Havana, Jan 26 (ACN) "Our biggest treasure is contained in the rich human capital created by the Revolution, a term that means not only knowledge but ethics, solidarity and heroism as well as the unique capacity to do a lot with little," said Cuban Economy and Planning Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez in his closing address, Thursday, at the 15th National Science and Technology Forum.
Rodriguez said that the forum has become the most important event to mobilize the potential of "our society and the talent of an entire population, from grade school children to retirees."
Dr. Ismael Clark, president of the Cuban Academy of Sciences and member of the forum's jury, announced the eight papers that received the event's highest award and a further 37 that won notable distinctions for their social and economic benefits, technical innovativeness and energy efficiency, Granma daily reported.
The eight top awards went to the following papers: Development, registering and the application of the pentavalent vaccine; Bifasic Defibrillator-Monitor Cardiodef-2; Substituting city gas for methanated air in the capital city; Using of pressed paper; Electrical project for setting up field hospitals in Pakistan; Automating the weather radar network; and Educational software in the context of the Ministry of Education; and a paper presented by the Ministry of the Interior.
Eugenio Maynegra, president of the Organizing Committee, presented the forum's Highest Honors Award to Commander in Chief Fidel Castro for initiating the Energy Revolution and a public recognition to Pedro Miret for his contributions to the development and promotion of this science and technology forum from its beginnings.
The closing ceremony was presided by Political Bureau members Esteban Lazo Hernandez, Carlos Lage Davila, Yadira Garcia Vera, Jorge Luis Sierra, Concepcion Campa Huergo and Ulises Rosales del Toro; and Central Committee members Lazara Mercedes Lopez Acea and Roberto Lopez Hernandez.