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Optics in Argentina

Claudio Iemmi, Andrea Bragas and Jorge Torga

Like other parts of South America, Argentina has had its share of political and economic upheavals—which caused the exodus of many promising scientists over the years. But the nation is now looking to rebuild its scientific community by injecting money into public and private research and forging links between universities and industry.

imageSchool of Sciences, Universidad de Buenos Aires.

In South America, one finds the singular coexistence of paradise and hell. The extreme seems to be the rule in this subcontinent, from its exuberant landscapes and natural resources to the world’s greatest income gap between rich and poor. After decades of military dictatorships that deepened social inequalities and violated human rights, democracies have finally been established. Fortunately, in recent years, Latin-American governments have begun working together to achieve a stronger political and economic bond, reinforcing, among other things, the common market shared by some countries of the region (called the MERCOSUR).

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Publish Date: 01 November 2009


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