, Medicine, and Physics expressed their concerns about the impact of government measures on science in Argentina. The letter warned that Argentina’s scientific sectors were approaching a dangerous precipice that could have negative effects on both the country and the world.

The authors emphasized that strong infrastructure for science is necessary to prevent helplessness and vulnerability and enable technological advancement and workforce training. They stressed that economic and social progress is directly linked to public investment in science and technology.

Furthermore, over 50,000 national public administration workers have been laid off during this time, with another 70,000 contracts not being renewed. The Nobel laureates urged the government to restore constrained budgets, warning that freezing research programs and reducing student numbers will destroy a system that took years to build.

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