Climate change is one of the priorities of science in Las Tunas.
Climate change is one of the priorities of science in Las Tunas.

Every January 15, Cuban Science Day is celebrated. The date is a special occasion to recognize the efforts of those who, from that very broad and necessary gate that scientific knowledge is, bet on development and innovation.

In the opinion of the experts, each conquest of this small province, far from the great scientific poles of the country, has greater merit; that is why celebrating this Day and recognizing the enormous daily effort is, in some way, seriously advocating for those who work to get ahead together.

“Science is not only a matter of the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment (CITMA), our organization controls the application of the policy but the preparation and drive of businessmen, and society in general, is very important,” explained Reynol Pérez Fernández, the provincial deputy delegate of Science, Technology, and Innovation, a voice extremely knowledgeable about this whole network.

“Within the context and the problems of the territory, we have made progress, we have to ensure that the application increasingly turns into results; but the three territorial programs, linked directly to agroindustry, Las Tunas society, natural resources, and climate change, do show progress.”

The expert delved into specific results related to the sugar agroindustry, import substitution, research linked to social sciences, and applied to development.

However, he also made it clear that there is still a way to go before science becomes a true driving force for the advancement of these lands. “It is necessary, for example, to have stable personnel in the institutions to attend to science, technology, and innovation. We trained more than 340 this year, and we realized that some came to the first and other ones came to the next because the scenarios are very changing.”

“Las Tunas does not have a research center, which is why we have to apply and go more to the innovation. To promote development, we have to adapt to the territory intensely.”

“The municipalities need to strengthen structures; and, although we have strengthened some Municipal University Centers (CUM), such as that of the Jesús Menéndez municipality, for example, we know that there is still work to be done.”

The science policy in Cuba is young, it only began in 2021 and is aimed at the implementation of the results and, based on that, legal activity concerning science has been organized.

In this province, whose fundamental links are concerning the agricultural and sugarcane sectors, it is necessary - for example - to increase doctoral training in technical áreas. Although the push for pedagogical specialties is notable, and very soon, the territory will exceed 200 Doctors in different areas.

Contributions are appreciated, such as the 28 scientific societies that operate in the Luis Urquiza Jorge Preuniversity Institute of Exact Sciences (IPVCE), tangible proof of the link of the educational sector with the CITMA and its structures; and also other initiatives that are taking flight to contribute.

Promoting innovation is the way to promote development; Those who rely on scientific knowledge and the implementation of its results as the most effective ways to move forward know this well. Good and hardworking people who celebrate a date, yes; but he puts his soul into it every day.