Objectives

The Basic Sciences Development Program (PEDEClBA) was created in October 1986 by an agreement between the Uruguayan Government, represented by the Ministry of Education, and the University of the Republic with the active participation of the Program of the United Nations for Development (UNDP). In 1995, the national budget law established PEDECIBA as a permanent program.

In 2008, the intervenient parties renewed the original agreement. The new text provided PEDECIBA with an updated institutional framework adapted to the current stage of the program, providing new impetus to its activities.

The main objectives are:

  • To create and maintain a scientific platform capable of supporting the development of Basic Sciences and technological development.
  • To support the training of high-level professionals in various scientific-technical disciplines.
  • To actively participate in the consolidation of the Uruguayan scientific and cultural fabric.

The stated objectives endeavor in two directions:

  • To create a high-level, stable, and permanent interdisciplinary system that supports and fosters scientific research.
  • To train human resources in basic scientific disciplines, capable of inserting themselves in the academic community and the private and government sectors.

Strategies and Actions

  • Design and execute programs to support research projects in basic sciences.
  • Design and administer Master and Doctoral programs in Basic Sciences to encourage the local development of human resources at a high scientific level.
  • Coordinate and carry out programs with other institutions to improve the quality of science teaching at all educational levels.
  • Devise strategies and actions to stimulate technology transfer among academia, industry, and government. These actions involve joint projects and specific training of graduate students in topics like intellectual property, technological business, and communication.
  • Promote and maintain a platform of knowledge exchange with Uruguayan academics abroad.
  • Assist academia with small funds for the maintenance, updating, and acquisition of scientific equipment. support initiatives to facilitate the access to databases and academic journals.

Mission and Vision

Mission

To promote and support research and graduate education in the basic sciences to strengthen the national academic system supporting the scientific and cultural network among the Uruguayan community.

Vision
To build a platform within UdelaR and MEC that, self-governed by researchers and graduate students, crosses the national education system and promotes best quality practices in scientific research, supports students and researchers, innovates in academic administration, fosters the teaching of basic sciences at all levels, and contributes to the fusion of scientific knowledge with the Uruguayan culture.

Organization

PEDECIBA develops actions in the following Areas of Science:

  • Biology
  • Computing Science
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry

The Board of Directors is in charge of determining the general policy of PEDECIBA and the administration of the Program in a state made up of:

  • The Academic Director and Assistant Director
  • Three representatives of the University of the Republic
  • Three representatives from the Ministry of Education (one of them a researcher of the Clemente Estable Biological Research Institute)
  • The six area Coordinators
  • A representative of the researchers
  • A representative of the graduate students

The coordination of the internal activity of the Areas is in charge of the Area Scientific Councils. Each of them is responsible for research activities and the training of human resources within their area. These Councils are constituted by:

  • Five scientists elected by the area researchers
  • A student representative elected by the graduate students

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is in charge of determining the general policy of PEDECIBA and the administration of the Program.

Academic Director and Assistant Director of PEDECIBA:
Dr. David Gonzalez
Dra. Estela Castillo
Representatives of the University of the Republic:

Titulares:
Dra. Erna Frins
Dr. Gustavo Seoane

Dra. Paola Bermolen

Alternate:

Dr. Carlos Negreira

Dr. Marcelo Barreiro

Dra. Gianella Bardazano
Representatives from the Ministry of Education
Dr. José Roberto Sotelo Silveira
Dra. Rosario Durán
Dra. Silvia Olivera (IIBCE)
Dra. Leticia Bidegaray (IIBCE)
Area Coordinators:
Biology: Dra. Adriana Delfraro / Dra. Mónica Sans
Physics: Dr. Gonzalo Tancredi / Dr. Nicolás Benech / Dr. Javier Brum
Geosciences: Dra. Natalia Venturini / Dra. Ofelia Gutiérrez
Computing Science: Dr. Javier Baliosian / Dra. Nora Szasz
Mathematics: Dr. Matías Carrasco / Dr. Diego Armentano
Chemistry: Dra. Silvana Vero / Dra. Graciela Mahler
Representative of the researchers:
Dra. Cecilia Giacomini
Dra. Adriana Marotta
Dra. Matilde Martínez
Representative of the graduate students:
Titular: Juliette Dourron
Alternate: Santiago Sastre y Leonardo Alberro
Interdisciplinary Masters:
Bioinformatics: Dr. Pablo Smircich / Dr. Ignacio Ramírez

Gender Committe

Gender Committee of PEDECIBA

Caldeyro Barcia Prize

The Basic Sciences Prizes “Roberto Caldeyro Barcia”, were created in memory of the Founding Director of the Program and were convened for the first time in 1999.

The prizes are given every two years and are aimed at young researchers residing in Uruguay. Academic excellence in basic sciences is rewarded, as evidenced in the scientific performance and trajectory of researchers at the national level.

At present they are financed entirely by PEDECIBA, while in the beginning it had the financial support of UNDP and Conicyt.

Call for Basic Sciences Prizes “Roberto Caldeyro Barcia”

Winners list:

Year

Area

Prized

Mentions

2021

Physics 

Julia Alonso*

 

Physics 

Lucía Duarte*

 

Physics 

Marcela Peláez*

 

Physics 

Javier Brum

 

Mathematical 

Juliana Xavier

 

Mathematical 

Alfonso Artigue

 

Chemical

Victoria Calzada

 

Chemical

Guzmán Álvarez*

 

Chemical

Nicolás Veiga*

 

2019

Biology

Iván González

 

Biology

Uriel Koziol

 

Geosciences

S/postulantes

 

Computer Science

Daniel Calegari

 

2017

Physics 

Miguel Campiglia

 

Mathematical 

Pablo Lessa

 

Chemical

Ignacio Carrera

 

2015

Biology

Ma. José Albo

 

Biology

Andrés Trostchanksy

 

Geosciences

Mariana Meehroff*

 

Geosciences

Claudio Gaucher*

 

Computer Science

Sergio Nesmachnow

 

2013

Mathematical 

Rafael Potrie*

 

Mathematical 

Diego Armentano*

 

Chemical

Ricardo Faccio

Gastón Ares

Physics 

Declared void

 

2011

Computer Science

Álvaro Martín

 

Geosciences

Declared void

Gabriel Usera

Biology

Cecilia Casaravilla

 

Biology

Alejo Menchaca

 

2009

Mathematical 

Gonzalo Tornaría

 

Chemical

Pablo Denis

 

PNUD

Daniel Bia

Andrés Trostchansky

CONICYT

Declared void

 

Physics 

Declared void

 

2007

Biology

Ana Celia Silva

 

Biology

Ernesto Blanco

 

Computer Science

Regina Motz

 

CONICYT

Daniel Bia Santana*

 

CONICYT

César Perciante*

 

PNUD

César Perciante

 

2005

Physics 

Nicolás Wschebor

 

Mathematical 

Federico Rodríguez Hertz

 

Chemical

Eduardo Méndez

 

CONICYT

Rodolfo Ungerfeld

Ana Meikle

PNUD

Ernesto Blanco

Ana Meikle

2003

Biology

Beatriz Alvarez

Eliana Rodríguez

Biology

Alvaro Díaz

 

Computer Science

Alberto Pardo

 

CONICYT

Otto Pritsch

Rodolfo Ungerfeld

PNUD

Carmen Rossini*

 

PNUD

Andrés González*

 

2000

Physics 

Hugo Fort

 

Mathematical 

Gabriel Paternain

 

Chemical

Oscar Ventura y Alvaro Mombrú

Carlos Kremer

CONICYT

Alfonso Cayota

 

PNUD

Gonzalo Perera

Alvaro Mombrú

PNUD

 

Hugo Cerecetto

1999

Biology

Fernando Álvarez

Angel Caputi

Biology

Marisa Pedemonte

Francisco Panzera

Biology

Rafael Radi

Raúl E. Russo

Computer Science

Héctor Cancela

Alvaro Tasistro

Computer Science

 

Alfredo Viola

CONICYT

Edgardo Rubianes

Erna Frins

PNUD

Richard Fariña

Eleonora Catsígeras y Pietro Fagiolino

*Shared prize

¿qué es? project

The popular science video series ¿Qué es? attempts to answer questions posed by researchers from the Basic Sciences Development Program (PEDECIBA), discussing with the protagonists about their lines of research on topics of general and particular interest, some of great actuality and their impact on a local and international level and showing the human face of the academy.

Investigadoras e investigadores uruguayos que trabajan en las áreas de Biología, Física, Geociencias, Informática, Matemáticas y Química de PEDECIBA muestran cómo desarrollan sus tareas de investigación en videos de 12 minutos rodados en sus propios lugares de trabajo (oficinas, laboratorios, campo, etc.) en colaboración con colegas o estudiantes.

Uruguayan researchers working in the Areas of Biology, Physics, Geosciences, Computers Sciences, Mathematics and Chemistry at PEDECIBA, show how they carry out their

research tasks in 12-minute videos recorded in their own workplaces (offices, laboratories, field, etc.) in collaboration with colleagues or students

Series 1 was premiered in 2010 on the PEDECIBA YouTube channel and in November of that year, it was screened on “Televisión Nacional del Uruguay” (Channel 5).

Series 2 was premiered in December 2011 on the PEDECIBA YouTube channel and was also screened on “Televisión Nacional de Uruguay” (Channel 5).

Series 3 was premiered in October 2014 on the PEDECIBA YouTube channel.

Since 2012 the Series ¿Qué es? became a fundamental input for the joint project between Plan CEIBAL and PEDECIBA called “Científicos en el Aula”.

This video series was created in association with TarkioFilm and was funded by ANII (series 1 and 2), ANCAP (series 3) and PEDECIBA (series 1,2 and 3).

See more about the ¿Qué es? Project

SERIE 1

¿QUÉ ES PEDECIBA?

¿QUÉ ES EL TRÁFICO INTRACELULAR?

¿QUÉ ES UN ANTIOXIDANTE?

¿QUÉ ES EL OLOR DEL VINO?

¿QUÉ ES UN MEDICAMENTO?

¿QUÉ ES EL ADN?

¿QUÉ ES EL MONITOREO ATMOSFÉRICO?

¿QUÉ ES LA TEORÍA DE LA INFORMACIÓN?

¿QUÉ ES LA DIVERSIDAD BIOLÓGICA?

¿QUÉ ES LA BIOCATÁLISIS?

¿QUÉ ES EL CÁOS?

¿QUÉ ES LA VARIABILIDAD Y EL CAMBIO CLIMÁTICO?

SERIE 2

¿QUÉ ES LA PALEONTOLOGÍA?

¿QUÉ ES UNA FEROMONA?

¿QUÉ ES UN VENADO DE CAMPO?

¿QUÉ ES UN ELEMENTO TRAZA?

¿QUÉ ES LA PALINOLOGÍA?

¿QUÉ ES UN PEZ ANUAL?

¿QUÉ ES QUÍMICA VERDE?

¿QUÉ ES EL LÁSER?

¿QUÉ ES LA TURBULENCIA?

¿QUÉ ES EL FITOPLANCTON?

¿QUÉ ES EL SUEÑO?

¿QUÉ ES UN ASTEROIDE PELIGROSO?

SERIE 3

¿QUÉ ES LA MAYONESA?

¿QUÉ ES LA RESPIRACIÓN?

¿QUÉ ES EL ZOOPLANCTON?

¿QUÉ ES LA GENÉTICA DE LA CONSERVACIÓN?

¿QUÉ ES LA VARIABILIDAD DE LA FRECUENCIA CARDÍACA?

¿QUÉ ES LA INVESTIGACIÓN DE OPERACIONES?

¿QUÉ ES EL JURÁSICO?

¿QUÉ ES EL MINERAL DE HIERRO?

¿QUÉ ES EL PETRÓLEO?

¿QUÉ ES UN ANÉLIDO?

¿QUÉ ES UNA RED ALIMENTICIA?

¿QUÉ ES UN CRISTAL?