Specifically, it is worth delving into two initiatives—the International Institutes for Interdisciplinary Innovation (I4) and the Latin American Center for Interdisciplinary Formation (CELFI)—aimed at creating environments in which young Latin American scientists can establish personal bonds that can lead to future scientific cooperation at a regional level.
At the same time, these initiatives should promote the sense of social responsibility that is not usually emphasized in the scientific centers of excellence in developed countries.
In contrast with other forms of culture, technologies have been able to cross ethnic boundaries.
This latter insight is not usually learned in the centers of excellence of the Northern Hemisphere and is related to scientists’ social responsibility.
In Argentina, the vast majority of the scientists graduate from public universities that are state-funded and free.
This strategy has also allowed a continuous update of the technologies used in their countries of origin, provided special conditions required for repatriation are implemented. In Argentina, thanks to a unique program called “RAICES” (which stands for “roots”) that provides special contracts and grants to those professionals willing to return, we have succeeded in repatriating more than 1,300 Argentinean scientists.
This program also maintains a network of five thousand Argentinean professionals working abroad; these investigators receive weekly information about events and programs taking place in our country.
On the other hand, scientists belong to a peculiar sociological group with ties that span across national borders.