At the University of Concepción and with the participation of more than thirty young researchers, the Third Colloquium on Science and Technology was held, convened by the Council of Rectors, highlighting again the urgency in the definition of State policies in this matter.
Young researchers, together with rectors, academic authorities and national awards of Social Sciences and Engineering, debated their expectations and opportunities to contribute to the development of the country from their respective disciplines and universities, at the Third Colloquium on Science and Technology organized by the Council of Rectors.
Young academics from universities throughout southern Chile, raised meanings and definitions on issues such as science and technology in society and the role of the university in the processes of change. At the same time, they pointed out as a critical point the insertion in the academy and the continuity of their work, after the scholarships they studied abroad. Given this, they pointed to the urgency of defining policies in science and technology with a State and long-term vision.
As in previous colloquia, attendees were able to share their experiences with outstanding national awards from various fields. This time, the appointment was attended by Andrés Weintarub, National Prize for Engineering and Manuel Antonio Garretón, National Prize for Social Sciences.
Andrés Weintraub spoke both from his experience and from a global analysis. He underlined the conviction of how the world is moving towards large groups that collaborate and create new knowledge between diverse disciplines. It is in this perspective where young people must build their spaces for innovation, he assured.
Manuel Antonio Garretón raised the need to consider the context of the country in which science and technology are currently being developed, indicating that being tied to a model of society - neoliberal and authoritarian - any solution will be partial. He stressed that thinking about new policies requires taking a leap, where the institutional framework promotes the participation and dialogue of the various actors and where the regions acquire a presence and voice. This new institutional framework - he pointed out - is achieved with political projects and with a social base that drives changes.
With this colloquium in the southern zone concludes a successful round in which more than a hundred young scientists met to share experiences and projections, both for their areas of work and for the development of science at the national level. It was an experience highly valued by the attendees, who highlighted the need for greater communication spaces among themselves and with the institutions.