Representatives of the most diverse scientific disciplines were invited to be part of a meeting at the Palacio de La Moneda, with President Sebastián Piñera; the Minister of Science, Andrés Couve, and the Undersecretary of Science, Carolina Torrealba.
Nine Chilean scientists attended to the meeting, aimed to create a dialogue on how to foster science, technology and innovation to contribute to the country’s development.
In the event were present the Chilean Science Award, Pablo Valenzuela; the expert in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Sebastián Bernales; Osvaldo Ulloa, expert in Oceanography; Gaspar Galaz, astrophysicist; Laura Gallardo, expert in Geophysics and Meteorology; Alejandro Mass, mathematician; Gino Casassa, Glaciology expert; Carolina Gainza, expert in Digital Literature; our director, Marcelo Arenas, computer expert in the area of data management; and the biologist Cristina Dorador, expert in natural resources and extreme environments.
According to the director of the IMFD, Marcelo Arenas, professor of the Department of Computer Science of the Catholic University, “it was an interesting conversation. The views of all the scientists at the meeting were carefully listened to, and they were all related to needs we consider vital for the country to achieve an equitable and sustainable development. In this context, the science of data plays a role of the highest relevance, since it al.lows to use information for a government management based in intelligence and scientific rigor”.