Representatives from all over Latin America met to share their knowledge and findings in different fields of science in the framework of the XXII Conference of Young Researchers. This international event was organized by the University of Playa Ancha as part of the Association of Universities of the Montevideo Group (AUGM) and took place between Monday, September 29 and Wednesday, October 1 in the city of Valparaíso and is part of a agenda of activities carried out within the framework of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Council of Rectors of Chilean universities.
The Conference was inaugurated in a ceremony held in the Hall of Honor of the National Congress of Valparaíso. The occasion was attended by: the president of the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (Conicyt) Francisco Brieva, who attended on behalf of President Michelle Bachelet; Senator Antonio Horvath, president of the Senate Extension Center “Pablo Neruda”; Álvaro Maglia, executive secretary of the AUGM; Gonzalo Rivas Gómez, director of the National Council for Innovation and Competitiveness (CNIC) and the rector of the University of Playa Ancha, Patricio Sanhueza. In this instance, the important announcement was made of the creation of an International Postgraduate School of the University Association of the Montevideo Group (AUGM) in the city of Valparaíso.
The meeting of researchers brought together delegations from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay (member countries of the association), to which were added countries such as Colombia and Cuba. The research sample considered 620 works belonging to 27 universities in Latin America. The works included presentations and posters, which addressed 29 different areas of knowledge. Those with the greatest presence were: Environment, Primary Health Care, Bioactive Natural Products and their applications. The variety of topics presented at the international meeting also included education and development, animal health, remote sensing and applied meteorology, donation and transplantation, and teaching Spanish and Portuguese as second and foreign languages, among others.
The meeting included a varied academic, cultural, academic and recreational program where Valparaíso was the center. This meeting provided a valuable opportunity for young researchers to share experiences and knowledge, contributing to integration and collaboration at the Latin American level. The National University of La Plata will host this international event in 2015.