One of the greatest aspirations of the Chilean scientific community came to light on Monday morning, when President Sebastián Piñera presented the new Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation. New Portfolio Manager Andrés Couve, an academic biologist at the University of Chile, has a long history of cell biology and neuronal research.
The 24th ministry was held in the new cabinet, a scientist and researcher who starts a path that develops in the country. However, experts recognize the difficulties and challenges of the ministry of science to achieve significant targets in the country.
Dr. Alexis Kalergis, director of the Millennium Immunology and Immunotherapy Institute and UC academics say, one of the main problems will be the low funding of the Ministry. "It is one of the least investment countries in Chile's science, private or public, and with the levels we maintain, it is very difficult to leap."
Therefore, Chile's Academic Science expects to achieve public investment of 4% to 4% GDP, which means that SMEs will have a much lower rate than those of the trend.
Ramón Latorre, the national science prize in 2015, agrees with his partner and adds another challenge to the Cabinet Minister. "People and the government should be able to explain why we need a lot of investment and development in this field, scientists are not clear enough to say that we need money."
Beyond the budget problem, scientists create a new challenge in the new administration. Patricio Manque, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Polytechnic University of the University of the Basque Country, emphasizes the high level of participation in higher education institutions in the country's scientific development, but believes that the job stability of researchers is greater. "We have to ask about something we need to do, and we are managing the arrival of people who have been trained abroad in Chile." From the beginning, centers, institutions, research departments must be created. with the help of private investment ".
The day of the presentation of the new minister ended with a stubborn word by Andrés Couve, saying that it is a historic event: "I think science is a historical moment and from now on we are going to continue building." The Sub-secretariat that comes to the world of science and I believe that it is a achievement for the entire scientific community, "he said.