About the Science into political mattersMonday, 07 de March
The Thirteenth FONDAP Centers of Excellence in Priority Areas that the country currently has, are the result of a fundamental paradigm shift in national science policies that occurred more than a decade ago. The Chilean State, through FONDECYT councils, established the unprecedented creation of a “science by mission” program with research of excellence that should be developed in direct relation to the needs of the country and contribute to the design of public policies based on evidence.
This milestone marked the beginning of the FONDAP program, a place where science, innovation, technology and knowledge are articulated and guided to strengthen society’s responses to major country challenges such as: Climate Change, Sustainable Cities, Risk of Disasters, Conflicts and Social Cohesion, Dynamics of High Latitude Ecosystems, Chronic Diseases, Water Resources, Interculturality and Native Peoples, Solar Energy, Geothermal Energy, Sustainable Aquaculture, Genetics and Genomics of species and inhabitants of Chile, and the Aging of the Population.
Each of the researchers, professionals, and students who actively participate in the 13 FONDAP Centers of Excellence –currently in operation– develop their research efforts on topics that are not only scientifically interesting and complex, but also socially relevant for Chile and its population. ; they do so by nurturing interdiscipline, inter-institutional collaboration, and being curious and open to welcome experiences and knowledge that are found outside university classrooms.
Fulfilling the mission entrusted to them, in the last decade, the FONDAP Centers of Excellence have actively collaborated in working groups with public institutions at the ministerial level, National Congress, regional governments, governorates and municipalities, participating in the design of public policies, the elaboration regulations, protocols, bills and in the constitutional process. They have done so by generating new spaces for dialogue and exchanges between different actors, demonstrating the social relevance of science, innovation, technology and knowledge.
In this perspective, the appointment of Maisa Rojas and Juan Carlos Muñoz, as ministers of the government of President Gabriel Boric, comes to crown the synergization efforts between academic work and the generation of public policies, which both have led in an exemplary manner since the management of the Centers of Excellence CR(2) and CEDEUS, respectively.
We have no doubts that both, Maisa and Juan Carlos, will work hard from their respective portfolios to strengthen a guiding principle of the FONDAP Centers of Excellence: make public policy based on evidence, sensitive and contextualized by the social and cultural realities that are expressed in the territorial diversity of our country.