After being held in August 2017 for the first time, in the city of Lund, 2018 Chile Sweden Forum will stress academic cooperation from trans discipline and internationalization. This second edition of the event will run until Friday, November 20, gathering 18 universities from both countries. They will be discussing 10 areas of common interest and will be exchanging experiences among experts from a variety of disciplines.
‘ACCESS’ is an organisational structure which makes collaborative work among researchers considerably easier, and it’s been great to see their excitement about visualising more common issues over the last three years. Scientific research is essential to provide real solutions to citizens from both countries. This initiative has a lot of potential, and I’m really impressed by the professional competences of the scientists, and their interest in opening dialogue towards more subjects. Next mission will be to harness all this knowledge and put it into practice according to our realities.’ emphasized Stacey Ristinmaa Sörensen, Lund University Research Vice rector on the opening of Chile-Sweden Forum, Santiago 2018
The event was held on Tuesday, November 27, at the University of Chile Headquarters, where Lund, Uppsala and Catholic University authorities also elaborated on their ideas, as founder members of the academic collaboration platform ACCESS, established in November 2016 after signing a letter of intent. Meanwhile, this session speeches remarked the need to continue incorporating new institutions, stimulating concrete research projects, and generating academic and student exchange programmes.
The Rector Ennio Vivaldi expressed his satisfaction with the incorporation of new national and international institutions, such as Karolinska Institute, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and the Agricultural Science Universities in Sweden, Stockholm, Concepción, Antofagasta, Aysén, O’Higgins, Magallanes, and Santiago of Chile. ‘This forum enables to highlight the challenges and obstacles of global issues from a common analysis. It also enables powerful countries to exchange their experiences with those which are not. We must develop awareness regarding the importance of establishing interdisciplinary research from a comprehensive vision’, he added.
Similarly, Catholic University Rector Ignacio Sánchez, agreed that ‘this is a unique opportunity to bond and to strengthen links with the best Swedish Universities, integrating universities from different Chilean regions. Thus, it becomes a relevant collaborative instance, so that we can drive cutting-edge research through contact with world-class experts, and develop innovation contributing to tackle global issues in a local way’.
More than 200 research academics participating in different work tables during this week will focus on generating new methodologies for the sustainable use of natural resources; on facing migration social problems and democracy, and on making visible the need for medical care to fight diseases like cancer and aging. They will also establish policies to enable innovation processes and technological transfer, among others.
The forum opening ceremony was also attended by the Swedish ambassador in Chile, Oscar Strenström, who referred to the bilateral relationship between both countries. ‘Chile is the third biggest market in Latin America for Sweden, that´s why this collaboration is so important for the Swedish government. However, an exchange programme for academics and students is required, aimed at improving our societies from shared experiences, as we understand that our researchers are have a key role in knowledge creation’, he pointed out.
Finally, University of Chile Research and Development Vice Rector, Flavio Salazar, concluded that ‘this second edition shows a significant step ahead in its organization level, since today we are no longer just the four University founders of ACCESS. Spaces have been established where Science and Technology can converge with the Humanities, achieving an integral vision for the development of both countries. Therefore, this initiative projection is unimaginable and will remain in the long run.
Further information about ‘Chile-Sweden Forum, Santiago 2018’ in accesschilesweden.com