The new president of the Science and Technology Commission of the Council of Rectors, the Vice-Rector for Research and Development of the University of Concepción, Andrea Rodríguez Tastets, referred to the main lines of work for the period 2020-2022.
Meanwhile, the former president of the Commission, Adrián Palacios, made a positive assessment of the work carried out to date, highlighting that “in recent years the work of the commission has intensified, due to the new scenario of our Science and Technology system. Technology".
“As a directive, we want interaction with all the actors of the country's science and technology system, promoting a reflection and proactive attitude in the face of the challenges posed by maintaining and improving the capacities and scientific productivity of the country, in a competitive and complex scenario of financing ”, said the new president of the Science and Technology Commission of the Council of Rectors, Andrea Rodríguez Tastets, Vice-Rector for Research and Development of the University of Concepción.
The Commission, which defined its nine-member board of directors for the 2020-2022 period on November 9, in addition to Rodríguez as president, elected Pedro Bouchon, Vice-Rector for Research of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, as vice-president; and as secretary to Flavio Salazar, Vice-rector for Research and Development of the University of Chile. Together with them, the following directors were elected: María José Galotto, from the University of Santiago de Chile; Hugo Salinas, from the University of Atacama; Eduardo Notte, from the University of La Serena; Mónica Tapia, from the Catholic University of the Santísima Concepción; Sandra Ríos, from the University of Los Lagos; and Andrés Mansilla, from the University of Magallanes.
The outgoing president of the Commission, Adrián Palacios, Vice-rector for Research and Innovation of the University of Valparaíso, took stock of the work of the commission, highlighting that “in recent years the work of the commission has intensified, due to the new scenario of our Science and Technology system ”. He added that “the creation of the Ministry of Science and the reformulation of the ANID (National Research and Development Agency), together with posing a considerable number of new challenges, has included universities as interlocutors in various instances. Although much remains to be done, what is wanted is not always accompanied by what is possible, and as universities we have a critical, albeit constructive, stance on the challenges we face. It is clear that the national Science and Technology system must be built together ”.
On the other hand, Palacios pointed out that the CRUCH S&T Commission has expressed its active commitment, “making ourselves available through the delivery of minutes and recommendations, which we have presented in all possible instances. For example, in the science and technology commissions of the Chamber of Deputies, the Future Commission of the Senate, the Ministry of Science, the CNA (National Accreditation Commission), the CNED (National Council of Education), among others, on issues key for the country, such as the future Transfer Law, the Centers of Excellence Plan, the budget for science and technology, as well as participation in numerous working groups on critical issues ”.
Finally, Adrián Palacios appreciated the operation of the Commission, which brings together vice-rectors for research from the 30 CRUCH universities. "As a former president, I am a witness that we have set up a professional and generous commission, we have shared relevant information and good practices, which has been crystallized in the criteria for the election of our new Board, in which we have opted for representativeness of gender, regional and leadership ”.
Main lines of work for 2020-2022
According to the new president of the Commission, Andrea Rodríguez, “the renewal of the board continues the excellent work carried out by Adrián Palacios in the sense of positioning the commission of vice-rectors for research as a valid and relevant interlocutor in the new institutionality of science and technology of the country ”.
Regarding the main work guidelines for the 2020-2022 management period, Rodríguez stated that they will focus on “maintaining and strengthening our interaction with the actors of the system, which not only involves the Ministry of Science and ANID, but also the Postgraduate Commission and the National Accreditation Commission, the Senate Research Commission, the CNID (National Council of Innovation for Development), and public and private organizations oriented to the development of R&D and its relationship with universities " .
On the other hand, the new president indicated that operational and strategic aspects will be addressed. "At a more operational level and in relation to current financing instruments, we seek to contribute in aspects such as evaluation models and transparency of competitions, analysis of job insecurity in research, gender and territory equity, centers of excellence and their relationship with universities, advanced training policy, among others. At a strategic level, we are interested in having a deeper reflection on how the creation of knowledge and science are part of the discussion.