CONICYT and CRUCH organized an information day on the European Union's HORIZON 2020 program, with the purpose of motivating university researchers to understand and generate links that allow them to be part of these European research programs.
The day included a detailed presentation by Lotte Bak from the CONICYT International Cooperation Program, who explained the meaning and operation of H2020, in addition to providing a series of coordinates to facilitate contacts and applications.
Later, Professor Dr. Víctor Kesternich from the Faculty of Sciences of the Universidad Católica del Norte presented the projects in which they have participated and the impacts of these, both in the advancement of knowledge, its transfer and the impact on young students and UCN researchers.
And at the same time the presentation of Professor Cristina Dorador, from the University of Antofagasta, who, together with the presentation of her projects associated with European researchers, highlighted the importance of partnering with European peers to address cutting-edge research and frontier lines, considering that in Europe a collaborative vision predominates, with a high density of researchers, where the search for new partners is permanent and with a tradition of working outside their countries (home and foreign research).
In summary, a set of lessons was shared on the importance of international collaborations and networking. Outstanding that it allows access to new methodologies, generates international positioning, multidisciplines are approached, new ideas are shared, student training is established in an international atmosphere and the strengthening of undergraduate and postgraduate studies, all of them together with access to new sources of financing. .
For the governing bodies of the universities, these calls constitute new challenges, since they should disseminate and support these application processes, generate support from the administrative point of view, because young researchers require mobility opportunities and access to border facilities.
But at the same time, the experience of projects with European peers questions the need to build networks within each university and between the universities of the Council of Rectors.