After 50 years, Chile once again celebrates the National Congress of Knowledge in Chile

After 50 years, the II National Congress of Knowledge in Chile will be held in Chile.

Its purpose is to launch a state policy proposal for the development of the CTCI, which arises from a binding reflection conceived from the ground up and which has concrete repercussions in the country.

“To this end, we propose to organize discussion tables between sector operators in each region, then continuing with assemblies in the macro-zones of the ministry (North, Centre, Centre-South, South and Austral), to culminate in a large National Congress in month of September”, explains Paola Villegas, member of the Researchers Network and former Vice President of the National Association of Specialized Researchers (ANIP).

“The conclusions of this process will then be systematized into a book with CTCI long-term development policy proposals, which do not exist today, and which will be delivered to government authorities and the legislative branch,” he explains.


The first version of the Congress of Scientists was held in 1972 and 1973, inaugurated in Santiago on July 27, 1972 by President Salvador Allende.

His organization was taken over by CONICYT, under the direction of Professor Claudio Iturra.

The objective of this Congress was to elaborate a state policy which linked scientific activity with the productive system then existing. This policy has sought to be consistent with a development model that has emphasized the strengthening of national industry and public services thinking of satisfying the needs of citizens. It took place in Santiago, and in the regions where there were universities. At that time they were Antofagasta, La Serena, Valparaíso, Concepción and Valdivia.

“It was an ambitious and important process, which has been truncated,” underlines Villegas.


As part of this Congress, organizations have published a manifesto to present the event.

“We live in a time in which knowledge has been transformed into a direct productive force, affecting tangible and intangible assets that are part of the processes of the so-called fourth industrial and digital revolution. The current neoliberal system has devised various tools to assign a market value to the production of knowledge workers, completely undermining the profound, multifaceted and universal meaning of creation”, states the text.

“Our country lacks a state policy for the development of science, technology, innovation, the arts, the humanities and knowledge in general. There have only been government policies in particular, all short-term and subject to the dictates of the market,” he continues.

“Until 2018 there was no Ministry to deal with these matters. And low state investment in the generation of new knowledge has been a constant for governments, on the order of 0.34% of GDP, far from the 3% OECD average. , a few sacrificed groups of national researchers manage to generate lines of research that form national schools of thought, which help maintain an international presence, while at the same time train researchers to meet the needs of our autonomous development”.

According to the manifesto, “the damage to the environment, to biodiversity, climate change, like so many other calamities generated by the indiscriminate exploitation of natural resources, the mental damage in the population due to the constant use of neuromarketing, due to the unlimited alienation of social networks for commercial and political purposes, they do not go beyond being excellent mastheads for major events in which several million are spent on scientific spectacle actions, without commitment to implement long-term measures, in the context of a harmonious development strategy of the country”.

In this framework, “knowledge workers are fed up with this situation. The ethics of our work drives us today to organize ourselves to think collectively about the essential elements of a state policy that allows us to generate a different development model for our country; way of contributing our work to the nation by moving towards a good life in harmony with nature, respecting, promoting, restoring biodiversity threatened with extinction. We invite you to think collectively of a permanent structure, generated in a participatory way, where different knowledges converge; autonomous body of the State, which establishes the institutional frameworks and long-term objectives for the development of knowledge in our country”.

“We call on all knowledge seekers to debate broadly in a national congress process, starting with regional councils next January and ending in September 2023, the fiftieth anniversary of the first and only Congress of Sciences held in Chile. This instance widely participatory will discuss the proposals that emerged in the municipalities, generating the document ‘Proposals for a state policy on science, technology, knowledge and innovation'”, they conclude.

new congress

The current version of the congress is based on a group of researchers from various public and private universities, NGOs, state institutes, research organizations, self-convened from all over Chile.

“We are inviting several organizations of civil society researchers and individuals who are willing to organize self-convened councils of science, technology, knowledge and innovation (CTCI) workers. To this end, an appeal is circulating to join and participate in Congress,” says Villegas.

The goal of Congress is to produce a state policy proposal for CTCI development, resulting from our community’s participatory and binding development, in a long process of thought and debate across the country culminating in September 2023.

at your place

The Congress will take place between January and September of this year in each of the regions of Chile. The dates, times and places will be communicated on social networks and on the web pages of the organizations.

Academics, researchers from universities, including thesis research students and postgraduate researchers and researchers, from state technological and research institutes, from strategic, technical and technical companies, laboratory assistants, creators and creators, from non-profit organizations can participate for-profit organizations, governments (NGOs), local communities and representatives of indigenous peoples, science communicators and disseminators, ICT professionals, as well as all independent researchers who can contribute to the work process.

Anyone interested can get information here, write to and fill out the form you find here.

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