The series “Cientifica” co-produced by CONICET Documental and TEC premieres on Public TV

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The series

The Series “scientific” co-production of CONICET Documental, audiovisual production company of the Directorate of Institutional Relations (DRI) of CONICET, together with TEC, transmedia platform of the Directorate of Articulation and Audiovisual Contents (DAYCA) of MINCYT premiere this Friday, 10/06 at 10 pm on Public TV. This is a cycle of 4 chapters that share the experiences of women and men who do science in different areas of Argentina through an unmediated story.

In the series, the protagonists travel through their workplaces, neighborhoods and some memories as they advance on their way to solving problems that have a great impact on the environment, social and productivity for our country. It shows a particular intimacy with the viewer based on the closeness of the camera to the protagonists, and the sense of realism of the actions performed, which happened at the moment they were recorded.

“The series shows an important federalization that is the spirit of CONICET: doing science in all territories. Also, it is important to find and discover researchers not only inside a laboratory but in the field , to see how they act in these areas that are not well known to the general population,” explained the director of the series, Claudio Antonio Manríquez. And he added: “Some have an earlier vocation, others found it and also encountered difficulties to do it and to show that path for us which is in a way inspiring. The purpose is also to make visible what a career in science is, which means a lot of vocation, commitment , and awakening scientific vocations.

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The production moves between adventure documentary, road movie, and travelogue. It gives a particular intimacy to the viewer based on the closeness of the camera to the protagonists and the sense of realism of the actions performed by the scientists at the moment they are recorded. In addition, it has different scenarios in different locations such as Tucumán, Bariloche, Córdoba, Esquel and the province of Buenos Aires, the Atlantic Coast and Buenos Aires.

The scientists of CONICET who participated in each chapter are: Marina Alejandra Volpedo with work at the Animal Production Research Institute (INPA, UBA-CONICET); Lucas Garibaldi of the Institute for Research in Natural Resources, Agroecology and Rural Development (IRNAD, CONICET-UNRN); Carolina Barroetaveña of the Andean Patagonian Forestry Research and Extension Center (CIEFAP); Natalia Czytajlo of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning of the National University of Tucumán.

In this framework, researcher Carolina Barroetaveña, protagonist of the chapter powerful relationshipsemphasizes that “Science is not always a profitable investment in the short term, it is a path of knowledge that develops at different times, sometimes in the least thought of spaces. For this reason, the curiosity, the desire to be part of a discovery and to offer a contribution to the world we live in, is what we want to send in this careful and beautiful production of CONICET, made on Public TV today so that everyone and everyone can see it and thus awakening that curiosity and vocation especially among young people. In addition, to pay tribute to the long and fruitful path established in the past by the scientists of science in Argentina.”

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Each chapter shows its particularity in the objective of the study, highlighting, for example, in one of them, the unequal urban reality. In this sense, Natalia Czytajlo commented “What is powerful in the series is that it is able to put images of some elements that show what is being studied, those that are not the same, including those that are less visible in the data and studies, in the case of the particular chapter. In addition, it gives importance and relevance to the person doing the research by including not only the scientific work but it is also accompanied by experience, context, characteristics and conditions.

For her part, biologist Alejandra Volpedo commented: “In this first chapter, Otoliths, the black box, we will know our fisheries resources and how to manage them in a sustainable way. Our country’s marine and continental fisheries are very important; its preservation and development is a priority. It is invaluable to be able to share this information in this effective way.”

Finally, the researcher Lucas Garibaldi expressed his excitement about this premiere because it will allow “the sharing of the technologies we have developed to increase production and reduce environmental degradation. In addition, the documentary shows the beauty in this process.”

In this way, this audiovisual production, which It can be seen every Friday in October at 10 pm on Public TV strengthens the dissemination of science by exposing different scientific concepts in an easier and fun way.

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Otoliths, the black box

From a small formation of calcium carbonate present in the ears of the fish, the marine biologist Alejandra Volpedo classified and established the stocks of fish that spend their lives in the seas of Argentina. Their work has become decisive for one of the most important economic activities, the national fishing industry.

Regenerative agriculture

Agroforestry Engineer Lucas Garibaldi combines biodiversity and production of
food in the design of the multifunctional scene, able to make food
better quality by reducing the use of agrochemicals to a minimum. Garibaldi tried to bring agricultural experiences based on the use of services throughout the country
ecological given nature.

Powerful relationships

Carolina Barroetaveña studies an ancient relationship between fungi and plants with the aim of optimizing the growth time of pine trees destined for the timber industry. At the same time, this symbiotic relationship known as mycorrhizae is a fundamental tool for the recovery of native forests that are declining due to fire or human activity.

Urban planning and gender

Natalia Czytajlo problematizes public space, the city and the Territory as the places where economic, accessibility, but above all gender asymmetries crystallize. The roles of subjects, as well as the ways of traversing and occupying space, can be observed more closely in the dynamics imposed by urban infrastructure and development. Czytajlo with his colleagues tried to provide answers to these asymmetries from an Urbanism with a gender perspective.

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