Science and technology tourism regulated

TEHRAN – The Science and Technology Tourism Promotion Regulation was created with the aim of introducing scientific capacity and advances to the Iranian nation.

The ordinance is awaiting government approval to go into effect.

In terms of science production, Iran ranks first in the West Asian region and 15th in the world, and the production of highly-cited scientific articles in Scopus in 2021 has reached 77,351 degrees. This number equated to 71,971 in 2020 and 64,988 in 2019.

Also, 841 Iranian researchers are among the top 1 percent of most-cited researchers in the world, according to the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database.

In general, the number of highly-cited Iranian researchers among the top 1% in the world has increased significantly since 2018.

The plan aims to introduce capacities and advances in the science and technology sector.

The number of Iranian scientists on this list in 2018 was 249, which increased by 340 percent in four years and reached 841 in 2022.

Science and technology tourism is designed with the aim of introducing people to the capacities and advances of science and technology in all regions of Iran, said Mohammad Mahdi Zolfaqarzadeh, director of the Ministry of Science’s Policy and Planning Office for Cultural and Social Affairs.

When Iranian families travel to a city; Besides visiting historical monuments, nature resorts, museums, etc., they should also visit science and technology areas by using the facilities provided by the regulations, he explained.

This regulation must be implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Heritage, Tourism and Crafts and the Plan and Budget Organization, he noted.

When the country’s advances and capabilities are told correctly, artistically, and elegantly, its function is not just to inform; Rather, it can have more effective impacts, including creating hope and building identity for elites and students, he stressed.

The program involves visiting university students and professors on the scientific and cultural developments achieved in the higher education institutions affiliated with the Ministry of Science, he added.

Iran is the second most innovative country in the region

According to the Global Innovation Index (GII 2022) report, Iran is the second most innovative country in the Central and South Asian region and third among lower-middle-income countries.

With 7 promotion ranks compared to 2021, Iran ranks 53rd in the world, ranked second in the Central and South Asian region, and ranked third in lower-middle-income countries, and for the second consecutive year, the innovation development rate is higher than expected.

Science, technology advancement with knowledge ecosystem

Today, the country’s knowledge-based ecosystem accounts for more than 3 percent of GDP. And the figure is forecast to reach 5 percent, but the main goal is to reach 10 percent of GDP, Sattari told Fars on February 13.

The share of knowledge-based enterprises in the country’s economy has surpassed 9 trillion riyals (about $34 billion) and has grown more than 450 percent since 2019, he said.

The knowledge-based ecosystem is a newly emerged ecosystem, but has been able to solve many of the country’s problems so far.

The Innovation and Prosperity Fund, affiliated with the Vice Presidency of Science and Technology, has allocated a sum of 170 trillion riyals (nearly US$650 million) over the past 4 years to support knowledge-based enterprises.

There are currently 6,263 knowledge-based enterprises operating in the country, providing advanced products and services in various fields of technology for domestic and foreign markets, and some of them have entered international markets, said Siavash Maleki, deputy head of the fund.

Aircraft maintenance, steel, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, oil and gas are among the sectors where researchers have engaged in technology companies, which has led to a reduction in imports.

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