Congreso Futuro Valparaíso 2023: Collaborative and networking work of regional universities stands out


With the presence of representatives of the nine universities of the Valparaíso region and underlining the importance of public-private collaborative work and the knowledge network promoted by universities, the Senate – through the Commission for Future Challenges – held the official launch of the Congreso Futuro Valparaíso 2023 returning to face-to-face mode, after the pandemic.

The head of the legislative body, Senator Francisco Chahuán, provided details of the scheduling of the meeting to be held in the area on January 17 and which is part of the 2023 deployment that the Future Congress will have throughout Chile, from Arica to Magallanes *, meeting with science and knowledge that -in general- will bring together more than 110 national and international critical thought leaders to conceive the future “Without real limits” as announced by its slogan.

Congreso Futuro Valparaíso 2023 will see the participation of local and international scientists and thinkers. Among the foreign guests: the expert in neuroscience, public health, futurism, consciousness; mind scan, Divya Chander; Jaden JA Hastings, expedition scientist, artist, biohacker, Antarctica resident; and microbiology and space exploration expert, Adriana Blachowicz and plant neurobiology expert, Stefano Mancuso, just to name a few.

The president of the Future Challenges Commission, Senator Francisco Chahuán, stated that “one of the themes is the fifth and sixth industrial revolutions that await us, habitability even outside the globe, the metaverse, and this is a shared effort because we have worked with more than 50 study centers nationwide.

He added that “the future has neither right nor left, only common challenges” and for this he appreciated the work done together with the nine universities of the Valparaíso region.

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Congreso Futuro Valparaíso 2023 has the support of the Universities of Valparaíso, Católica de Valparaíso; Federico Santa Maria; wide beach; Adolfo Ibanez; Andres Bello; Viña del Mar; St. Thomas and the Americas.

Vice-Chancellor of UDLA Viña del Mar, Paola Espejo, was optimistic “because these meetings will return face-to-face and because as centers of study we collect the concerns of the community within the framework of this Future Congress,” she said.

For her part, the Vice-Rector of the University of Valparaíso, Soledad Torres, who works as academic coordinator of the 9 universities in the Futuro Congress, highlighted this Senate initiative because “thanks to this invitation we are coordinating to work towards a common goal which is the dissemination of science”.

Along the same lines, the vice-chancellor of the Santo Tomás University, Iván Veyl, agreed that “this is an extraordinary initiative and an opportunity to decentralize science and develop collaborative work”.

Felip Gascón i Martín, dean of the UPLA Faculty of Social Sciences, underlined the importance of “democratizing knowledge. This table shows public and private university work, because any science that wants to be public and democratic requires a look and collaborative work”.

In turn, Beatriz Cámara, academic and researcher at the Federico Santa María University*, agreed on the need to create links between us. We will not leave knowledge between 4 walls, the idea is to pass it on to the public “and she stressed that” there are more cases like this “.

Finally, José Luis Campos, academic and researcher at the Adolfo Ibáñez University, appreciated the coordination and decentralization work of the study centers, since today one of the main tasks is the connection with the environment and the development of new technologies to promote the development of the territories. “We are able to provide solutions because we know our regions,” he said.

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