The Executive Director of the Technological Development Unit (UDT), Alex Berg, felt honored for his nomination in the newly formed Presidential Commission on Science for the Development of Chile, which he considers is a necessary and urgent discussion for the country.

The organization, presented yesterday by President Michelle Bachelet, is composed of 37 personalities from the world of research and public service, as well as university and government authorities, who will work on developing a proposal to give greater impetus to science and promote scientific culture, and define the basics of the institutional framework for science, technology and innovation.

“It is necessary and urgent to discuss this (the development of science), which is so important for the country. The main challenge is that the commission reaches results that can be implemented and transformed into something concrete and not just remain in discussions as it has happened with other initiatives”, said Dr. Berg.

The researcher also stressed the importance that the university and the region are represented in this instance, which is an opportunity to discuss in depth on topics that are of interest to the whole country, universities, companies and researchers. “So we hope to achieve a good result”, he said.

After the presentation ceremony, the members had their first meeting where they agreed the methodology that will be used to carry out their work. Berg said the group was divided into three subcommittees that will session every 15 days from March in order to deliver the final report in June, deadline set by the President. Personalities related to the topics under discussion will be invited during this work, as “the President requested that this dialogue should be inclusive”, he said.

Source: Panorama UdeC