XIII CONFERENCE BROUGHT TOGETHER RESEARCHERS FROM THE CORPORATION

THE NECESSARY SYMBIOSIS BETWEN GRADUATE ACTIVITIES AND RESEARCH WAS DEMONSTRATED IN THE EVENT THAT BROUGHT TOGETHER SENIOR AND YOUNG SCIENTISTS.



November 17, 2017

The importance of research in the University and its close link with graduate studies were issues that were emphasized during the XIII Conference, which took place in the auditorium of the School of Medicine, where one of whose purposes was to show the current status and evolution of these two areas in the Corporation.

The Research Office and the Graduate School were responsible for organizing this activity which also had as an objective to provide researchers and graduate students a space for the exchange of ideas and knowledge and facilitate interdisciplinary work.

At the opening of the conference, Director of Research Ivan Palomo emphasized that this area is fundamental for the development of a university, especially for institutions who evolve toward complexity".

"It is also important for the equation of international rankings, where it has around a 40%, both in quantity and in quality. But it is also demonstrated its importance in the economic development of developing countries, an impact that has to do with the resources allocated for this purpose by state and private enterprises," he said. Along with all this, he regretted that there is a high degree of centralization, given that 60% of the contributions to science favor Santiago.

Concerning the research projects currently running at the UTALCA, Ivan Palomo mentioned 55 from the regular Fondecyt , 40 from initiation Fondecyt  25 from Postdocs. In terms of publications, he highlighted a sustained increase in Scopus and WoS (former ISI) papers and a positive impact assessment, with a 60 per cent of the items categorized in the first quartile. In addition, he particularly valued the international cooperation in the field of publications.

For its part, the director of the Graduate School, Rodrigo Giacaman, highlighted, as an attribute of our university, the accreditation in the field of graduate studies, which is also fundamental to become a complex institution, and he added that the research is done under the wing of graduate programs.

Giacaman pointed out that between the 10 PhD programs, 27 Master's degrees and Five dental specialties, there are a total of 1,200 students, with a clear option for growth. At the same time, he announced the future opening of medical specialties.

Likewise, the director of Graduate School spoke about the need for internationalization of graduate studies, through programs such join degrees, co-supervising and internationalization scholarships.

The XIII conference included lectures by recognized and novice researchers who carry out their doctoral degrees. The first lecture, entitled "How Many Spheres of Radius One Can Kiss a Sphere of Equal Radius?", was delivered by professor Ricardo Baeza, National Prize of Exact Sciences. Later, during the morning, Rosario Spencer, from the Faculty of Psychology, offered the talk "Early Childhood as the Basis of the Human Development; an Approach from Attachment Theory". In addition, Sergio Lavandero, director of the Center for Advanced Studies of Chronic Diseases (Accdis), an initiative that involves the University of Chile and Pontificia Catholic University, announced the achievements and challenges of this center. In addition, the executive director of Conicyt, Christian Nicolai, was in charge of the Conference "Science, Technology and Innovation: Chile 2030 Challenges ".



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