__________Welcome message from the General Director

Dr. Alejandro Ricardo Femat Flores

At the end of 2015 I began my term as the third General Director of the IPICYT. My predecessors Doctor José Luis Morán López and Doctor David Ríos successfully fostered the development of the institution during 2000–2005 and 2005–2015, respectively. Dr. Morán López, the founder of the Institute, established the basis for the IPICYT's academic structure during his term; while the leadership of Dr. David Ríos Jara inspired a period of 10 years of growth and institutional consolidation.

Our institutional indicators for scientific research, liaisons with academic institutions and businesses, technological development and innovation, as well as the training of highly qualified human resources, show that the IPICYT is now an institution which, despite its youth, has been able to reach figures worthy of a consolidated institution in its substantive activities.

The solid development that the IPICYT is currently enjoying is not regarded as a "steady state", but as a working basis for the institution to take on greater challenges, and achieve more ambitious goals in the coming years. In particular, it is in our interest to promote the internationalization of research activities, the training of human resources, and the transfer of knowledge to society. The purpose of this being for the IPICYT to acquire an international presence, so that in the coming years it will be a benchmark Mexican institution with a high international scientific and technological profile.

Alongside the internationalization of institutional activities, we continue to encourage interdisciplinary and interinstitutional projects and collaborations, in development with our counterparts in other Public Research Centers and Universities. This will once again address the three strategic objectives for institutional activity: The generation of knowledge, human resource development and innovation, and the transfer of knowledge.

The IPICYT has maintained its institutional policy of respecting the freedom of the individual scientific work of each researcher, provided they carry out their work within institutional research guidelines, and in the area to which they belong. For this reason, the development of knowledge transfer projects to business, government and social sectors is highly and voluntarily encouraged among our personnel. This is done, in the first place, to give back to society what they have invested in Science, Technology and Innovation and, secondly, in order to obtain part of the resources required for the operation of the Institute; it also provides visibility to the IPICYT, and demonstrates that we have the capabilities to solve major issues in the region and the country.