Institutional Information

We are an interdisciplinary team dedicated to monitor and analyze the dynamics of Science, Technology and Innovation within the Colombian and international environment. As an institution, El Observatorio Colombiano de Ciencia y Tecnología (OCyT) is part of the National System of Science Technology and Innovation (SNCTI). OCyT was created on August 13, 1999 as a non-profit, mixed-ownership civil association, with its own assets; governed by private law but organized within the Colombian legal framework provided by the Constitution and the local rules of Science and Technology.

Mission and Vision


OCyT is an institution dedicated to expand the knowledge about the dynamics and position of the National System of Science Technology and Innovation (SNCTI) by means of the design, integration, interpretation, and publication of indicators and statistics that serve to support the guidance and evaluation of the STI policies implemented by all the actors within the SNCTI.


The Colombian Observatory of Science and Technology seeks to be an institutional leader in the production, interpretation, and diffusion of statistics and indicators regarding Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI), using the models and methodologies established by the SNCTI, and acting as a national and international collaborative working network


General Objectives

To contribute to the strengthening of the national capacity to generate information about scientific, technological and innovation matters that help in the guidance and evaluation of national and international STI policies.

Specific Objectives

OCyT pursuits the following specific objectives:


  1. To establish a guideline for the development of measuring instruments to support Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) policy development, both in the public and private sectors.
  2. To diagnose and constantly update the needs, alternatives, and potentialities in STI at the local, national, and regional, levels.
  3. To increase the national research on STI in Colombia by strengthening the capabilities of OCyT as a center of research
  4. To contribute to the spreading of knowledge and understanding of the National System of Science, Technology, and Innovation (SNCTI) in regards to its characteristics, relations, structure, procedures, purposes, actors involved, and methods of financing.
  5. To support the Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (Colciencias) as the head of the sector along with the rest of the actors of SNCTI, as well as both public and private institutions that have responsibilities regarding the financial resources allocation and the evaluation of the scientific research and technologic development activities, including strategic planning and management processes.
  6. To raise awareness of the collective benefits of producing and adding value to STI information.
  7. To develop analytical models for the proper interpretation of the relation between qualitative and quantitative STI indicators.
  8. To contribute to the normalization of the STI information generated by national and international organizations as well as by independent producers.


During the first decades of the nineties, under the auspices of the OEA and the CyTED program, The Red Iberoamericana de Indicadores de Ciencia y Tecnología is born to help the region in the procurement of reliable and stable STI indicators.


The creation of OCyT was a national response to the need of reliable information regarding Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI). The idea was initially promoted by the Colombian Administrative Department for Science, Technology and Innovation (Colciencias), and the National Planning Department (DNP). It was formalized on August 13, 1999.  These institutions support the decision-making processes in research, technological development and innovation, while granting OCyT all the independence required to the design, production and dissemination of indicators of science, technology and innovation (STI).

Currently, there are a total of 30 institutions -including 17 Colombian universities- linked to OCyT through alliances. These alliances include civil associations of mixed ownership, nonprofit organizations and Universities mostly; nevertheless, the creation of OCyT ensures the transparency and neutrality of all the produced indicators, especially with a view to the compliance with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelines.


Executive managers of OCyT since its beginning:


  • Gonzalo Ordóñez Matamoros, August 1999 – February 2003
  • José Luis Villaveces Cardoso, March 2003 – October 2005
  • Jorge Lucio Álvarez, November – December 2005; March, 2015
  • Rafael Hurtado Heredia, January 2006 – June 2007
  • Comité Administrativo, July 2007 – April 2008
  • Mónica Salazar Acosta, May 2008 – February 2015
  • Clara Inés Pardo Martínez, April 2015 – Present


Aquí encontrará los estatutos aprobados por la Asamblea de fundadores el 13 de agosto de 1999, y sus reformas realizadas por la Asamblea General de Asociados el 22 de mayo de 2000 (Acta No. 2) y el 17 de marzo de 2009 (Acta No. 11).