Last week I attended the event “Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2009″, invited by my friend Pablo Michelis. The event was held in a quite impressive complex, the Sofitel Cardales Reserve. It was very well organized and on the first day it had the presence of the highest authorities of the country: the President, the Governor of the Province of Buenos Aires and the Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation. It is indeed great news that an event like this is organized in Argentina.
I want to comment on a very interesting panel that I was able to attend on Wednesday afternoon. The panelists were Alejandro Cecatto, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation; Jorge Aliaga, Dean of the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences of UBA; Flora Montealegre Painter, Head of the Science and Technology Division of the IDB and Clovis Baptista, Director of Science and Technology of the OAS. The Moderator, Daron Green, Senior Director of External Reserarch of Microsoft Research, did an excellent job of keeping focus during the debate.